Michael Heald and Lisa Wells, Perfect Day Publishing
This week Paul talks to Michael Heald, writer and founder of Perfect Day Publishing, along with Lisa Wells, author of Yeah. No. Totally. and the poetry chapbook Beast. Topics include: independent publishing, salon-style readings, blurb anxiety, creating community around other writers’ work, and making lit culture cool.
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About our guests:
Perfect Day Publishing is a small press based in Portland, Oregon. Founded by Michael Heald in 2011, Perfect Day specializes in personal nonfiction that takes emotional risks. The first three titles all made the Portland Mercury ’s Best of 2011 list, and the anonymous memoir Love Is Not Constantly Wondering If You Are Making the Biggest Mistake of Your Life has been a fixture among Powell’s bestsellers. The fourth Perfect Day book, Heald’s essay collection Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, will be out November 29, 2012.
Last year Perfect Day published Lisa Wells’ debut collection of essays, Yeah. No. Totally , a searing portrait of a generation on the brink. Author John Raymond described Lisa’s collection as “a suite of nuanced, artfully sculpted think-pieces on topics from lost rock clubs to the barrios of Nicaragua, capturing more than a few subtle truths about friends and fathers along the way.” Lisa is also the author of Beast , a collection of poems published by Bedouin Books.