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On June 24, 2014, we’ll celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Silver Birch Press blog. Thank you for your visits during the past years! This week, we passed a new milestone: 1,000 followers!

Our 1,000th follower is hesterglockpress, an independent publisher in the United Kingdom run by author Paul Hawkins, whose work appeared in the Silver Birch Press Noir Erasure Poetry Anthology (December 2013). We are pleased to report that we are now following hesterglockpress. Great site, Paul!

To commemorate our latest milestone, we asked our 1,000th follower Paul Hawkins to pick any book from the offerings featured at silverbirchpress.com — and he selected our May 2013 release BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon, poems by Salinas, California, poet laureate James Golden. The book is on its way, Paul. Thank you for following the Silver Birch Press blog and for contributing your poetry to our collections.

If you’d like to follow the Silver Birch Press blog, see the middle left-hand portion of our site — under the button that reads “older posts.” Thanks in advance for your follow!

James B. Golden, author of the poetry collection BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon (Silver Birch Press, 2014) was recently featured in an interview at Forth Magazine

Find BULL by James B. Golden at Amazon.com.

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Four poems by James B. Golden, author of BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon (Silver Birch Press, 2014), are featured in the current edition of Cultural Weekly. Find the article at this link. Thank you to Cultural Weekly poetry editor Alexis Rhone Fancher for selecting the poems and for her stunning photograph of the author.

James B. Golden was born and raised in Salinas, California, and received his M.P.A. and B.A. in English and Pan-African Studies Arts & Literature from California State University, Northridge. He has edited Kapu-Sens Literary Journal and the Hip Hop Think Tank Journal, and is the author of The Inside of an Orange, Sweet Potato Pie Underneath The Sun’s Broiler, and 2012 NAACP Image Award Winner Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain. He currently lives in Los Angeles and works as freelance music journalist. His articles have appeared in such periodicals as Vibe, The Root, Clutch Magazine, Jazz Times, and Los Angeles Our Weekly. Golden is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Salinas, California.

 “A power-poetry here — a liberation heart-fire collection by our Salinas Poet Laureate, James P. Golden — no other like it.” JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, Poet Laureate of California

Find BULL, poems by James B. Golden at Amazon.com.

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Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the April 2014 release of BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon, a 106-page collection of poems by James B. Golden — the Poet Laureate of Salinas, California.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:  My father’s recollections are the basis for BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon. While flawed, my father is a representation of what I’ve always considered the great Black American Man, the old school cat, the Bull. He falls in line with the icons that were raised during one of the most horrific periods in America for people of color. In many ways, writing this book has been a cleansing of my own soul. I feel more connected to my father than ever, and he’s someone I’d want to be connected to forever. As I experienced on the discovery of Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah, the stories of our elders heal our souls. My soul is healing.

PRAISE FOR BULL BY JAMES B. GOLDEN: 

Bull swaggers blues & rams through Klan days & lynch nights & he meditates & rumbles on Presley & Memphis, he stops visits, breathes family, chows catfish, gets hauled off to prison, alcohol afternoons & contraband inmate pruno drink. He is strong & lyrical, and most of all, Bull gores the veils & static stiffs of history. Bull is hungry most of all, to come back where he started, where he is, unafraid of pain, for he has suffered, he is suffering and because of that his virtue is courage, harmony, love, yes Bull is doused with the blues of love, where racism, segregation, slavery, are part of the double-dutch, hip hop scrim where Bull rises and transcends. A power-poetry here — a liberation heart-fire collection by our Salinas Poet Laureate, James P. Golden — no other like it.” JUAN FELIPE HERRERA, Poet Laureate of California

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: James B. Golden was born and raised in Salinas, California, and received his M.P.A. and B.A. in English and Pan-African Studies Arts & Literature from California State University, Northridge. He has edited Kapu-Sens Literary Journal and the Hip Hop Think Tank Journal. He is the author of The Inside of an Orange, Sweet Potato Pie Underneath The Sun’s Broiler, and 2012 NAACP Image Award Winner Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he is a freelance music journalist. His articles have appeared in such periodicals as Vibe, The Root, Clutch Magazine, Jazz Times, and Los Angeles Our Weekly. Golden is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Salinas, California. Visit him at jamesbgolden.net.

BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon, poems by James B. Golden, is available at Amazon.com.