Interview About Gold Wake Press

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Author: Jared Michael Wahlgren

What makes Gold Wake Press a unique part of the publishing community?

Gold Wake is a snippet of the publishing industry. As much as we’d like to embody all the principles of publishing, “we” consists of a publisher, the authors, & a few cover designers who have assisted along the way. It’s difficult to spend free time being a representative of the press while also working on the books, from corrections to conversion to upload, etc. Some presses have publicists who work with the press, etc. We may be looking to actually become a “we” in the future. So, do we have an identity crisis? Not really. We embody a unique principle & aesthetic, & try, as best as we can, to push the boundaries of understanding a poem. Although we favor lyrical styles, we embrace all aspects of good writing. Joshua Young is a good example of this. His play-in-verse can be lyrical at times, in my opinion. Taking a step back from the work, its depth in character development is astounding, too.

What sort of qualities do you look for in a manuscript or piece of work that you are considering for publication?

Structure, mainly. Because I cannot do everything as a writer, I look for individuals or collaborations who encompass something that I do not do, that is, place order to a manuscript, divide it into sections and have each part serve a sacrifice to the whole picture. It’s difficult as a writer to write with a concept in mind, as opposed to just letting words flow. But, this structure originates from using certain words that come through a lens of writing. It really all begins with writing style, but whatever way it is done, I commend the authors who embrace this specific writing style.

Do you have a specific aesthetic preference? How would you describe that aesthetic?

I would say we do. Some have analyzed writing such as Darling’s as too fragmented, or Ripatrazone’s first book as too prose-like. But, overall these books fit well into our aesthetic too. Of course like I said before, we want to push the boundaries of the understanding of a poem. So as far our aesthetic is evolving but I like to convince myself that the lyrical & poems which encompass voice are favored or take priority. Someone described our aesthetic as lyrical that pushes the experimental boundary. That’s a good summary.

What is the readership like for Gold Wake Press? What do you imagine your typical reader is like?

I think we have a devoted fan base, & like all presses we’re looking to expand that. I think if someone buys a GWP book, they’re going to want to read another one to accompany it. Maybe we should sell books in pairs. In fact, we do. There’s a combined edition of our first two books, reissued as Covenant.

What is the next exciting thing happening at Gold Wake Press?

The next exciting thing is our line-up for 2012-2013, which includes another solid edition of poems by Nick Ripatrazone focused upon personal relationships & birds, of course a common theme in poetry which we haven’t tackled too much yet, per se, as well as a stellar book from Kathleen Rooney in which an unfinished character journeys to his finish. Although I didn’t list it as so, Robinson Alone really is a novel-in-poems & Rooney’s interpretation & storytelling hopefully leaves us in wonderment about the borders between reality and myth.