Chatoyant published books between 1997 and 2004. We are no longer publishing. Each of our books was printed in a limited edition, featuring the work of writers and artists with a unique vision and voice.
Poetry from Chatoyant
Nearly 100 writers are represented in this anthology of poetry by poets living and working in the Monterey Bay area. Ranging from nationally known poets to newcomers, the poetry shows a unique vision of this region. Release date: December, 2004.
The anthology is terrific...Individual poems demand appreciation -- yet the collective success exceeds any one poem's strength. Congratulations on a nicely balanced collection. [Dana Gioia]
Embellishments is Virginia Chase Sutton's first book. Full of raw, powerful reflections from her life, Sutton tackles the demons of her childhood and their continuing presence in her adult life. Yet this finely written verse avoids the heaviness of "issue" writing --- the magically realized experiences in these pages offer us a story worth reading. Release date: February, 2003.
Virginia Chase Sutton's evocations of memory are built of language so lavish and energetically wrought that remembering itself comes to seem a kind of spell: a painful, erotic, dizzying fascination that holds this speaker in thrall. EMBELLISHMENTS is a fierce, memorable debut. [Mark Doty]
Some Grand Dust, two poem cycles from writer, musician, and artist William Minor. "In the two long sequences that make up Some Grand Dust, Bill Minor's usual passion and directness are infused first with a nuanced tenderness when he reflects on his wife of 38 years, and second with a meditative wit when he examines an aging man's thoughts about life. The result is a book of sensitivity and depth that, along with Minor's exuberance for the things of this world, make Some Grand Dust grand reading not to be missed." [Morton Marcus] Release date: August, 2002.
And Today I Am Happy is a full book of poems by Penny Cagan. This New York City author catches the emotions and details of life in the modern city. From encounters with famous people to reflections on the lives of her immigrant forebears, Cagan depicts life in New York with a clear eye and open heart. (Release date: October 30, 2000. ISBN: 0-9661452-2-4. US$12.00)
New York City poet Penny Cagan wanted to put out more than a simple book of poems. She wanted us to create a piece that her readers would cherish over the years. We turned to our friend Daniella Woolf to make Penny's poems come to visual life on the page. City Poems is a work of love---the poet's love for her city, Daniella's love of the marriage of art and words, and Chatoyant's love of beautiful keepsake books. Produced in a limited edition of 200, this chapbook is now out of print. (Release date: September, 1997. ISBN 0-9661452-0-8)
Joseph Keller McNeilly's love of teaching is clear in Out Here, his first book of poems. Spanning his entire life---from his childhood as an outsider in an Amish community to his present life as professor at a small coastal California college---McNeilly's poems speak directly, honestly, and unabashedly. McNeilly joins a very American tradition of plain-talk wisdom with these poems that sometimes shock, often surprise, and always entertain. (Release date: September 23, 2000. ISBN: 0-9661452-3-2. US$17.00 -- SALE PRICE: $5.00)