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The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman
The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman is now available for discounted advance pre-order. You can pre-order it here

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In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals – Eric Torgersen
"In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals" by Eric Torgersen is now available. You can order it here
A White Page Demands Its Letters – Toni Ortner
"A White Page Demands Its Letters" by Toni Ortner is now available. You can order it here
The Thirteenth Hour – Rivka Basman Ben-Haim translated by Zelda Kahan Newman
"The Thirteenth Hour" by Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated by Zelda Kahan Newman is now available. You can order it here


Ledge by Nola Garrett
"Ledge" by Nola Garrett is now available. You can order it here


El Silencio de las Horas / The Silence of the Hours by Amanda Reverón translated by Don Cellini
"El Silencio de las Horas / The Silence of the Hours" by Amanda Reverón, translated by Don Cellini is now available. You can order it here


White Food by Toni Mergentime Levi
"White Food" by Toni Mergentime Levi is now available. You can order it here

Mercurial by Allison Joseph
"Mercurial" by Allison Joseph is now available. You can order it here


Memos from the Broken World by Jean Nordhaus
"Memos from the Broken World" by Jean Nordhaus is now available. You can order it here


The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time by Helen Ruggieri
"The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time" by Helen Ruggieri is now available. You can order it here


Leavened by Doris Ferleger
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Alloy by Jan Bottiglieri
"Alloy" by Jan Bottiglieri is now available. You can order it here


What Snakes Want by Kita Shantiris
"What Snakes Want" by Kita Shantiris is now available. You can order it here


Apology of a Girl Who is Told She is Going to Hell by Devon Moore
"Apology of a Girl Who is Told She is Going to Hell" by Devon Moore is now available. You can order it here


Women Longing to Fly – Sara Kay Rupnik
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The Robot Scientist’s Daughter – Jeannine Hall Gailey
"The Robot Scientist’s Daughter" by Jeannine Hall Gailey is now available. You can order it here


Mendeleev’s Mandala – Jessica Goodfellow
"Mendeleev’s Mandala" by Jessica Goodfellow is now available. You can order it here


Buick City - Sarah Carson
"Buick City" by Sarah Carson is now available. You can order it here


The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco by Carlo Matos
"The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco" by Carlo Matos is now available. You can buy it here.


Résumé by Chris Green
"Résumé" by Chris Green is now available. You can buy it here.


Tales of the Tetrarammaton by Paul Nemser
"Tales of the Tetragrammaton" by Paul Nemser is now available. You can buy it here.


Woman with a Gambling Mania by Catherine Anderson
"Woman with a Gambling Mania" by Catherine Anderson is now available. You can buy it here.


A Brief Moment of Weightlessness by Victoria Fish
"A Brief Moment of Weightlessness" by Victoria Fish is now available. You can buy it here.


A Different Harbor by Elizabeth Genovise
"A Different Harbor" by Elizabeth Genovise is now available. You can buy it here.


4 Rms w Vu by Susana H Case
"4 Rms w Vu" by Susana H Case is now available. You can buy it here.


Without Angels - Marjorie Stelmach
"Without Angels" by Marjorie Stelmach is now available. You can buy it here.


The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann & Other Truths and Fictions – David Lunde
"The Grandson of Heinrich Schliemann & Other Truths and Fictions"
by David Lunde is now available. You can buy it here.


Strange Life - Eleanor Lerman
"Strange Life"
by Eleanor Lerman is now available. You can buy it here.


Book of Asters  - Sally Rosen Kindred
"Book of Asters"
by Sally Rosen Kindred is now available. You can buy it here.


Doris Red Spaces - Gretchen Primack
"Doris' Red Spaces
by Gretchen Primack is now available. You can buy it here.


Under Foot – Stephen Lewandowski
"Under Foot"
by Stephen Lewandowski is now available. You can buy it here.


Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios – Hilma Contreras – Translated by Judith Kerman
"Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios"
by Hilma Contreras, translated by Judith Kerman is now available. You can buy it here.


Written On Water: Writings About the Allegheny River – Edited by Helen Ruggieri and Linda Underhill – (with bonus CD!)
"Written On water: Writings About the Allegheny River"
edited by Helen Ruggieri and Linda Underhill is now available. Includes Bonus CD! You can buy it here.


Candidates for Sainthood and Other Sinners by Don Cellini
"Candidates for Sainthood and other Sinners"
by Don Cellini is now available. You can buy it here.


Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist by Gerry LaFemina
"Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist"
by Gerry LaFemina is now available. You can buy it here.


Mayapple Press Prose titles now available on Kindle!
We're proud to announce the release of our first wave of digital publications! Mayapple Press novels, memoirs, and books of short stories can now be purchased via Amazon.com and downloaded onto any Kindle ereader. Have a look at our eBooks page for a list of titles, and click on the book pages for links to Amazon's Kindle bookstore.

We will be offering select titles each month at a discounted price. Visit our Books of The Month page. The titles will be changing each month so keep checking!

You can now pre-order titles at a discounted price before they are released! Visit our Coming Soon page.

Mayapple author Allison Joseph wins New Georgia Arts Award

Allison Joseph - author of "Mercurial" and "Voice: Poems"


Mayapple Press is pleased to say that Allison Joseph, author of Mercurial and Voice: Poems, has been selected as the very first recipient of the New Georgia Arts Award.

As you’ll see from the press release below, Allison will visit the Greater Atlanta area for a number of public appearances. Here are some initial details. We’ll fill more in as we get closer to the dates.

  • Tuesday, March 7: reading at Spelman (hosted by Opal Moore)
    7pm Cosby Small Auditorium, Lower Level, 32 Olivia Hanks Cosby Building, Spelman College S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314

  • Thursday, March 9: reading in Kathy Cashen, UWG
    Kathy Cashen Hall, Humanities Building, University of West Georgia, Carrolton GA 30118

  • Friday, March 10: begins residency at AIR Serenbe
  • Saturday, March 11: cocktail party and joint reading at Serenbe (8pm to 10pm) – Joint event with Ray Christian
    Oak Room, Inn at Serenbe, 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road Palmetto, GA, 30268
    Tickets: http://www.airserenbe.com/…

  • Tuesday March 14: visits high school in Newnan during the

    …….    Read more about Mayapple author Allison Joseph wins New Georgia Arts Award

The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman

Stargazers Embassy by Eleanor Lerman front cover ISBN 978-1-936419-73-9

Fiction. Paper. Perfect Bound. 306 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-73-9 $18.95 $15.16 + S&H <<<===== SPECIAL ADVANCE PRE-ORDER PRICING

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The Stargazer’s Embassy explores the frightening phenomenon of alien abduction from a different point of view: in this story, it is the aliens who seem fearful of Julia Glazer, the woman they are desperately trying to make contact with. Violent and despairing after the murder of the one person she loved, a psychiatrist who was studying abductees, Julia continues to rebuff the aliens

…….    Read more about The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman

Mayapple author Allison Joseph goes viral

Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover

Allison Joseph – Mercurial

Allison Joseph – Voice: Poems

Allison Joseph, author of the Mayapple books Mercurial and Voice: Poems, was tickled* by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” ordure. So she did what a poet does, she wrote. Her poem “Alternative Facts” has become a viral sensation and is being shared all over social media.

You can read “Alternative Facts” at LitHub. There are sharing buttons at the bottom of that page, should you choose to share.

WNIJ will be airing Allison’s reading of the poem this Friday (Jan. 26) during WNIJ’s presentation of Morning Edition. Listen at WNIJ.org at 5:45am (Central) & 7:45 a.m. (Central). When we have audio, we’ll also post it here.

(Jan. 30, 2017 EDIT) Here is the page with Allison reading: http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poets-take-alternative-facts
And, in case of link rot, here is the audio of the reading:

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    …….    Read more about Mayapple author Allison Joseph goes viral

    Allison Joseph’s “Mercurial” in Poetry Magazine’s January Reading List

    Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover


    Mayapple Press is pleased to say that Allison Joseph’s “Mercurial” has been mentioned in Poetry Magazine’s January 2017 Reading List.

    Writing in the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, Aimee Nezhukumatathil says:

    Another gem that was a delight to read and savor out loud is Allison Joseph’s gorgeous ruby of a chapbook, Mercurial (Mayapple Press), which reminds me of all the fun and sass to be had when writing in traditional form (odes, villanelles, sonnets) and how vital and affirming it is to read about women’s bodies—in all their beautiful shapes—this past year especially.

    Allison will also soon be fêted by the New Georgia Arts Collaborative, who have awarded her their top poetry prize. Details forthcoming.

    In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals – Eric Torgersen

    In Which We See Our Selves - Eric Torgersen - front cover


    Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 44 pages
    2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-72-2 $12.95 + $4 S&H

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    With In Which We See Our Selves, Eric Torgersen begins with the formal structure of the ghazal as popularized by Agha Shahid Ali and unapologetically makes a more American thing of it, arguing in his Afterword that this transformation is as inevitable as what happens when the children of immigrant parents pass through an American junior high school: not everyone is pleased with the result. “I’ve tried to avoid faux-Eastern themes and tones,” he writes. Fluently

    …….    Read more about In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals – Eric Torgersen

    A White Page Demands Its Letters – Toni Ortner


    Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 40 pages
    2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-70-8 $12.95 + S&H

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    In A White Page Demands Its Letters, Toni Ortner records the pain of divorce and other loss. The poetic cycle, Dream Sequence, placed here in chronological order, has a raw intensity that strikes the reader like a knife in the heart. The poet must invent a new self in order to survive. The book is a sequel to Traveling, a Perspective, published by Kelsay Press.


    Praise for Toni Ortner’s work:

    …….    Read more about A White Page Demands Its Letters – Toni Ortner

    “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey places in SFPA Elgin Award

    Mayapple Press is proud to note that “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey has been awarded runner-up for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Elgin Award.

    The Elgin Awards, named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, are presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding two years in two categories, Chapbook and Book. “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” was honored in the Book category. All members of the SFPA were eligible to vote for the Award. The winner was “Crowned: The Sign Of The Dragon Book 1” by Mary Soon Lee (Dark Renaissance Books).

    You can get your copy of “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey here

    Mayapple Press author Elizabeth Genovise – Winner of 2016 O Henry Prize

    Mayapple Press is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Genovise, author of “A Different Harbor”, is included in of the 2016 edition of The O Henry Prize Stories. From the book’s website:

    The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories range in setting from Japan at the outset of World War II to a remote cabin in the woods of Wyoming, and the characters that inhabit them range from a misanthropic survivor of an apocalyptic flood to a unicorn hidden in a suburban house. Whether fantastical or realistic, gothic or lyrical, the stories here are uniformly breathtaking. They are accompanied by the editor’s introduction, essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.

    Elizabeth’s prize-winning story, “Irises,” was first published by Cimarron Review. It was selected as a Juror Favorite by Lionel Shriver. In his notes

    …….    Read more about Mayapple Press author Elizabeth Genovise – Winner of 2016 O Henry Prize

    Zelda Kahan Newman visits Chicago, New York and the Library of Congress with “The Thirteenth Hour”

    The Thireteenth Hour by Rivka Basman Ben Haim - front cover


    Zelada Kahan Newman, translator of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim’s “The Thirteenth Hour”, travels to the US this month to present readings from the book.

    Wednesday, September 14 7:00pm Oak Park, Chicago, IL
    Oak Park Temple, 1235 N Harlem Ave, Oak Park, Chicago, IL 60302
    Event website: https://g.co/kgs/LCIRLY
    Names of other people participating in the event? : Rabbi Max Weiss, Michael Bass

    Monday, September 19 12:00pm Washington, DC
    Pickford Theater 3rd Floor, James Madison Building 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540
    Library of Congress event site: https://www.loc.gov/rr/amed/Upcomingevents/UpcomingEvents.html

    Wednesday, September 21 7:00pm Bronx, NY
    Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10471 (Student Commons Room 5C)

    Monday, September 26 11:00am Bronx, NY
    Lehman College Library 250 Bedford Park Blvd. , Bronx NY 10468
    Treehouse Conference Room 317

    Zelda will read from the book and discuss Rivka and her poems. The translator will also be available for questions and for book signings. the book will be available for sale at every location,

    …….    Read more about Zelda Kahan Newman visits Chicago, New York and the Library of Congress with “The Thirteenth Hour”

    The Thirteenth Hour – Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman

    The Thireteenth Hour by Rivka Basman Ben Haim - front cover

    Yiddish/English
    Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 94 pages
    2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-71-5 $15.95 + S&H

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    Original Yiddish poems are presented with

    …….    Read more about The Thirteenth Hour – Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman