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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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

NEW RELEASE: The Breath of the Land by Bradley Thomas

The Breath of the Land, a poetry chapbook by Bradley Thomas delves into how the “breath” is the life given to us to live as we choose.  These small works are crafted observations of life as he has seen it and lived it.  


BRADLEY THOMAS was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He received a B.A. for Georgia State University in Business Administration.  He was an inspections manager for the government of Fulton County, Georgia and supervised a team of inspectors for the building, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical trades for new and retrofit construction.  On the weekend, he played electric bass for a top forties cover band and he currently plays electric bass for his church.  Bradley’s poems have appeared in the poetry anthology book Whispers of Inspiration and on online e-zines such as Poppy Road Review, Your Daily Poem,, and Black Hills Audubon Society.

44 pages, 33 poems

Friday, September 9, 2016

NEW RELEASE: The Heart is a Nursery for Hope by Elaine Reardon

The overarching theme of Elaine Reardon's poetry chapbook, The Heart is a Nursery for Hope, is life, in all its quirkiness, from small moments in the day to life changing events. Whatever the heart holds can nourish and transform.


“No moon sails alone in the sky/ the Weaver sits/ baskets at her feet/ creel of silk at hand.”
Elaine Reardon’s poetry enchants the reader as it unveils mystical imagery and a delightful dialog between the inner and outer depths of the soul. Her lively voice invites us into a realm inspired by her artistic background and her deep love of the natural world. I am honored to recommend this lovely collection of her work.  

–bg Thurston (author of Saving the Lamb and Nightwalking)

"Elaine invites readers into her heart's eye which sees the subtle, sumptuous countours of life in it's rich sacred expressions. Her poetry is a metaphorical drinking of life's landscapes that reminds me that life is always offering input, guidance, wisdom and delight when we just let our senses speak."

-Orion Foxwood (author of The Faery Teachings, The Tree of Enchantment, The Candle in the Crossroads

“These poems have a very distinct voice--I would say that there is a clear sense of Irish sensibility, New England mysticism as revealed by the moss under the trees, and deep reverence for that which is here and now. When I read these poems as a fellow poet I find myself spending a long time with each one, because I am curious to follow where Elaine has gone to find each of these moments.”

~Laura Gail Grohe, poet


Elaine Reardon lives in a small corner of the forest in western Massachusetts. She has worked as a holistic health practitioner, an environmental educator, and a special education educator. Elaine also teaches meditation and relaxation techniques to people of all ages. 

Elaine is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. She published global curriculum though University of Massachusetts Press and has been published in   poetry anthologies. Elaine has won poetry prizes through Writers Digest, and was a finalist in the Poet Seat Poetry competition. Her students have worked to publish Vernal Pool Posters and calendars under her direction. Elaine writes as part of the Cat House Poetry Collective in Western MA.

36 pages, 28 poems

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Feast Days by George Yatchisin

Feast Days, a new chapbook by George Yatchisin, is a series of poems about food & wine, need & desire.


“Of course George Yatchisin’s poems are mouthwatering — here is a poet who cares deeply about meals, libations and all of the human rituals that are marked and enhanced by them. But, Feast Days is the work of a master poet, not a chef or a vintner. Ginger root, onions, IPAs, truffles, “brisket and bourbon” — all of these constitute the content of these exquisite poems, but at the heart of this feast are dazzling images, sonic depth that comes when one is in the presence of a first-rate singer and percussionist, and the beautifully-choreographed rhythms of someone who really knows how to dance with words and lines. George Yatchisin knows how to plate a poem, and is wise enough to relish every moment in the process of doing so. This is memorable, distinguished work.”

Rick Benjamin
State Poet Laureate of Rhode Island

* Read an excerpt from Santa Barbara Independent


George Yatchisin is the Communications Coordinator for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. His poems have been published in numerous journals including Antioch Review, Askew, and Zocalo Public Square. He is the co-editor of the anthology Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds & Art, and his work appears in the anthologies Clash by Night and Buzz. He also is a freelance food, wine, and cocktail writer for outlets like KCET Food Blog, Sunset, Santa Barbara Independent, and Edible Santa Barbara. He has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a MA from the Johns Hopkins University.
42 pages, 31 poems

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Of Angels & Demons by Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman’s latest chapbook of ekphrastic poetry, Of Angels & Demons: The Art of Paul Klee as Poetry, consists of twenty-two poems based on Klee's images of, you guessed it, angels and demons.  The poems are arranged to alternate, wherever possible, between the two kinds of images.  His approach was to capture in writing the "feel" of the images:  Short (his paintings are almost always small), simple (often child-like), and accessible (even to someone who doesn't usually appreciate haute art and poetry).

About the Author:

Neil Ellman is a retired English teacher and school administrator from New Jersey.  In college, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the school’s literary magazine and won the school’s poetry prize. After graduate school, he wrote very little for many years; but after retiring, he began writing poetry again, publishing, as of mid-2016, more than 1,300 poems, more than 1,000 of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, in print and online journals and anthologies in twenty-two nations throughout the world.  Among his dozen chapbooks are Illusions Delusions and Dreams (Naissance), Convergence & Conversion (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, United Kingdom) and, most recently, Mind Over Matta (Flutter Press), all of which are ekphrastic. He has received various honors, including being nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net, as well as for the Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

36 pages, 22 poems

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Occupations by David Starkey


"Who does the work of the world? In David Starkey’s provocative new prose poems, you do, you do: you are the histopathologist, the yarn winder, the trimmer of zippers. You fill your icicle machine with strawberries, you sniff your roses for freshness, you seed your honey with crystals. And like the forest engineer, master of all you survey, you survey this terse compendium of odd occupations, and find the everyday world made utterly strange by it, tinged with wry humor and unspeakable sadness, and curious, curious, curious."
     --Katherine Haake, author of The Origin of Stars and Other Stories and The Time of Quarantine 

"David Starkey has outdone himself with Occupations, his new and delightful collection of prose poems. Some of them strike me like a textual version of August Sander’s great occupational portraits, while others wittily dance away from the familiar in a style reminiscent of Merwin, or Calvino. In each vignette, Starkey creates a world, a transformation, and a lyrical jewel." 
     --Rod Val Moore, author of Igloo Among Palms and Brittle Star

About the Author:

David Starkey served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate, and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College and Editor and Publisher of Gunpowder Press.  His poetry has appeared in many journals and in seven full-length collections, most recently Like a Soprano, an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos television series.

26 pages, 22 poems

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Monday, July 25, 2016

I'm Still Here by Kate Heal

This debut collection of poems titled, I’m Still Here, chronicles Kate Heal’s experience living with a mental illness. Schizoaffective disorder is a combination of Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia.  She feels that it's an underrepresented disability that few people understand or have heard of. Kate’s intent in writing this collection was to capture the transitions in mood as well as the stigma that comes with the mental illness in general. She believes that this poetry will be very relatable not only to others living with Schizoaffective disorder, but other forms of mental illness as well. 

About the Author:
Kate Heal is a Maine native living in California with her husband and three cats. She enjoys poetry, fiction, and is an avid reader and blogger. She also finds fulfillment learning and writing about mental illness. Bringing a unique perspective from her personal experience and academic background in Psychology.

40 pages, 31 poems

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