Saturday, November 9, 2013

My Heart Belongs to Buffalo

As I just moved back to Mississippi for work, I had to leave my two best friends while in the process of working on our first album. We still hope to complete the project, but as for now,  here are the singles.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fantasies of Men has started to ship - Check Your Mail

Keep a lookout in your mailbox for my collection, Fantasies of Men. It was the 2012 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest Winner.

Taken from Main Street Rag's Facebook:

WINNER of the 2012 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest: Fantasies of Men by William Lusk Coppage. Since we are no longer holding a chapbook contest, this is the winner of our LAST chapbook contest. It's high energy, filled with youthful southern-boy angst, blues, and coming of age. We're very proud of this book and hope readers check it out. Here's a link to it on the NEW MSR Online Bookstore:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Big News - Moving from NC to MS

That is right...

Recently my wife, Missy, was offered the position of Program Director and Head Team Coach for the YMCA for Greenville, MS. I am extremely excited to be moving back home for both professional and personal reason. I will keep you updated on the move, which will happen in mid-July.

Also my publisher contacted me today to let me know my author copies of my upcoming collection, Fantasies of Men, are in the mail. For those that ordered a copy, please keep an eye on your mailbox. If you haven't ordered a copy yet, you can pick up a copy by clicking here. (please note: MSR is in the process of updating their website. Please be patient and try again later if the link fails to open.)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Borrowing Night From Day - Limited Copies of 3rd Pressing Still Available

I just heard from my publisher, and he said there are still a few copies of Borrowing Night From Day left. This was a small, limited run chapbook that contained all the poems that Yellow Flag Press had published as a broadside over the last five years. The first and second pressing sold out in record time. Again, there are very few copies of the third pressing left. Please follow the link and purchase one yourself.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Vision/Verse 2009-2013 Anthology

For those that frequent here you have heard me speak time and time again of J. Bruce Fuller and Yellow Flag Press. I have been lucky to be a part of numerous projects with the press. I am happy to announce the upcoming anthology with will include all the poems and artwork from the Vision/Verse reading series from 2009-2013.  There is a kickstarter page, and while the project has exceeded its goal, please still donate to help fund the press and cover other press related expenses.

Below is the press release:

Yellow Flag Press is excited to announce the upcoming release of our first perfect bound release, Vision/Verse 2009-2013: An Anthology of Poetry. This is a 6"x9" trade paperback featuring 33 poets and 100 poems. 

Pre-orders for this anthology are available exclusively through our Kickstarter page, Please check out some of our unique rewards and get your copy of this anthology.

Poets included in this book are

Lou Amyx
Maya Beerbower
Jacob Blevins
Darrell Bourque
Steven Brown
Elizabeth Burk
Kolleen Carney
William Lusk Coppage
Rita D. Costello
Kevin Dwyer
S. B. Ferguson
Amy Fleury
J. Bruce Fuller
Trèe George
Rodney Gomez
Ashley Mace Havird
David Havird
Ava Leavell Haymon
Mary Hughes
Hillary Joubert
Julie Kane
Clare L. Martin
Erica McCreedy
Andrew McSorley
Patrice Melnick
Stella Ann Nesanovich
Jan Rider Newman
Angelina Oberdan
Philana Omorotionmwan
M. Rather, Jr.
Michael Shewmaker
M. E. Silverman
Kevin Thomason

Cover art by Heather Arsement, with additional art by Brendan Egan, Heather Ryan Kelley, Sue Zimmermann, and others. 

Edited by J. Bruce Fuller & Erica McCreedy. Layout and design by Lou Amyx.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Non-Fiction Work in Men, Ink

I was asked to write a small piece about how I feel about MS since I live so far away. The piece took a life of its own. Please check out the online edition of it by clicking here. If you are in NC, you can find a hardcopy of the magazine.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Presale for upcoming collection (Fantasies of Men)

I just got word that presale for my upcoming collection, Fantasies of Men, is live. It won the MSR 2012 Chapbook Contest. It’s due to be released in June and will sell for $11, but you can get it now for $6.50 by placing an advance discount order at the MSR Online Bookstore.

Here’s a link directly to my author’s page:

The MSR Online Bookstore:

What other's are saying about this collection:

With "South" as the only master his compass wants to obey, torn between finding his place in the world and finding his way back home, William Lusk Coppage is one of the few ambassadors of the contemporary south. These poems are a journey through the back roads, open fields, and blues bars of the delta as only a native knows it. In these poems are the intimate places that a child of Dixie carries with them no matter where paths of the earth might lead them. There are no tourists here, only the local sage, bare and unapologetic.
--Jason Mott

Reminiscent of Robert Wrigley's Reign of Snakes, William Lusk Coppage's collection Fantasies of Men examines a cultural definition of what it means to be male. Embedded in the Mississippi landscape, with "roadsides strewn with the gutted abdomen of deer and doves," these poems sketch a land of farming, fishing, and hunting; of John Deere ball caps, possums, and beer. But Coppage's work rises above the stereotypical, becomes instead a rumination on how we locate ourselves, on what we consider home. A memorable collection.
--Lavonne J. Adams

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Looking Back at the Flood of 2011 - Greenville, MS

Much of the web traffic that leads people is in reference to the flooding of 2011. I wanted to make a post that had all the flood related post.

It seems like since the first major flooding in 2008, my father and step-mother have only lived in their house less than two years. They have had to bounce from hotel room to spare bedrooms. The house is complete, and they are happy. I give them much respect for enduring such a tragic event. I am sure it took a toll on both of them. I give them all my respect and love for their continual support of each other through these past years.

The first post is one titled: "Leading up to the Flood" In this post you can see what the "normal" water levels have been in the past. You also see pics from the 2008 flood where ONLY half of the house was destroyed.

This next post is a fun one for me. Every year the water does get in our yard. March of 2011 was no exception. However, the water rose and then left. The residents thought this was going to be the only sign of high water. In this video, I am catching carp with my hands in the front yard. The river stage is 48 ft year. Water is in the house at 51. So while there was some fun and games, there was much concern.

The next is from May 8th. A few of the neighbors (including my father) was able to get a hold of a barge. The barge was pushed up to our house in order to get the furniture out of the upper floors.

RIVER CRESTED AT 64.5 in Greenville

This post is from 5/19/2011.

June 2011 update

This last post is from April 2012. I visited with my camera. The area along Lake Ferguson is still in waste. I poked around in numerous houses that had been abandoned and was able to get a few pics.

A new post from 12/28/2015 - New Pictures of 2011 flood - From the Vault


I have numerous gigs of photos and videos that people sent me. I hope to one day get them in some sort of book formant. I hope you enjoyed these posts.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Music Mondays (The Late Great Edition)

Just thought I would share a few tunes that I have been really stuck on the past few days or so.

Monday, February 4, 2013

New Publication at Rougarou

I have a new poem ("End of Season") out in the new online issue of Rougarou. I feel blessed to be in an issue with so many fine other writers.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

St. Vincent (Annie Clark) - Surgeon (Acoustic)

The delicate chaos of Annie Clark's songwriting can be seen here in the acoustic rendition of her hit song "Surgeon."