For those following along at home, Fire in the Pasture, our collection of 83 publishing Mormon poets, was supposed to come out today. Due to a variety of issues, this is not happening and we can no longer pretend it might. We are nearly finished with interior and exterior design, after which we will send proof sheets to all the poets, after which, hooray, the book will finally come out.
Our new official release date is ASAP.
In the meantime, let this delayed announcement whet your appetite:
The cover art on this landmark volume will be Curious Workmanship by the extraordinary Mormon artist Casey Jex Smith. The vigor of this image stands alone and so we are proud to present to you here without type, that you may enjoy it purely as a work of art, purely as a visual embodiment of all this collection means to us and will shortly mean to you.
Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets is delighted to present the most thorough list of currently active Mormon poets imaginable. Really, nothing like this list has ever been seen before. Behold! and be amazed!
Matthew James Babcock
Laura Nielson Baxter
Michael R. Collings
Elaine M. Craig
Simon Peter Eggertsen
Lisa Ottesen Fillerup
LaVerna B. Johnson
Helen Walker Jones
Claire Åkebrand Lavers
Alan Rex Mitchell
Sarah E. Page
Steven L. Peck
John W. Schouten
N. Colwell Snell
Sunni Brown Wilkinson
Unfortunately we could not all be present last Saturday when lead editor Tyler Chadwick announced this project at the AML Conference. But now you can have an identical experience (assuming you would, had you been there, have held your laptop too high thus presenting you from hearing the announcement).
This June 30, Peculiar Pages is proud to announce the first serious new collection of Mormon poets since the Eugene England and Dennis M. Clark-edited Harvest in 1989. That work’s excellence has been rightly lauded and it will never lose its place in Mormon letters. Yet over twenty years have passed and it is now time for a new volume of poetry to take its place in the canon and Peculiar Pages is proud to announce that we have arranged with poet Tyler Chadwick to edit and release Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets.
Tyler announced the new volume Saturday at the annual Association for Mormon Letters conference and we will be announcing more information related to the project over the course of this week including a complete list of contributors.
Focusing on the 21st-century work of poets known and new, Fire in the Pasture will make an enormous contribution to the Mormon literary scene, a contribution which we trust will match the contributions of our finest poets over the last decade.
Peculiar Pages is proud not to announce quite yet our new anthology of something we’ve never anthologized before. Author permissions are trickling in and while we won’t say more at this point, know that we are excited and you should be as well.