From Kelly’s Cove Press News

Release Party for Chester Arnold’s “Evidence” – OCTOBER 1

Attend the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art event, celebrating the release of Chester Arnold’s Evidence:

Chester Arnold Reveals Evidence

Sunday, October 1, 2017
2pm – 4pm

On the occasion of the publication of his latest book, Evidence, artist Chester Arnold will be in conversation with publisher Bart Schneider of Kelly’s Cove Press. Arnold will show images from selected chapters of the book, describing the evolution of his subjects and his three decades of life (much of it in Sonoma) in the Bay Area art scene. Following the talk Arnold will be available to sign copies of Evidence in the Museum Store.
$12 svma members  $15 general public  $7 students

In remembrance of Mike Tuggle: poet, teacher, friend. 1939-2017

Kelly’s Cove Press mourns the passing of Mike Tuggle on June 18, 2017. During KCP’s first season, 2011, we published his chapbook What Lures The Foxes. We will miss Mike as a poet, teacher, and friend. See below Terry Ehret’s sensitive piece on Mike from the Sonoma County Literary Update, and a poem by KCP publisher Bart Schneider about his friendship with Mike dating back nearly 50 years.


By Terry Ehret

It is with deep sadness that we note the passing of former Sonoma County Poet Laureate, Mike Tuggle. As a poet, a mentor, and a friend, he touched many of us in the literary community. He will be long remembered and deeply missed.

I first met Mike and his second wife, Susan Kennedy, when I began working with the California Poets in the Schools Program in 1991. Over the years, our paths crossed often at poetry readings and literary gatherings, especially during the years he served as Sonoma County Poet Laureate. Then in 2011, Mike’s book of poems What Lures the Foxes was selected for publication by Kelly’s Cove Press, coming out simultaneously with my book, giving us many more opportunities to read our poems together. Mike had a deep appreciation for music and rhythm, which he brilliantly harnessed in his poetry. He had a gentle wisdom, accentuated by his lovely Oklahoma/Texas drawl, and a calming presence I always appreciated.

Mike was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1939, and grew up in West Texas. He lived in Sonoma County from 1981 until his death on June 18, 2017. He taught with the California Poets in the Schools Program from 1971-2003. His publications include Cazadero Poems, co-authored with Susan Kennedy, Absolute Elsewhere, The Singing Itself, What Lures the Foxes, and most recently The Motioning In.

Susan Kennedy wrote this about Mike’s passing:

His last day was a full one, like his Sagittarius nature loved. First to his open mic in Guerneville, then to the Cazadero Farmer’s Market and the General Store, checking in with the lovely ladies. Then a visit from his grandchildren with Grandma Margo before they went swimming at the creek below his cabin. Then watching a movie with Jai, a favorite activity. That was the last time anyone spoke to him. When he was late showing up for Father’s Day dinner at Lilah and Ishi’s, Ishi and the kids drove up and found him, lying on his couch with an incredibly peaceful, profound look on his face. When I asked Jai what movie they had watched he said “It was about an old man who waiting to die and then he did.” He was suffering greatly with all his infirmities and we are ultimately grateful that he has been released from them although we are all grieving very hard, facing the big hole he leaves in our lives.

About poetry, Mike said “A good poem hurts you a little,” and while that is certainly true of Mike’s poetry, there is also a warm, honest, and guileless vision that takes you by the arm and walks you through our common human experiences of loneliness, coupling, uncoupling, grief, and pure animal joy. At the end of this month’s post, I have included two poems from his most recent collection.

Courtesy of Sonoma County Literary Update












Outlaws at the Photo Booth
For Mike Tuggle, 1939-2017

We scored a reading and needed photos.
Mike was thirty-two, I, twenty.
He’d been my mentor since high school.
Left hand at nine o’clock, right at three, he coached me, before I was ready to drive.

I came from a toney block but never had any dough; he drove cab and picked up spare meals,
stood me to Rainer Ales.
Short on authority, I borrowed some of his.

Beside being a curious and companionable slacker, I had little to offer.
I did turn him on the first time,
for which he credited me the next forty-eight years.

We ducked into a photo booth on Market Street
and froze like a pair of peasants dreaming of gangsters.
I’d always suspected I was a charlatan,
and the strip of snaps was indubitable proof.
Mike looked fiercer than the man I thought I knew,
who was kind and spoke a sexy poetry drawl.
And yet, his favorite topic was the void.
Look into it, he dared me. You might find out who you are. I fear my post-adolescent angst
was no match for his classical demons,
but he cheered my budding skill as a bullshitter.
Back out on Market Street, bright sun on grease stains,
girls in miniskirts sauntering by the dollar movie joints,
a wino nursing his pony of Thunderbird,
I awaited Mike’s response:
We’re clearly set, Brother Bart.
Soon as we commit a formidable crime
these outlaw photos will gild our glory.

Bart Schneider
21 June 2017

Just Published

Just published: Chester Arnold’s Evidence, a retrospective celebration of Bay Area artist’s long career. This wide-ranging collection surveys works from the past three decades, investigations rich with humor and penetrating visual commentary, along with a fierce love of the natural world and the art of painting.

New review from online magazine Neoteric Art

Missouri-based writer Matthew Ballou just published a review of the final release of 2014 from Kelly’s Cove Press, Richard Diebenkorn: Still Lifes and Landscapes. Check it out at the Neoteric Art website.

This third Richard Diebenkorn release from Kelly’s Cove Press features many previously unavailable images, all courtesy of The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation. Still Lifes and Landscapes is currently available a discounted rate. Please see our 2014 year end offer page for more details.

SF Chronicle Feature in 96 Hours

Jazz and Poetry: de Young Museum event

Courtesy Of The Artist
Oddball poet Michael McClure will perform in concert with jazz improv masters George Brooks and Rob Wasserman.


Evan Karp

July 25, 2013

As Bart Schneider was publishing Genine Lentine’s remarkable book “Poses,” a collection of writings (instead of drawings) from live models, he decided he wanted to include figure drawings.

“I figured, might as well start with the master,” he said via e-mail, and approached the Diebenkorn Foundation. Receptive, and pleased with the way “Poses” came out, the foundation agreed to let Schneider do a book of Richard Diebenkorn’s work on paper.

“When I realized how much magnificent work there was – the foundation estimates that 4,000 of RD’s 5,000 known works are on paper – I decided it needed to be two books: ‘Abstractions on Paper’ and ‘From the Model,’ ” he e-mails.

The timing couldn’t have been better: With the de Young’s current exhibit “Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966,” interest in the painter’s work is high. “I suppose the reason we got to publish so many of these works for the first time,” Schneider says, “is that people weren’t aware of what treasures the foundation holds.

“My goal is to make small, inexpensive art books, which offer viewers a direct and intimate experience of the artists’ work, without the interference of scholarly essays and analysis. Our Diebenkorn books have been flying off the shelves, which suggests that people’s direct response to the work doesn’t depend on having a specialist guide them.”

Friday night, as part of their Friday Nights at the de Young series and in conjunction with the exhibit, the museum hosts a special performance by the legendary, luminously oddball poet Michael McClure in concert with jazz improv masters George Brooks and Rob Wasserman. McClure was among those who went to watch Diebenkorn paint at California College of Arts and Crafts (now the California College of the Arts) circa 1960. Over the phone, he said Diebenkorn was a big influence on his own work.

“He was a hero of mine. … I particularly like his early work, his middle work and his later work,” McClure said, laughing. “All of it.” Though he says, “His early (Berkeley) work I will probably always think is the most beautiful because it’s what I grew up with.

“But then again he was an improvisational painter at that time, and I’m working with two of the really great improvisational musicians George Brooks and Rob Wasserman – two enormously gifted people – and I think together it will be a real celebration of what he has done for us.”

In fact, McClure was in a band with Brooks and Wasserman, along with the Doors’ Ray Manzarek, called Big Mix, and part of the evening will be a tribute to Manzarek, who died in May. McClure says one of the poems they’ll perform will be “Maybe Mama Lion,” for which McClure wrote the words and Manzarek the music.

Both “Richard Diebenkorn: Abstractions on Paper” and “Richard Diebenkorn: From the Model” are available at the de Young. The exhibition at the de Young runs through Sept. 29.

If you go

Jazz and Poetry: 5 p.m. Friday. Free. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. (415) 750-3600.

Evan Karp is a freelance writer and the founder of Quiet Lightning. E-mail: Twitter: @Litseen