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
—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.
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)