Cover(s) Reveal: Belle Point Chaps
Learn more about the five projects in our forthcoming poetry chapbook series.
We’ve been working hard on the covers for our first poetry chapbook series. You can learn more about the authors in our previous announcement, and now you can see the covers and read about each of these projects below! We’re thrilled to share these chaps with you in the coming months.
Jack B. Bedell (LA), All the Woods’ Wild: The Story of the Swamp Witch of Maurepas
A popular Louisiana legend describes the fate of Kate Mulvaney, otherwise known as the Swamp Witch of Maurepas. After a troubled life in New Orleans, she was sent to the swamps by a voodoo witch, where she learned the ways of the bayou and settled into a reclusive existence. For some, this may be a cautionary tale; for others, it may be colored with a certain hopefulness. In All the Woods’ Wild, Jack B. Bedell crafts a story through sonnets that leaves us feeling like we know a woman who never lived—and never died.
Renee Emerson (MO), The Commonplace Misfortunes of Everyday Plants
The Commonplace Misfortunes of Everyday Plants invites us to consider the difficulty of caring for living things. At the heart of such reflections lies an undercurrent of grief over the loss of a child and the trouble in finding ways to keep living. From neglected office plants or parking lot shrubs to roadside grass and backyard blooms, Renee Emerson evokes the sacramental through the most ephemerally permanent materials around us.
Megan Nichols (AR), Animal Unfit
The wildness of the Arkansas Ozarks comes vividly to life in Animal Unfit. Through Megan Nichols’s eyes, motherhood becomes a song laced with screams. At the same time, a sense of home emerges through kind neighbors, natural landscapes, and the hope that remains hidden in family—even if our loved ones leave us behind.
Nikki Ummel (LA), Hush
Inside these pages, Nikki Ummel leads us into a quiet corner. Intimacy takes on many forms as she considers the weight of being responsible for those she loves. Whether confronting the reality of a sick sister, recalling traumatic experiences, or wandering the streets of New Orleans, Hush hums with a tenderness that stays with you long after the lights go out.
Kyle Vaughn (AR), The Alpinist Searches Lonely Places
In The Alpinist Searches Lonely Places, Kyle Vaughn is speaking to someone who shifts as quickly as the locations of these poems. Although often rooted in particular places within the natural world, Vaughn’s work also transfigures its surroundings into uniquely personal terrains. In the spirit of Frank Stanford, these are love poems with a touch of the surreal.
Pre-orders for Hush and The Alpinist Searches Lonely Places are now live, or you can order all five chaps in a subscription here!