Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mollogon Picnic by Rodney Nelson

North Dakota poet Rodney Nelson has been actively compiling and publishing his poems for as long as I’ve known him. Aside from his two poetry collections published through Middle Island Press, he has several other titles available (to include his late 2013 release of Mollogon Picnic, a Red Dashboard publication).

Congrats on your fine work and determination to get your words in the hands of readers, Rodney! May they always be received with enjoyment…

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Posted by on February 13, 2014 in News & Reviews


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Gloria J. Wimberley: Prose Editing at Middle Island Press

As a chapbook publisher who maintains the highest standards for Middle Island Press, I am always asking myself how I can improve my business.

One recent improvement that I am proud of is in hiring a highly talented and competent editor, Gloria J. Wimberley, to handle our prose projects. Furthermore, though, is the fact that the editing process includes four steps or “phases.” Of these, Gloria handles the first three which involve different approaches to editing from her academic perspective, and then I give a final proofread before commencing layout.

I was recently told by a widely published client that Middle Island Press did the best editing job that he has encountered to date. These are the sorts of improvements that keep Middle Island Press at the top of the chapbook publishing niche.


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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in News & Reviews


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Jack Phillips Lowe: “A Poet With His Boots On”

I recently received a wonderful letter with an attached review of Cold Case Cowboys by Jack Phillips Lowe. He had sold a copy of his Middle Island Press chapbook to Teresinka Pereira, president of International Writers & Artists, an organization dedicated to freedom of speech and diversity.

Among many fine points in her two-page review, Pereira says:

“What the cowboy boots [have] to do with Jack Phillips Lowe’s poetry, besides John Wayne as a character in one of his poems, is the language perhaps…or the history telling in verses. It is a real, clear, simple, everyday talk of most of the American men of the same social class. He satirizes the society and comes out clean. Readers always agree with him. I do. I could have written a poem like “A Damn Thing At All” about the use of Twitter, YouTube, etc… …His poems express my thoughts in ways I could not explain…”

Yes, Ms. Pereira; readers agree with him, laugh with him, and enjoy his Cold Case Cowboys over and over again. I know I do, too. Thank You for the fine review of yet another poetry chapbook that we are proud of!

(Middle Island Press is one of the best chapbook publishers east of the Mississippi.)

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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in News & Reviews


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