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Absolute Zero – David Lunde discounted pre-order
Absolute Zero by David Lunde is now available for discounted pre-order. You can pre-order it here

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Distant Music - John Palen
Distant Music by John Palen is now available. You can order it here


Wild Roses - Jan Minich
Wild Roses by Jan Minich is now available. You can order it here


The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman
The Stargazer’s Embassy by Eleanor Lerman is now available. You can order it here


Bird Years – Dicko King
Bird Years by Dicko King is now available. You can order it here


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 Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman

Stargazers Embassy by Eleanor Lerman front cover ISBN 978-1-936419-73-9

Fiction. Paper. Perfect Bound. 306 pages
2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-73-9 $18.95 + S&H

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Mayapple author Allison Joseph goes viral

Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover

Allison Joseph – Mercurial

Allison Joseph – Voice: Poems

Allison Joseph, author of the Mayapple books Mercurial and Voice: Poems, was tickled* by Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” ordure. So she did what a poet does, she wrote. Her poem “Alternative Facts” has become a viral sensation and is being shared all over social media.

You can read “Alternative Facts” at LitHub. There are sharing buttons at the bottom of that page, should you choose to share.

WNIJ will be airing Allison’s reading of the poem this Friday (Jan. 26) during WNIJ’s presentation of Morning Edition. Listen at WNIJ.org at 5:45am (Central) & 7:45 a.m. (Central). When we have audio, we’ll also post it here.

(Jan. 30, 2017 EDIT) Here is the page with Allison reading: http://northernpublicradio.org/post/poets-take-alternative-facts
And, in case of link rot, here is the audio of the reading:

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    …….    Read more about Mayapple author Allison Joseph goes viral

    Allison Joseph’s “Mercurial” in Poetry Magazine’s January Reading List

    Allison Joseph - Mercurial - Front cover


    Mayapple Press is pleased to say that Allison Joseph’s “Mercurial” has been mentioned in Poetry Magazine’s January 2017 Reading List.

    Writing in the Poetry Foundation’s Harriet blog, Aimee Nezhukumatathil says:

    Another gem that was a delight to read and savor out loud is Allison Joseph’s gorgeous ruby of a chapbook, Mercurial (Mayapple Press), which reminds me of all the fun and sass to be had when writing in traditional form (odes, villanelles, sonnets) and how vital and affirming it is to read about women’s bodies—in all their beautiful shapes—this past year especially.

    Allison will also soon be fêted by the New Georgia Arts Collaborative, who have awarded her their top poetry prize. Details forthcoming.

    In Which We See Our Selves: American Ghazals – Eric Torgersen

    In Which We See Our Selves - Eric Torgersen - front cover


    Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 44 pages
    2017, ISBN: 978-1-936419-72-2 $12.95 + $4 S&H

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    With In Which We See Our Selves, Eric Torgersen begins with the formal structure of the ghazal as popularized by Agha Shahid Ali and unapologetically makes a more American thing of it, arguing in his Afterword that this transformation is as inevitable as what happens when the children of immigrant parents pass through an American junior high school: not everyone is pleased with the result. “I’ve tried to avoid faux-Eastern themes and tones,” he writes. Fluently

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    A White Page Demands Its Letters – Toni Ortner


    Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 40 pages
    2016, ISBN: 978-1-936419-70-8 $12.95 + S&H

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    In A White Page Demands Its Letters, Toni Ortner records the pain of divorce and other loss. The poetic cycle, Dream Sequence, placed here in chronological order, has a raw intensity that strikes the reader like a knife in the heart. The poet must invent a new self in order to survive. The book is a sequel to Traveling, a Perspective, published by Kelsay Press.


    Praise for Toni Ortner’s work:

    …….    Read more about A White Page Demands Its Letters – Toni Ortner

    “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

    …….    Read more about Mayapple Press author Elizabeth Genovise – Winner of 2016 O Henry Prize

    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

    …….    Read more about The Thirteenth Hour – Rivka Basman Ben-Haim, translated from the Yiddish by Zelda Kahan Newman

    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