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"What a remarkable debut from Cobalt Press!"
June 1, 2014
by Dave Housley, BL Pawelek, Ben Tanzer
and Tom Williams
with a foreword by Greg Olear
A collection of flash fiction (Tanzer), bookend short stories (Williams), a novella (Housley), and poetry written from father to daughter (Pawelek), Four Fathers is a hard-hitting definitive work that seeks to uncover what it takes to be a parent. These subjects are not easy, and through these introspective fathers, often agonized by the daily tensions of care-taking, we come to appreciate our own experiences more fully, or, at least prepare ourselves for what may lie ahead.
FROM THE PUBLISHER
There are few subjects richer than fatherhood. I won’t lie, the first time I heard someone use the phrase fatherhood fiction or dick-lit (it was Greg Olear, a couple years ago when Fathermucker was happening), I snorted a little bit. This, of course, is the reaction of a non-father, of a son who admittedly believes that being a dad isn’t all that complicated. Then I read this manuscript. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, other than that I knew two of the authors pretty well and loved their stuff. So I read, and kept reading, and I laughed, and I felt my chest tighten with anxiety, and I might have even cried. How wrong I was.
Four Fathers, and each of its authors, delivers fatherhood in a multitude of thought-provoking, heartfelt ways: from Tom Williams’ pair of long short stories which define a man by who he is as a son in relation to his father, and who he is as a father in relation to his son; to BL Pawelek’s poetry, dedicated to his daughter, Abbey Road. Then you have Ben Tanzer's flash fiction pieces, which all seem to reflect up on the idea of "I'm a dad…what the heck do I do now?" and Dave Housley's novella begging the Osbornesque question "What the f*** is a 'Bieber?'" There are moments of absolute sweetness, and moments of perversity. There are points where you’ll want to laugh out loud, but you’ll stop once you realize you’re only laughing at yourself, your own fears, your own misgivings about what it means to be a dad.
The idea for this book was hatched by its authors at the 2012 AWP conference, and by the same event in 2013, they had put the manuscript in my hands and we were signing the contract. While the works by the individual authors may not seem directly linked in anything other than the general exploration of fatherhood, the connections between the pieces run much, much deeper. An interview series coordinated by Lori Hettler of The Next Best Book Blog during our fundraising campaign is a great example of how well these authors work together despite living hundreds of miles apart. They clearly speak the same language, and they are so clearly dads.
Cobalt Press is honored to have the opportunity to publish Four Fathers as our first full-length book, and we are grateful to all who have helped us to get it off the ground.
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"Nothing can prepare us for the heart-wrenching mess that being a parent entails, but these stories and poems about fatherhood make me feel less lonely in the endeavor. At times gut-busting hilarious, devastating to the point of tears, and just plain beautiful, I'm so grateful this collection is in the world." --Paula Bomer, author of NINE MONTHS and INSIDE MADELEINE
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Release date: June 1st, 2014
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December 21, 2014
by Kate Wyer
We are pleased to announce the second book in the Cobalt Press catalog: Kate Wyer’s novella Black Krim.
Wyer, who lives and writes in the Baltimore area, attended Goucher College, where she received the Elizabeth Woodworth Reese Prize from Madison Smartt Bell, and earned her MFA from University of Baltimore. She also won the Women Writing About Women contest sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Wyer’s work can be found in The Collagist, PANK, Keyhole, Wigleaf, decomP, and elsewhere. In addition to her writing, Wyer is the manager of a non-profit within the public mental health system.
About Black Krim: When Corbina finds a man standing barefoot in a field across from her farmhouse, she makes a choice that will challenge every part of her lifestyle. Black Krim follows three characters, in alternating first-person narratives, as they uncover each other’s motives and desires, as well as their own.
An excerpt from this novella first appeared in Unsaid Vol. 6 and earned Wyer the Joan Scott Memorial Award in addition to a Pushcart nomination.
Format: Paperback and eBook
HOW WE BURY OUR DEAD
by Jonathan Travelstead
Winner of the 2013 Cobalt Poetry Prize for his poem "Trucker," Jonathan Travelstead has compiled an astounding collection of adrenalized poetry. How We Bury Our Dead is a narrative work which follows a single speaker as he jumps from one intense situation to the next in order to avoid his mother's struggle with cancer. An Air Force firefighter, he volunteers to accompany his unit to Kuwait, and, after returning and still unable to cope, he hitchhikes his way across Alaska before finally going home.
Travelstead served as a firefighter in the Air Force National Guard for six years and now works as a firefighter for the city of Murphysboro, Illinois. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he now spends his time working on an old dirt bike he hopes will one day get him to the Salt Flats of Bolivia.
Format: Paperback and eBook
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2014-15 Catalog Subscription
Purchase all Cobalt Press products published in the first year of publication at a discounted rate and receive a free copy of Cobalt Volume 2 (2013) with your purchase.
FOUR FATHERS (Housley, Pawelek, Tanzer, Williams)
BLACK KRIM (Wyer)
HOW WE BURY OUR DEAD (Travelstead)
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