A Publication for the faculty, staff, administrators and friends of California State University, Chico
September 9, 2004 Volume 35/Number 1

Inside Stories

Twenty Years of Poems

“… discerning readers have always paid close attention to chapbooks, for it is often in the pages of those concentrated volumes that one finds the true work, the harbinger of great things to come."
—Robert McDowell, publisher, on The Corner of Absence, published by Flume Press

Flume Press, the university’s chapbook press, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Flume was established in 1984 as a small, independent, nonprofit poetry press. In 2001, Flume Press became affiliated with California State University, Chico’s literary editing and publishing certificate program in the Department of English. Casey Huff is the certificate program coordinator, as well as managing editor of Flume Press. Students serve as editorial assistants for Flume Press, reading, editing, and helping Huff select manuscripts to send to the final judges of Flume’s annual chapbook contest. They also learn about and assist in the design process and in the preparation of marketing materials.

Flume Press and friends celebrate on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union, room 210. Poet Tina Barr and fiction writer Sherrie Flick join local poet Joanne Allred to read selections from their Flume Press books. Flick’s I Call This Flirting was the winner of Flume Press’s 2003 Chapbook Contest, the first fiction contest sponsored by the press. A reception follows. The event is free and open to the public.
–Lisa Kirk

I’m waiting for you to read
between the lines and remember
me as you do the crackling insects
in a parched field of sunflowers
that day you wandered as a child.
Listen. I speak in a tongue
like an ancient bell’s
whose clapper has been lost.

–Joanne Harris Allred

Excerpted from “Message” in Whetstone, (Flume Press, No. 12 in the Flume Chapbook Series)



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