FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JAN 15, 2015

ESSAY AUDIO ANNOUNCES NEW LICENSING OPPORTUNITY WITH ITS RARE SPOKEN WORD AUDIO ARCHIVE OF MASTER RECORDINGS:
Master Source Recordings from Bill Holm, Sen. Eugene McCarthy, and Others
Here is an opportunity to own or license rare, one-of-a-kind, master recordings from the audio archives of EssayAudio.com featuring some of Minnesota's great literary creators reading and recording their own works. EssayAudio.com was the sole audio producer and publisher of writers such as Bill Holm, Carol Bly, and Sen. Eugene McCarthy. In addition to our currently published catalog of original audio books, we also have hundreds of hours of historic sound recordings of these authors (and many others) at public readings, book tours, poetry performances, political rallies and radio broadcasts. We also have previously unpublished recordings of these authors reading unabridged versions of their books for future audio book release. These authors' voices may be silent now, but what they had to say is as important today as when these historic recordings were made. Please request a directory listing of available sound recordings, sound samples, and methods of licensing or outright purchasing of these master recordings.
Contact: Scott Beyers, producer/publisher, Essay Audio, (651) 633-3933, email sbeyers@EssayAudio.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OCT 15, 2005

ESSAY AUDIO ANNOUNCES NEW CO-PUBLISHING PROJECT WITH MINNESOTA CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS:
Companion Winter Book 2005 Minnesota Poet Anthology Audiobook Release

Essay Audio (www.EssayAudio.com), St. Paul, MN, has finished recording the 13 Minnesota poets who have contributed to the soon-to-be published Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) 2005 Winter Book, "There is No Other Way to Speak."
Winter Book is an annual publication that involves MCBA's entire community, from artists to volunteers, who create limited edition, handmade books. For the first time, this year's Winter Book will include a companion unabridged audio work. "There is No Other Way to Speak - Voices," will be released simultaneously with the printed book on Dec. 3, 2005.
The audiobook contains each author performing a reading of his or her poems from the Winter Book, plus additional bonus readings. This is the first time that many of the authors have been recorded or have had an audio version of their work available anywhere.
Bill Holm has written the introduction and edited the print publication for MCBA. Writers participating in the project are Adrian Louis, Tom Hennen, Robert Bly, Leo Dangel, Wang Ping, Phebe Hanson, Susan Steger Welsh, Philip S. Bryant, Freya Manfred, John Rezmerski, Anna Meek, and Thomas R. Smith.

The Winter Book Publication Party was held on December 3, 2005 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the MCBA gallery and studios at 1011 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN. Winter Book Readings were held at 7 p.m. in the Marshall Field's Performance Hall on the 2nd Floor of the Open Book center.
Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) engages diverse artists and learners in finding creativity, expression, and inspiration through the book arts. Each year since 1988, MCBA has engaged artists, designers, papermakers and bookbinders in producing a handmade, limited edition book featuring work by a Minnesota author. The artistry and hand craftsmanship of Winter book helps to increase its value over time. Libraries around the world, private collectors and book enthusiasts collect Winter Book and eagerly anticipate its publication each year.
Contact: Scott Beyers, producer/publisher, Essay Audio, (651) 633-3933, email sbeyers@EssayAudio.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, DEC 1ST, 2001

ESSAY AUDIO ANNOUNCES FIRST AUDIOBOOK RELEASE
"Holmward Bound - An Evening With Bill Holm" is the first time that Minnesota author/ essayist/ poet Bill Holm has been available on audio. A collection gleaned from Holm's personal appearances at bookstores and cafes in the Twin Cities area during the winter of 2000-2001, the audio collection features Holm reading from his latest book, "Eccentric Islands," as well as original poems, some singing, some of his masterful, playful, ragtime piano performances and even a recipe.

One of the Midwest's favorite authors, Holm is known for his insightful comments on society and his warm and compelling tales of the people he's met, the travels he's taken. Whether it's his old piano teacher, a crusty ship's radio man on board the Bakkafoss freighter bound for Iceland, or a colorful character from his hometown of Minneota, Minnesota, Holm weaves words that bring people to life.

Fans who've heard Holm live know what this big, booming bard of the prairie can do with a story. For those who haven't yet made it to a live performance, "Holmward Bound" delivers a substantial sample of Holm the author, poet, teacher and musician in action. New and unpublished poems such as "Hallelujah at the Sioux Falls Airport" and "Without TV" and rousing stride piano performances of Artie Mathews' Ragtime Nightingale and Jelly Roll Morton's Grandpa's Spells round out this high-spirited night with Mr. Holm.

Bill Holm's books include "The Heart Can Be Filled Anywhere on Earth" (Milkweed Editions, 1996/2000 Reissue), "Eccentric Islands: Travels Real and Imaginary," (Milkweed Editions 2000), "Coming Home Crazy: An Alphabet of China Essays (Milkweed Editions, 1990/2000 Reissue), "Boxelder Bug Variations: A Meditation on an Idea in Language and Music" (Milkweed Editions, 1985), and "The Dead Get By with Everything" (Milkweed Editions, 1991).

A native of western Minnesota, Holm returned to Minneota while he was in his 40s, and writes everything in longhand from the old family house. He teaches at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn. (enjoying his first semester of "phased retirement" this winter), and spends his summers in a cottage in his ancestral home of Iceland. He is currently at work on a prose book on what the world looks like through the windows of Brimness and is finishing a book of poems, many about music and travel. He recently finished recording the unabridged versions of his latest books "Eccentric Islands" and "Faces of Christmas Past" with Essay Audio in St. Paul, MN.
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