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Andrew J. Thomas: “Strangeland” From Naked Bulb Press
We are happy to spread the word on the release of "Strangeland" from Naked Bulb Press, the first full length book of poetry by Andrew J. Thomas. We also have a new interview up here, where FOC editor Elynn Alexander asks about the book, owning the "poet" label, the Beast Lit Crawl, and more including how his manuscript ended up in the hands of Missy Church: "Missy was deciding she wanted to expand her literary community efforts beyond the open mic reading she’s regularly held in her backyard for seven years now. After experiencing the thrill of having her own book, Church, published by Paper Press, she wanted to help give that same experience to other writers. She wanted to start her own press. She knew I was trying to get my chapbook published, so she asked if her new press could be the publisher. To say I was humbled by her request is an understatement. At the same time, it immediately felt right. I had participated in the Naked Bulb open mic since its inception. Much of the work in my chapbook started from a first rough draft reading on her backyard stage. And Missy was a close friend that would treat my work with care and attention." "Strangeland" is confessional, vulnerable, and honest. Thomas is open with the readers who will find parts of themselves in his poems. This is a collection that has been years in the making, waiting for the right press and the right time.
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