Saturday, February 18, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Palebound by Lisa Ludden



Palebound, by Lisa Ludden, is a collection of poems that explore the constantly evolving relationship of the self and the world through love, illness and endurance. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Ludden holds degrees from San Francisco State University and Saint Mary’s College of California. She was finalist for the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards and her poems have appeared in The Indianola Review, MockingHeart Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, where she teaches English and directs the New Works Writing Project, a program where students work to develop ten-minute plays that are then staged for an audience. 

34 pages, 10 poems

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

NEW RELEASE: Love Poems from Hell by Zvi A. Sesling



Love Poems from Hell, by Zvi A. Sesling, is a collection of 18 poems that revolve around the passion, pain, and loss of love in one’s life. Love Poems from Hell is a chapbook that many people will relate to; love — a universal emotion experienced by all in their lifetimes.


About the Author:

Zvi A. Sesling has published poetry in numerous magazines both in print and online in ten countries. Among the publication credits are: Slant, Midstream, Main Street Rag, Prosopisia (India), Ibbetson St., Saranac Review, New Delta Review, The Chaffin Journal, Green Door (Belgium), Voices Israel (Israel) and Levure Litteraire (France). He has won several poetry prizes in Israel and was a featured poet in the Jewish Poetry Festival and at First Light Night in Brookline, MA. His poetry was used in the Spring Rain Poetry Festival on Cyprus in 2012. Sesling reviews for the Boston Small Press & Poetry Scene, is Editor of Muddy River Poetry Review and publishes Muddy River Books. He has been a featured reader in various venues in the Boston area and San Diego, and in the Massachusetts Poetry and Boston Poetry Festivals. Sesling has done readings on local cable television and radio stations and was selected by Boston Poet Laureate Sam Cornish to read at the New England PEN Discovery Reading. He is author of King of the Jungle, (Ibbetson St., 2010), a chapbook Across Stones of Bad Dreams (Cervena Barva, 2011) and a second full-length poetry book, Fire Tongue (Cervena Barva Press, 2016). He has taught at Suffolk University, Emerson College and Boston University. Sesling lives in Chestnut Hill, MA with his wife Susan J. Dechter. 


26 pages, 18 poems

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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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 KarmaKindler.com and KnightandGreyPublishing.com. 

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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 EileenPKennedy.com.

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



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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