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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

Video – Jessica Goodfellow – “Crows, Reckoning”

Here is the Motionpoems treatment for Jessica Goodfellow’s “Crows, Reckoning”. It was realised by Chase Masterson and premiered at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on may 21st.

Crows Reckoning from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

From the Motionpoems website:

What is a motionpoem?

It’s poetry for the movie-lover in you!

A motionpoem is a short film adaptation of a contemporary poem.

Co-founded by poet Todd Boss and filmmaker Angella Kassube in 2008, Motionpoems Inc is an ambitious nonprofit production company in Minneapolis that makes more than a dozen motionpoems a year.

We give dynamite poems to dynamite filmmakers … and step back! The resulting blasts go out monthly—free to our subscribers—and are felt around the world. We partner with the best publishers in the field. We work with Pulitzer Prize winning poets, major motion picture companies, and early-career artists alike.

Our films (all in glorious hi-def) screen at festivals, cinemas, libraries, museums, bookstores, and schools. And our new public art program brings

…….    Read more about Video – Jessica Goodfellow – “Crows, Reckoning”

Mayapple Press author Jessica Goodfellow reads for you (on video)

Jessica Goodfellow, author of Mendeleev’s Mandala contributes two poems from the book to the UCSD Library blog’s National Poetry Month virtual reading series

Mendeleev’s Mandala – Jessica Goodfellow

Jessica Goodfellow - Mendeleev's Mandala - front cover

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 100 pages
2015, ISBN: 978-1-936419-49-4
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Mendeleev’s Mandala begins in pilgrimage and ends in pilgrimage, but nowhere in-between does it find a home. Logic is the lodestar, as these poems struggle to make sense out of chaos. Jessica Goodfellow reimagines stories from the Old Testament, Greek mythology, and family history by invoking muses as diverse as

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Video: Chris Green’s book trailer for Résumé – What was your first job?


“Résumé” is a book of poetry about (among other things) work. So for the book trailer Chris Green got a bunch of his poet friends together and asked them about jobs they’ve had…

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Video by Glader Film Works

Résumé – Chris Green

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 74 pages
2014, ISBN: 978-1-936419-44-9 $15.95 + S&H

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Chris Green’s Résumé sees life as a series of jobs: pimp’s assistant, lost pet psychic, petting tent attendant, target changer, aviary security, etc. Any job is both unspeakably ordinary and mercilessly strange—stock broker or pimp’s assistant, the same. And here, slipped between poems of work, a series of “Jobless” poems reflects a recurring state of being. Also in the book, poems about the jobs of vital relatives—in Green’s family, mangy is not a bad word—all of them with perfectly strong legs, all chasers with nowhere to

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Mayapple Author Rabbi Manes Kogan interviewed on “Let’s Talk Writing”

Rabbi Manes Kogan is the latest Mayapple Press author to be interviewed by Vin D’Aquino on his “Let’s Talk Writing” TV show. D’Aquino has previously interviewed Eleanor Lerman and Judith Kerman

Video – Eleanor Lerman interview

Eleanor Lerman, author of Janet Planet and The Blonde on the Train interviewed by Vincent T. Dacquino on his Let’s Talk Writing program.

Mayapple Press will publish “Strange Life”, a new work by Eleanor Lerman, early in 2014.

Video: Sneak Preview of a new Mayapple Press title coming from Eleanor Lerman

Strange Life from Eleanor Lerman on Vimeo.

In March of 2014, Eleanor Lerman, author of “Janet Planet” and “The Blonde on the Train”, will publish “Strange Days”.

Eleanor has made three videos of readings from the book. We think that they are fascinating. Mayapple Press is proud to continue our association with Eleanor and we are looking forward to her fans being able to read her new work.

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A new trailer for George Dila’s “Nothing More To Tell”

Go to the Mayapple Press page for George Dila’s Nothing More to Tell