PRESS RELEASE: North Coast Writers February event
North Coast Writers offers a sneak preview of CreativeTempo, a new monthly quality arts magazine, on Tuesday, February 5 at Wine on the Waterfront, above The Landing at 115 E. Railroad Avenue in Port Angeles. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the free program begins at 7:00 and is open to the public.
The publication debuting soon will focus on “creativity in every form to be found on the North Olympic Peninsula,” according to Mary-Alice Boulter, spokeswoman for North Coast Writers. “Working from a broad palette provides a showcase for everyone from writers and poets to glass artisans, winemakers, sculptors, photographers, specialty chefs, fiber artists and others to highlight their intuitive and experiential talents.”
“This is not just a Port Angeles publication,” Boulter stated. “There is a wealth of talent in Port Townsend and Bainbridge Island, for example, and those residents are also encouraged to attend. One of the first issues will feature a Port Townsend etched glass artist.”
Submissions for inclusion in future issues are sought from throughout Clallam and Jefferson counties. The magazine’s planned distribution area extends from the west coastal towns east to Bremerton.
Contributing writers and artists from the premiere issues will read from or display some of their work at the event, with sample preview issues available for review. Publishers Joseph and Barb Cowles offer their vision for the magazine and information on advertising opportunities. Managing editor Jerry Kraft will discuss guidelines for submitting work for publication
Joseph Robert Cowles, a self-described “advertising man by nature and publisher by family tradition” who has a “passion for the printed page”, moved last year with his wife, Barbora, from California to Sequim. Joseph served his basic military training in the Viet Nam era at Fort Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis McCord), Washington; operated a design studio in West Seattle during the desktop publishing revolution; and traveled throughout New Mexico, California and the Hawaiian Islands prior to settling on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Joseph’s lifetime heroes include advertising pioneers Condé Nast, Claude Hopkins and David Ogilvy. He designs, edits and publishes books and periodicals, and admits to being an unrepentant workaholic and a stickler for details.
Barbora Cowles is a writer, reader of new writers and manuscript proofreader who manages the essential details of their publishing company, and together with Joseph comprises the team bringing CreativeTempo to life. Her background includes teaching in Ohio and New Mexico, where she wrote and published Why wasn’t my teacher in school today?. She has tutored in literacy projects in San Francisco and Palm Springs, California, spent ten years with IBM in San Francisco, was a Kelly Girl in New Mexico and plans to write about some of the funny things that happened to her on the job. Her one unfulfilled dream is to be a snappy-talking Girl Friday, working for a hard-boiled detective like Sam Spade.
In their short venue on the Peninsula, the Cowles team has already published The Adventures of J. R. Engels in the Pacific Northwest by James Randall Fisher, a humorous collection of tales about vampires, Sasquatch, gay cows, Roosevelt elk and king salmon, now available from your favorite bookseller. Besides CreativeTempo, they currently have several other projects in progress.