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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Woman With A Gambling Mania – Catherine Anderson

Woman With A Gambling Mania

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 60 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-41-8 $14.95 + S&H

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Woman with a Gambling Mania is an intimate journey of witness to the powers of love and art we summon within ourselves to survive. The title of the book is taken from the name of a painting by the great French Romantic artist, Théodore Géricault. In Catherine Anderson’s poem about the painting, the artist attempts to capture the fine line separating madness

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Mayapple Press author Rhoda Stamell to read – Detroit, MI – Thursday February 20th

The Art of Ruin - Rhoda Stamell

Rhoda Stamell – author of “Detroit Stories” and “The Art of Ruin”

What: Rhoda Stamell, author of “Detroit Stories” and “The Art of Ruin”, will read from her work, old and new, at the next “Detroit Tonight Live” event, presented by M.L. Liebler.

When: Thursday February 20th, 7:00pm

Where: The Jazz Cafe at The Music Hall 350 Madison Detroit, MI 48226 Map

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    February 20, Thursday 7-9:00pm
    M. L. Liebler Presents Detroit Tonight Live at The Jazz Cafe at The Music Hall
    with Special Guests:
    Musical act Tracy Kash Thomas
    Metro Detroit Writer and Teacher Desiree Cooper
    Rock Writer and Fiction Writer Brian Smith
    Fiction writer of the Detroit experience Rhoda Stamell
    The return of the Great Italian Poet Maria A. Costantini
    Detroit Poet Michael Lauchlan
    Irish Folkie John Freeman
    Detroit Working Writer Michelle Morouse.

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The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

The Valise -Sophia Rivkin

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 38 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-720

Rivkin’s keen and unblinking eye, great verbal energy, and wry wisdom confront her subjects with continuous, genuine surprise.

My Mother’s Lace Curtains
by Sophia Rivkin

My Mother grew with a pitchfork in her heart—
something planted by the Russian peasants.
Surrounded by enemies, she became an enemy,
fought daily battles with my father.

They fought over money.
Bread and knives flew in the kitchen
They didn’t sleep together. She slept with us,
two kids and a mother in one small bed.

They fought like cats and dogs,
but I know cats and dogs who live together amiably.
They fought in the

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Like Vapor – Joy Gaines-Friedler

Like Vapor - Joy Gaines-Friedler

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 64pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-652

In these poems we are assured of humanity, our existence and our eventual extinction, with a grace and comfort that uplifts our spirits and encourages our own consideration of life.

Distracted Angels
by Joy Gaines-Friedler

An angel assigned to me is day-dreaming.
She files her nails, chews on Juicy Fruit,
and makes up names for herself in Spanish; can’t
decide between Chiquita and Sylvester;
she’s pretty sure Sylvester is Spanish.
An angel assigned to me listens to the wind
chimes outside my bedroom, stares at the swaying
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Lands I Live In – Zilka Joseph

Lands I Live In - Zilka Joseph

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 42 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2007, ISBN 0-932412-47-5

In richly detailed, exuberant poems, Zilka Joseph embraces the vivid passions of her childhood home in Calcutta and the complex hopes and fears implicit in her move to the Midwest. These poems capture in evocative and specific ways the living-in-two cultures of America s new immigrants. Joseph highlights the experience of arriving in the United States, a first snowfall, and communicating with a family that warns to “stay away from the snow.” Enlightened and sometimes humorous, Lands I Live In allows the reader make the journey, too.

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Detroit Stories – Rhoda Stamell

Detroit Stories - Rhoda Stamell

Paper, perfect bound, 102 pp
$18.50 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-38-6

  “Detroit Stories” by Rhoda Stamell is available on Kindle. Click to download from Amazon

Mayapple Press’s first fiction publication. As Charles Baxter says, “All the grit, humor, intelligence and darkness of Detroit” can be found in this collection of stories about people struggling to love and be loved.

2006 Pushcart

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The Art of Ruin – Rhoda Stamell

The Art of Ruin - Rhoda Stamell

Novel. Paper, perfect bound, 126 pp
$18.95 plus s&h
2009, ISBN 978-0932412-782

The Art of Ruin by Rhoda Stamell is available on Kindle. Click here to download from Amazon

Suliman grew up as a street kid in Detroit. In jail, he began to understand himself as a man who can change things with his hands and his sense of beauty. When he meets Kate, an older woman who has always found her sense of worth in sexual relationships, she becomes his patron. Although she is unable to free herself from her own rigid sense of how things are supposed to be, Kate helps Suliman to reinvent himself as a successful artist, finding beauty and vitality in the urban landscape

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