There’s a new poetry press in town with an intriguing mission. Pulley Press, a brand-new imprint of Clyde Hill Publishing, is “devoted to discovering and promoting voices from rural America.”

Under the direction of founding editor, Frances McCue, the Seattle-based poet, author, professor and literary activist who co-founded Hugo House, Pulley Press will open artistic dialogue between the coasts and the rural places within America.

Pulley Press kicks off with several original new collections:

  • A Man with a Rake, a chapbook by Ted Kooser
  • Mankiller Poems by the late Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller
  • We Had Our Reasons by Ricardo Ruiz

Pulley Press engages with the gritty, tough world of overlooked America and aspires to run, as if on a clothesline, beautiful poetry into all corners of our country.

Congratulations to Frances McCue and Pulley Press!

House poetry

May 17, 2016

Where the House Was

Poet Frances McCue was one of the founders of Hugo House and is currently making a documentary film about the history of 1634 11th Avenue, including the building’s previous, um, life as a funeral parlor and its forthcoming demolition to make way for a mixed-use apartment building. The film, Where the House Was, is built around a long poem.

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 7:30pm, McCue will give the first public reading of selections from the poem — one of the final events at the current Hugo House location. She will be joined by Rebecca Brown, a Lambda-award-winning author who served as Hugo House’s inaugural writer-in-residence, and Lori Goldston, a self-described “classically trained and rigorously de-trained” cellist who is perhaps best known around Seattle for her work on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged set. The “opening act” will be a reading by Cali Kopczick and Jack Chelgren.

More details on the Hugo House site, on the Facebook event page and on the Where the House Was site from Team Demo Hugo.

You can keep track of the Hugo House move here.

Frances McCue ~ Bled ~ coverThe Washington State Book Awards were announced this week and the poetry prize went to Frances McCue for her book The Bled (Factory Hollow Press). Given annually, the Award recognizes outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year.

McCue was living in Marrakech, Morocco, when her husband, Gary Greaves, died unexpectedly in 2009. This book is based on that experience. You can hear a poem from The Bled, “Console, Preacher, Console,” read by McCue’s friend and fellow poet, Colleen McElroy, here, courtesy of KUOW, and read two other poems from the book here (PDF, Adobe Reader required). You can order The Bled from the publisher or your local independent bookstore.

McCue’s book also won The Grub Street Book Prize and another of her books, also published last year, The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs (University of Washington Press), was a nonfiction/history finalist for the Washington State Book Award. McCue, who calls herself an Arts Instigator, lives in Seattle and is a writer in residence at the University of Washington honors college.

Washington State Book Award finalists for poetry included Kelli Russell Agodon’s Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, Susan Rich’s The Alchemist’s Kitchen and Oliver de la Paz’s Requiem for the Orchard. Congratulations one and all!

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