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Founder Clementine von Radics writes of love, loss, and the uncertainties and beauties of life with piercing bravura that speaks directly not only to the sensibility of her generation, but to anyone who has ever been young. An internationally touring poet, she has toured America and Europe performing spoken word. She is the author of clementinepoetry.com, one of the most popular poetry blogs in the world with over 200,000 followers. Poems from her first two self-published works, Home and As Often As Miracles, were adapted into a song cycle for the Carnegie Hall debut of the opera singer Melody Moore. Her latest book, Mouthful of Forevers, was released in April 2015 by Andrews McMeel publishing. Her book was a #1 bestseller on Amazon and is available through Where Are You Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository and in bookstores worldwide.
Amanda : When & how did Where Are You Press come about? What was the spark to start it & what did its infancy look like?
Clementine : When I was younger I asked people “Where are you?” instead of “How are you feeling?” When I self-published my first book, I wanted to do so under my own press to give the book some legitimacy, so Where Are You Press was born.
My book did well, and I was interested in trying to recreate that success with other writers. I reached out to two writers whose work I loved and whose career trajectories were similar to mine: Meggie Royer and Kristina Haynes. We published their books and the press grew from there.
Amanda : What does a typical work day look like for you?
Clementine : We work from 9-6 in our cute little yellow office in North Portland. In a typical day we ship orders, edit manuscripts, write articles for our website, and manage our submission contest.
Amanda : What’s your favorite part of the job?
Clementine : I love that Where Are You Press is part of a community of writers that adores and supports each other. That is rare and special thing.
Amanda : What other indie presses do you adore?
Clementine : University of Hell Press, Yes Yes Books, Write Bloody Publishing, and Words Dance of course!
Amanda : Tell us an anecdote involving the press!
Clementine : I met Fortesa Latifi in 2014 when she read on the open mic before my show in Phoenix, Arizona. I liked her work, so I started following her career after that. A year later she opened for me at that same venue in Phoenix, reading from the book she had published on Where Are You Press.
Thank you so much, Clementine!