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Mayapple Press announces dates and open applications for 2016 Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat

Historic Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock NY

The Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat returns for its fourteenth year. This year the Retreat will take place from Tuesday July 26th to Monday August 1st. Once again we return to the rustic comfort of the Viletta Inn at the renowned Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, NY.

Recharge your batteries, pick up new ideas and techniques, make friends and influence people. Write and work with a discerning group of peers at a professional-level writers’ retreat and peer workshop with a comfortable, egalitarian atmosphere and a modest cost.

Several different workshops and working groups are available and each writer is featured in a public reading.

Prices remain the same as last year: $600 for residents and $350 for commuters. Discounts are available for early payment and for returning attendees. Residents can pay extra for A/C.

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A busy weekend for Mayapple Press authors…

This weekend is one of the busiest for the press in a long time. Mayapple Press authors will participate in several events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday….

Mayapple author Kita Shantiris tours the East Coast – June 11th to 20th -Albany, Woodstock, NYC, Brooklyn, Philly

Kita Shantiris, author of "What Snakes Want"
Kita Shantiris, author of What Snakes Want, will be appearing in several cities on the East Coast in June.

The first event is in Slingerlands/Albany on Friday June 12th. Kita will appear along with Deboarah Poe at the amazing Pine Hollow Arboretum. The reading is part of the Poets of Earth, Water, Tree and Sky series
This is also an Open Mic for poets and writers. All welcome! Readings start at 6:30 p.m. at Pine Hollow Arboretum Visitor Center, 16 Maple Avenue, Slingerlands, New York 12159. Please park on the lawn. the event is sponsored by Rootdrinker Institute, Hudson Valley Writers Guild and the Delmar Writers Group.


Saturday June 13th Kita will appear at Bowery Poetry’s Gardens, Snakes and Songs event. This is a matinee! Readings start at 12:30 PM at Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC 10012. Tickets are $10 (suggested donation)

Kelly Fordon will read from her novel-in-stories, Garden for the Blind,

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Mayapple Press author Jeannine Hall Gailey reads – May 13th. – Seattle WA

Jeanine Hall Gailey - Author of "The Robot Scientist's Daugther"

Jeannine Hall Gailey, author of The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, will read on Wednesday May 13th in Seattle. The event is part of the Beacon Bards Series, sponsored by Beacon Arts.

What: Beacon Bards Reading
Who: Jeannine Hall Gailey (author of “The Robot Scientist’s Daughter”)
Date: May 13th 2015
When 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Station, 2533 16th Ave., South Seattle, WA 98144 USA
Cost: Free

Jeannine will be joined at the reading by Nance van Winckel

Beacon Arts sponsors Beacon Bards, a monthly poetry reading series featuring talented local poets. Readings begin at 7 p.m. at The Station Coffee Shop, a cafe in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, located at 2533 16th Avenue South, between Bayview and Lander Streets. There is no cover charge, so please enjoy a latte or a glass of wine (cash only) to support our generous hosts! For further information, contact Billie Swift, Beacon Bards Poetry Reading Series co-curator, at

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Mayapple author Jessica Goodfellow contributes poem to annual Motionpoems series

Jessica Goodfellow author of Mendeleev’s Mandala has contributed a poem to the sixth season of Motionpoems

The series’ premier screening is at the prestigious Walker Art Center in Minneapolis MN on May 21st.

Motionpoems is an ongoing series featuring short film adaptations of contemporary poems. Series six features all women poets. Jessica’s poem “Crows, Reckoning” is accompanied by film by Edward Chase Masterson

Two free screenings at 6pm and 8pm on May 21 will sandwich a 7:10pm panel discussion on poetry and film with several featured guest artists.

Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

Mayapple Press and One Wet Shoe at AWP 2015 – Exhibition and reading details

Mayapple Press logo - Publishing challenging and accessible literary books since 1978

Every year the book community gets together for the huge and important Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference. From the conference materials:

The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature.

This year, as in past years, Mayapple Press will be at the Conference and sharing a table with our friends at One Wet Shoe. We’ll be in the Exhibition Hall at Booth 1237 (right in front of the AWP Stage), come by and say hi! The table will be staffed by authors and editors and we’ll be happy to see you and talk poetry. We’ll also have books for sale, of course. We take credit cards, so don’t be shy.

During the Conference there are many readings both on-site and off. This year Mayapple Press authors

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Mayapple Press author Susana H. Case to appear at legendary Troubadour , London, UK

Susana H Case - Author of 4 rms w Vu

Susana H. Case will be part of the Coffeehouse Poetry series at London’s legendary Troubadour on Monday evening October 6th. The “Stateside Troubadours” event starts at 8pm
The Troubadour is at 265 Old Brompton Road, Earls Court, London SW5 9JA Map
The nearest tube stations are Earls Court and Brompton Road
The Troubadour is the most famous of the remaining coffee houses of London. It has had a long and storied history, with major contributions to the musical and literary life of the UK. It was instrumental in advancing the 60s folk revival and has hosted many great performers over the years.

Author Name – Susana H Case
Book title – 4 Rms w Vu
Event name (if any) – Coffeehouse Poetry: Stateside Troubadours
Date – Oct 6, 2014
Starting time of event – 8 PM

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Mayapple author Susana H. Case to read Saturday September 13th, 2014 – Washington DC

Author Name – Susana H. Case
Mayapple Book Title(s) – 4 Rms w Vu
Date(s) of Event – 09/13/2014
Event time – 8 PM
Place Name – The Big Hunt
Address – 1345 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC (Map)
Type of event: Reading
Other Event Participants – East Coast poets of District Lit
Notes – hosted in the Devil’s Kitchen downstairs
Event Website –

Other poets participating:
Frederick Pollack (VA)
MRB Chelko (NY)
Steve Mitchell (NC)
Brian Simoneau (CT)
Ricky Garni (NC)
Jill McDonough (NJ)
Peter Swanson (MA)
Melissa Reddish (MD)
RJ Gibson (WV)
Shelley Puhak (MD)

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Public Reading Schedule Announced – Woodstock Mayapple Writers’ Retreat – July 23 to 26, 2014

Woodstock mayapple Writers' Retreat - Public Reading 2012

Mayapple Writers’ Retreat in Woodstock Offers Free Public Readings

The third annual Mayapple Writers’ Retreat takes place at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY from July 22 to 28, 2014 The program includes four public readings of poetry and prose by regional and national writers.

Schedule of Public Readings (free admission)

Wednesday, July 23, 7:30 pm at the Villetta Inn at Byrdcliffe (next to the Byrdcliffe Theater on Upper Byrdcliffe Road).
Readers: Judith Kerman, Wendy Taylor Carlisle, Rachel Coonce, Vincent Cooper,.

Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 pm at the Villetta Inn at Byrdcliffe.
Readers: Leslie Gerber, Jessica de Koninck, Nola Garrett, Patricia McMillen, Joyce Kessel

Friday, July 25, at 7:30 pm New World Home Cooking on Rt. 212, in the back room.
Readers: Roberta Gould, Shannon Frystak, Gary Leising, Diane Lockward.

Saturday, July 26, at 7:30 pm at the Villetta Inn at

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Mayapple Press author Susana H. Case to read in Sleepy Hollow, NY – Sunday August 3rd. 2014

Author Name: Susana H. Case
Mayapple Book Title: 4 Rms w Vu
Date of Event: 08/03/2014
Event time – 4:30 PM
Place Name – Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
Address – 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Type of event: Reading
Other Event Participants – Laura Madeline Wiseman, Margo Taft Stever, Estha Weiner, Mervyn Taylor, Jennifer Franklin, Peggy Ellsberg
Event Website –
Event Phone – (914) 332-5953