Friday, January 6, 2017

NEW RELEASE: A Landscape in Hell by Steve Klepetar

Steve Klepetar's poetry chapbook, A Landscape in Hell, was written in the year of his mother’s death. The poems in this intimate and compelling collection, explore the haunted inner landscapes of loss and memory and change.


Steve Klepetar was born in Shanghai, China, the son of Holocaust survivors and refugees. He grew up in New York City, and was educated at Binghamton University and the University of Chicago. He taught literature and creative writing for nearly forty years, most of them at Saint Cloud State University in Chicago. His work has appeared widely throughout the U.S. and abroad, and he is the author of eleven collections, including five from Flutter Press.

50 pages, 40 poems

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bestselling Chapbooks from 2016

As promised, here are the bestselling chapbooks for 2016. There was actually a tie for third place and it seems that Sleeper by Rachel Adams has placed yet again!

1. First Honor - The Heart is a Nursery for Hope by Elaine Reardon
2. Second Honor - Sleeper by Rachel Adams
3. Third Honor - The Li Bo Poems by Steve Klepetar
                               Anatomy Lessons by Katarina Boudreaux

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Banshees Takes Second Place - Wordwrite Poetry Contest

Banshees, a poetry chapbook by Eileen P. Kennedy, placed second in the Wordwrite Poetry Contest.  Banshees is a small collection of poetry based on the themes of aging and death. 

Announcement of the winners will appear on and 

The will feature a promotion of the contest results which will include the judges’ comments of praise for the winning titles.


Eileen P. Kennedy has been writing since she was eight years old.  Her publications include nonfiction, fiction, children’s stories, poetry, and an academic book. Her poetry has appeared in more than 25 national and international journals, on-line publications and magazines.

She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, a master’s degree from Brooklyn College and a doctorate from Fordham University. Her current faculty position is at the City University of New York/Kingsborough. She has been awarded residencies at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and multiple times at the Julia and David White Artists’ Colony.
She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

More about her and her publications at

Monday, December 19, 2016

Bestselling Chapbooks from 2015

This post is one year late but thought it was important to mention.  Congratulations to the following authors for having the bestselling chapbooks of 2015!

First Honor - Freaking Out the Neighborhood by Benjamin DeVos
Second Honor - Passing Through Meat Camp by Joshua Martin
Third Honor - Sleeper by Rachel Adams

*I hope to announce the 2016 bestsellers next month, after the month of December has ended.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Frisky Tunes by Robert Joe Stout

      Poetry’s flirtations with magic have aroused comparisons and commentaries since thoughts and experiences first emerged into language. Magic, but not black magic, mysterious and occult, but an everydayness magic, like a trout’s sudden leap over white water rapids, a smiling response from a person in a subway, the jagged flash of lightning during a summer storm. Poetry’s magic is instantaneous, a spark transmitted by the putting together of a few words, a descriptive phrase, an arrangement of sounds. The essence transmitted may last forever or disappear almost instantaneously but it is/was there, a vital experience, emotional, intellectual, humorous, sad.
    Touches of magic occurred in the writing of these poems, sometimes captured, sometimes elusive, just beyond words’ gasp. It is hoped that in reading them glimmerings of that magic will appear, connections beyond the mere shapes of letters and rumblings of sound. 

–Robert Joe Stout


Robert Joe Stout
Poet, fiction writer and journalist, his books include the poetry volumes Monkey Screams (Future Cycle Press) and A Perfect Throw (Aldrich Press), both of which have received critical acclaim. Three nonfiction books about the culture and politics of Mexico have appeared since 2003: Hidden Dangers, Mexico on the Brink of Disaster (The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives) (Algora) and Why Immigrants Come to America (Praeger) in addition to articles, reports, essays and creative nonfiction in dozens of print and online publications including The American Scholar, America, The Tishman Review and Modern Maturity among many others. He has served on human rights delegations, the board of directors of an asilo de ancianos and the editorial staffs of newspapers and magazines.
A graduate of Mexico City College (now the Universidad de las Americas) he has won national journalism awards for news writing. Other books that he’s authored include the novels Miss Sally, Running Out the Hurt and Where Gringos Don’t Belong. He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

32 pages, 22 poems

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

NEW RELEASE: The Deer Longs for Streams of Water by Ashley Mares

The Deer Longs for Streams of Water, by Ashley Mares, is a collection of poems that have  visceral, supernatural, and spiritual themes. The author explores the connections between a woman's body and a woman's faith, and how this connection affects her relationships. With each poem, the narrator is a woman exploring the impermanence of the body and the link to sleep, desire, and faith. 


Ashley Mares has poetry that has appeared or is forthcoming in Menacing Hedge, Whale Road Review, Rogue Agent, Hermeneutic Chaos, Whiskey Island, The Indianola Review, White Stag, and others. She is currently completing her J.D. in Monterey, Ca, where she lives with her husband. Read more of her poetry at and follow her @ash_mares2.

32 pages, 18 poems

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

NEW RELEASE: In the Garden of Broken Things by Mercedes Lucero


“Bodies merge and drift apart, solidify and falter, and, most poignantly, revel in their imperfections in In the Garden of Broken Things. These pieces leave readers adrift in a maze of assorted ephemera on a cosmic scale. But rather than puzzle, Lucero deftly leads us through these character’s complicated and intimate lives filled with longing, loss, and continuing forward amidst unpredictable yet promising futures.” 

~ ­Alyse Bensel, author of Shift and Not of Their Own Making 


Mercedes Lucero is a writer whose prose and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, Paper Darts Literary Magazine, Curbside Splendor, Whitefish Review, among others. She was a Top 25 Finalist for Glimmer Train’s “Short Fiction Award” and her short story, "Memories I Cannot Recall," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the Fiction Editor of the literary magazine, Beecher’s, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English at the University of Kansas. You can find her at

35 pages, 6 poems

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