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Coming Soon


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

Available now


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 Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time – Helen Ruggieri

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

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-55-5
$15.95 $13.29 + S&H <<== SPECIAL ADVANCE PRE-ORDER PRICING!

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This book is about loss – parents, lovers, friends, pets, all those whose absence is felt strongly. Loss is approached through myth, through despair, through sensory detail like the empty hollow in the bed, or from the viewpoint of the shoes abandoned in the closet.

Twenty-five years ago Ruggieri wrote “no

…….    Read more about The Kingdom Where No One Keeps Time – Helen Ruggieri

A busy weekend for Mayapple Press authors…

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This weekend is one of the busiest for the press in a long time. Mayapple Press authors will participate in several events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday….

Kita Shantiris, author of “What Snakes Want”, is all over the place!

Kita Shantiris, author of "What Snakes Want"

In case you cannot see the embedded video above: Watch Kita Shantiris reading at Bowery Poetry Club (19 minutes, YouTube video)

Listen to Kita Shantiris reading from What Snakes Want. From the “Why Poetry” program with host Paul Lieber on KPFK Public Radio – January 22, 2015

NPR Santa Cruz – Hear the host read poems from Kita’s book, along with poems from Ostriker, Simic and an anthology. (1 hour)

A half hour interview with Kita Shantiris by Susan Dobbe Chase


Mayapple Press at The NYC Poetry Festival – Governors Island – Saturday July 25th, 2015

Mayapple Press Authors and Books for 2015 NYC Poetry Festival

Mayapple Press is please to present four of our authors on The White Horse Stage of The New York City Poetry Festival. We are on at 12 noon on Saturday July 25th. The Festival is an all ages event and takes place on Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th in the NYC urban oasis, Governors Island. Ferries to the island from Manhattan and Brooklyn are FREE!

Each author will read from works new and old, know and unknown. We’ll also be on hand to sell books.

…….    Read more about Mayapple Press at The NYC Poetry Festival – Governors Island – Saturday July 25th, 2015

Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat 2015 – Schedule of Public Readings Announced

Reading at Woodstock Mayapple Writers' Retreat

The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat is almost upon us. Every year the participants in the Retreat present Public Readings around the area. Admission is free to most events and books are available for sale at all events. Credit card payments are accepted for book sales.

Here is the list of events and readers for 2015:

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00 pm
at the Artbar Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston. (Map) Free admission
Readers Vincent Cooper, Barbara Diehl, Nola Garrett, Joyce Kessel:

Vincent O. Cooper, who teaches English at the University of the Virgin Islands, has published his original poetry in several international journals such as Kunapipi, Journal of Caribbean Studies, The Caribbean Writer, and many others. He has co- authored poetry collections, including, Three Islands, Tremors, and Tigers in Paradise. Cooper has been a former Fulbright Scholar on Belizean language and culture. He has also published his research on Derek Walcott.

Barbara Westwood Diehl is founding editor of The Baltimore Review. Her fiction and poetry have been published

…….    Read more about Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat 2015 – Schedule of Public Readings Announced

Leavened – Doris Ferleger

Doris Ferleger Leavened Front Cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 64 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-47-0
$15.95 $13.29 + S&H <<== SPECIAL ADVANCE PRE-ORDER PRICING!

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Come to the first supper in America with Momma and Poppa, two surviving aunts and two surviving uncles who speak in flawed English, who first think catsup is a disinfectant, who hunger for luck, salt, safety and family, who will proudly feed their children the sliced white bread of assimilation and the bread of memory. The bread of memory is leavened and triple braided with: Holocaust, shtetl

…….    Read more about Leavened – Doris Ferleger

Mayapple author Kita Shantiris tours the East Coast – June 11th to 20th -Albany, Woodstock, NYC, Brooklyn, Philly

Kita Shantiris, author of "What Snakes Want"
Kita Shantiris, author of What Snakes Want, will be appearing in several cities on the East Coast in June.

The first event is in Slingerlands/Albany on Friday June 12th. Kita will appear along with Deboarah Poe at the amazing Pine Hollow Arboretum. The reading is part of the Poets of Earth, Water, Tree and Sky series
This is also an Open Mic for poets and writers. All welcome! Readings start at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Hollow Arboretum Visitor Center, 16 Maple Avenue, Slingerlands, New York 12159. Please park on the lawn. the event is sponsored by Rootdrinker Institute, Hudson Valley Writers Guild and the Delmar Writers Group.

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Saturday June 13th Kita will appear at Bowery Poetry’s Gardens, Snakes and Songs event. This is a matinee! Readings start at 12:30 PM at Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC 10012. Tickets are $10 (suggested donation)

Kelly Fordon will read from her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind,

…….    Read more about Mayapple author Kita Shantiris tours the East Coast – June 11th to 20th -Albany, Woodstock, NYC, Brooklyn, Philly

Video – Jessica Goodfellow – “Crows, Reckoning”


Here is the Motionpoems treatment for Jessica Goodfellow’s “Crows, Reckoning”. It was realised by Chase Masterson and premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on may 21st.

Crows Reckoning from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

From the Motionpoems website:

What is a motionpoem?

It’s poetry for the movie-lover in you!

A motionpoem is a short film adaptation of a contemporary poem.

Co-founded by poet Todd Boss and filmmaker Angella Kassube in 2008, Motionpoems Inc is an ambitious nonprofit production company in Minneapolis that makes more than a dozen motionpoems a year.

We give dynamite poems to dynamite filmmakers … and step back! The resulting blasts go out monthly—free to our subscribers—and are felt around the world. We partner with the best publishers in the field. We work with Pulitzer Prize winning poets, major motion picture companies, and early-career artists alike.

Our films (all in glorious hi-def) screen at festivals, cinemas, libraries, museums, bookstores, and schools. And our new public art program brings multimedia

…….    Read more about Video – Jessica Goodfellow – “Crows, Reckoning”

Alloy – Jan Bottiglieri

Alloy by Jan Bottiglieri - front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 82 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-52-4 $15.95 + S&H

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A butterfly casts the shadow of a man; a homesick mermaid cleans teeth; a young girl pushes a heavy iron, singing. In Alloy, these and others (daughter, mother, astronaut; an occasional zombie or alien) find voice through poems exploring memory in all its shifting sense and purpose: from childhood recollection to adult reckoning, from folklore and fairytale to family relationships. Bottiglieri’s poems live in large moments and small, in the shimmering balance between grieving and consolation, between loss and what comes after. How do our memories—of our keenest pleasures, our deepest

…….    Read more about Alloy – Jan Bottiglieri

Mayapple authors Susana H. Case and Gerry LaFemina to read – Brooklyn, NY – Sunday May 10th, 2015

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On Sunday May 10th, Mayapple author Susana H. Case, author of 4 Rms w Vu, will take part in a reading to celebrate the release of a new anthology, Clash By Night.

Susana will be joined by another Mayapple author, Gerry LaFemina. Gerry is the author of four books for Mayapple Press. His most recent book is Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist. Gerry is also a prime mover in the CityLit Project and has co-edited the new anthology for CityLit Press. It’s the first in a planned series called “Poets Cover Your Record Collection”.

The reading event starts at 4:30pm and takes place in the salubrious Branded Saloon in Brooklyn. Susana and Gerry will be joined in the reading by many other contributors to the anthology.

Here’s an interesting interview with the co-editor of the anthology, Gregg Wilhelm

Event details

Author: Susana H. Case
Mayapple book: 4 Rms w Vu
Event name: Launch party for “Clash By Night”.

…….    Read more about Mayapple authors Susana H. Case and Gerry LaFemina to read – Brooklyn, NY – Sunday May 10th, 2015