11/01/2019

Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo

Verses, Voices & Visions of Vallejo
$20.00
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Series: Poetry Anthologies
Genre: Poetry
ASIN: 1724462636
ISBN: 9781724462633

This collective book featuring 43 writers was released March 13, 2019 with a reading at the Vallejo JFK Library in the Joseph Room with proceeds benefitting the Vallejo Peace Project.

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To read contributor biographies please visit this link: poetryebook.com/vallejo-anthology-contributor-bios/

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List Price: $20.00
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White on White paper
196 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1724462633
ISBN-10: 1724462636
BISAC: Poetry / Anthologies

A collective anthology authored by:

DIANA ALDEN
OLIVIA ANDERSON
KYRAH AYERS
DANIEL BADIALI
GENEA BRICE
JESSICA BROWN
LEI KIM SAWYER CHAVEZ
JULIA DVORIN
JOHANNA ELY
RANJIT SINGH GILL
AMY GIOLETTI
G.O. 284
GREY
MORGAN HANNIGAN
TRAVIS JACKSON, JR.
KATHLEEN
JEFFREY KINGMAN
CHUCK LAMPLIGHTER
D.L. LANG
LADY-D
LEE LEE
LUCINDA LEES
AQUEILA M. LEWIS
MYRA NISSEN
KELLIANE PARKER
POETIC OLD SOUL
CAROL PEARLMAN
BOBBY RICHARDSON
FRED ROSS-PERRY
NINA SERRANO
RAVI SHANKAR
ERIKA SNYDER
JEREMY SNYDER
REGINA SPARROW
TOM STANTON
DIANA TENES
KEITH THOMPSON
AMBER VON NAGEL
BECKY BISHOP WHITE
JEFF WILLIAMS
JAMES WESTLEY
LISA WILSON
LOIS WU

Edited by
D.L. LANG
Vallejo Poet Laureate 2017-2019

Vallejo Waterfront Cover Photo by
JESSICA BROWN

Available at Bookshop Benicia in Benicia, California, and Alibi Bookshop in Vallejo, California. A copy is also archived at the Benicia Public Library, and in circulation in the Solano County Library system.

Proceeds of offline sales benefit the Vallejo Peace Project. Please contact Lisa Wilson vallejopeaceproject@gmail.com or D.L. Lang to get bulk copies for your organization.

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I met several talented poets and lyricists when performing at poetry by the bay, poetry in notion, and across my life. I wanted to bring them all together in one book, as many of them as were willing to submit their work.

I collected poems for 8 months, spent 4 months compiling and editing. I didn’t change very much of what was originally submitted, so as to retain the voice and style of the original authors. My focus was on what they had to say, not how they said it. I also accepted every person who submitted a poem and bio. I think poets receive enough rejection based on subjective reasons, so I wanted to be fully inclusive.

I had originally intended on just a book about Vallejo, but I tossed aside my own rules to allow for more freedom of expression. I was delighted with everything that I received. As the poems came in I found the book to be relatable on a personal level, talking about love and loss, as well as talking about global issues such as racism, peace, revolution, poverty, and trauma. With its wide breadth of important subject matter it became a book I enjoyed reading as I edited.

I also wanted to show that in the most diverse city in America we can unite in the name of poetry and peace. I didn’t want to give the money to an arts organization or keep it for myself, so I chose Vallejo Peace Project. Vallejo has a lot of violence, and they encourage people to be the change, spread positivity, and commit random acts of kindness to make the world a better place.

Since I am not paid as a poet laureate, I funded the project with my savings, and we had a beautiful book launch in the spring at the library where we sold out of copies, and raised money for the peace project. I hadn’t originally intended releasing the book on a wide scale, but there was some additional demand afterwards. You can get the book at Bookshop Benicia, Alibi Bookshop, and online. Lisa Wilson has copies that benefit the peace project.

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