We believe that in this world of large corporate publishing houses, smaller presses must support each other based on the premise that we are all, indeed, in the same literary vessel trying to stay afloat.
That being said, we would like very much to share some upcoming and newly released books which we have enjoyed and highly recommend.
Carly Bryson is a native Texan raised in the oilfields of west Texas somewhere between the Edwards Plateau and the Guadalajara desert. Currently residing in Houston, she writes poetry and prose dealing with politics, current events, nature, and family dynamics. Carly has been published in Carcinogenic Poetry, Calliope Nerve, The Shine Journal, ETC: A Review of General Semantics as well as two anthologies and NothingNoOne.
Bandana Wasteland (NeoPoiesis Press, Jul. 2012) is her first collection of poetry and contains poems which address an increasingly dystopic and Orwellian society forming amidst an age of war, disinformation, media bias, environmental decline and propaganda.
Lauri Langston is a talented writer based in the Northwest. Although an often featured reader and with work gracing many publications, Ready For the Storm is her first collection of often intimate, heartbreaking, humorous and beautiful poetry.
Responsorials by Rich Follett & Connie Stadler, (NeoPoiesis Press, Oct. 2009). The complex relationship between masculine and feminine, explored consistently throughout the history of poetry, offers fertile ground for collaborative creation. In discussion of the inherent possibilities we realized with astonishment that, in a milieu where authenticity is venerated as a hallmark of quality, the lion’s share of published poems exploring this duality have been written from a singular rather than a dialogical perspective. The poems in this collection represent a resultant ongoing effort to break free from the bonds of such limitations; specifically, this is a collection of poetic dyads (responsorials) intended to reveal the myriad facets of the masculine/feminine adventure.
The Lost Journal by Phillip Maguire, is the story of an author's search for his lost journal and the entries he makes in his new one until the lost one is found. These include random thoughts, poems, flash-fiction and short stories.
Phillip Maguire was an Emergency Medicine physician and is a self-proclaimed Zen Baptist. He is the father of four (G,G,B,B) living in south central Pennsylvania. His hobbies include bicycling, gardening, cooking and creative writing. His short stories and poems have been published in print and online. His collection of short stories and poems, Thunder Under Water, and poetry, Reversed, are available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.
In The Company of Women (Apryl Skies and Alicia Winski, Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House, April, 2012), (is an enthusiastic look at the heartfelt dynamics of relationships between women presented in varying forms of poetry, memoir, commentary, quotes and artwork. From laughter to tears, In the Company of Women is a book born of life histories and the journeys taken and navigated by women of wit and wisdom, sass and class.
Men in the Company of Women: A Provocative Anthology of Praise & Persuasion, (Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House, Apryl Skies & Alicia Winski), is a surprisingly, candid, honest and cutting edge collective of contemporary literature written by men from across the globe. Each passage is an open door, allowing the reader a glimpse into the psyche of the male gender and the impact of women upon it relayed with cinematic vision etched upon the pages. In often voyeuristic articulation, this compilation of poetry, short stories & memoir present rare perspectives shared by over 100 brilliant male writers. From wicked to wise, this tome reaches daring new vistas of insight and intrigue; a full spectrum anthology certain to leave a searing imprint of unique viewpoints, never to be forgotten.
With "Skye The Troll," Apryl Skies creates a world of poetic fantasy and enchantment for children of every age in this series of whimsical fairy tales and poems. This colorful new anthology of inspiring musings by Skies is based on the cartoon series Polyphony - Be You And Accept Me Too!, winner of the 2010 Gold Pixie Award for animation. Skye The Troll was first featured in clay animation, but with illustrations By Brandon Morino, Skye returns to Trollshire and comes alive on the page. This spectacular new children's anthology is sure to enchant and inspire children of every age. Through poetry, humor and delightfully colorful illustrations, Skies paints an exciting new world of fantasy and whimsy in this fantastic new children's anthology.
Written over an eight-year period, the poems in State of Grace: The Joshua Elegies , (KYSO Flash, Oct. 2015), chronicle the death of Alexis Rhone Fancher’s only child, Joshua Dorian Rhone, at the age of 26, and its aftermath of devastation, grief, and reflection. Because she was a divorced parent since her son was three, the bond between mother and child was particularly strong, making Joshua’s early death especially wrenching.
But Fancher, an award-winning poet known for her frank, image-filled poetry, has created a work of hope, joy, and lasting beauty—which poet Jack Grapes calls “a magnificent testament to the resilience of the human spirit”—where she indeed finds solace and a “state of grace.”
With "Bent," (Open Books, Sept. 2014), a memoir in her most personal voice, Teri Louise Kelly tells us what it is like to be born in the wrong body.
"Let’s forget the flounce and frills and sugar and spice; this isn’t Cinderella and there aren’t any glass slippers or pumpkins that change into carriages, but there is the simple madness of everyday existence as adequate compensation. And while there may not be many tears, there are tantrums and insane asylums and self-deprecating binges. None of which has anything to do with the most bizarre decision a person could make—changing one's sex—but all of which are central to this tale of outlandish head games with oneself and one’s imaginary self, a three-foot-tall high priestess of mass deception. A surreal, courageous, and compelling account of one person's realization, transition and reemergence, you will not soon forget Bent.
Prison Baby. A deeply personal and inspiring memoir recounting one woman's struggles--beginning with her birth in prison--to find self-acceptance.
Even at twelve years old Deborah Jiang Stein, the adopted daughter of a progressive Jewish couple in Seattle, felt like an outsider. Her multiracial features set her apart from her well-intentioned white parents, who evaded questions about her past. But when Deborah discovered a letter revealing the truth--that she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother and spent the first year of her life there--she spiraled into emotional lockdown. For years she turned to drugs, violence, and crime as a way to cope with her grief. Ultimately, Deborah overcame the stigma, shame, and secrecy of her birth and found peace by helping others--proving that redemption and acceptance is possible, even from the darkest corners
"Fine lines define/this road map upon my face/a highway of information/stored in each and every turn". Thus begins the title poem of Alicia Winski's, "Running On Fumes". (Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House, 2009). The lines to which the poet refers are hard-won truths, shared with a gritty passion and honesty that makes this collection nearly impossible to put down. If you read these poems and find yourself asking questions like, "How did she know?" and "who let her inside my life?", you are not alone. The experiences of which Winski writes so insightfully are truly universal. From 'Looking Glass': "I've given little to the men/who would love me and/everything to the men who would not." To Read More
"100 Select Poems plus one" (Inner Child Press, Nov. 2011) is a collection of poems from poet and author, Martina Reisz Newberry. Ms. Newberry's work has been called "insightful," "courageous," and "unapologetic." Her poems have been praised by Lawrence Raab, Saul Landau, David Fraser, Dorothy Barresi and her other contemporaries. Her long-time mentor and friend, the poet Larry Kramer, called her "a poet in the truest sense." This collection is a worthy sampling of her work.
Rubicon: Words and Art Inspired by Oscar Wilde's De Profundis (Sybaritic Press, Feb. 2014), is an not only an anthology of poetry, fiction, and artwork that pays tribute to Wilde as person and artist, but it can also serve as a guidebook for those who struggle through the process of irrevocable transformation.
In this collection of 17 poems based on the writings of Rumi, Dom Gabrielli gives us an ekphrastic chapbook that brings heart and mind together in an exploration of love. Art by Emily Faccini provides a consistent aesthetic that supports the beauty of the words of the inspired writer and his inspiration.
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Ordinary Words by Si Philbrook, (NeoPoiesis Press, 2015) This book is a lifetime of quiet action, of promises kept, of promises broken, and regretted. This book is past painted in tangible, loving memory. This book tells the story of a man who has quietly and unobtrusively made a difference in a world most people don’t want to enter. A world of caregiving and unselfish action. Si’s book starts for me with “manifesto,” a poem I was grateful to read. Being a poet myself, there are times when I wonder why I bother, ask myself who really wants to hear what I have to say, but “manifesto” defines those of us who give our time and love to the written world with quiet and heartfelt encouragement in lines such as click here to read more
"No sentimental drivel to stain your tea cosy in Carly Bryson’s new book of poems. All That And A Bag of Neurons, (NeoPoiesis Press, Jan. 2016). In a voice tinged with both weariness and worldliness, we glimpse a consciousness shaped by an unremitting land, an intelligence carving out its own territory, a cleareyed poet taking stock of her world. When she’s got something to say to you, your ears will be ringing from the crack of the bullwhip upside your head."
Doc Sigerson, Nonfiction Editor at RED FEZ
Change Of Seasons, by Phillip Maguire, is a beautiful collection of short stories, flash fiction, experiments and verse. As it is much of Maguire's writing, this collection is introspective, sometimes meditative, and often nature related or inspired.
The Virtual Tablet of Irma Tre (Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House, 2014), by Marie Lecrivain, explores the correlation between poetry and alchemy through a series of alphabetized poetic vignettes, and evocative photography. Additionally, the poems of this collective speak directly to the reader’s past, present, and future selves. Exploring the idea of reincarnation, Lecrivain expresses the importance of evolving the Self for a greater good through catharsis and cognizance.
"The Tongue Has Its Secrets" by Donna Snyder (Neopoiesis Press, LLC, March 24, 2016), celebrates the feminine principle in all manifestations -- from its dark root in the earth, the blood & sacrifice & song of mother & daughter, up to the chariot moon ridden by the fertile goddess through skies resplendent with her constellations." Amalio Madueno, poet.
"By examining death from a wide range of angles, Donna Snyder opens the door to a first-rate vision of resurrection: one rooted beyond the humanness of oblivion and permanent sleep and into the greenness of life and wide-open skies. Without question, Poemas ante el Catalfaco: Grief and Renewal (Chimbarazu Press (Aug. 2014) is a portrait of an artist who has succeeded in turning tragedy into grace and death into a fine portrait of life’s renewing energy" - Lawrence Welsh, Author
Songs that cause blue-collar crowds to shout and spin are rooted in America's rich cultural mosaic. They derive from the Appalachian Mountain country and buzzing streets of Chicago. From front porches, barns, honky-tonks, juke joints, and one-lung recording operations. They are born from common experiences, telling of human struggles, aspirations, pains and joys. Rock n' roll was never the passing craze 1950s detractors assailed it as being. Of racially and experientially blended character, the defiant style was much more powerful than the milquetoastian social strictures it flattened.
It roared it's vitality, its healthy rebelliousness.
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Lois Michal Unger, author of The Glass Lies Shattered All Around, was born in New York City, wrote poems as a child, then became an actress. She got married and moved to Vermont and returned to writing. In 1982 the family made aliya to Israel. She has written 7 books of poems including ‘Miscarriage in Vermont’, ‘Tomorrow We Play Beersheva’, ‘The Glass Lies Shattered All Around’ and ‘Back to Back’ – two poets under one roof, co-authored with her husband E.L. Freifeld. She recently wrote a novella – ‘How Country Music Helped Me To Make Aliya’. Her poems have been published internationally.
A Song Beneath Silence is a captivating collection of evocative poetry by Author, Apryl Skies. Beauty often emerges from the most unexpected places and this concept is intricately weaved throughout her charismatic literary debut. This collection is an engaging journey through a poetic labyrinth and an intimate look at the lines that blur; dreams and reality. "...and my hands have grown old writing this poem, like a poet watching flowers grow as angels tow the hours." Painted of possibility, perception and hope: A Song Beneath Silence is a colorful and expressive odyssey that touches upon the delicate human condition unlike any other.
"Dale Winslow's Tinderbox shows a sure, mature touch with words, and styles. Many of the poems herein blend symbolist style with contemporary rap: a rap without the theatrical ranting and bling. And from time to time one can hear or glimpse in the background an e e cummings, a John Skelton. Entertaining and thought-provoking.”
Eric McLuhan, author of Electric Language,The Role of Thunder in Finnegans Wake, and co-author with Marshall McLuhan of Laws of Media, and Media and Formal Cause.
Do modern women still believe in romance? Can survivors of the liberation movement, me and x generations and the rise of the metrosexual believe enough in the lyrical beauty of love to write love poems. Thankfully, for Los Angeles poet Marie Lecrivain, the answer is a resounding yes.
Love Poems Yes...Really...Love Poems is a thought provoking collection about love in all of its forms as seen through the unflinching eyes of a woman who has survived many a social upheaval. Her experience with men and relationships and society results in a collection that is moving and funny and sad and honest and delusional – all of the things that love can be.
In Back to Back: Two Poets Under One Roof E.L. Freifeld & Lois Michal Unger (Edgar & Lenore's Publishing House, Nov. 2013), their words together in this unique dual collective of poetry. E.L. Freifeld's Black Hotel is a tribute to the author's unique and inspiring life from the U.S. to Israel, where he currently resides. Elazar's poetry is memoir-ish, indulgently wise and unapologetic. A cornucopia of dark spells and the alchemy of love; a time capsule of moment & place lived to maximum potential. Lois Michal Unger's It All Goes Round In My Head is a poignant & unique collection of poetry which shares a succinct view of life through the keen eye of experience. To read more.
Alexis Fancher's "How I Lost My Virginity to Michael Cohen and Other Heartstab Poems," is a gorgeous collection of erotic poems and black-and-white photos which chronicles her journey into the sensual world of sexual experience. Fancher's writing is sharp, insightful, beautifully composed, and will strike a chord with women and men of all ages. - Marie Lecrivain, From the Four-Chambered Heart: In Tribute to Anais Nin
If Bill Gainer wrote motion pictures, they would be noirs. If he wrote novels, they would be pulp. But he doesn't, he writes poems and they are magic. That's his secret, he knows how to find those open windows and the notes left there. When you're with him, you soon learn he leaves no heart empty. So, if it s a foggy night, if the lights are down low and maybe - a cigarette's left burning, leave A Note in the Window, (Red Alice Press, Aug. 2011), He ll find you.
blood oranges is a 32 page chapbook of poetry by Chansonette Buck. Buck spent her childhood "on the road" as stepdaughter of a Black Mountain poet. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she concentrated on 20th century poetry; she also holds a BFA in painting from Massachusetts College of Art, and has won awards for her visual art, her poetry, and her teaching. This is her first chapbook; earlier in 2012 she had another chap, desire lines, published by Crisis Chronicles Press. Her poems in blood oranges are crisp, tangy, honest, and filled with poignant memories of what it was "to grow up Beat". This chapbook is a limited edition, so order yours today!
Tornado Hill by Arley Owens, Jr., (Shorty Mae Productions, Oct. 2016).The Sleeping Bear Kodiaks haven't lost a regular season football game in four years of high school play. However, they've yet to win a playoff game. The Langton Lions knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round three times in a row. This year, due to the district being realigned, they'll face a different opponent in the battle for Bi-District. If neither the Kodiaks nor the Lions are eliminated they'll face each other for the Texas 2A-Division I State Championship in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Will the Kodiaks finally make it past the first round?
With Fixes for No Problems, Wyatt Underwood writes poems about the world he loves and has loved: the desert, the mountains, the forest, the beach, and sometimes the city - oh, and about women. He writes in a tradition he thinks of as Southwestern although it has roots in classical poetry as well. Come sample his poems or read the whole book. Perhaps you'll savor the humanity and the solitude in the poems.