Mayapple author Zilka Joseph announces book launch event and is featured  on “Living Room Online Literary Series”
Zilka Joseph, author of In Our Beautiful Bones, will have a virtual book launch event on Wednesday October 6th at 7pm Eastern Time. The event is sponsored by Literati Bookstore and the link to the event will be published on this page is here: https://www.literatibookstore.com/event/home-literati-zilka-joseph-w-nawaaz-ahmed-nancy-naomi-carlson. Other featured readers will be Nawaaz Ahmed and NN Carlson.…

In Our Beautiful Bones – Zilka Joseph
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 104 pages 2021, ISBN: 978-1-952781-07-0 $19.95 + S&H In Our Beautiful Bones traces various stages in the poet’s journey as an immigrant from India who makes a new life in the US, and her encounters with racism and otherness. In it she explores her Bene Israel roots and ancestors, her life in Kolkata, the influences of British rule and a missionary education, her growing knowledge of what racism and marginalization means, how Indians and Indian culture is perceived and represented. While delving unflinchingly into the violence and global impact of colonialism, the weaponization of the English Language, the evils of tyranny and White Supremacy, and the struggles of oppressed peoples everywhere, she creates powerful collages from mythology, folklore, fairy tales, Scripture, world history and culture, literature, music, food, and current events. Traditional and experimental forms, sensory riches, wit and word play, and an unwavering and clear voice make this book a compelling read. These poems expose prejudice on an international as well as a personal level, and lead the reader to face harsh truths— insults, insensitivity, injustice, ignorance, discrimination, subtle and deliberate aggressions that immigrants, people of color, and the oppressed face daily, and wrestles with her own complex emotions, the current threats to Democracy both in the US—her adopted home, and her native India, her love for both countries. In Our Beautiful Bones is a multi-layered, sharply ironic and sometimes pathos-filled critique of the world, and at the same time it is visionary and a triumph of the human spirit.…

Libro de Percances / Book of Mishaps – Ricardo Jesús Mejías Hernández translated by Don Cellini
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 60 pages 2021, ISBN: 978-1-952781-05-6 $18.95 + S&H Venezuela is a country in crisis. The economic crisis has produced hyperinflation and prices have risen by more than 6,000%. Millions of citizens do not have access to basic health care and adequate nutrition. Police practices are brutal. With all this happening simultaneously, it’s no surprise that more than 5.5 million citizens have left Venezuela, the largest mass migration in recent Latin American history. In Venezuela, citizens sometimes die at home because there is no fuel for ambulances. Rolling blackouts leave citizens without electricity for many hours at a time and when the power returns, the surge of electricity sometimes damages appliances. Venezuela rarely publishes books because there is scarce paper to print them on. This is the world of poet Ricardo Jesús Mejías Hernández. The poet, however, has taken all the events of daily life and elevated them, has transformed them into poetry. These poems of the struggles of everyday life in Venezuela have risen above the everyday and ultimately won the National Literary Competition IPASME in 2015. Libro de Percances /Book of Mishaps appears here for the first time in English. In the short poems in the collection, the poet longs for a place of refuge. But he does not die. He does not go into exile. He finds his escape in these poems. Power outages or not, despite whatever inflation surrounds him, he always finds his solace in poetry. …

Watkins Glen – Eleanor Lerman
Fiction. Paper, Perfect Bound. 220 pages 2021, ISBN: 978-1-952781-01-8 22.95 + S&H As members of the wild, wandering generation raised on rebellion find ourselves growing older, who do we now understand ourselves to be? Revolution may be in our souls but our lives are now affected by illness, financial concerns, careers that may not have panned out as expected, and a diminishing pathway leading through the years ahead. But how, exactly, is a lake monster involved...…

when animals are animals – Betsy Johnson
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 58 pages 2021, ISBN: 978-1-952781-02-5 $17.95 + S&H Wrong ticks on, and it feeds on silence. In her book, "when animals are animals", Betsy Johnson refuses to be “the quietest person in the world.” She names where the teeth are, gets closer to the kick she knows is coming, and makes her weary spirit take up the empty rucksack, because there is work to be done. That is the work of standing up to the “cloud monster,” of being an antidote, of finding hope in a knot of stones.…

The Man Who Loved His Wife – Jennifer Anne Moses
Fiction, short stories. Paper, Perfect Bound. 172 pages 2021, ISBN: 978-1-936419-96-8 $20.95 + S&H Jews being Jewish: that’s the subject of Jennifer Anne Moses’s new collection of short stories. Whether in Tel Aviv, suburban New Jersey, or the Deep South, the characters who populate the pages of The Man Who Loved His Wife grapple with God, their loved ones, fate, death, hope, Hitler, transcendence, and the 4000 year old history of Judaism. With a Yiddish sensibility born of passion, an eye for detail, and a deadpan sense of humor reminiscent of Singer, Salinger, and Tillie Olsen, Moses captures singularly Jewish and wholly human characters as they live and breathe through their stories Lovely, tender, and hard to put down, these are short stories that leave you yearning for more.…

RBG RIP
Mayapple Press adds our voice to the chorus of those remembering and saluting this fierce fighter for equal rights and justice. While we say “RIP”, we suspect her work is not finished……

The Way Through – Judith Kunst
Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 72 pages 2020, ISBN: 978-1-936419-98-2 $17.95 + S&H Note: You don’t have to have a PayPal account in order to use the PayPal button, just a credit card. Author Judith Kunst’s writing has been compared to the playground game of tetherball: words and ideas fling out to the outer edges of…