November 2018

Nina Murray
Forthcoming from Circling Rivers, spring 2019


Jean Huets (and a couple dozen other RVA authors) will sign books Sunday, December 16th from 2-5, at Chop Suey’s bookfair, Brew Ho Ho, at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond, VA. Shop books and drink (beer, cider or soft) to live music by The Rhythmasters with Coby Batty. The event is very family friendly, with kids’ books authors in the mix. Hardywood: 2408-2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220. DIRECTIONS | If you can’t make it to Brew Ho Ho, get a signed copy of With Walt Whitman, Himself AT CIRCLING RIVERS


Alcestis in the Underworld, by Nina Murray 

Of Alcestis in the Underworld, Jordan Blum of The Bookends Review says: “Murray’s latest collection radiates a level of universal empathy and vivid experience that cements her place as masterful poet. Skillfully arranged into self-contained yet interconnected sections (with fascinating continuity via its titular subject, among other concepts), it’s nearly impossible not to learn from and relate to the captivating style and substance found on nearly every page. It’s a treasure trove of erudite expressionism, plain and simple.” MORE INFO


Kenneth Pobo: If you haven’t yet read Ken’s Circling Rivers title Loplop in a Red City, GET IT HERE. Ken has an e-chap fresh from Yavanka Press. Of course, Circling Rivers couldn’t resist this poem, from Threads:

Walt Whitman pops
out of a blue morning glory—
he stays all morning.

Download Threads for free HERE

Jean Huets: To celebrate release of With Walt Whitman, Himself in print, an annotated, interactive e-chap of Walt’s “I Sing the Body Electric.”  It should be available wherever in this world things can be downloaded — though, alas, it works only on Apple devices. GET IT FOR FREE.


Dana Frostick’s painting “Scaffolding, is the cover artwork of the Circling Rivers reprint of Robert Hazel’s collection, Who Touches This. Dana tells about the series that includes “Scaffolding”:

The space around us is constantly changing.  Evolving from forest to field to building and back again, the cycle spins around and around again.  Humans build sites to withstand time, but through neglect the door is opened for transformation back to the wild.  Sometimes decay encourages the construction of new buildings, rising from the rubble of the old.

These images of construction and destruction in our environment draw my attention.  I feel the need to capture these moments in time, when the process of change is so plainly displayed.  The series, “Industrial Sights,” was created from photos taken on location around Richmond and are a record of my interpretations of these moments of change.

WHO TOUCHES THIS at Circling Rivers


Helen Montague Foster’s story is featured in Owl Canyon Press’s, No Bars and a Dead Battery, a fiction anthology that features the winning entries from the 2018 Owl Canyon Press Short Story Hackathon challenge. The collection contains 26 stories chosen from over 900 entries, a mix of both seasoned and emerging writers whose astonishing and entertaining works span the wide ranging landcape of emotions from happiness to grief. ORDER IT