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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Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios – Hilma Contreras – Translated by Judith Kerman

Hilma Contreras - Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios

Fiction in translation (Spanish / English)
Paper, perfect bound, 122 pp
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-31-9
$16.95 plus s&h

“Between Two Silences / Entre Dos Silencios” is a book of remarkable short stories by the great Dominican writer Hilma Contreras. These short stories (some very short) are often mysterious and quirky, with a shimmer of heat and fire, a glisten of water and a frisson which comes from not quite knowing where you are or what’s about to happen. Many stories have a sly humor and surprise endings. The reader is sometimes left with a feeling of regret, sometimes a feeling of elation and often a sense of something just out of reach.

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Candidates for Sainthood and other Sinners – Don Cellini

Don Cellini Candidates for Sainthood

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 62 pages
2013, ISBN: 978-1-936419-29-6 $14.95

This collection of poems explores the thin line between saint and sinner. The poet asks the reader to consider, “Who is the saint here? Who is the sinner?” A few well-known people appear in poems as well as a few genuine saints, but mostly the poems explore the saints and sinners and everyday folks that we meet each day on the sidewalk, at work, the mall or on TV.

The author collaborated with Mexican poet Fernando de la Cruz in recasting the poems in Spanish. With Cellini’s originals in English and in Spanish, de la Cruz created a third version. Sometimes these are faithful translations, but often

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Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist – Gerry LaFemina

Gerry La Femina - Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2013, ISBN: 978-1-936419-28-9 $15.95

Perhaps it is best to picture this book as a gallery space, for in Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist, Gerry LaFemina curates an exhibit of the curious and quirky. Surrealist art, big foot, magic shows, mythological creatures, love in all its manifestations hang side by side on these pages. Each prose poem is a painted canvas in which the real and what-may-be-real are framed together. Sometimes laugh-till-you-cry funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always fantastic in the truest sense, these modern fables posit the endless possibilities of both the imagination and the ordinary world.

Praise for “Notes for the Novice Ventriloquist”

What joy. What uncompromised and uncomplicated pleasure without the pretense of the huzzah,” Lafemina says

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Miss Unthinkable – Pamela Miller

Miss Unthinkable - Pamela Miller

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 58 pages
$14.95 plus S+H
2013, ISBN: 978-1-936419-26-5

Who is Miss Unthinkable? In this latest collection from Chicago poet Pamela Miller, she’s a shape-shifting sorority of mysterious, funny and wise female characters who don’t let anything get the better of them—from undependable husbands and lovers to breast cancer, aging or even death. The women who strut their stuff in these poems wear “electric sunglasses” and “bracelets of miracles and plagues”; they “thunder up the stairs of desire” and write love letters “juicy as mangoes”; and when confronted with their own mortality, they defiantly “jitterbug with Death in some roadhouse dive,” then “run war-whooping into the light.” In poems that range from the fantastical (“On Our Honeymoon in New York City, My Husband Turns

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Feeding Wild Birds – Robert Haight

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 80 pages
$15.95 plus S&H
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-27-2

Feeding Wild Birds is a collection of poems rooted in the Michigan landscape, as seasons and lives undergo their seamless and subtle transformations. These are meditative poems in spare and simple language that examine the energies in animals, woods, lakes, land, weather and the human heart. In the silences and sounds of nature, the poems speak of the spirit that hovers just beyond the realm of our ideas, that whispers to us in stillness and that lights the paths of our awakening to the beauty of the world.

Praise for “Feeding Wild Birds”
Like the Buddhist and Taoist sages whom he admires, Haight places human life within the great realities—seasons, weathers, the

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Lillie was a Goddess, Lillie was a Whore – Penelope Scambly Schott

Lillie Was a Goddess, Lillie was a Whore - by Penelope Scambly Schott

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 90 pages
$15.95 plus S&H
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-25-8

     A serious treatise on sacred sex. A history of prostitution. A chronological-geographical-psychological survey of contractual copulation. The uncensored autobiography of an articulate whore. The innate and irreverent humor of humping. How women survive. These are the stories told in this series of connected poems.
     Lillie is Lilith transmuted through the centuries. From the temples of ancient Babylonia to the red light districts of the old American West to 82nd Avenue in modern Portland, Oregon, she satisfies men’s deepest prayers.
     At the center of this book is a clever young woman named Lillie who does her own gold rush to California.

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The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball – Nola Garrett

Nola Garrett "The Pastor's Wife Considers Pinball ISBN 978-1-936419-16-6

Nola Garrett “The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball”

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 74 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-16-6

Nola Garrett’s 2nd full-length poetry collection, The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball, meditates on the variations of grace within chaos, creation, time, death, the domestic, games, and literature. In a voice that mixes sadness and humor, sometimes as the I of the author and other times as the pastor’s wife, these poems explore the hinge between the authority of the church and the musing laity.

“The Pastor’s Wife Considers Pinball” reviewed at New Pages
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Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape – Marjorie Manwaring

Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape - Marjorie Manwaring

Search for a Velvet-Lined Cape – Marjorie Manwaring

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 94 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2013, ISBN 978-1-936419-15-9

Marjorie Manwaring lives in Seattle, where she is a freelance writer/editor, co-editor of the online poetry and art journal the DMQ Review, and editorial board member for Floating Bridge Press. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including 5 AM, Sentence, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, and her work has been featured on National Public Radio affiliate KUOW. Marjorie holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is the author of two chapbooks, What to Make of a Diminished Thing (Dancing Girl Press)

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