The Powow River Anthology

For Immediate Release Contact:
Lois Frankenberger
(978) 470-0040

Special Celebration Marks National Launch

WHAT: A celebration of The Powow River Anthology National Launch
WHEN: Thursday, March 23, 2006
TIME: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. reception and reading
WHERE: Newburyport Art Association, 65 Water Street, Newburyport, MA, (978) 465-8769; wheelchair accessible
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

NEWBURYPORT – The public is invited to a special evening celebrating the national launch of The Powow River Anthology, a collection of poetry showcasing the work of a spirited and varied group of 24 gifted men and women who call themselves the Powow River Poets.

The evening features a reception with the Anthology’s contributing poets, including the acclaimed poet Rhina Espaillat, to whom the book is dedicated; Alfred Nicol, winner of the 2004 Richard Wilbur Award for poetry, who edited the anthology; Frank Gromling, owner of the book’s publisher Ocean Publishing; and photographer K. D. Talbot of Kingston, NH, whose photograph “Powow River/Water” appears on the book’s front cover.

Highlights of the evening include a performance by Classical and Flamenco guitarist John Tavano of Groveland, MA, and a special reading by the nationally recognized poet X. J. Kennedy of Lexington, MA. Kennedy has written the anthology’s introduction, and in it says “Poetry is a house of many rooms, and whether a poet rhymes or doesn’t rhyme surely matters less than whether he or she writes with sufficient energy to seize readers and strum on their emotions and keep them reading to the bottom of the poem. This rough test, all the Powow River Poets pass with unfurled colors.”

National award winning poets Timothy Steele, Lewis Turco and Bruce Bennett have written rave reviews of the book. Steele, for example, describes it “Like an oasis in the desert, this anthology offers fertile refuge in the largely arid landscape of contemporary verse. Here readers can escape the bewildering, coercive heat of Poetry with a capital “P” and find many refreshing and memorable poems. Hats off to the remarkable Powow poets: long may they write and thrive.”

The Powow River Poets formed in Newburyport in 1991. Many of its members have enjoyed national and international recognition of their work including book and magazine publication, as well as prestigious poetry awards. Powows who have contributed to the anthology include:

David Berman of Belmont, MA; Pat Callan of Newton, MA; Michael Cantor of Newbury, MA; Bill Coyle of Somerville, MA; Robert Crawford of Chester, NH; Rhina P. Espaillat of Newburyport, MA; Lois Frankenberger of Andover, MA; Midge Goldberg of Derry, NH; A.M. Juster of Belmont, MA; Merrill Kaitz of Amesbury, MA; Don Kimball of Concord, NH; Elaine Kimball of Rowley, MA; Len Krisak of Newton, MA; Michele Leavitt, formerly of Salisbury, MA now living in Gainesville, FL; Nancy Bailey Miller of North Reading, MA; James Najarian of Brighton, MA; Mildred Nash of Burlington, MA; Karen Nelson of Newton, NH; Alfred Nicol of Newburyport, MA; Brian O’Brien of Haverhill, MA; Greg Perry of Amesbury, MA; Jodie Reyes of Marlborough, MA; Deborah Warren of Andover, MA; and Richard Wollman of Newburyport, MA.

The Powow River Anthology is now available for $14.95 online at, Internet retailers, and at local bookstores. Following the March 23rd launch, a series of readings by the contributing poets will be held at poetry and literary events across the country.

Ocean Publishing is located in Flagler Beach, FL and specializes in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Among the publisher’s other titles are A Poetry Break, Zen Fishing and Other Southern Pleasures, Killing Earl, Windrusher and the Cave of Tho-hoth , Zachary Cooks Up Some Fun, Whales with Fur and Soccer Made Easy for Americans. Only three years in business, the traditional press has won several awards for publishing excellence.

When asked why a small, three-year-old press would publish a book of poetry by New England poets, Ocean Publishing’s owner Frank Gromling replies, “It’s simple. These poets are some of the best, most accomplished poetry talents in America today.”

For more information:
Frank Gromling, Ocean Publishing
President, Florida Publishers Association
Board of Directors, PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association
(386) 517-1600 (day)
(386-793-8188 (night)