Monday, January 7, 2013

Solving the World's Problems, by Robert Lee Brewer

Last week, I got some nice news from Press 53. They're going to publish my debut full-length collection of poetry tentatively titled Solving the World's Problems!

Robert Lee Brewer, Solving the World's Problems--in a hoodie!


At the moment, the manuscript consists of 80 poems, though we still have to go through the process of editing--so we'll see what happens. Since I just sent in the signed contract this morning, all "facts" in this post are "tentative" and "subject to change."

For instance, I have a "tentative" pub date of September 1, which would be perfect if it were to hold.

This post is basically a "can't keep it to myself" announcement that I hope will help get the word and excitement out to everyone who has been so supportive of me through my poetic journey. I. Am. Excited.

(Just ask Tammy.)

Anyway, I'm already buzzing with ideas to help this collection be as successful as it can be, and I'd welcome any help with that. If you know of places that review debut poetry collections, I'd love to know about them. If you know of blogs that interview poets, please share. If you know venues that support readings, let me know. In fact, if you have venues nearby AND a spare couch that you wouldn't mind having a tired poet crash on, I'd love to hear from you too.

Am poet. Will travel. After pub date.

I've got a pub date!

Did I mention I'm excited?!?

So yeah, carry on. If you can help out, please comment below or send me an e-mail at robertleebrewer@gmail.com. Or message me on Facebook. Or Twitter. Whatever works best for you.

Yeaaaaahhhhh!!!! (Sorry had one last bit of excitement there.)

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30 comments:

Sage Cohen said...

A magnificent and well-deserved triumph, Robert! Mazel tov!!! You are welcome on my couch any time. I'll let the poetry folks in Portland know you're ready to read here...

Anne Kimball said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats, RLB!!!! Couldn't happen to a nicer fella.

Margo said...

Robert! You won't touch ground for days. Congratulations. You hit the grail [alright, one of them].

I would love to interview you. Would you prefer it be closer to publication date, or now because you are so excited and need to shout from the rooftops, which venture I am more than happy to help with.

Marie Elena said...

WAY TO GO, ROBERT!!!

Walt Wojtanik said...

What my left brain just said!!! Outstanding!!!

Janice Gable Bashman said...

I just sent you an email with some info, so check you inbox.

Chuck said...

This is so awesome. Robert, you are a talented poet and a good guy. You deserve all your success!

Maureen said...

Congratulations, Robert; well-deserved.

At some point, let's talk about doing an interview at my blog.

Khara House said...

Way to go, Robert! So excited and happy for you ... though I'm sure not nearly as thrilled as you are yourself! Be sure to bring the book tour to Flagstaff; we're a humble but very poetic town :)

Congratulations!

S.E.Ingraham said...

62Robert - this is fantastic news! And so well-deserved...I've been MIA in my town lately but still have very good connections and know there would be interest in hearing you read and launch your book here so keep me posted please. There are regular venues and festivals happening all the time ... congrats, kudos and all that good stuff - how exciting!

elissafield said...

Robert, I am SO excited for you! Congratulations! If I hear any good poet-strategies, I'll pass them along.

Yaaaayyyyyy!!!

Sabra Bowers said...

Congratulations, Robert. I look forward to reading your book. Have you made a connection with Poetry at Tech (Ga Tech)? Callanwolde? I also look forward to reading your posts as you step into the flow of this process. May it be a smooth flow for you.

Sarah said...

Ah, Robert - this is what I was secretly hoping to hear. And thrilled that it is NOT a secret any longer! Do keep us all posted on its/your progress. So sweet; you surely have a lot of us eager followers just waiting to read every word. Congratulations.

Madeline Sharples said...

Congratulations, Robert. So exciting and well deserved. Would you agree to an interview on my blog? http://madeline40.blogspot.com

All best for a smooth and timely pubs process.

csoffer said...

Awesome news. I'm in an MFA program, and a lot of my friends are poets struggling to get chap books together and hoping to publish soon. It's nice to hear about a poet finding a home for his work. Congratulations!

Nancy said...

That's great news, Robert. There are some good folks at Press 53.

Amy Morgan said...

Wonderful news Robert. If you don't mind Buffalo....there's talking Leaves Bookstore (Buffalo, NY's oldest independent bookstore) http://www.tleavesbooks.com/. Husband and I have a pull out you are welcome to crash in should you do a reading/signing. Good luck and look forward to reading more of your work!

Semaphore said...

Congratulations, RObert! Looking forward to this!

Caroline Gill said...

Congratulations, Robert, from Suffolk, UK!

This is most exciting. I have just had my first poetry chapbook published (by The Seventh Quarry in Swansea, Wales, in conjunction with Cross-Cultural Communications in New York), so I know something of what you are feeling! My chapbook, The Holy Place, is shared with John Dotson from the USA.

I would be delighted to interview you on my blog - and indeed have been hosting one or two fellow poets recently, kick-started by The Next Big Thing meme.

Jane said...

Congratulations, Robert! Love Press 53 and look forward to your collection.

Dr. Pearl Ketover Prilik (PKP) said...

Congratulations - sweet paver of "The Street" .... Soooo well deserved - enjoy every pulse of excitement -will think of ways to publicize!

catherinemjohnson said...

Huge congrats, Robert! I know a few blogs that would be interested. Will pass them on later.

Hannah said...

WICKED cool, Robert!! Congrats big-time!! :)

Robert Lee Brewer said...

Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments and great tips. Plus, I want to thank everyone who's sent me e-mail messages directly. I'm already making ambitious plans.

Gippy said...

Congratulations Robert! That's awesome!!!

Juanita Lewison-Snyder said...

Kudos Robert, good for you! It's always gratifying to see one of "us" out there actually making it. Congrats!

Rose Klix said...

Congratulations! Woo Hoo! Publication is always exciting. Want to come to NE TN in April? I'm working on setting up readings at several venues to promote our poetry group throughout the Tri-Cities area. I'll also be reading from my own new poetry books, Pastiche of Poetry and God, My Greatest Love.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on your new book finding a publisher. Nice title.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Congratulations, Robert. Fantastic news.

Anonymous said...

Way to go Best of Luck