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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The Robot Scientist’s Daughter – Jeannine Hall Gailey

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Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-42-5 $15.95 + S&H

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Dazzling in its descriptions of a natural world imperiled by the hidden dangers of our nuclear past, this book presents a girl in search of the secrets of survival. In The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, Jeannine Hall Gailey creates for us a world of radioactive wasps, cesium in the sunflowers, and robotic daughters. She conjures the intricate menace of the nuclear family and nuclear history, juxtaposing surreal cyborgs, mad scientists from fifties horror flicks and languid scenes of

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The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco – Carlo Matos

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Flash fiction, Novella. Paper, Perfect Bound. 108 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-46-3 $15.95 + S&H

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If you’ve ever suspected that time doesn’t flow as linearly as it pretends to, that it slows down, speeds up and sometimes just goes totally off the rails, then meet Johnny Sundays — the protagonist of The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco. Johnny flees California’s Central Valley when he realizes he’s become (un)stuck. He makes his way to Chicago where time inexplicably starts to clack forward again, only

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Cyborgia – Susan Slaviero

Cyborgia - Susan Slaviero

Cyborgia – Susan Slaviero

Paper, perfect bound, 78 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-904

Melding the language of sci-fi and sensuality, Cyborgia, Susan Slaviero’s redolent, ambitious debut, wallows delightfully in its rhythm and vocabulary yet remains sharp and meticulous. In this lyric guide to cyborg feminism — complete with robosexuality and teledildonics — Slaviero traverses traditional female tropes, including fairy-tale heroines, mermaids, and brides. Full of lucent wit, imagination, intelligence, and a scathing playfulness.


Consider the Dangers of Reconstructing Your Wife As a Cyborg
by Susan Slaviero

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If you ask, I will explain the paradox of a virus that infects only metal. I am not your celluloid marionette. Not marriage material, or hulled fruit. You think I am cruel as the moon,

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Starting Friction – Tenea D. Johnson

Starting Friction - Tenea D. Johnson

Starting Friction – Tenea D. Johnson

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 38 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-621

Tenea D. Johnson’s poems are uniquely observant; they captivate and surprise from choreographing butterflies turned to dust, to Kentucky woods and suburbia. Johnson’s intricate language invites the reader to connect with the images, music, and tastes of a woman vulnerably exposed. Both urban and natural, Starting Friction resounds with a hope for a nation full of complexity and conflict.


The Water Has Pushed Through

by Tenea D. Johnson

A narrow stream cuts through the earth
turned to stone
by the weight of trees and time.

I found this stretch of stream with
the perfect gurgle and sat next to it all afternoon.

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The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

The Futurist's Mistress - Lorraine Schein

The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

Paper, perfect bound, 44 pp
$13.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-39-4

Enid Dame says, “Playful, anarchic, often hilariously funny glimpses of the world we know from a skewed, sophisticated angle.”

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee


The Queen of Velcro
by Lorraine Schein

The Queen of Velcro is fuzzy and black on one side, and has sharp plastic teeth on the other. Her lovers are kept in a state of suspense, never knowing which side of her to please. But the truth is, she can only achieve satisfaction by pressing each opposing side of herself against the other till they adhere, then attaining release as she pulls herself apart in a long, ripping sigh.


Lorraine Schein

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Uncommonplaces: Poems of the Fantastic – Judith Kerman and Don Riggs, eds.

Uncommonplaces: Poems of the Fantastic - Judith Kerman and Don Riggs, eds.

Uncommonplaces: Poems of the Fantastic – Judith Kerman and Don Riggs, eds.

Paper, perfect bound, 148 pp
$15.00 plus s&h
2000, ISBN 0-932412-17-3

Uncommonplaces: Poems of the Fantastic
edited by Judith Kerman and Don Riggs
with cover art by Judith Clute, features poems by

  • Brian Aldiss
  • Gene Doty
  • Sydney Duncan
  • Joe Haldeman
  • Patricia Harkins-Pierre
  • Donna Hooley
  • Marilyn Jurich
  • Judith Kerman
  • Jeanne Larsen
  • Robert Lima
  • David Lunde
  • Patrick O’Leary
  • Don Riggs
  • Dan Timmons
  • Rick Wilber
  • Jane Yolen

Blues for Port City – David Lunde

Blues for Port City - David Lunde

Blues for Port City – David Lunde

Paper, saddlestitched, 24 pp
$5 plus s&h
1995, ISBN 0-932412-07-8

Science fiction poems which are truly science fiction and truly fine contemporary poetry, “written” by an inhabitant of the demimonde of a space station. Includes Rhysling-award winner “Pilot, Pilot.”

Pilot, Pilot
by David Lunde

Your eyes were mirrors then,
silver as pressure domes, your
head raked back fifteen degrees.
The angle of your long neck
against the unwholesome horizontal
of that Port City street, the taut
cords of muscle straining
in my sweat-slick fingers,
are a senso I can’t erase–
neither that image nor the shame,
knowing even then it wasn’t you

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A Prehistory of Mind – Brian Aldiss

A Prehistroy of Mind - Brian Aldiss

A Prehistory of Mind – Brian Aldiss

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 76pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-614

Published here for the first time, on an exclusive basis, is Aldiss’ new short story, “Mortistan”. Experience a different side of Brian Aldiss in this volume-soon to be a collectors’ item!

This self-revealing volume allows readers to:

  • ramble through a Martian desert and other fantastic realms
  • visit the Kremlin, Ulan Bator, a European cafe
  • get a glimpse of Aldiss’ personal life
  • live through the eyes of a volcano
  • witness the terror of war and creation of the world

    Colour Contrast
    by Brian Aldiss

    Frost and its crackling silences.
    The dead of night. The general rests
    His huge raw fists upon a dossier.
    On his table burns an oil lamp
    Giving forth a golden glow.
    Beyond tall uncurtained windows
    Snow lies. Bright moonlight floods the room
    Its silver vanquishing the gold.
    Footsteps break the stillness, boots
    On stone. Four soldiers hustle in

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