Valerie Lawson, Editor of 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers for book signing/sale
at the 2018 Beyond the Sea Book Festival at Lincolnville Beach, on Saturday, July 21st, 10:30-12:30.
About 3 Nations Anthology;
While much attention focuses on the southern border of the United States, 3 Nations Anthology: Native, Canadian & New England Writers turns to the northeast, where Canada and New England share borders, blood, and heritage. The land is disputed in places, in others the US and Canada share responsibility, and Tribal Lands reside as sovereign nations within their borders. The poems, essays, and short stories in 3 Nations Anthology explore the things that divide, the bridges between, and the intense love of this rugged region the people hold in common.
Edited by Valerie Lawson, authors of 3 Nations Anthology range from those for whom this book will be their first publication to a Pulitzer Prize nominee. They include: Kathleen Ellis, Stephanie S. Gough, Grey Held, Leonore Hildebrandt, Carol Hobbs, Paul Hostovsky, J. Kates, Michele Leavitt, Carl Little, Donna M. Loring, Mark Melnicove, Sarah Xerar Murphy, Susan Nisenbaum Becker, Fredda Paul, John Perrault, Bruce Pratt, Patricia Ranzoni, Cheryl A. Savageau, Catherine Schmitt, Lee Sharkey, Karin Spitfire, Elizabeth Sprague, David R. Surette, Jeri Theriault, Cindy Veach, and many others.
About the Author:
Valerie Lawson, along with her partner, Michael Brown, was the editor and publisher of Off the Coast, Maine's International Poetry Journal. Lawson was nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, won awards for Best Narrative Poem and Spoken Word at the Cambridge Poetry Awards, and was a finalist for the Rita Dove Award. Lawson has been a bookseller, program manager, director of an arts center, coordinator of a literacy program, reading series organizer, emceed the Swedish National Poetry Slam, and participated in multi-media cultural exchanges with Ireland. Lawson and her partner live in downeast Maine with a pair of retired sled dogs on forty acres of trees with a view across Passamaquoddy Bay to New Brunswick, Canada. www.valerie-lawson.com
These are not poems of my world, but they are utterly vital missives from a world we all desperately need to know, the world where water aches an impossible blue, land lies nurtured and unscarred, and a precipitous beauty startles from all corners. Reading the poems in this long-overdue collection is like pulling a deep, revivifying breath into the body. And we're reminded that the world conjured so faithfully in this work is still there, where it's always been, still waiting for us.
--Patricia Smith, author, Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2014 Rebekah Bobbitt Prize, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize (The Academy of American Poets), and the Phillis Wheatley Award in Poetry.
Borderlines, figurative and literal, hum in the national and international consciousness with more volume right now. What unites and divides; what's shared and not; the power and complexity of lines drawn arbitrarily on a map. Distinctly of a place, this anthology achieves that rare straddle between timelessness and of-this-moment.
--The Boston Globe
From the opening pages of the 3 Nations Anthology, Elizabeth Sprague's "This That This" emphatically announces a book pulsing with the heartbeat of the land. The words embody this land and call readers home to it; we are compelled to follow.
--Chris Benjamin, Managing Editor, Atlantic Books Today; Silver Atlantic Journalism Award winner, 2014
In many ways, 3 Nations Anthology is a breath of fresh air. The idea of bringing together Canadian, Native, and New England writers is, in itself, a refreshing change from the literary and cultural barriers that we all too often allow to come between us. The fact that this collection is so well-edited, blending new and more established, prose and poetry, is another reason for celebration...let me just quote these lines from a piece by Dan Crowfeather McIsaac that catch the spirit of this collection: "My brothers and sisters, the walls are everywhere and they are very high indeed. But they are not too high if we work together. Come--give me your hand...."
--Joseph Bruchac, winner of the Writer and Storyteller of the Year Awards from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and founder of the Greenfield Review Literary Center