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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A Palette of Leaves – Edythe Haendel Schwartz

A Palette of Leaves - Edythe Haendel Schwartz

A Palette of Leaves – Edythe Haendel Schwartz

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 72pp
$14.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-14-2

Edythe Haendel Schwartz is the author of “Exposure,” Finishing Line Press, 2007, a nominee for the California Book Award. Her poem “A Natural Phenomenon,” won first prize in the 2012 Friends of Acadia Poetry competition, and her poem “Resist” was a winner in Persimmon Tree’s 2011 Western States Poetry Competition. In 2006 and 2008, Edythe was awarded grants for residencies at The Vermont Studio Center. Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Cave Wall, California Quarterly, PMS, Poetica, Natural

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Somewhere Piano – Sarah Busse

Somewhere Piano - Sarah Busse

Somewhere Piano – Sarah Busse

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 72 pages
$14.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-13-5


As part of the Wisconsin Writers Awards, “Somewhere Piano” was awarded the 2012 Posner Poetry Book Award by the Council for Wisconsin Writers


Praise for “Somewhere Piano”
Strike motherhood off the list of sentimental subjects. This resonant, intelligent debut reminds us that “spring is a burning season” and how fierce family breakfast can be on either side of the kitchen window. Sarah Busse fills the branches of these poems with eggs, birds, and other emblems of latency and desire, and her rhymes call beautifully

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Fierce This Falling – Betsy Johnson-Miller

Fierce This Falling - Betsy Johnson Miller

Fierce This Falling – Betsy Johnson Miller

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 72 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-12-8

In Fierce This Falling, Betsy Johnson-Miller writes with the hard won honesty of the seer who has walked through the fire. Her poems chart the course of mortality through nature and the body, creating a fragile world balanced always on the verge of falling away even as it reveals its beauty. These poems ceaselessly question without offering easy answers, only the possibility of knowing we are not alone, the consolation that the biggest questions are shared by even the “small congregations/ of geese spend(ing) the morning/ beseeching a world/ beneath the water’s

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Straight’s Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O’Hara – William Heyen

Straight's Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O'Hara - William Heyen

Straight’s Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O’Hara – William Heyen

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 86pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-11-1

The 52 lyrics that make up William Heyen’s newest collection of poetry are at once a nod to the progenitor of American poetry of sexuality and the body, Walt Whitman, and a communication addressed to the late Frank O’Hara, famed member of the New York School of poets in the 1950s and 1960s. In his 1959 Personism: a Manifesto, O’Hara describes a poetry that “address[es] itself to one person (other than the poet himself), thus evoking overtones of love without destroying love’s

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The Russian Writer’s Daughter – Lydia S. Rosner

The Russian Writer's Daughter - Lydia S. Rosner

The Russian Writer’s Daughter – Lydia S. Rosner

Memoir. Paper, Perfect Bound. 104pp.
$15.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-10-4

The Russian Writer’s Daughter by Lydia S. Rosner is a collection of lively autobiographical stories about growing up in a Russian-American Jewish household in the stifling political atmosphere of the Red Scare. At the center of these memories is Lyduce’s father, whose complex personality mixes a passion for social justice, the desire to protect his family, and intellectual snobbery. In this revelatory memoir, international politics shadow a child’s gradual awakening to her father’s humanity. As she tells her family’s story, Rosner shows

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Small Economies – John Palen

Small Economies - John Palen

Small Economies – John Palen

Fiction. Paper, Perfect Bound. 58pp.
$13.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-09-8

Small Economies’s short stories and flash fictions are economical in narration but comprehensive in their suggestion of the past, present, and future lives of their characters. The moments they contain are set against the background of diverse public spaces: the institutions, stores, factories, restaurants, even the street corners where people must come together and choose to serve, reject, or compete against one another. Palen writes with a poet’s sensitivity to language and the physical, as well as empathy for all of his characters. The stories convey his clear

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Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

Kibbe - Susan Azar Porterfield

Kibbe – Susan Azar Porterfield

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 62pp.
$13.95 plus S&H
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-08-1

The pieces that make up Kibbe document a life spent journeying “Between Two Worlds”: the author’s America and the Lebanon of her family heritage. In Porterfield’s vision, people and places long departed can be conjured back through memory and language; “the land of the father is remembered / by the child.” That language cannot perform its function unless it can consider honestly and unapologetically the political, social, and spiritual rifts that seem to divide real people. We recognize the people in these poems even when they are distant

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