Michael Adams | Steel Valley | Lummox Press | E-Book

Michael Adams

All rights reserved. ©2010. No part of this book can be reproduced without the express written permission of the author, except in the case of written reviews. Illustrations by Raindog. ISBN 978-1-929878-17-8

First edition. Lummox Press PO Box 5301 San Pedro, CA 90733 www.lummoxpress.com Printed in the United States of America. Acknowledgments:My thanks to the editors of the following publications, in which these poems first appeared: Monongahela in Desert Shovel Review; Ghosts, and Like Old Buicks in Mad Blood; Headwaters in Heartlodge; Sweet, God’s Son Lay Down and Autumn Night: Cold Mountain in Heavy Bear

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Publication Credits: Between Heaven and Earth (Elik Press, Salt Lake City, Utah 2003) Singing This Great Body Back Together (Baculite Publishing, Columbine Hills, CO 2002) (editor) Hardscrabble: The Wet Mountain Poems (Longhand Press, Golden, CO 1997) Broken Hand (Longhand Press 1991) Underground (Longhand Press, 2007) A collaboration with poets Phil Woods and James Taylor III Broken Hand Peak (reprint of the title poem from Broken Hand) (Turkey Buzzard Press, Lafayette, CO 2007) Whistleblowers (Turkey Buzzard Press 2009) Poetry, fiction, book reviews and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and newspapers, including Mad Blood (Evergreen, CO), Mountain Gazette (Frisco, CO), San Juan Mountain Journal (Silverton, CO), Northern Lights (Missoula, MT), Pilgrimage (Crestone, CO), Desert Shovel (Santa Fe. NM), Heartlodge (Denver, CO), Hiram Poetry Review (Hiram, OH), Bombay Gin (Boulder, CO), Midwest Quarterly (Pittsburg, KS), Alabama Literary Review (Troy, AL), and Writers on the Range, a syndication service of High Country News (Paonia, CO).

Awards: Winner of the 2007 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize awarded by the Telluride Writers’ Guild for the poem Still, We Have the Birds

You can feel with all senses the steel wheels of Mike Adams’ Pennsylvania steel mill and railroad boyhood pulse in every word; his clear, generous breaths open the heart to the wide expanses of the poet writing down his life… It is hard to find a geography worth its weight in memory that doesn’t resonate with the blood and spirit of its inhabitants. Steel Valley is fine writing, epic and intimate. —John Macker

Michael Adams grew up in a steel town near Pittsburgh, PA. He has a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in planning, both from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of five books of poetry and essays, including Broken Hand Peak (Turkey Buzzard Press, 2008) Underground (Longhand Press, 2007) and Between Heaven and Earth (Elik Press, 2004). Whistleblowers (Turkey Buzzard Press 2009) is his most recent work, like Underground a collaboration with the poets James Taylor III and Phil Woods. These three poets perform together as the Free Radical Railroad. Michael is the winner of the 2007 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, awarded by the Telluride Writers Guild. He now lives in Lafayette, CO with his wife, Claire.


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