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Ellaraine Lockie, author of the Silver Birch Press poetry release COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS, performed at the Two Moon Art House and Cafe in Brooklyn on April 7th — and in the audience was Nick Warzin, the Toronto-based photographer who shot the photograph that appears on the cover of her book (included below). Lockie received an email from Warzin in the afternoon and learned that he was also in NYC. She invited him to the gig and they met at last — and commemorated the meeting with the photo you see here. For more about Nick Warzin, visit his website at



This post was written by Ellaraine Lockie, author of the recent Silver Birch Press Release, COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS, a poetry chapbook.


The illustrious Rose Auslander has tagged me [Ellaraine Lockie] to join The Next Best Thing, started by poet Elizabeth Scanlon.  It’s an ongoing network of interviews in which each writer with a book coming out tags another set of writers, and the interviews can then be posted on publishers’ and other writers’/poets’ blogs, etc.  Here’s mine:

Ellaraine Lockie’s Interview Tagged by Rose Auslander for The Next Big Thing.

 What is the working title of the book?


Where did the idea come from for the book? 

From coffee houses, and the people who frequent them, all over the world.

What genre does your book fall under?


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The lead could be Anjelica Huston, but the supporting cast would be so many that we couldn’t afford big names.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

The confessions in this book are disclosures of a culture in glimpses into both historical and present-day life, with its contradictions and quirks—all through the lens of coffee shops.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The poems were written over the past ten years.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Coffee shops, both nationally and internationally, when I write each morning wherever I happen to be. I go to them for the white noise, caffeine infusions, intoxicating smell of grinding coffee beans and the animation surrounding me.  All of this simulates my creative energy.

It was never my intention to write about the coffee houses themselves, though.  I go in order to work on other poems, but there’s a corner in my mind that absorbs what is happening around me . . . and that’s usually a lot.  Coffee shops are community hot spots—places where the full gamut of human behavior plays out daily.  Sitting in the middle of it is like living in a small town.  And if anything seems poetic, I jot it down on a list.  Sometimes that list turns into poems.  And here they are in COFFEE HOUSE CONFESSIONS.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Possibly some insight about people and events and maybe a few chuckles too.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It was released on February 3, 2013 by Silver Birch Press – and is available in Kindle and paperback formats at The chapbook can also be ordered from bookstores, using the book’s title and author or the ISBN number: 0615727670.

Cover photo: Nick Warzin, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


Ellaraine Lockie, author of the upcoming Silver Birch Press release Coffee House Confessions — a chapbook of 26 poems — recently recorded an interview for “The Write Question,” a weekly radio show on Montana Public Radio.

Listen here to Ellaraine’s fascinating interview — where, among other topics, she discusses why she tells students in her poetry workshops to write lies rather than truth.

About the Author:  Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author and essayist.  Her recent collections have been awarded Best Individual Collection from Purple Patch magazine in England, the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Contest, and The Aurorean’s Chapbook Pick.  She also teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh.  Ellaraine writes every morning in a coffee shop no matter where she is in the world.

Silver Birch Press will publish Coffee House Confessions, a chapbook of 26 poems by Ellaraine Lockie in November 2012. 

Cover Photo: Nick Warzin. We are pleased to feature Nick’s outstanding photo of Little Nicky’s Cafe in Toronto on the cover of Coffee House Confessions. For more about Nick Warzin‘s photography, visit his website.