A Hole in the Light

A Hole in the Light_Lucas Jacob


We first read poems from Lucas Jacob whilst reading through submissions for Kindred, Issue 8. We were happy to include his work in that issue but happier still to find his chapbook during our 2014 open reading period.

Geographically, A Hole in the Light contains poems of and about North Texas—especially the natural and manmade environments to be found along the Trinity, Brazos, and Paluxy Rivers. The speakers of the poems, and the people in the poems, grapple with the ways in which unremarkable daily experiences can be transformed into sharpened moments of surprising awareness. Jacob brings the unexpected and the mundane together, capturing each experience, each moment in poems that remind the reader that one is both in and of the world and that life is at once scary and delightful.


Advanced praise for A Hole in the Light:

Luke Jacob has a musician’s ear, an aesthete’s eye, a moralist’s self-restraint, and a lover’s innate sensuousness. His poems are set in Texas, Chicago, Hungary, even in mid-air. Regardless of his subjects —a sister’s cancer, an erotic memory, a trip to a museum—he approaches this world with a clear intellect, a sense of wonder and appreciation, and a powerful hedonism held in check by his own cool moderation. His poems replicate the very beauty he finds all around him.
—Willard Spiegelman, author of How Poets See the World, and Editor-in-Chief, Southwest Review

There’s an acute awareness of space and light in the gaze of Lucas Jacob’s poems. Here we have phrases that surge out and draw back on one another, resemble “fireflies like buoy lights.” Jacob calls upon ekphrasis to recognize relations, and I cannot help but think of a scrim being lowered in a play—the action behind the dark curtain, allowing us a muted observation, something calm and quiet, the way lovers do in the smallest of moments, as in “It needed only the stroke / of your eyelashes / to brush runnels of melted snow / along my neck.” Too, there is a gentle eye to the landscape and instructive: “Let the breath of the woods be your / bellows.”
—Molly Sutton Kiefer, author of Nestuary, and Editor of Tinderbox Poetry Journal


Pre-order your copy of A Hole in the Light here. We anticipate an early March mailing date.



Belated New Year’s greetings readers and writers! We have finally put away the Christmas decorations and have been enjoying winter in the deep south—gumbo, camellias, and gorgeous sunny days. And with Mardi Gras right around the corner, there have been King Cakes aplenty in our shared office space.

Here at Anchor & Plume we have big plans for 2015. We will be putting out five chapbooks (we have our eye on a sixth *fingers crossed*), and two issues of our lit mag, Kindred.

Our first 2015 offering will be a chapbook by Lucas Jacob followed by the spring/summer edition of Kindred. Details on the chapbook are coming very soon!

To keep up with all of the Anchor & Plume happenings this year, may we suggest signing up for our occasional newsletter? By signing up, you’ll be first to find out about new offerings and discounts.

Anchor & Plume’s 2014 Open Reading Period Selections

Here at Anchor & Plume we have been busy reading the many fabulous works we received during our 2014 open reading period and after much debate, we are excited to announce our 2015 chapbooks:

Shannon Curtin (poetry)
Lucas Jacob (poetry)
A. LaFaye (poetry)
Kayla Pongrac (flash fiction)
Jeffrey Thomson (poetry)

We’d love your support as we begin publication of these books. Your subscription helps support our efforts to underwrite the cost of producing and printing these books and our lit mag. We have three subscription options available: a 2015 Kindred Subscription, a 2015 Book Bundle Subscription, or a 2015 Whole Shebang Subscription. If your subscription is a gift, please let us know so we can drop the recipient a card letting them know they’ve been gifted by you.

As ever, we are grateful for your support!

September wrap up

anhcor+plume fall 2014 releases


It’s a big (BIG) month around here with the release of the novella, The Little Bastard, and preparing Kindred, Issue 8: Gather to head to press so here’s all the news fit to print:


Anchor & Plume Open Reading Period

The last day to submit your work for our Open Reading period is Tuesday, September 30. Details on submitting work can be found here.

For those that have submitted work during our Open Reading Period, we will begin reading in early October and aim to reply by early December.


We are putting the final touches on Kindred, Issue 8 and will be sending the file to the printer shortly. It’s a beauty of an issue filled with poetry and prose. You can see the complete list of contributors for this issue here.

Pre-orders go a long in helping small presses do what they do and we value your support. If you haven’t yet pre-ordered your copy, you can do so here. Order Issue 8 and a back issue of Kindred, receive both at a discounted rate. Details and options are in the drop down menu.

The Little Bastard

The Little Bastard marks the debut of a remarkable writer whose fiction was never published in her lifetime. The manuscript was found amongst the papers of Frances Schutze after her death and brought to life by Schutze’s granddaughter, novelist Amy Shearn.

Amy has published several pieces on the process of uncovering her grandmother’s writing. You can read them:

Advanced praise for The Little Bastard:

“Frances Schutze welcomes us into a time of hope as the Great Depression lifts, families grow, and new friends are made. Like Tillie Olsen and Muriel Rukeyser, she gives us a glimpse into the overlapping spheres of everyday life. I loved Schutze’s voice–droll and sincere–and appreciate that every word she chose allows us to hear a by-gone era once again.”
— Ronlyn Domingue, author of the Keeper of Tales Trilogy

We expect to begin shipping orders next week. You can reserve your copy here. Pick up a copy of Kindred and The Little Bastard and use code GATHER in the shop for 20% off through September 30, 2014.

New Girl

Mindy Kronenberg reviewed New Girl by Andrea Potos:

“Just as these skillful artisans use images and events to incite the joys and cautionary tales of motherhood while summoning echoes of their own journeys and rites of passage, Andrea Potos presents a series of passionate juxtapositions that take us from the joy (and fears) of birth through a series of discoveries, departures, and emergence.”

You can read the entire review here.

Wisconsinites mark your calendars! Andrea Potos will be reading from her chapbook, New Girl, at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, Friday, October 17, 2014. Copies of New Girl are available in the shop.

Issue 8 Contributors

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Matt Armendariz: Photographer
Matt Armendariz is a food photographer and writer from Los Angeles, California. A former graphic designer and art director in the food industry with 20­-plus years of experience, it was the power of photography that clicked the proverbial light bulb inside his head. “Color, space, proportion, story­telling, and food all came together, and I realized it was all I wanted to do.” He traded in his cubicle for a studio in 2010, and has been shooting for a variety of advertising and editorial clients ever since.
Priscilla Atkins: Writer
Priscilla Atkins’ poems have appeared in Poetry London, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, The Los Angeles Review and other journals. Her essay “Vampire Babies and Chocolate Martinis: Habits of Wit in Cathleen Calbert’s Poetry” is included in Studies in American Humor (2008). She lives and works in Holland, Michigan.
Jean Berrett: Writer
Jean Berrett has been publishing poetry since 1973, after she took the first graduate Creative Writing-Poetry course to be offered by University of Wisconsin-Madison. The instructor encouraged her to begin submitting her poems to magazines. She obtained her MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Eastern Washington University in 1997 and taught English at College of Menomonee Nation. Since she first started publishing in 1973, she has published 85 poems. Other publications include translations from Virgil and Lucretius and also two stories and two book reviews. She has two grown sons and six grandchildren.
Erin Lyn Bodin: Writer
Erin Lyn Bodin’s poetry and prose has been published in the Black Earth Institute’s About Place Journal; Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature; and she was awarded finalist for creative non-fiction in the 2013 Tiferet Journal writing contest for her essay “Waking Up in the City of Joy.” Erin is a graduate of the Stonecoast in Creative Writing MFA program and lives with her family in Vermont where she writes, helps with the family farm, and is training to be a birth doula.
Sara Borjas: Writer
Sara Borjas is a poet, writer, bartender, and writing instructor from Fresno, California. She earned her MFA from UC Riverside and her interests include space and time, memory, aromatics, crafted beers and cocktails, and hospitality and bar culture. She is the editor for the LoWriter of the Week Poetry Series. She currently bartends and lives in Los Angeles and likes it there.
Chelsea H. Bryan: Writer
Chelsea H. Bryan is a literary writer living in San Francisco, where she works as a freelance journalist. Her work has previously been published on Dead Beats literary blog, in the University of Virginia literary magazine Glass, Garden, and on Gadfly Online. She has also received the University of Virginia’s Double Hoo Grant for creative writing.
Jennifer DeVille Catalano: Photographer
Jennifer DeVille Catalano is a recovering academic who now calls herself an artist. She lives on a farm in rural New York with her husband, two children, and two geriatric cats. Jennifer feels most at home in a field of wildflowers, and believes that photography and writing help her see sparkling moments and remember childhood magic. She makes her virtual home at Someplace Serendipitous and is also the founder of two online collaborations: She is Three and Makings of Motherhood.
Nichole Chigoy: Photographer
Nichole Chigoy is a mother and wife living the good life in a Texas small town. She and her family live in a cheery bungalow with tall windows that rattle in the Texas wind. She enjoys dabbling in homesteading hobbies as her quarter acre lot can attest to her earnest intentions. Her front yard is bursting with vegetable beds and herbs while her backyard is home to a flock of hens and a hive of honey bees. In between her time tending to the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees, she enjoys nothing more than her first cup of morning coffee, a good book before bed, wildflower meadows in the golden hour, the company of her vivacious 5 year old, and her husband’s good charm. She blogs about her days at Live Free.
Lauren Creight Clark: Writer
Lauren Creight Clark is a poet and historian from New Orleans, LA. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Patrick James Errington: Writer
Patrick James Errington is a Canadian-born poet, editor, and translator. He has a degree in English literature from the University of Alberta, where he studied writing with Nobel laureate Derek Walcott and won the Davenport Prize for Poetry. Patrick spent two years working as an editor in Paris and in Edinburgh. He now lives in New York City where he is an MFA candidate for poetry and literary translation at Columbia University and the editor of Catch & Release, the online arm of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Lucas Jacob: Writer
Lucas Jacob lives in Fort Worth, TX, where he teaches and runs academic and arts programs at a K-12 school. For twenty years he has worked with young writers both across the United States and, for a year, in Budapest, Hungary, where he had the privilege of being a Fulbright teaching fellow. He is constantly inspired by his students, most of whom refuse to live by the only motto on which he insists in his classroom: “No cats.”
Lorraine Jeffery: Writer
Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and has managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio, and Utah for over twenty years. She has won several poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over thirty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Calliope, Ibbetson Street, July Literary Press, and Rockhurst Review. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Woman’s Touch, as well as other publications. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.
Monika John: Writer
Poetry by Monika John, writer, attorney and world traveler living in Washington State. Her writings have appeared in numerous magazines in the USA and UK: most recently Buddhist Poetry Review, Light of Consciousness Magazine, Urthona UK, Penwood Review, Presence International Magazine, Anthology on Tagore, UK, Fungi and Quiet Shorts Magazine, Sathya Sai Magazine, Scheherazade’s Bequest, The Wayfarer. Others to be published again in Light of Consciousness, Lalitamba, and Aurorean later this year.
Devin Kelly: Writer
Devin Kelly is an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College, where he serves as the nonfiction editor of Lumina. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Dunes Review, Lines & Stars, Steel Toe Review, Cleaver Magazine, Passages North, and Armchair/Shotgun. He teaches creative writing and English classes to 7th graders and high schoolers in Queens, and the occasional children’s poetry workshop at the New York Public Library in Harlem, where he currently lives. You can find him on Twitter @themoneyiowe.
Amanda Mays: Writer
Amanda Mays runs Anchor & Plume Press and works as a mentor to writers. She believes in small press, coffee, reading, and the Oxford comma.
Louise McKinney: Writer
Guernica Editions of Toronto published Louise McKinney’s first volume of poetry,
The Woman Who Drank Her Own Reflection, which debuted Spring, 2013. It was
originally shortlisted for the Texas Review’s annual poetry prize. She’s a Canadian expat-author and currently lives just outside Atlanta, GA. Her book of creative nonfiction is called Cities of the Imagination: New Orleans (Oxford University Press USA, 2006), and it chronicles the time she spent living there. Currently, she’s a member of the English faculty at GA Perimeter College, where she’s also a faculty reader for The Chattahoochee Review. McKinney’s poetry has appeared in Canadian and U.S. magazines and literary journals, such as Poetry Canada Review, Grain, Wind, The Hurricane Review, and Wild Goose Review, as well as anthologized in Maple Leaf Rag III (Portals Press) and Louisiana in Words (Pelican). Visit www.louisemckinney.net.
Laura Page: Writer
Laura is a 2011 graduate of Southern Oregon University, where she studied English Literature and Sociology and was the recipient of her program’s annual award for non-fiction writing the same year. She has been a reader and writer of poetry since she was 12 and continues in her bibliophilic ways now, as a 12-year-old at heart. Her other pastimes include knitting, wine tasting, and seeking adventures with her sons Silas and Noah. Laura’s poems have appeared in The Fredericksburg Literary Review and TINGE Magazine.
Leslie Paolucci: Writer
Leslie Paolucci is a poet and mom living in Southern Vermont. It seems as though she is more at home among words than people- or at least she finds them more interesting and generally more agreeable most of the time.
Denise Parsons: Writer
Denise Parsons is an artist and writer. Her first novel, After the Sour Lemon Moon, was published summer 2014. She lives and works in San Francisco, California. Find Denise here.
Andrea Potos: Writer
Andrea Potos is the author of several poetry collections, most recently New Girl (Anchor & Plume). We Lit the Lamps Ourselves (Salmon Poetry), and Yaya’s Cloth (Iris Press), won Outstanding Achievement Awards in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association. Another full-length collection of poems is forthcoming from Salmon in 2015. Her work appears widely in print and online, including in Women’s Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, Southern Poetry Review, Nimrod International Journal, and many others. Andrea is a longtime bookseller in independent bookstores, currently at Mystery to Me in Madison, Wisconsin where she lives with her husband and teenage daughter.
Amanda Riley: Photographer
Amanda Riley lives in a small town in Western North Carolina with her husband, their four year old daughter, one cat, seven chickens, and many thousands of honeybees. They have spent the last few years making their house a home and cramming as much homestead-like goodness as possible onto their relatively small lot. Amanda likes thunderstorms and strong coffee, salty ocean air and the lonesome sound of train whistles at night, the smell of horses and the color grey. She writes about and photographs their wanderings at Sweet Potato Claire.
Laura Rock: Writer
Laura Rock’s fiction and essays have won several awards and appeared in Canadian and Irish publications including The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Southword, U of T Magazine (online), The Globe and Mail and both fiction and non-fiction anthologies. Born in California and raised in western New York State, she lives in Lakefield, Ontario, with her family. Follow her on Twitter @laurairock.
Arra Lynn Ross: Writer
Arra Lynn Ross grew up on a communal farm in southwestern Minnesota. Her first book, Seedlip and Sweet Apple (Milkweed Editions), tells the story of Ann Lee, mother of the Shakers. She lives on a river in Michigan, teaches creative writing, and runs the Voices in the Valley Reading Series. She also encourages people to learn more about the art of puppetry.
Amy Schmidt: Writer
Amy Schmidt’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Profane, Ruminate, Mud Season Review and Calyx, among others. She has been a finalist for the Janet McCabe Poetry Prize, winner of the Jewish Literary Review’s Anniversary Contest and a recipient of an Arrowhead Regional Arts Grant. She lives in northern Minnesota with her husband, daughter and hound dog where snow is a given and sun is a gift.
Frances Schutze: Writer
Frances Margaret Schutze (1916-2002) was a graduate of the University of Michigan and taught elementary school for 15 years. The descendant of Kansas pioneers, Schutze wrote a gossip column for a LaBette county, Kansas newspaper under the pseudonym Betty LaBette. During her tenure at a Missouri radian station she wrote fill-in patter for DJs and radio plays including “Shoestring Pagoda.” Later in life she was the author/illustrator of nearly 50 picture books for children, hand-published in extremely limited editions. She had four children and four grandchildren.
Claire Scott: Writer
Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has published in numerous literary magazine. She was nominated for the 2014 Pushcart Prize and was a semi-finalist for the Pangaea Prize. Her work has been or will appear in Garbanzo, Epiphany, Trivia, Red Savina Review, Poetry Quarterly, FirstDay Press, OVS, Foliate Oak, and China Grove among others. Claire is a winner of the Arizona State Poetry Society 2013 Annual Poetry Contest. Her forthcoming first collection of poems, Waiting to be Called, will be published by IFSF Publishing in January 2015.
Daniel James Sundahl: Writer
Daniel James Sundahl is Professor in American Studies and English at Hillsdale College where he has taught for thirty years.
William Tople: Writer
Will Tople is currently an undergraduate student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he is studying Civil Engineering and Creative Writing. He is still figuring out how these opposites will merge. His poetry tends to play with feelings of sentimentality and geography, of a childhood he had or wished he had, how the choices we make in our early lives interact with those we make today.
Kari Wergeland: Writer
Kari Wergeland has received over 30 acceptances from literary journals in the last year,
including The Catamaran Literary Reader, THEMA, and Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. She works as a librarian for Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, CA, and lives part-time on the Oregon Coast. For more information, please visit kariwergeland.wordpress.com.

Pre-order your copy of Issue 8: Gather here.