Tuesday, October 12, 2010

"The Imprint of Alan Swallow" by Laramie's W. Dale Nelson just published by Syracuse University Press

WyoWriter, the newsletter published by Wyoming Writers, Inc., is always filled with info on its members. WWInc member and WAC creative writing fellowship winner W. Dale Nelson has written a new book about the late Wyoming publisher Alan Swallow:

W. Dale Nelson's latest book The Imprint of Alan Swallow: Quality Publishing in the West is now out on the shelves, and proves to be a story in a story.

Published by Syracuse University Press, this project was taken over by Nelson after the tragic death of Colorado writer Thomas M. Auer, who had spent years researching Swallow's life.

The book tells of Swallow's experiences growing up on a homestead outside Powell, and how he became a fan of Little Blue Books, literary classics in prose and verse published in small volumes. Seeds were planted in Swallow's life, and he formed two convictions: he would be a poet and a publisher.

The Imprint of Alan Swallow: Quality Publishing in the West tells the story of how he succeeded at both, struggled with marital, health, and financial problems among others - troubles that brought him to death at the age of fifty-one.