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James Franco and Adrian Blevins Publish New Poetry Chapbooks


James Franco, actor, writer, director, and Adrian Blevins, an award-winning poet, have published new poetry chapbooks with Hollyridge Press, the 20th and 21st in the chapbook series. Hollyridge Press announces the publication of Strongest of the Litter, a first chapbook by James Franco, and Bloodline by Adrian Blevins. "James Franco's poetry is beautiful and spare," says Ian Wilson, managing editor of Hollyridge Press, "while Adrian Blevins brings us new dispatches from the battlefields of motherhood."

Franco's chapbook has a vision of power that is at the center of these poems, a power both generative and frightening, self-consuming and bracing. The chapbook is the story of an artist's power of self-making using the collective memory of Hollywood along with specific memories of the poet's own past.

[Excerpt from "Patterson Love"] "I'm a raging Kowalski whose / Temper can be measured by // How little I can give. / How abusive my reticence."

[Excerpt from "Death"] "Then my father passed / And that was a big one. / And I saw that all the motions / Of his life were sucked into his hole."

Blevins' chapbook deepens her ongoing exploration into the subjects which have always been the focus of her poetry: babies, mortality and mother love. In language that is by turns, celebratory, edgy, slang, stylized and sassy, the poems attempt to reconcile the difficulties of the speaker's desire for something more with the fierce love for her children. Blevins wades into sacrosanct regions declaring, "I'm not saying this was my incarceration / because I was too devoted" even as the poems draw a topography of grief at a life arrested by the procreative power of the speaker's own body.

[Excerpt from "The Plunge"] "...and the Spartan elderly with their floating picnic debris / of supple infant charges and their toy guns..."

[Excerpt from "Tongue-Tied at Sea"] "And yes, people / were hungry and there were too many cats and trash and yes this is the shame and the dumb trouble // I don't want to talk about."

Strongest of the Litter and Bloodline are available from Amazon and all online book sellers, and can be ordered from local bookstores.

James Franco is an actor, director, screenwriter, and artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man trilogy, Howl, and 127 Hours. He has an MFA in creative writing from Brooklyn College, an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, and McSweeney's. He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Palo Alto, published by Scribner.

Adrian Blevins is the author of Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009), The Brass Girl Brouhaha (Ausable Press, 2003), and a previous chapbook, The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes (BrightHill Press, 1996). She is the recipient of many awards and honors including a Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha, a Rona Jaffe Writer's Foundation Award, a Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award, the Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, and, more recently, a Cohen Award from Ploughshares. Blevins teaches at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Hollyridge Press is a small literary press in Venice, California. The press has been publishing literary fiction and poetry for over 12 years, including The Chapbook Series.

Hollyridge Press
Ian Wilson, (310) 712-1238

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