Thursday, June 30, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Swimming with Words by Ed Krizek

Swimming With Words, has an eclectic theme focusing mainly on thoughts about the world as well as life events.  The title poem, "Swimming With Words" came into being as a result of his experiences in competitive swimming and moves along into various areas of life.

About the Author:

Ed Krizek holds a BA and MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and MPH from Columbia University. He has published over seventy articles, poems and short stories in various publications, and won prizes in several poetry and short story competitions. 
You can see more of his work at: 
58 pages, 28 poems

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flutter Press Closing Submissions

Dear Poets,

Flutter Press is closing its doors to submissions, beginning today, June 23, 2016, for a much needed break from reading submissions. The press will continue working on chapbooks that have been accepted and scheduled for publication.

The press will re-open to submissions on September 1, 2016.


Sandy Benitez

Editor, Flutter Press

Monday, June 13, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Letters for My Daughter by Ann Howells

Letters for My Daughter consists of poems about the relationship between a mother and daughter. It begins the daughter's birth and extends to her marriage and beyond. In this case, the daughter deals with several illnesses. The poems are universal, as every child will have some problems, physical, mental, or behavioral in the process of becoming an adult. The problems may not be the same as the ones included here, but mothers are likely to understand the trepidation with which such problems are approached and eventually overcome.  


Ann Howells’ poems in her new book, Letters for My Daughter, probe the deep emotions a woman experiences in bearing and raising a daughter. She connects her reader to these life-altering experiences through her choice of words …words of imagination, originality, and poetic skill. Her work is evocative and stirring and never predictable. The reader will experience a strong emotional resonance in her recounting of this life journey through her well-chosen and deeply-honest words. This is a brave volume of poetry.

Carol Hamilton
Former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma

In “Letters for my Daughter,” Ann Howell’s exquisite language gives us a fresh and vivid exploration of the mother/daughter relationship, from the first animal pleasures to the fearful letting go.  “You are the spindle/around which my life is inextricably wound.”  Her keen observations illuminate the desperate but ultimately ineffectual prayer—keep her safe!  All a mother can do is look and love.  Ann’s beautiful poems tore at my mother-heart.  You don’t need to be a mother to be moved by their beauty.

Elizabeth Raby 
Author of The Year the Pears Bloomed Twice, 
Ink on Snow, and This Woman, a finalist 
for the Arizona-New Mexico Book Award. 

Proof of Substance.  In these glistening poems Ann Howells documents Proof of Substance--the precious, ephemeral thing that is the love of a mother for her daughter.  From the moment of birth, through episodes tragic and comic, we are given glimpses into the events that helped define both her life—and her daughter’s life.  In these poems, as both observer and mentor, these poems that chronicle her daughter’s growth, Ann sets down, in carefully constructed lines, her own gathering of wisdom.  Consider the poem Cleave where she says:  not of the same mold but of the same material.  This is a statement every parent grows into knowing. We understand completely when the poet says, “Yours is the blood to blood call I am impelled to answer.” This book is an emotional, rewarding journey that every mother will treasure. 

Alan Birkelbach
2005 Texas State Poet Laureate

Ann Howells' poetry is a celebration of motherhood, womanhood and, thus, humanity. She outlines a map of their scars, bodies, illnesses, joys – and thereby provides a mirror. Look into it. 

Bob McCranie
Publisher, Red River Review

About the Author:

Ann Howells’ poetry appears in such journals as Borderlands, Calyx, Concho River Review, Crannog, Iodine, Little Patuxent Review, Spillway, and a variety of anthologies including: Goodbye, Mexico and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VIII: Texas (both Texas Review Press) and Pushing the Envelope, Texas Weather Anthology, and Wise-Ass Poetry Anthology (all Lamar University Press). She has served on the board of Dallas Poets Community, 501-c-3 non-profit, since 2001, and has edited Illya’s Honey since 1999, recently going digital ( and taking on a co-editor. In 2001, she was named “Distinguished Poet of Dallas;” she won first place in Southwest Writer’s Poetry Competition in 2006 and in The Legendary’s Bukowski Contest in 2009. She has been a finalist in several national chapbook/book competitions, including Southern Hum in 2006, NavWorks in 2007, and Off the Grid in 2015. Her chapbook, Black Crow in Flight, is from Main Street Rag Publishing, 2007. Her first book, Under a Lone Star, is from Village Books Press, 2016. Cattlemen & Cadillacs, an anthology of Dallas/Fort Worth poems that she is editing, will be released in early summer (Dallas Poets Community Press). Ann has been read on NPR, interviewed on Writers Around Annapolis television, and nominated four times for a Pushcart, twice for a Best of the Net. 

40 pages, 29 poems

Friday, May 27, 2016

NEW RELEASE: The Necessity of Geography by Trivarna Hariharan

The Necessity of Geography is an anthology of sixteen poems that fringe on the surreal expectations and outcomes of reality.  It is the pining, the having, the loving, the breaking and the healing. The poems look at the world in blacks and whites. Each painful exploration is followed by the optimistic discovery of a territory that offers hope. The intensity of the emotions: the pain and the melancholy, the joy and the ecstasy, the wounds and the healing is different on various levels, but the thought processes behind all the poems are exactly the same. The Necessity of Geography is so titled as it mulls over the importance of geography, contours and boundaries to finally realise how abstract these terms are in a world connected by love, optimism, and hope.

About the Author:

Trivarna Hariharan is an author whose work appears in or is forthcoming from various literary magazines such as Vayavya, Eunoia Review, Unbroken Journal, Random Sample Review, Textploit, The Original VanGoghs Ear Anthology, Bougainvillea Road, HIV Here and Now, Mad Swirl, Quail Bell, Germ, Paper Lens, The Criterion, On The Rusk, Allegro and elsewhere. She serves as the Editor in Chief at Inklette, the Head Officer for Journalism at Redefy, and Poetry Editor at the Corner Club Press. Her first poetry collection "Home and Other Places" is slated for a 2016 release by Nivasini Publishers.

26 pages, 16 poems

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Friday, May 6, 2016

NEW RELEASE: Anatomy Lessons by Katarina Boudreaux

"Anatomy Lessons" is a selection of pieces that are tied together by a central theme: knowing oneself through the art of knowing others.  Each piece adds to the continual process of adding or stripping away new characteristics or experiences, and discovering what they leave behind.  Love, loss, conversations in passing, change in address, change of heart -- all of these contribute to the new soul, the new being, the continually born and reborn self finding grace in lessons that change...the anatomy of being.

About the Author: 

Katarina Boudreaux is a writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher -- a shaper of word, sound, and mind. She returned to New Orleans after circuitous journeying.  New work is forthcoming in Firefly Magazine and the Mandala Journal.  Her first fiction novel is forthcoming from Snow Leopard Publishing.  Her play "Wake at 4:30" is a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival.  
37 pages, 26 poems

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Wind From Nowhere by Richard Schnap

This first collection of poems by Pittsburgh poet Richard Schnap paints a portrait of the modern world through insightful observations of people, places, and events told in ways grounded in everyday realities that evoke dreamlike vistas, surreal panoramas, and the heartfelt passage through a life frequently marked by longing and loss. A desolate landscape emerges that blends with soulful studies of characters that pass through it in a time of trials and tribulations that has no easy resolution but still is rich in sudden beauty and signs of wonder and magic.

About the Author:

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A two-time nominee for the Best of the Net award, his poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications. His collages can be seen at

47 pages, 37 poems