Scablands Books in the news
Poetry Society of America features a poem from Ellen Welcker's Ram Hands, "This Day in History."
Of the poem, Welcker writes, "When I was putting this book together in spring and summer of 2016, I described this poem as part ars poetica / part plan for the new world order. Maybe I couldn't see very well, maybe I am still waking up. Either way, I have stopped believing in this description. I mean, if this is my ars poetica, ok. But if this is my plan? I'm gonna need a better plan..."
Weird Sisters in The Inlander
The anthology's latest volume features short stories and poems by nearly 80 contributing writers from the Inland Northwest and beyond — some are widely recognized local authors; others are publishing for the first time — and is subtitled Weird Sisters. Proceeds from the collection's sale, and tickets to its launch event at the Bing Crosby Theater, benefit programs at Spark Central, the community literacy and resource center aimed at providing creative and educational opportunities to youths from Spokane's West Central neighborhood.
Weird Sisters in the Spokesman Review
For Diana Xin, “Weird Sisters” is a short story about the family troubles that arise when two sisters and their mother leave China for Minnesota.
For Simeon Mills, “Weird Sisters” means a series of drawings showing the trial and error of a beauty spell.
For Elin Hawkinson, “Weird Sisters” is the story of a girl dealing with having a noppera-bo, a face-less, human-like creature of Japanese folklore, for a sister.
...These pieces are just a few in “Weird Sisters,” the third volume of “Lilac City Fairy Tales..."
Cutbank reviews Ellen Welcker's Ram Hands
Welcker evokes environmental degradation, paternalistic violence and capitalistic greed with banal objects of domesticity. The combination of nature—in various forms of torture—with the everyday stuff of human life makes for a complicated mish-mash: “slugs drape themselves grossly like used tea bags” or “I heave a beached orca into a plastic bag. It quietly doubles over on itself. I twist the top of the bag and look for a bread tie.”
Seattle Review of Books
"If you’re a regular reader of the Seattle Review of Books, or a fan of Northwest writing, you know Sharma Shields. She’s written for us, and is the author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac, and the short story collection Favorite Monster.
"This project by her is all about publishing poetry collections from fellow inland Northwest writers Ellen Welcker and Tim Greenup. Spokane has a burgeoning lit scene, and that’s great to see. Here’s to small publishers in Spokane!"
An Interview with Poet Tim Greenup in The Spokesman Review
Tim: "It’s a coming of age collection, or that’s how I thought of it as I worked at sequencing the poems. A lot of the poems have to do with boyhood, adolescence, adulthood. More broadly though I think the collection is concerned with change and the disorienting nature of sudden change. Most of the poems were written in the aftermath of some significant changes in my life, like the death of my mother. That change plays heavily in the collection. And I suppose saying the poems are concerned with change is another way of saying they’re concerned with loss. In that sense, the poems in Without Warning are like most other poems."