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Two Mayapple Press books honored in Hoffer and Montaigne Awards

Mayapple Press is pleased to say that two of our books have been honored in the Eric Hoffer and Montaigne Medal Awards.

What Snakes Want by Kita Shantiris was shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award. The eventual winner was The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off), by Teresa Jordan, published by Counterpoint Press. The shortlist is here. Congratulations to Kita for the august company in which she finds herself!

Kita was also awarded an “Honorable Mention” in the poetry section.

The Robot Scientist’s Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey was shortlisted for the Montaigne Medal. Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the Montaigne Medal to the most thought-provoking books. These are books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of the great French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare,

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“What Snakes Want” by Kita Shantiris in contention for two book awards

Mayapple Press is happy to announce that What Snakes Want by Kita Shantiris is in contention for two different book awards.

Foreword Reviews has named What Snakes Want as a 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist in the Poetry (Adult Non-Fiction) category. The Foreword Reviews Award winners will be announced at an event at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, in June.

What Snakes Want is also short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Award. The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer. In addition to the grand prize, Hoffer honors are bestowed by press type and category, and also through the Montaigne Medal, da Vinci Eye, and First Horizon Award. The 2016 results will be announced within the month.

Good luck to Kita! What Snakes Want is a special book, and Mayapple Press is proud to have been involved in bringing it to discriminating readers

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Mayapple author Jean Nordhaus to appear at Washington DC’s Literary Hill Bookfest and to read at Tunnicliff’s – Sunday May 1st, 2016

Jean Nordhaus, author of Memos From the Broken World will read as part of the Literary Hill Bookfest in Washington DC on Sunday May 1st. The event gets underway at 11am at Eastern Market, 225 Seventh Street, SE.

Then, at 3pm, Jean and a number of other poets will read at Tunnicliff’s Tavern, just across the street at 222 7th St SE. Books will also be for sale at the reading.

Many Capitol Hill writers will be on hand selling and signing book on Sunday. Here’s a page with the lineup of writers appearing at the Literary Hill Bookfest

Mayapple Press announces dates and open applications for 2016 Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat

Historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock NY

The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat returns for its fourteenth year. This year the Retreat will take place from Tuesday July 26th to Monday August 1st. Once again we return to the rustic comfort of the Viletta Inn at the renowned Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY.

Recharge your batteries, pick up new ideas and techniques, make friends and influence people. Write and work with a discerning group of peers at a professional-level writers’ retreat and peer workshop with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere and a modest cost.

Several different workshops and working groups are available and each writer is featured in a public reading.

Prices remain the same as last year: $600 for residents and $350 for commuters. Discounts are available for early payment and for returning attendees. Residents can pay extra for A/C.

More details: http://mayapplepress.com/woodstock-mayapple-writers-retreat/
Apply for your place: http://mayapplepress.com/woodstock-mayapple-writers-retreat/writers-retreat-signup-and-payment/

Mayapple Press author Jean Nordhaus to be featured on The Writer’s Almanac

Mayapple Press is happy to announce that Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion and of the Writer’s Almanac, will include “With Their Wings” by Jean Nordhaus in his program on March 11, 2016. The poem is taken from Jean’s new collection Memos from the Broken World

The Writer’s Almanac is a daily radio program produced by American Public Media (APM). In each program Mr. Keillor presents a list of cultural events and anniversaries, many associated with literature and literary figures, then ends with the poetry reading. APM currently distributes the program for broadcast to about 600 non-commercial public radio stations around the country. The program audio is also streamed and podcast from and archived on the APM website at http://writersalmanac.publicradio.org and may be streamed, archived on carrying station websites as well.

“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

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

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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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
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