There’s quality publishing happening in Roanoke. Check these out.
Hard cover or soft bound it’s a striking journal. Just holding it feels great, and in your hands is documentation of the best of the region’s arts and literary efforts. Celebrating twenty years of publication over a 50-year span, the annual publication is helmed by photographer/founder Jeri Nolan Rogers.
Groundhog Poetry Press
Hollins’ Richard Dillard is at the helm of this young poetry press. Poems with local ties, printed in Salem and with pedigree. Within the first year the press has had a Jack Christian poem run in The New York Times Magazine.
The Hollins Critic
Published five times a year, The Hollins Critic presents the first serious surveys of the whole bodies of contemporary writers’ work like Frank Ormsby (at right) rendered in The Critic’s signature style by Susan Avishai. Brief book reviews complement poetry by new and established poets.
Mike and Anita Allen’s micropress specializes in speculative fiction and poetry. The team’s been pulling together a community of writers since 1995 and the imprint is now home to a digital journal Mythic Delirium, several single-author publications, and the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies .