Christine Holbert, founding director of Lost Horse Press and a founder of Spokane’s Get Lit! Literary Arts Festival, earned her MA in Publishing from Eastern Washington University. In 1998, she established Lost Horse Press where she reviews and edits manuscripts, designs book covers and text pages, typesets, designs catalogs, promotes Lost Horse books, manages marketing activities, oversees interns and volunteers, and negotiates with distributors, bookstores, printers, authors, and other publishers. She has guided to completion such outstanding titles as Love by Valerie Martin, Post & Rail by Erica Funkhouser, Thistle by Melissa Kwasny, Detroit As Barn by Crystal Williams, Just Waking by Christopher Howell, The Baseball Field at Night by Patricia Goedicke, Wonderland by Sam Ligon, The Loves & Wars of Relative Scale by Albert Goldbarth, Raising Lilly Ledbetter edited by Carolyne Wright, Nasty Women Poets edited by Julie Kane and Grace Bauer, among others. In the 20 years since she established the Press, Holbert has published over 125 books of poetry and fiction, many of which have won national awards.
In addition to running the Press, Holbert is dedicated to contributing to the community. She serves on the board of the Idaho Center for the Book; founded the Idaho Prize for Poetry, an annual book contest; organizes creative writing workshops, literary readings, and a writing conference for adults—all to promote the literary arts in Idaho as well as nationally.
"I didn't know how much there was to want in the world until I saw Sheena, and then I wanted it all." These twelve short-short stories, illustrated by collage artist Stephen Knezovich, are as dark and absurd as they are poignant, playful, and true, examining men and women, love and loss, donkeys and goats, and murder, carnivals, and whiskey bosoms. "Nobody deserves love. Or everyone does. It c... read more
Presented in a dual-language format, A Field of Foundlings is the first in Lost Horse Press's series of Ukrainian poetry in translation. Starovoyt's poetry investigates the curse and virtue of forgetting, the suppressed generational memory of the twentieth century, and the new context of its retelling in Eastern Europe. Drawing on the paradoxes of mythology, technology, and tradition, Starovoy... read more
A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees explores life's strains and joys and the human compulsion to create something lasting despite certain entropy. Teardowns, remodels, sex, longing, joy; sometimes tender, sometimes humorous, these poems explore interpersonal relationships of all kinds and embrace the competing impulses of working hard at changing life's course and fatalistic acceptance. Kendra's ... read more
Receipt is a collaboration between artist Andy Buck and Carl Adamshick. It is a book that loves names and dialog. Andy Buck's carved, wooden figures alongside Carl Adamshick's poems begin a conversation about friendships and their sometimes peculiar behavior.
Gary Copeland Lilley's collection, The Bushman's Medicine Show, is a southern gothic testament delivered by an archetypical denizen of the modern south, a sort of Everyman from the Carolina low-country traversing the territories of family, the spirits, society, culture, and identity, while refusing to be eradicated. If there is some type of stigmata, a mark, some identifier of people who have ... read more
True to its title, The Loves and Wars of Relative Scale is a community of poems that address ideas of perspective, of proximity―of what happens when the large-scale universe collides with our human-scale joys and disasters. But this collection is not a dry treatment of its subject: love affairs, a dramatic encounter with whales, and visits to famous consciousness-altering historic moments all ... read more
Frankenstein 's Children explores Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a lens into contemporary loneliness and hunger, fantasies of reanimation and artificial thought born of a dread that would deny or master the necessities that define us, join us, tear us apart. Having lost her own child, Shelley gives voice to a powerful illusion, a creature half-invented, half-found, raised from the dead and yet... read more
Yuri Andrukhovych emerged as a prominent voice in Ukrainian literature with the publication of his first book of poems in 1985. The same year, together with Oleksandr Irvanets and Viktor Neborak, he formed the poetic group Bu-ba-bu, which became a leading force in Ukrainian poetic innovation for nearly a decade. After publishing only prose for a number of years, Andrukhovych returned to poetry... read more
Gathered from the root-zones of many different trees, knife-scraped from rock-face, lifted from dung, spore-flung into air, these gathered mushroom poems offer undomestic, distinctive discoveries to all who choose to join the effort to find them. --Jane Hirshfield
David Axelrod’s new collection of poems, Folly, is perhaps his most personal, vivid and honest work to date. Taking Desderius Erasmus as his noble guide, Axelrod follows the road of folly, error and ignorance that constitute our common life. Along the way we meet Dostoyevsky while Nordic skiing, get a haircut, watch a divorced woman and her daughter fly kites, hold a crippled bird in our hands... read more
Harsh and highly accomplished, these poems redeem the people from the paint, plaster and piety. They pull victims and perpetrators alike out of the history and myth of the treasures of Great Arts into the arena of our ongoing moral dilemmas, our struggles for survival as well as for the preservation of compassion and decency in a perennially fallen human world. After reading these poems, we wi... read more
Habitation collects the best poetry from a career spanning more than forty years by the distinguished northwest poet-editor-translator, Sam Hamill. Drawn from fifteen volumes of celebrated poetry, whether in brief haiku-like poems or long-ranging narratives, Habitation presents a lyrical voice is unique in American poetry today. Jim Harrison has declared, “Hamill has reached the category of a ... read more
Winner of the 2014 Blue Lynx PrizeThe poems in Elephant Raga are strange and lyrical stories, jokes, heart breaking truths, and existential meditations. Their amazing energy and freshness makes every page an adventure and a delight. This is poetry for everyone.
These are mature poems, meditative, curious about the world of wild mountains and streams, about death and blessing, about the resonant past that is with us yet. And they are about a kind of stillness that has become rare in modern life, the stillness of a man who actually inhabits his senses.from "Some Guardian Spirit"Freezing fog, visibility maybe a hundred yards.Frost builds up on the pine ... read more
Tough, direct, filled with sweetness and immaculate detail, the poems in Open Heart do what only the best poems do, they link the reader with previously unsuspected aspects of his or her own sensibility. They remind us what life has been like for the post-war generation in America, and they show us where hope, laughter, and genuine feeling abide.
Small Talk gathers poems from Peter Sears’s eight previous collections, and adds thirty entirely new poems. The many admirers of his poetry will be delighted to find so many old friends back in print and under a single cover. Eclectic, comic, disarming, deadly, and ever fresh and surprising, these poems offer a feast of necessary delights.
Humor, memory, violence, and elegy twine and separate in these peopled, story-filled, beautifully realized poems filled with characters pressing on through all the loss, disappointment, and ordinary confusions of living.
A baby crow is raised by a little girl to become independent enough to join other crows. This a true nature story of the bond between the author and her pet crow that illustrates the intelligence and social qualities of crows and parallels the experiences of parents as they raise their children. It is a rare children's story about the social behavior of crows. A whimsical story about how a wil... read more
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