Mayapple Press is a small literary press founded in 1978 by poet and editor Judith Kerman. We celebrate literature that is both challenging and accessible: poetry that transcends the categories of "mainstream" and "avant-garde"; women's writing; the Great Lakes/Northeastern culture; the recent immigrant experience; poetry in translation; science fiction poetry.
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Monica Wendel – English Kills and Other Poems
English Kills and Other Poems by Monica Wendel is now available for discounted pre-order. You can pre-order it here

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 Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party – Charles Rafferty
Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party by Charles Rafferty is now available. You can order it here


Absolute Zero – David Lunde
Absolute Zero by David Lunde is now available. You can order it here


Distant Music - John Palen
Distant Music by John Palen is now available. You can order it here


Wild Roses - Jan Minich
Wild Roses by Jan Minich is now available. You can order it here


The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman
The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman is now available. You can order it here


Bird Years – Dicko King
Bird Years by Dicko King is now available. You can order it here


Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces – Eugenia Toledo, translated by Carolyne Wright
Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces by – Eugenia Toledo, translated by Carolyne Wright is now available. You can order it here


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




Some Mayapple Press titles now available on Kindle!
We’re proud to announce that several Mayapple Press titles can now be purchased via Amazon.com and can be read on any Kindle reader or in the Kindle App. 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.

English Kills and Other Poems – Monica Wendel

Monica Wendel English Kills


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 100 pages
2018, ISBN: 978-1-936419-84-5 $15.95 $12.76 + S&H <<< SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRE-ORDER PRICE

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Pre-orders will ship about a week before the book is officially published – Around July 28


In English Kills and Other Poems, Monica Wendel challenges and explores the norms of adulthood. Her speaker, teetering on the edge of marriage and pregnancy, weaves together the real world and the dream world while trying to understand what the future will bring. Calling back to

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Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party – Charles Rafferty

Charles Rafferty Something an Atheist front cover


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 38 pages
2018, ISBN: 978-1-936419-83-8 $14.95 & S+H

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Something an Atheist Might Bring Up at a Cocktail Party explores what it means to encounter crisis in a godless world. The poems range from lyrics to dramatic monologues, and while they do not all address the idea of religion directly, the sense of our aloneness informs each of the poems.


Praise for Charles Raffety’s work:

I have followed Charles Rafferty’s work for the

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The 2018 Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat is open for applications

The 2018 Retreat will take place from Thursday the 19th of July to Wednesday the 25th of July

Go straight to the Signup Page for the application form

Tired of the “star system” at writers’ workshops? Looking for a place offering time to write as well as fellowship and critique from other professionals? The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat may be for you!

Designed for the “mid-career” literary writer, the retreat took place at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan from 2003 to 2011. In 2012, retaining the original format, we moved to the historic Byrdcliffe Guild on Mt. Guardian overlooking Woodstock, NY. Byrdcliffe, a historic arts colony in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, has hosted such writers as Charlotte Perkins Gillman, John Burroughs, Will Durant, Thomas Mann, Wallace Stevens, as well as artists, musicians, actors and journalists.

Recharge your batteries, pick up new ideas and techniques, make friends and influence people, write and work with a discerning group

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“The Stargazer’s Embassy” by Eleanor Lerman named as a finalist in the Foreword Indie Awards

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

Mayapple Press is pleased to announce that Eleanor Lerman’s “The Stargazer’s Embassy” has been named as a finalist for the Foreword Indies Award. The book is a finalist in the science fiction award of the adult fiction section.

“Choosing finalists for the INDIES is always the highlight of our year, but the job is very difficult due to the high quality of submissions,” said Victoria Sutherland, founder/publisher of Foreword Reviews. “Each new book award season proves again how independent publishers are the real innovators in the industry.”

Winners in each genre—along with Editor’s Choice Prize winners and Foreword’s INDIE Publisher of the Year—will be announced June 15, 2018.

Absolute Zero – David Lunde

Absolute Zero by David Lunde front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 82 pages
2018, ISBN: 978-1-936419-80-7 $16.95 + S&H

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Absolute Zero by David Lunde is available on Kindle here


Veteran poet David Lunde’s newest work, Absolute Zero, paints an always fantastic, often tender, and occasionally frightening portrait of humanity’s place among the stars. Lunde has a gift for distilling great expanses of time and space into a single poem, an ability that makes sitting down with his work feel like strapping in for an intergalactic journey. Throughout the voyage, Lunde finds a strange humanity in both the cosmic

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Mayapple Press author Brian Aldiss passes at age 92

A Prehistroy of Mind - Brian Aldiss


A Prehistroy of Mind – Brian Aldiss

Mayapple Press is saddened to learn of the death of Brain Aldiss. Brian was best known for his sci-fi prose (the Helliconia and Supertoys Last All Summer Long), but he also wrote non-fiction and, for us, poetry. Brian Aldiss’s Mayapple Press book “A Prehistory of Mind” was published in 2008. In addition to poetry, the book contains the short story “Mortistan”

UK based IT site The Register has a remembrance here.

The Guardian has a long piece here.

“The Stargazer’s Embassy” by Eleanor Lerman garnering excellent reviews

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


Eleanor Lerman’s “The Stargazer’s Embassy” is on bookstore shelves now and we’re happy to report that the book is garnering excellent reviews in many venues.

Most recently, issue number 271 of the long-running, highly-regarded, UK science fiction magazine “Interzone” ran a review of the book. The review, written by Barbara Melville, is perceptive and well thought out. Contained in her general praise are a couple of nice passages:

“…a road trip, alone, in the dark, and without a map”

“…it comes down to the reversal of a universal science fiction theme: this story isn’t about what it means to be human but what it means not to be. And that is an idea worth exploring.”

You can read the full review of The Stargazer’s Embassy in Interzone Magazine (UK) here (reviewed by Barbara Melville) (.pdf)

Many Stateside publications have also admired “The Stargazer’s Embasssy” by Eleanor Lerman:

The Stargazer’s Embassy, by Eleanor Lerman, is a thrilling reversal

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Wild Roses – Jan Minich

Jan Minich Wild Roses Front Cover


Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 100 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-77-7 $16.95 + S&H

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“Wild Roses”   by Jan Minich is available on Kindle here


Wild Roses explores the ravishing complexities in the lives of women from the 18th through the 20th centuries, revealing how society’s boundaries did not prevent some women from realizing who they were, or what they wanted. These poems celebrate women pirates, outlaws, based on research, but gently depart from the usual historical accounts, because they seem true to those who embraced lives they chose, not

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Video: Zelda Kahan Newman presents “The Thirteenth Hour” at the Library of Congress

The Thireteenth Hour by Rivka Basman Ben Haim - front cover

On September 19th, 2016 Zelda Kahan Newman, translator of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim’s The Thirteen Hour, was a guest of the Library of Congress. Her presentation was cosponsored by the Hebraic section of the African and Middle East Division at the library and the Hebrew Language Table, in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel.
The presentation is about 54 minutes long. It includes readings from the book in Yiddish and English. There is also a question and answer section.

If you cannot see the embeded video above, you can find the originaL at:
http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7758&loclr=eanw

Trazas de mapa, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces – Eugenia Toledo, translated by Carolyne Wright

Trazas de mapas, trazas de sangre / Map Traces, Blood Traces - by Eugenia Toledo, translated by Carolyne Wright

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 138 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-60-9
$16.95 + $4.00 USA S&H

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$16.95 + $14.00 S&H (LATIN AMERICA & R.o.W. SHIPPING)


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