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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The Stargazer’s Embassy – Eleanor Lerman

Stargazers Embassy by Eleanor Lerman front cover ISBN 978-1-936419-73-9

Fiction. Paper. Perfect Bound. 306 pages
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The Stargazer’s Embassy explores the frightening phenomenon of alien abduction from a different point of view: in this story, it is the aliens who seem fearful of Julia Glazer, the woman they are desperately trying to make contact with. Violent and despairing after the murder of the one person she loved, a psychiatrist who was studying abductees, Julia continues to rebuff the aliens

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Starting Friction – Tenea D. Johnson

Starting Friction - Tenea D. Johnson

Starting Friction – Tenea D. Johnson

Poetry. Paper, perfect bound, 38 pp.
$12.95 plus s&h
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-621

Tenea D. Johnson’s poems are uniquely observant; they captivate and surprise from choreographing butterflies turned to dust, to Kentucky woods and suburbia. Johnson’s intricate language invites the reader to connect with the images, music, and tastes of a woman vulnerably exposed. Both urban and natural, Starting Friction resounds with a hope for a nation full of complexity and conflict.


The Water Has Pushed Through

by Tenea D. Johnson

A narrow stream cuts through the earth
turned to stone
by the weight of trees and time.

I found this stretch of stream with
the perfect gurgle and sat next to it all afternoon.

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The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

The Futurist's Mistress - Lorraine Schein

The Futurist’s Mistress – Lorraine Schein

Paper, perfect bound, 44 pp
$13.00 plus s&h
2006, ISBN 0-932412-39-4

Enid Dame says, “Playful, anarchic, often hilariously funny glimpses of the world we know from a skewed, sophisticated angle.”

2006 Pushcart Prize nominee


The Queen of Velcro
by Lorraine Schein

The Queen of Velcro is fuzzy and black on one side, and has sharp plastic teeth on the other. Her lovers are kept in a state of suspense, never knowing which side of her to please. But the truth is, she can only achieve satisfaction by pressing each opposing side of herself against the other till they adhere, then attaining release as she pulls herself apart in a long, ripping sigh.


Lorraine Schein

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Blues for Port City – David Lunde

Blues for Port City - David Lunde

Blues for Port City – David Lunde

Paper, saddlestitched, 24 pp
$5 plus s&h
1995, ISBN 0-932412-07-8

Science fiction poems which are truly science fiction and truly fine contemporary poetry, “written” by an inhabitant of the demimonde of a space station. Includes Rhysling-award winner “Pilot, Pilot.”

Pilot, Pilot
by David Lunde

Your eyes were mirrors then,
silver as pressure domes, your
head raked back fifteen degrees.
The angle of your long neck
against the unwholesome horizontal
of that Port City street, the taut
cords of muscle straining
in my sweat-slick fingers,
are a senso I can’t erase–
neither that image nor the shame,
knowing even then it wasn’t you

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A Prehistory of Mind – Brian Aldiss

A Prehistroy of Mind - Brian Aldiss

A Prehistory of Mind – Brian Aldiss

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 76pp.
$14.95 plus S&H
2008, ISBN 978-0932412-614

Published here for the first time, on an exclusive basis, is Aldiss’ new short story, “Mortistan”. Experience a different side of Brian Aldiss in this volume-soon to be a collectors’ item!

This self-revealing volume allows readers to:

  • ramble through a Martian desert and other fantastic realms
  • visit the Kremlin, Ulan Bator, a European cafe
  • get a glimpse of Aldiss’ personal life
  • live through the eyes of a volcano
  • witness the terror of war and creation of the world

    Colour Contrast
    by Brian Aldiss

    Frost and its crackling silences.
    The dead of night. The general rests
    His huge raw fists upon a dossier.
    On his table burns an oil lamp
    Giving forth a golden glow.
    Beyond tall uncurtained windows
    Snow lies. Bright moonlight floods the room
    Its silver vanquishing the gold.
    Footsteps break the stillness, boots
    On stone. Four soldiers hustle in

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