updated January 2015
New Mexico "The Land of Enchantment" Motto: "Crescit eundo" (It grows as it goes)
Noli in Spiritu Combueri (Refuse to be Burnt Out) Edward Sanders
We live in a rainbow of chaos — Paul Cézanne
Yes, in fact, we do have some new books.
Ancient village, little streets, hang-tough neighborhoods, irrigation ditches, the North Valley,lost garden in sprawl culture, the small with the big, Alameda, road of trees. Boulevard of oasis, worn path, a wayenduring ecology of beautyas in the Navajo word for "beauty"hozhó :: balance or harmony; & the effort toward.
Funky, but lovely. Persistent dreams on the edge of town. Flowers in a vase. What seems radiant surrounding uswe feel permeates, travels on grapevines & wavelengths. Or, exactly opposite, some core mystery acts as magnet drawing close kindred spirits from elsewhere. Regional, then, manifests within a connective sense beyond territory.
Long live Muses of every stripe & persuasion! We prefer odd ducks, the weathered, the water-smart, lyrical cooks, & the grateful. Out of such grows a unique, honed elegance,a shapely mind leading to a shapely life. We regard this as the tradition of literature in these partssongs for inhabitants.
La Alameda Press began on a kitchen table with the production of Kate Horsleys novel Crazy Woman in 1992 and we are still at it. Perhaps it would be more accurate to classify us as a micro-press since we operate out of our house by the skin of our teeth. We try to make beautiful books of artistic and cultural merit. Many, but not all, of our titles are poetry because we believe poetry is an essential artform in all of its sincerity, various passions, experimentalism, and wisdom.
The best way to support small press literature is to buy a book! This simple website is your opportunity to help us directly. We also recommend patronizing your favorite independent bookstore, hopefully one owned and staffed by knowledgeable people who care about what's on their shelves. Our books are distributed to the trade via the University of New Mexico Press and Small Press Distribution. You can also find our books at Amazon.com. Please see our Ordering Info for website addresses. Any of these places will enable you to have a secure credit card transaction. Or use our printable order form which you can fill out and send in with a check.
The La Alameda Press website includes our catalog; news concerning our authors as we catch wind of their further activities; information about the graphic design end of things (i.e. making a living); the diehard artistic pursuits of both J.B. Bryan (painting, poetry, printing, music, & clay) and Cirrelda Snider-Bryan (clay & illustrations); and a somewhat obsessive bevy of links (which if one connects the dots spells out an underlying aesthetic and perhaps a sense of community). We hope that this website has a sense of life beyond the marketplace.
Sorry we are not accepting manuscripts.
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