by Deb Scott
“The phrase ‘Mister Skylight’ is an emergency signal to alert a ship’s crew, but not its passengers, of an emergency.”
Welcome to our third Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour. For more detail about the tour, if you are new to this series, take a look at this post.
About Mister Skylight
Ed Skoog was born in Topeka, Kan., in 1971, and is a high school teacher in Seattle, Wash., after living for many years in New Orleans. He earned degrees from Kansas State and the University of Montana. His poems have been published in Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, The New Republic and Ploughshares. Mister Skylight is his debut collection from the esteemed publisher Copper Canyon Press. Skoog contributes to the Ward Six blog, where you can read some of his poetry, opinions and musings.
According to the publisher, “Ed’s debut collection, is an alert to disasters and to the hope of rescue. Interior dramas of the self play out in a clash of poetic traditions, exuberant imagery, and wild metaphor.”
In The Stranger, Julie Larios says, “Ed Skoog’s poetry is so ambitious it takes my breath away. In it, he creates dense narratives, sees patterns, sees dissimilitudes, knows how to fishtail with images and turn with ease, knows how to braid pop culture into small personal melancholies and into large generosities.”
We are pleased to feature Mister Skylight for this month’s Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour.
For more information about how to get your own copy of Mister Skylight, go to Ed Skoog’s blog.
Tour stops for Mister Skylight
Oct. 29 :: Dave Jareki :: Dave Jarecki
Nov. 3 :: Nathan Moore :: Exhaust Fumes and French Fries
Nov. 8 :: Jill Crammond Wickham :: Jillypoet
Nov. 10 :: Carolee Sherwood :: Carolee Sherwood
Nov. 12 :: Kelli Russell Agodon :: Book of Kells
Nov. 17 :: Sarah J. Sloat :: The Rain in My Purse
Would you like to get involved in the tour as a reviewer? Just join the Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour group, and then add your name to the forum thread titled “Sign up to be a Virtual Book Tour reviewer.”
Want to get your book on the tour? We’ve already set up partnerships with a number of presses, and we’re booked out several months. We also do the tour only once a month, which means we’re extremely limited in terms of what we can include. With that in mind, feel free to have your publisher send a query to virtualbooktour (at) readwritepoem (dot) org.
Next month, the Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour will feature Sarah J. Sloat’s chapbook, In the Voice of a Minor Saint, new from Tilt Press.
Deb Scott is community and news director for Read Write Poem. She is also co-coordinating the Read Write Poem Virtual Book Tour. In her other life she plays with words, her pets, bugs and her husband, in a random but rotating order. She blogs at Stoney Moss.