River Rock Books publishes literature by writers living in and contributing to the Greater Sacramento Region.
Praise for Marie Reynolds’ poetry collection, Seaworthy:
“My praise for Seaworthy, Marie Reynolds’ wonderful first book of poetry, is fairly simple: “Hungry as a newborn,” her poems “search for the sweetness/for the darkness that opens, ample and yielding.” Like the cherry wardrobe in the poem of the same name, these poems are “built to last.” If I could take only ten books with me to the proverbial desert island, Seaworthy might very well be one of them.—Susan Kelly-DeWitt, poet and author of Spider Season and The Fortunate Islands
“The poems of Seaworthy carry a precious cargo, nothing less than the precisely observed and lovingly rendered exhalations of the human heart. Such a gift Marie has given us all. In reading her words and images, you can’t help but feel a shivering numinosity run through your being. Marie’s poetry confirms: “everything belongs,” everything is holy.—Dennis Hock, poet and author of The Secret Cup and Bringing Birds Through Stone
“Marie Reynolds’ poems compel us to climb inside a cherry wardrobe, three different well-crafted wooden boats, and the appetite of a hungry squirrel, each opening to the exquisite beauty of sadness. With the confidence of a ball-peen hammer, her precise imagery nails human experience in place, while her music soothes our troubled souls. Her poems, like Marie, are brave, heartbreaking, luminous, always reminding us what a gift it is to walk this earth.—Susan Flynn, poet and psychologist, author of Seeing Begins in the Dark
About Marie Reynolds:
Marie Reynolds facilitated Amherst Writers & Artists writing groups for individuals coping with illness or loss through Sutter hospitals, where she worked as a nurse. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities, Tule Review, Ekphrasis, Rattlesnake Review, Poet Lore, and The Writer’s Almanac. She received a Pushcart Press nomination for her poetry.
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"'Til Death or Dementia is a love story above all else, a wonderful account of the relationship that Marilyn Reynolds celebrated with her husband, Mike. It is beautiful to read and an example of what I hope for all my patients’ families—a deep reflection on memories representing all that was wonderful before the diagnosis of dementia. These memories can bring joy amid the struggle with the realities of the disease.
In a most courageous way, Marilyn shares her feelings, doubts, fears and regrets as she recalls Mike’s personality and cognitive changes, both before and after his dementia diagnosis. Her words convey the emotional roller coaster in a way that the reader can feel every turn, loop, climb and free fall. Her remarkable ability to share serves as a road map for all those who care for someone with dementia, as I have witnessed among hundreds of families.
I would hope that everyone would read this story, not just those who find themselves caring for someone with dementia. This beautiful book reminds us that life is finite and worth living to the fullest. It brought a renewed mindfulness for me that every moment counts, and despite all life’s challenges, love reigns supreme and can carry us through the darkest of times. Our legacy lives on in those we leave behind. Read this book, then think about the life soundtrack you want, and start singing!" -
-Christopher Lillis, MD FACP, Medical Director for Primary Care Transformation UC Davis Health, Sacramento, California.
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“There is another alphabet, whispering from every leaf, singing from every river, shimmering from every sky.”
― Dejan Stojanovic
Submissions are currently closed for the 2018 year. We are looking for memoir, fiction, young adult, children's, or poetry to publish in 2019. Writers must be affiliated with and/or living in the greater Sacramento region.
Email River Rock Books at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following:
1. Query letter
2. First ten pages of your manuscript
Jan Haag and Katie McCleary offer writing workshops in Sacramento to writers of all ages and backgrounds. They are both trained facilitators in the Amherst Writers and Artist Method. Workshops are generative, focused on craft or revision, and inclusive of all genres.
For more information visit:
Jan Haag: https://janishaag.com
Katie McCleary: www.katiemccleary.com
“In Sacramento it is fiery summer always, and you can gather roses, and eat strawberries and ice cream, and wear white linen clothes, and pant and perspire, at eight or nine o'clock in the morning, and then take the cars, and at noon put on your furs and your skates, and go skimming over frozen Donner Lake...There is transition for you! Where will you find another like it in the western hemisphere?”
“Putting words onto paper—when it is done as an honest act of search or connection, rather than as an act of manipulation, performance, self-aggrandizement or self-protection—is a holy act.”
The Amherst Writers and Artists Method's philosophy is a simple one: every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment.