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Two Mayapple Press books honored in Hoffer and Montaigne Awards

Mayapple Press is pleased to say that two of our books have been honored in the Eric Hoffer and Montaigne Medal Awards.

What Snakes Want by Kita Shantiris was shortlisted for the Eric Hoffer Award. The eventual winner was The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off), by Teresa Jordan, published by Counterpoint Press. The shortlist is here. Congratulations to Kita for the august company in which she finds herself!

Kita was also awarded an “Honorable Mention” in the poetry section.

The Robot Scientist’s Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey was shortlisted for the Montaigne Medal. Each year, the Eric Hoffer Award presents the Montaigne Medal to the most thought-provoking books. These are books that either illuminate, progress, or redirect thought. The Montaigne Medal is given in honor of the great French philosopher Michel de Montaigne, who influenced people such as William Shakespeare,

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“What Snakes Want” by Kita Shantiris in contention for two book awards

Mayapple Press is happy to announce that What Snakes Want by Kita Shantiris is in contention for two different book awards.

Foreword Reviews has named What Snakes Want as a 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist in the Poetry (Adult Non-Fiction) category. The Foreword Reviews Award winners will be announced at an event at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, in June.

What Snakes Want is also short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Award. The Eric Hoffer Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer. In addition to the grand prize, Hoffer honors are bestowed by press type and category, and also through the Montaigne Medal, da Vinci Eye, and First Horizon Award. The 2016 results will be announced within the month.

Good luck to Kita! What Snakes Want is a special book, and Mayapple Press is proud to have been involved in bringing it to discriminating readers

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Poetry Daily chooses Kita Shantiris for their Poem of the Day

Kita shatiris featured on Poetry Daily

A poem from What Snakes Want by Kita Shantiris has been selected for Poetry Daily’s “Poem of the Day” feature.

Poetry Daily plans to present “Making Sparks” on Saturday October 3rd.

Read “Making Sparks” on Poetry Daily here (on and after Saturday October 3rd, 2015)

You can read see reviews and another poem from the book on our own What Snakes Want by Kita Shatiris page.

Kita Shantiris, author of “What Snakes Want”, is all over the place!

Kita Shantiris, author of "What Snakes Want"

In case you cannot see the embedded video above: Watch Kita Shantiris reading at Bowery Poetry Club (19 minutes, YouTube video)

Listen to Kita Shantiris reading from What Snakes Want. From the “Why Poetry” program with host Paul Lieber on KPFK Public Radio – January 22, 2015

NPR Santa Cruz – Hear the host read poems from Kita’s book, along with poems from Ostriker, Simic and an anthology. (1 hour)

A half hour interview with Kita Shantiris by Susan Dobbe Chase


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.

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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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What Snakes Want – Kita Shantiris

Kita Shantiris - What Snakes Want - front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 78 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-51-7 $15.95 + S&H

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What Snakes Want is also available on Kindle


Slyly sexual, intense and funny, in What Snakes Want Kita Shantiris strips secrets of their power by telling them. Running away and returning, burying and unearthing, she—and a cast that includes abused siblings, desperate spinsters, and an army medic—struggle to escape their shadows. Throughout, Shantiris’ startling use of language animates her portraits.

A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health

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