Wow. June 2015 marks the one-year anniversary since Lianne, Brittany, Jennifer, Julie and I filed the articles of incorporation establishing Caffeinated Press with the State of Michigan. Much has happened — e.g., the inaugural volume of the Brewed Awakenings anthology and the corresponding kick-off events at UICA and Schuler Books and Music.

And much will happen soon:

  • We’ve been profiled in Awesome Mitten and will be profiled in the next issue of Grand Rapids Magazine — check your newsstands on July 1!
  • We just took possession of a freshly renovated office, located along the peaceful banks of Plaster Creek adjacent to Ken-O-Sha Park. The nearly 1,200 square feet of space will give us a place to work and offer our colleagues and writers a safe haven to be productive. Look for a public open house this summer, after we get fully moved in. Look, too, for write-in opportunities during National Novel Writing Month in November.
  • The window closed on submissions for the second volume of Brewed Awakenings. I’m in the final process of reviewing the manuscripts; authors will be notified about acceptance over the next few days. The volume is slated for release in mid-October. This volume promises to be diverse, beefy and well worth the read!
  • Our literary journal, The 3288 Review, is approaching on the submission deadline for our inaugural issue. Release date is planned for August 15. Still time to buy ads or to subscribe!
  • We’ve largely settled on the agenda for a half-day training seminar, to be held in September, about the nuts-and-bolts of publishing — an educational event targeted at authors seeking publication. Details will be forthcoming in the next week or so.
  • We are proud to have several works in the pipeline for release this year:
    • A Broken Race, a short novel by a lakeshore author. (Working title.)
    • A Crowd of Sorrows, a book of powerful poetry addressing themes related to childhood trauma.
    • Grayson Rising, a YA novel by a first-time local novelist.
    • Ladri, the first installment of a trilogy by a mid-Michigan author.
    • Total Party Weekend, a YA period novella by a Massachusetts writer.
    • EN72, a collection of photo essays taken by local photographers and featuring exclusively Michigan content. (Working title.)

What a difference a year makes.

We’re grateful for the service Lianne and Julie provided on the board, and we’re excited that John and AmyJo have stepped up to succeed them. Our efforts on the editorial front have been immeasurably aided by our crack team of editors who have made all this hard work much lighter than it otherwise would have been.

And thanks to all of you in the community who have supported us. Your good wishes and sweat equity help us to grow a first-rate literary community in the heart of West Michigan.

Caffeinated Press: Updates for the Second Half of 2015
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