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Coming Soon

Bird Years – Dicko King
Bird Years by Dicko King is now available for discounted advance pre-order. You can pre-order it here
The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman
The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman is now available for discounted advance pre-order. You can pre-order it here

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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.

“The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey places in SFPA Elgin Award

Mayapple Press is proud to note that “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey has been awarded runner-up for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Elgin Award.

The Elgin Awards, named for SFPA founder Suzette Haden Elgin, are presented annually by SFPA for books published in the preceding two years in two categories, Chapbook and Book. “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” was honored in the Book category. All members of the SFPA were eligible to vote for the Award. The winner was “Crowned: The Sign Of The Dragon Book 1” by Mary Soon Lee (Dark Renaissance Books).

You can get your copy of “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter” by Jeannine Hall Gailey here

Mayapple Press author Elizabeth Genovise – Winner of 2016 O Henry Prize

Mayapple Press is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Genovise, author of “A Different Harbor”, is included in of the 2016 edition of The O Henry Prize Stories. From the book’s website:

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016 gathers twenty of the best short stories of the year, selected from thousands published in literary magazines. The winning stories range in setting from Japan at the outset of World War II to a remote cabin in the woods of Wyoming, and the characters that inhabit them range from a misanthropic survivor of an apocalyptic flood to a unicorn hidden in a suburban house. Whether fantastical or realistic, gothic or lyrical, the stories here are uniformly breathtaking. They are accompanied by the editor’s introduction, essays from the eminent jurors on their favorites, observations from the winning writers on what inspired them, and an extensive resource list of magazines.

Elizabeth’s prize-winning story, “Irises,” was first published by Cimarron Review. It was selected as a Juror Favorite by Lionel Shriver. In his notes

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Zelda Kahan Newman visits Chicago, New York and the Library of Congress with “The Thirteenth Hour”

The Thireteenth Hour by Rivka Basman Ben Haim - front cover


Zelada Kahan Newman, translator of Rivka Basman Ben-Haim’s “The Thirteenth Hour”, travels to the US this month to present readings from the book.

Wednesday, September 14 7:00pm Oak Park, Chicago, IL
Oak Park Temple, 1235 N Harlem Ave, Oak Park, Chicago, IL 60302
Event website: https://g.co/kgs/LCIRLY
Names of other people participating in the event? : Rabbi Max Weiss, Michael Bass

Monday, September 19 12:00pm Washington, DC
Pickford Theater 3rd Floor, James Madison Building 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540
Library of Congress event site: https://www.loc.gov/rr/amed/Upcomingevents/UpcomingEvents.html

Wednesday, September 21 7:00pm Bronx, NY
Manhattan College, 4513 Manhattan College Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10471 (Student Commons Room 5C)

Monday, September 26 11:00am Bronx, NY
Lehman College Library 250 Bedford Park Blvd. , Bronx NY 10468
Treehouse Conference Room 317

Zelda will read from the book and discuss Rivka and her poems. The translator will also be available for questions and for book signings. the book will be available for sale at every location,

…….    Read more about Zelda Kahan Newman visits Chicago, New York and the Library of Congress with “The Thirteenth Hour”

The Thirteenth Hour – Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman

The Thireteenth Hour by Rivka Basman Ben Haim - front cover

Yiddish/English
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 94 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-71-5 $15.95 + S&H

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Original Yiddish poems are presented with

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Mayapple author Sarah Carson on Radio Free Albion poetry podcast

Sarah Carson

Sarah Carson, author of Buick City, is featured on Episode 33 of the Radio Free Albion Poetry Podcast with Tony Trigilio. The program is about 46 minutes long.

You can listen to it on the RFA Page, and find other poetry podcasts at the RFA home page.

We have also archived the audio below.

http://mayapplepress.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RFApodcast-carson.mp3

Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat – Public Readings Announced

Reading at Woodstock Mayapple Writers' Retreat


The fifth annual Mayapple Writers’ Retreat will take place at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY from July 26 to 31, 2016. The program includes four public readings of poetry and prose by regional and national writers.

In addition to Hudson Valley participants, this year’s writers come from Arkansas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Western and Southern Tier New York, and the US Virgin Islands.

Schedule of Public Readings (free admission)

Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 pm at the Villetta Inn, 3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way, Woodstock (next to Byrdcliffe Theater). Readers: Shannon Frystak, Judith Kerman, Amy Riddell, Kathleen Hellen.

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 p.m. at New World Home Cooking, 1411 NY Rt. 212, Saugerties: Goat Hill Poets, including Leslie Gerber, plus Gillian Royes.

Friday, July 29, 6:30 p.m. at Woodstock Library, 5 Library Lane, Woodstock. Readers: Rosalyn Rossignol, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Joyce Kessel.

Saturday, July 30, 7:00 p.m. at Creekside Grill, Woodstock Golf Course, Rts. 212 and 375, Woodstock. Readers: Nola Garrett, Helen Ruggieri, Barbara Diehl, Bob McDonough

Many of the readers will have books for

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Ledge – Nola Garrett

Ledge by Nola Garrett - Front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 94 pages
2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-68-5 $15.95 + S&H

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The various speakers of Nola Garrett’s Ledge: New and Selected Poems talk with each other even as they confront their crisis decisions, well aware of the treachery, beauty, danger, and history that have brought them to the moment of each poem. The new poems, some formal, some free verse, are set mostly in Western Pennsylvania and Florida. A teen age brother’s death haunts many of the Pennsylvania settings. One three-poem series is spoken by an alligator. A husband speaks out of his dementia’s fear and confusion

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Judith Kerman and Lorraine Schein to read – Mt. Tremper, NY – Saturday June 4th, 2016

The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

On Saturday June 4th Mayapple Press publisher Judith Kerman and Mayapple Press author Lorraine Schein will participate in the Catskill Interpretive Center’s Book Fair. They are scheduled to read at 2pm and they will be selling and signing books all day.

Judith Kerman will read from her new book “Aleph, broken: poems from my diaspora“. This book is an evocative and powerful collection of poems, where personal history collides
with ancestral memories, a sense of elegiac longing is tempered by language of exquisite beauty. Judy will also be on hand to sell her other books and translations.

Lorraine Schein, author of “The Futurist’s Mistress,” will read from her recent works and will also be on hand to sign her books.

The Book Fair is a regular event at the CIC. Two speakers’ tents will feature the work of over 20 presenters. Participating authors include Carol and

…….    Read more about Judith Kerman and Lorraine Schein to read – Mt. Tremper, NY – Saturday June 4th, 2016

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

…….    Read more about “What Snakes Want” by Kita Shantiris in contention for two book awards