Monday, March 30, 2009

Small Press Story #30: Rose Alley Named For Dryden's Mugging

Rose Alley Press was founded by David D. Horowitz in November 1995. It was named for the London street where, on December 18th, 1679, poet and playwright John Dryden was brutally beaten by three thugs. Evidence suggests that an aristocrat who mistakenly attributed a satire's authorship to Dryden hired the assailants. Undaunted, Dryden continued writing, even more boldly than before the assault. Inspired by such perseverance, David established Rose Alley Press, which publishes rhymed and metered poetry, cultural commentary, and an annually updated booklet about writing and publication.

Rose Alley's authors appear at a variety of public events including the following for April:

Parkplace Books
Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 7 p.m.
Take a Poem From Your Heart
Joannie Kervran Stangeland, Nancy Dahlberg, Murray Gordon, & open mic
348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland

Green Lake Branch Library
Saturday, April 11, 2009, 4 p.m.
Donald Kentop, Lyn Coffin, Priscilla Long, & open mic
7364 East Green Lake Drive North, Seattle

Edmonds Bookshop
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
David Ash, Amanda Laughtland, Jack McCarthy, & David D. Horowitz
111 Fifth Avenue South, Edmonds, WA

Green Lake Branch Library
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 4 p.m.
David D. Horowitz, Larry Coffin, one other TBA, & open mic
7364 East Green Lake Drive North, Seattle