The President Next Door: Poems, Songs, and Journalism Launches in Little Rock

More than 60 guests gathered at Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock on Thursday, March 18 to celebrate the launch of Philip Martin's The President Next Door: Poems, Songs, and Journalism (Et Alia Press, 2016). 

The President Next Door is the latest book by award-winning newspaper columnist, critic and songwriter Philip Martin. It collects poems and song lyrics, many of which were inspired by Martin's journalistic work. Martin's enormous impact on our community was evident, drawing guests ranging from former Congressman and author Ed Bethune, to author Kevin Brockmeier, to Et Alia two-time author and UALR Professor Frank M. Thurmond, to Matt Smith, owner of Little Rock's independently owned Riverdale 10 Cinema. All enjoyed Martin's time at the mike, as he sang three songs from his book, followed by a greeting and book signing. 

Et Alia thanks Cindy, Clarke, and Helen at Cantrell Gallery for graciously volunteering their beautiful art space for this event. Cantrell Gallery is the oldest gallery and custom frame shop in Little Rock, and features art by over 30 established and emerging local/regional artists. In their large gallery space, they feature special exhibits that generally run for roughly seven weeks before rotating. The Gallery carries everything from prints to original works of art, including three-dimensional pieces, gift items, and custom framing.