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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.

Distant Music – John Palen

John Palen Distant Music ISBN 978-1-936419-74-6

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 74 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-74-6 $15.95 & S&H

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The poems in John Palen’s Distant Music inhabit a harsh Midwestern America of damaged prairies and inward-turning small towns, whose people are nonetheless touched by moments of grace. Unmarked graves of paupers in a rural cemetery underlie native flowers “in glorious bloom.” A victim of childhood sexual abuse grows into her own recovery by “Learning to Breathe.” A snow-plow driver burdened with guilt finds respite after a long night’s work, waking to snow-banked streets and “all that weight pushed aside.”

These poems also range

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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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The 2017 Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat is open for applications

The 2017 Retreat will take place from Wednesday the 26th of July to Tuesday the 1st of August

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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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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Bird Years – Dicko King

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-69-2 $16.95 + S&H

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This is a book of false memories and myth — and recollection and revelation excavated out of the author’s unconscious, the pieces laid out and puzzled over. This is the moment’s archeologist hovering over the lost past.

One enters as if falling into a painting—a near desolate landscape . . . of harsh reds . . . where lizards go to die, a primal world of early-risen angst and longing, disappointment and disconnectedness begun when a child is left at a kindergarten door by

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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

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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 + S&H

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