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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
"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.

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

…….    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

…….    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

clash-by-night-front-cover

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

What Snakes Want – Kita Shantiris

Kita Shantiris - What Snakes Want - front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-51-7 $15.95 + S&H

Note: You don’t have to have a PayPal account in order to use the PayPal button, just a credit card.

Slyly sexual, intense and funny, in What Snakes Want Kita Shantiris strips secrets of their power by telling them. Running away and returning, burying and unearthing, she—and a cast that includes abused siblings, desperate spinsters, and an army medic—struggle to escape their shadows. Throughout, Shantiris’ startling use of language animates her portraits.

A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health center, Shantiris faces trauma, yearning, love and loss head on. What Snakes Want traverses a menacing, bleak landscape as its characters shed

…….    Read more about What Snakes Want – Kita Shantiris

Mayapple Press is Open for Submissions

"Yes, we're open" sign

Spring has sprung here in Woodstock, and Mayapple Press is Open for submissions!

The submissions page has all the details of how and what to submit.

The process is a little different from the last time we were open, so please read all the guidelines carefully.

http://mayapplepress.com/submissions/


Mayapple Press author Jeannine Hall Gailey reads – May 13th. – Seattle WA

Jeanine Hall Gailey - Author of "The Robot Scientist's Daugther"


Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, will read on Wednesday May 13th in Seattle. The event is part of the Beacon Bards Series, sponsored by Beacon Arts.

What: Beacon Bards Reading
Who: Jeannine Hall Gailey (author of “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter”)
Date: May 13th 2015
When 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Station, 2533 16th Ave., South Seattle, WA 98144 USA
Cost: Free

Jeannine will be joined at the reading by Nance van Winckel

Beacon Arts sponsors Beacon Bards, a monthly poetry reading series featuring talented local poets. Readings begin at 7 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop, a cafe in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, located at 2533 16th Avenue South, between Bayview and Lander Streets. There is no cover charge, so please enjoy a latte or a glass of wine (cash only) to support our generous hosts! For further information, contact Billie Swift, Beacon Bards Poetry Reading Series co-curator, at bswift@gmail.com

…….    Read more about Mayapple Press author Jeannine Hall Gailey reads – May 13th. – Seattle WA

Mayapple author Jessica Goodfellow contributes poem to annual Motionpoems series




Jessica Goodfellow author of Mendeleev’s Mandala has contributed a poem to the sixth season of Motionpoems

The series’ premier screening is at the prestigious Walker Art Center in Minneapolis MN on May 21st.

Motionpoems is an ongoing series featuring short film adaptations of contemporary poems. Series six features all women poets. Jessica’s poem “Crows, Reckoning” is accompanied by film by Edward Chase Masterson

Two free screenings at 6pm and 8pm on May 21 will sandwich a 7:10pm panel discussion on poetry and film with several featured guest artists.

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

http://www.motionpoems.com/news/

Mayapple author Jeannine Hall Gailey “officially” launches “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” today!

Jeanine Hall Gailey - Author of "The Robot Scientist's Daugther"



The Robot Scientist’s Daughter
has been available for a little while but now it’s time for the book’s “official” launch in Jeannine’s home town, Seattle.

The event is this evening, April 16 at 7 PM at the Jack Straw Cultural Center.

The full address is: 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (Map)

Please come by and say hello to Jeannine. She’ll be happy to sign your copy of the book. If you don’t already have your copy, she’ll happily sell you one.

The Robot Scientist’s Daughter is getting a lot of praise from reviewers. Come and hear why.

Kelli Russell Agodon will be the opening reader.

http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/writers/WritersForum/index.html#events

This reading is sponsored by Poets & Writers and Jack Straw Productions.

Mayapple Press author Jessica Goodfellow reads for you (on video)


Jessica Goodfellow, author of Mendeleev’s Mandala contributes two poems from the book to the UCSD Library blog’s National Poetry Month virtual reading series