Adam Robinson reading Falcons on the Floor
But Adam Robinson, a local poet who runs Publishing Genius Press, claims getting people to pay attention is not so easy. He suggests local press resistance may run deeper, discounting work without a big name or publisher behind it.
"[The Baltimore Sun] has that Read Street blog, which is all about community reading habits, and I could not, for the life of me, get them to turn an eye towards what I'm trying to do," he says. While Publishing Genius' books have won more national coverage—Matthew Simmons' poetry book A Jello Horse garnered space in hip mags like The Believer and The Stranger, while the film rights to Shane Jones' novel Light Boxes were sold to Being John Malkovich director/auteur Spike Jonze—the local snub still stings. "I know you have to do a lot of work to get that article. But almost half the books I've published are from Baltimore writers. [Many] of those books are being reviewed on a national platform. Why can't I get some love from the Baltimore media?"