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


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
"Women Longing to Fly" by Sara Kay Rupnik is now available for. You can order it here


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.

“The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey named SFPA Elgin Award candidate

The Robot Scientists Daughter front cover

Mayapple Press is very pleased to note that The Robot Scientist’s Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey has been named as a candidate for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2016 Elgin Award.

Members of the Association will vote on the candidates. Nominations will be open until May 15th.

The full listing of the candidates can be found here. Jeannine is in fine company. Or perhaps it’s the other way around, they are in fine company with her! We wish Jeannine good luck with the ballot. The Robot Scientist’s Daughter is a remarkable work and one deserving of wide recognition.

“The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey added to Horror Writers Association Bram Stoker Award Preliminary Ballot

The Robot Scientists Daughter front cover

Mayapple Press is very pleased to note that The Robot Scientist’s Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey has been added to the preliminary ballot of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award. Gailey’s book is listed as a “Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection”.

Active and Lifetime members of the Association will vote on the Preliminary Ballot. Voting will close on February 15th. Nominees will be announced February 23rd and winners announced on May 14 at the annual StokerCon in Las Vegas.

The full listing of the Preliminary Ballot can be found here. Jeannine is in fine company. Or perhaps it’s the other way around, they are in fine company with her! We wish Jeannine good luck with the ballot. The Robot Scientist’s Daughter is a remarkable work and one deserving of wide recognition.

An interview with Mayapple Press author Susan Azar Porterfield, winner of 2015 Cider Press Review Prize

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Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

 

In the Garden of Our Spines – Susan Azar Porterfield

Late last year we noted that Mayapple author Susan Azar Portefield had been awarded the 2015 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize. On Tuesday January 12th Geosi Gyasi posted a very interesting interview with Susan Azar Porterfield on Geosi Reads. Here’s a winner:
Geosi Gyasi: What is the best time to write?
Susan Porterfield: In the morning. In the afternoon. In the evening. In the middle of the night.

Mayapple author Jessica Goodfellow named Artist In Residence – Denali National Park, Alaska

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Jessica Goodfellow, author of Mendeleev’s Mandala, has been named one of six Artists In Residence at Alaska’s Denali National Park for 2016. The park is the home of the mountain sometimes known as Mount McKinley.

From the press release:

Since 2002 more than 65 accomplished artists, writers and composers have participated in the program. Following a 10-day residency, each artist will lead a public outreach activity with visitors and donate a piece of artwork to the program collection. Residents are challenged to create pieces, inspired by their park experiences, which offer visitors fresh and innovative perspectives of the park.

Jessica has an unusual connection to the Park. Her uncle was one of seven climbers who perished on the mountain during the ill-fated Wilcox expedition of 1967, still one of the worst losses of life on a US mountain. Jessica is currently working on a book of poems centered around the event.

Jessica Goodfellow’s page at the Denali Artist In Residence Program: http://www.nps.gov/dena/getinvolved/air-goodfellow.htm

More information

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Mercurial – Allison Joseph

Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 40 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-64-7 $12.95

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About Mercurial
Mercurial is the latest collection of poems from Allison Joseph: always accessible, musical, full of hard-earned wisdom, sass, and courage. Joseph writes about everyday situations in deft, heartfelt poems that span the spectrum of poetic ambition–free verse narrative, short lyrics, traditional rhyming forms and topical meditations. She is a poet of song and strut, an ambassador for the written word’s deviations and variations, a conversationalist who just happens to speak in rhyme and meter. Readers of this book will encounter a

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Mayapple Press authors Susana H. Case and Gretchen Primack to read this weekend

Susana Case - 4 Rms w Vu - Front Cover

   

Come out and support live poetry!

Susana H. Case
Friday, November 20, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Dr, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, United States
Author Name : Susana H. Case
Name of Mayapple book: 4 Rms w Vu
Date : November 20, 2015
Starting time of event : 7:30 PM
Street address : Hudson Valley Writers Center 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
Author Website : http://iris.nyit.edu/~shcase/
Names of other people participating in the event: Cornelius Eady & Rough Magic, Ann Cefola, Margo Taft Stever, Robin Messing
Event website: http://www.writerscenter.org/event/88fef06de34218dcd0d373442b92eb27

Sunday, November 22, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Where: JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591 (map)
Author: Susana H. Case
Name of Mayapple book: 4 Rms w Vu
Event name: Sundays @ the J with George and Friends
Date : Sunday November 22, 2015
Starting time of

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Jeannine Hall Gailey’s “Robot Scientist’s Daughter” makes the Goodreads Choice Awards semifinal – Please go vote for it!

Jeannine Hall Gailey - The Robot Scientist's Daughter nominated for Goodreads Choice Award semifinal

Mayapple Press is pleased to announce that Jeannine Hall Gailey’s The Robot Scientist’s Daughter has been nominated to the semi-finals of the Goodreads Choice award in the poetry category.

The voting page is here: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-poetry-books-2015 (It you’re not signed in to Goodreads, that page will ask you to do so first. If you’re not a member yet the sign-up is easy)

The Goodreads Choice Awards semi-final voting lasts until November 15th, so please go over there and vote! Voting for the semi-final yields 10 nominees in each category. The final round starts on the 17th of November.

Vote here: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-poetry-books-2015 (sign in if you need to)
And the book’s own page at Goodreads is here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23526332-the-robot-scientist-s-daughter
Details about the Goodreads Choice Awards competition are here: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/579-semifinals-have-begun-second-chance-to-vote-in-the-2015-goodreads-choic
The book’s own page at Mayapple is here: http://mayapplepress.com/the-robot-scientists-daughter-jeannine-hall-gailey/

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Memos from the Broken World – Jean Nordhaus

Jean Nordhaus - Memos from the Broken World

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-56-2 $15.95 & S+H

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Taking her title from the kabbalist creation tale of the clay vessels that had to break so God’s light could scatter through the universe, Nordhaus mourns and celebrates a world that comes into being through continuous acts of breakage. She recalls a child who would eat nothing broken, a kewpie doll with a crack that “spidered across his plaster skull” with blackness trickling from “the hollow place inside,” conjures a spark of light that “splashed into the

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Mayapple Press authors Judith Kerman and Helen Ruggieri to read – Saugerties , NY – Thursday October 22, 2015

Helen Ruggieri - The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time - front cover

Postcards From America – Judith Kerman – Post Traumatic Press

The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time – Helen Ruggieri

Judith Kerman and Helen Ruggieri will each read from their new books at the New World Home Cooking Poetry Series on Thursday October 22nd, 2015.

Judith Kerman’s “Postcards from America” has just been published by Post Traumatic Press. Judith will happily sign copies of this and her other books after the event.

Helen Ruggieri’s “The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time” has just been published by Mayapple Press. Helen will also happily sign copies of this and her other books after the event.

The readings will be bracketed by short open mic sessions.

New World Home Cooking has plenty of free parking. The food and drink is excellent. The Poetry Series takes place in the back room, away from the convivial hubbub of the main room. Free admission, of course, but donations are welcome.

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Mayapple author Jane O. Wayne to receive Tradition of Literary Excellence Award

Jane O. Wayne honored by Lit in the Lou

Mayapple Press is pleased to note that Jane O. Wayne, author of The Other Place You Live, is to be awarded the St. Louis Tradition of Literary Excellence Award. The Award will be presented at the Gala Opening Event of the Lit in the Lou festival, 7 p.m. October 2 at University City Hall’s fifth floor.

From the press release:
“The award, which was created in 2014 and is funded by the Municipal Commission of Arts & Letters of University City, is given “to honor the work of a living local author whose literary achievement has won national and international acclaim and, in so doing, has contributed to the distinction of the St. Louis area, upholding its tradition as a center of literary excellence.”

Congratulations Jane! We’re proud to publish The Other Place You Live.

Readers can get a copy of The Other Place You Live here

Here’s an article about the Award and the Lit in the Lou Festival from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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