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For Immediate Release
March 18, 2011

Noted Montana Poet & Performer Publishes New Collection

BROOKLYN, New York—Bangtail Press is delighted to announce the release of a new collection, 51: 30 Poems, 20 Lyrics, 1 Self-Interviewby Paul Zarzyski, an author known to thousands of fans for his sometimes wild, sometimes poignant, sometimes wildly poignant, and always engaging performances on both lariati (cowboy) and literati stages around the world.

“On one hand, I've been focused on this book for a mere 5 or 6 years; on the other hand, since it's a work that began when I was a child just beginning to walk, as evidenced by two of the five snapshots adorning the front cover, I’ve lived the poetic moments of the 250 pages for over 51 years,” Zarzyski said in a recent interview. “It’s the culmination of not only a body of unpublished poetry, but also my forays into song lyrics and, for me, even rarer, prose—much of it qualifying, I suppose, as memoir?" 

Memoir, indeed. In his new collection, Zarzyski’s Western Writers of America Spur Award-winning poetry and lyrics are augmented, bolstered, by an autobiography that— via artful, self-interview “discussions,”  of the events that shaped Zarzyski’s life— shines insightful, revealing lights through the many and varied scrims back-dropping the stanzas, verses, choruses and bridges.

Recipient of the 2005 Montana Governor’s Arts Award for Literature, as well as a Western Heritage (“Wrangler”) Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Zarzyski extends the reach of his iconoclastic career with one of his most inspired collections yet. After establishing base camps in both the Midwest and the cowboy West, 51 climbs into the most rarefied kind of literary air, touching on the most essential matters of both head and heart. The Publisher of Bangtail Press, Allen Jones, said, “I can’t tell you how proud we are to see Bangtail’s logo on the spine of Paul’s book. This is one for the ages, for posterity. This one’s going to outlive us all.”

Paul Zarzyski is available for interviews through Bangtail Press,

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