Ah, sweet defeat. I submitted a book manuscript last year to Tupelo Press and just found out it was selected as one of seventeen finalists for their Dorset Prize by the rad poet Robert Pinsky, who said: ““Truth and music, or to put it another way, reality and real lines: those were the criteria I used to select (these 17) book manuscripts for a final, excellent batch.”
Finding out you were a finalist is, I suppose, the most encouraging way to receive the news “YOU LOSE,” so here I am with a happy #HumbleBrag. I’m at least taking this as a sign that I don’t need to start a new manuscript from scratch. And it really is an honor to have my poems so carefully considered by Robert Pinsky, whose work I adore, and by Tupelo Press, who publish outstanding writing year after year.
Psyched that NO DEPRESSION gave my new album a kind review today. I love that magazine (which is, once again, a print-and-paper magazine). Read the whole review HERE, but — spoiler alert — this is how it concludes:
“Given its spiraling emotions, The Great Make Believer makes for an enticing listen, and, its title disclaimer aside, suggests that Robley is indeed the very real deal.”
As part of an annual exchange of poems between The Poetry Society in the UK and The Poetry Foundation in the US, my poem “Nano” has been reprinted in the spring 2016 issue of The Poetry Review.
More details HERE.
I definitely step into the confessional on this podcast — but Dan Miles always shows a lot of respect for the artists he interviews, and he has a deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for songwriting, so peeling off the mask of THE GREAT MAKE BELIEVER was pretty painless. Check it out below!
New Release: Chris Robley
I did a fun interview with a UK-based blog called This Is Our Music, all about other people’s music that has meant the world (or some part of it) to me. Nice to get the chance to talk about other artists for a change.
Check it out HERE.
The UK’s Vulture Hound gives THE GREAT MAKE BELIEVER (“a country-tinged, summery collection of music”) 4 out of 5 stars. Thanks Vulture Hound!
Check out their review HERE.
Here’s my friend Craig (who directed the music video for “Anonymous”) modeling my new t-shirt on a trip to Columbia. Doesn’t he look sharp?
They’re super comfy, super lightweight, heather gray Next Level 50/25/25 shirts with a design by Chicken 3000, and they’re available now on Bandcamp for just $15. Sizes come in both Men’s and Women’s: S, M, L, and XL.
Whether you love my music, Morse code, or both — this is the t-shirt for you!
(Glasses not included).
Order your t-shirt today.