June 2017

Welcome to Central Avenue, Trista Mateer!

TristaMateerI am so pleased and proud to announce that Trista Mateer has decided to publish with Central Avenue.

Trista Mateer is a poet from outside of Baltimore, who could be living anywhere by the time you read this. Known for her eponymous blog, she is also the author of four full length collections of poetry, and won the Goodreads Choice Award in 2015 with The Dogs I Have Kissed.

She is currently working as a freelance editor but still manages to spend most of her time Googling cheap air fare and writing poetry about things that don’t matter anymore.

We will be publishing a second edition of Trista’s book, Honeybee, in Spring 2018, which was originally self-published in 2014. While technically the book is a collection of poetry, it weaves its words around a thread of a plot of a woman living through the beauty – and pain – of love, and leaves the reader with the experience of having completed a heart-wrenching novella. With endorsements coming in from some of today’s most popular poets and a history of putting out amazingly-crafted prose, I couldn’t be happier to be publishing Trista’s work.

We’ll be posting more about it soon, including its beautifully-illustrated cover by Marissa Johnson. If you’d like to catch up with Trista, check her out on Twitter and her website.

 

Welcome to Central Avenue, Jennifer Haupt!

JenHaupt2It gives me great pleasure to announce that Jennifer Haupt, one absolutely fantastic writer and woman, has joined the Central Avenue family.

Jennifer went to Rwanda as a journalist in 2006, a decade after the genocide that wiped out over a million people, to explore the connections between forgiveness and grief.

She spent a month travelling in the 10,000 hills with a guide, interviewing genocide survivors and humanitarian aid workers, and came home to Seattle with something unexpected: the bones of a novel.

Haupt has travelled to Africa five times, as well as to Haiti, Lebanon, and other locations for business and pleasure. Her essays and articles have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, Psychology Today, The Rumpus, The Seattle Times, Spirituality & Health, The Sun, Travel & Leisure, and many other publications.

Central Avenue is honoured to be publishing her first novel: In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills in April 2018. Set in post-genocide Rwanda, it’s a beautifully-crafted story of three women searching for amahoro in their own lives. It’s already getting some significant attention, with endorsements from Wally Lamb (I Know This Much is True) and Caroline Leavitt (Pictures of You) and several other talented and award-winning authors.

We’ll be posting more about it in the weeks to come, including its beautiful cover art, so stay tuned and in the meantime, feel free to send Jennifer a note of welcome over on Facebook.