In December, I submitted the requisite query letter to UNM Press by the suggested deadline of “the end of the year” and can now say that the project has progressed in status from “in negotiations” to “under formal consideration.” Since the poems in the collection were necessarily published somewhat in the order they were received and timed to coincide with holidays and regional events, the final collection will be reordered to reflect themes and motifs that have surfaced as the project has evolved. I expect this reordering will take approximately three months. Also, the final anthology will likely not contain all 200 poems, so I am considering other possible titles. One particularly appropriate title consideration is the state’s motto, It Grows as It Goes, which seems to fit with the nature of this project’s evolution.
Contributors to the project continue to express enthusiastic interest in scheduling a reading for the project. To that end, I am still trying to nail something down –preferably a venue that is free or at least very low cost. This aspect of the project has been alluding me these last few months mostly because every time I start to follow a lead, life throws some urgency my way and I am necessarily distracted and loose the thread. Fortunately my work schedule has lightened, which should afford me a little more time to focus on getting something definite scheduled. At this writing, I have a couple of venues in mind and will be approaching them later today. If anyone has a solid lead or connection to a free or low coast venue, do let me know. I will send out an email when I know more.