Friday, April 11, 2014

The Eleventh Month by Ben Rasnic

The Eleventh Month is a recollection of one's life from growing up in a small Appalachian town in the early 1960s, to experiencing America on the road, to revisiting and experiencing the decline & steady disappearance of one's roots and culminating with the deeply personal  contemplation of life in its final stages; all expressed from a unique yet brutally honest perspective. 

Ben Rasnic is a native of Jonesville, a small rural town in southwest Virginia with a population <1000.  His poetry has been widely published in web-based poetry venues and print journals.  A Pushcart Prize nominee in 2011, Rasnic still considers as his greatest literary achievement, electing to publish two short poems by Yusef Komunyakaa while serving as editor of his college literary magazine, Jimson Weed, in 1978,16 years before Komunyakaa received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.  This is Rasnic's fourth published volume of poetry, preceded by Artifacts and Legends (2012), Puppet (2013) and Synchronicity (2014) which are currently available on Ben currently resides in Bowie, Maryland.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Loss & GMO by Walter Ruhlmann

"The Loss & GMO (Great Moments of Oblivion) is five-fold and each part is about five different types of loss: my self-confidence, my father, memory, the love in my partner, and my mind. It is during a period of doubt and hard times that these poems were written."

Walter Ruhlmann works as an English teacher, edits mgversion2>datura and runs mgv2>publishing. He is the author of several poetry chapbooks and e-books in French and English and has published poetry, fiction and non-fiction in various printed and electronic publications worldwide. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize once. Walter's latest collections are Maore published by Lapwing Publications, Belfast, 2013 and Carmine Carnival published by Lazarus Media, USA, 2013.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Before Anything, There Was Mystery by Martin Willitts Jr.

Before Anything, There Was Mystery is based on Martin Willitt's knowledge of creation myths and star constellations from around the world, rune and tarot readings, knowledge of gemstones, and Celtic and Egyptian astrology. His book takes these old beliefs and deep knowledge, and tries to place them in a modern context.

Martin Willitts is a retired Librarian, but he continues to be an old-time Oral Storyteller of fairy tales, myths, children stories, telling stories from memory from around the world. He also knows how to read gemstones, rune castings, and other fortune-telling. Martin was nominated for 6 Pushcart and 6 Best of the Net awards. He provided his hands-on workshop “How to Make Origami Haiku Jumping Frogs” at the 2012 Massachusetts Poetry Festival. He won the William K. Hathaway Award for Poem of the Year 2012.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Hatched from Bone by Ariana D. Den Bleyker

"In Hatched from Bone, the journey of learning to cope with any mental illness is to explore the world and yourself. Consciousness is the first step to healing. Recovery begins the day you take stock of your wounds and journey towards new self-awareness and possibility. The poems in Hatched from Bone are succinct highlights of the 12th year of my bipolar diagnosis. It was a year of discovery, a year of change, a year of learning to understand how this becomes that." 

Ariana D. Den Bleyker is a Pittsburgh native who currently resides in a small town in New York where she is a wife, mother of two, and an insurance geek. When she's not underwriting, editing, or writing, she's spending time with her family and every once in a while sleeps. Ariana is the author of four chapbooks and two collections. She is the founder of ELJ Publications, LLC and Editor-in-Chief of Emerge Literary Journal and scissors & spackle. She can be found at

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What Lies Ahead by Ed Krizek

What Lies Ahead is a collection of reflections on living in the world and the events which influence who we are and what we become.  The collection incorporates past and present events and gives them voice.  The uncertainty with which we live as well as the paths that have been abandoned and pursued are highlighted in these poems.

Ed Krizek was born in New York City and now runs a sales and marketing business in Swarthmore, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.  He holds a BA and MS from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA and MPH from Columbia University.  He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, has published over fifty-five 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
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