What’s a press called Coal City doing in a town called Lawrence? Like most things, it’s a bit of a story.
The story starts when an English poet, Brian Daldorph, came to the US to study poetry — first in Normal-Bloomington IL (Illinois State University), then in Champagne-Urbana (University of Illinois). Coal City was right up I-55. What better name for a journal that Brian envisioned as gritty, raw and full of all kinds of people experiencing all kinds of life.
Now, Coal City Press is in Lawrence, Kansas, a river city town and home of the University of Kansas. And Brian now teaches creative writing at the university and the Douglas County Jail, where he founded a writing program for prisoners.
Thanks to Brian’s dedication and the support of the Neptune Foundation, Coal City Press continues to publish and introduce more literary voices each year. Since 1990, Coal City has published 20 annual reviews and 7 collections of poetry. Staying true to Brian’s original intent, the review and press publish both new and experienced poets and writers.
Our contributors are tall, short, male, female, American, foreign, rich, poor, free, imprisoned, discontented, contented, rural, urban, suburban, liberal and not-so-liberal. The traits they share are curiosity, compassion, insight and fierce commitment to good writing.
Welcome to the ever-expanding world of Coal City Press. Please take a minute to sample some of our contributors’ terrific poetry and fiction.
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