This is a poem about a time of life / when one lets go all at once /
of regrets, since their sources / are remote and one no longer /
does anything worth regretting.
from The Arrangements by Kate Colby, an excerpt from “Poem,” Four Way Books, fall 2018
Now, at the dusk of our 25th year, the staff and board of Four Way Books look back, of course, to our beginning (2-3 books a year, no email) but mostly ahead to our future publishing seasons of releasing 15-18 books of poetry and fiction annually by debut, emerging, established, returning, and new-to-us writers. As our readers already know, we publish a wide-range of aesthetics by writers from across the country–that’s what makes curating our lists so interesting and what keeps our readers reading, and what inspires donors to join us in supporting Four Way Books. I hope that you will consider contributing to our 25th Anniversary year in support of our past, our present, and our future.
We’re told over and over again that Four Way Books titles just can’t be pigeon-holed into a niche. The lexical density of Daniel Tobin. The spare lyrics of Mark Conway and Carl Adamschick. Kevin Prufer. Gregory Pardlo. Sue Standing. Carol Moldaw. Julia Guez. Rigoberto González. Cynthia Cruz. Kamilah Aisha Moon. Reginald Dwayne Betts. C. Dale Young. Sydney Lea. Joan Aleshire. Sandy Tseng. Susan Wheeler. Eileen Pollack. Aaron Coleman. Allison Benis White. Cammy Thomas. These are the authors of our past, present, and future… 20’s – 80’s. Urban. Rural. Narrative. Lyric. Elliptical. Formalist. Here we are, rising and thriving 25 years later. And we are here because individuals like you have supported us from Day 1. Please join us this year again, or for the first time, by responding to my letter with a donation which will help Four Way Books make the next 25 years as important to American literature as our first 25 years have been.
The world I know and believe in cares that writers continue to write, that publishers continue to provide them with opportunities to find readers, and that poetry and fiction continue to be essential to a healthy life. I believe in a world of caring individuals made up of outspoken, determined, imaginative, and generous philanthropists who contribute five important dollars and more to Four Way Books every year. Please add your name to Four Way Books’s @ 25 world today. A gift that is significant to you is significant to us.
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