Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Into the Light by Michael Keshigian

*This chapbook was originally published in 2017.

The poems of Into The Light explore the mysteries related to the symbolic representations affixed to light: imagined, dogmatic or actual as well as the predispositions and feelings they may induce, including our fascination with the heavenly bodies from which light emanates as we seek illumination and speculate upon unanswered queries.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael Keshigian is the author of eleven poetry collections including: Inexplicable (Black Poppy Review, 2016), Beyond (Black Poppy Review, 2015), Dark Edges (Flutter Press, 2014) , Eagle’s Perch (Bellowing Ark Press, 2012), Wildflowers (Flutter Press, 2011), Jazz Face (Big Table Publishing, 2009), Warm Summer Memories (Maverick Duck Press, 2007), Seeking Solace (Language And Culture.net, 2007), Silent Poems (Four-Sep Publications, 2004), Dwindling Knight (Bone World Publishing, 2000), Translucent View (Four-Sep Publications, 2000). Educated at Boston Conservatory, New York University, and Boston University, he has been published in numerous national and international journals, is a 6- time Pushcart Prize and 2-time Best Of The Net nominee and has been a featured writer in over twenty poetry publications. His poetry cycle, Lunar Images, set for Clarinet, Piano, Narrator, was premiered at Del Mar College in Texas. Subsequent performances occurred in Boston (Berklee College) and Moleto, Italy. Winter Moon, a poem set for Soprano and Piano, premiered in Boston. (michaelkeshigian.com).


64 Pages, 36 Poems

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From Ikisan Station by Miriam Sagan

"The themes are rural Japan, Japanese/American history, family, travel,  and constructing a sense of self in a new place. It was a beautiful experience.    At Studio Kura Isabel and I did a text/suminagashi/video installation in an ancient grain silo (a Kura) and a geocached haiku pathway in a local garden. That was the main focus. These poems were written early in the morning before our collaboration work--and many field trips--began each day."

~ Miriam Sagan


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 published books, including the novel Black Rainbow (Sherman Asher, 2015) and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space (Casa de Snapdragon), which won the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded and headed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement in 2016. Her blog Miriam’s Well (http://miriamswell.wordpress.com) has 1,500 daily readers. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, at Yaddo, MacDowell, Colorado Art Ranch, Andrew’s Experimental Forest, Center for Land Use Interpretation, Iceland’s Gullkistan Residency for creative people, and another dozen or so remote and unique places. She is recently returned from Kura Studio, Itoshima, Japan, where she was working on text installations as part of the creative team “Maternal Mitochndria.” Her awards include the Santa Fe Mayor’s award for Excellence in the Arts, the Poetry Gratitude Award from New Mexico Literary Arts, and a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa.


42 Pages, 20 Poems

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Finding Stella Maris by Ingrid Bruck

"Finding Stella Maris contains 25 of my Stella Maris poems. I culled the chapbook from 61 pages of Stella Maris poems written during retreats I attended at Stella Maris Retreat House in Long Branch New Jersey from 2010-2015. Writing the poems in that special place was a journey I took to finding peace. When the retreat house closed on January 1, 2016, it was personal loss, but more so, devastating for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace whose house it was. The closing represents the end of a way of religious life and a vocation. I was enriched by the time I spent at Stella Maris, as were so many others. These poems honor the work of the four Stella Sisters I got to know and love: Francis, Clare, Ann Marie and Lois. These four nuns showed me it's possible to create a place of peace in a turbulent world."

~ Ingrid Bruck


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ingrid Bruck lives in Pennsylvania Amish country. She writes short forms, short poems, short prose and creative non-fiction. She is a retired library director and has been writing seriously ever since. Three years ago she started to submit her poems for publication. Her work appears in Howl of Sorrow: A Collection of Poems Inspired by Hurricane Sandy, Under the Basho, Failed Haiku, Otata, Contemporary Haibun Online, Yellow Chair, Unbroken Journal, Quatrain.Fish, Halcyon Days, Leaves of Ink, Soul-Lit, Beneath the Rainbow, Naturewriting, Poetry Breakfast, The Song Is and more. She is a member of The International Women’s Writing Guild. Poetry website: ingridbruck.com 

42 Pages, 25 Poems

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Conversations with dead composers at Carnegie Hall by Carrie Magness Radna

"These are poems inspired by my impressions of listening to wonderful music (mostly) at Carnegie Hall from 2015-2018: with visuals and feelings my brain invents while inspired by the music.  

Sometimes composers from the spirit world do talk to me---don’t know why or how, but I don’t fight or question it---I just learn to ride the ride, and take concise notes."

~ Carrie Magness Radna 


REVIEWS:

“Carrie Magness Radna’s new chapbook contains twenty-one poems based on her immersion in live performances of classical music. As the title suggests, some poems introduce the readers to the ghosts of composers, such as the spectral presence of Clara Schumann burgeoning as the deceased musician attends a concert of Bach, or Schubert wondering if his post-mortem fame and the love of far-distant generations can possibly be real.  The poet often keenly observes and comments on particular performers, as in “First Violin (Belsica quartet).” Throughout the collection, Radna concentrates on pure engagement with music itself, for example, comparing Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz to butterflies in hell, “delicate wings beating themselves into submission a thousand times over.”” 

~ Sandi Leibowitz, author of The Bone-Joiner and Eurydice Sings, editor of Sycorax Journal and Sycorax Press


“This collection shows Ms. Radna’s growth from an interesting poet to a potentially great poet (greatness is conferred on those whose work retains relevance over time). The ghost theme unites all the poems in the chapbook as Carrie Magness Radna both reveals and conceals her immense inner landscape while she takes readers on a journey through her lover’s passionate engagement with great western composers and their interpreters. This collection reads as part mystery, part lover’s letter, part hallucinatory indie sci fi flick, part confession. You won’t be able to put it down.”

~ Teresa D. Hawkes Ph. D, neuroscientist and founder/publisher of e-zine The Oracular Tree (1996-2006).


“Hear the sly wit in Carrie Radna's voice. There's a provocative blend of experience and innocence in her perceptions. Her images delight the mind's ear and eye; this poet rewards the reader.”

~ Judith Johnston, Emeritus Professor of English of Rider University 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Carrie Magness Radna is an archival audiovisual cataloger at the New York Public Library, a singer, a lyricist-songwriter, one-time food blogger (The Hungry Librarian, at http://hungrylibrarian.me) and a poet who loves to travel. Her poems have previously appeared in the Oracular Tree, Tuck Magazine, The Poetic Bond VIII, Muddy River Poetry Review and Mediterranean Poetry, and will be published in Nomad’s Choir, First Literary Review-East, and an upcoming transcendent poetry anthology by Cosmographia (Summer 2019). 


46 Pages, 21 Poems

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Garden by Gloria Monaghan

The Garden is a book of poems focusing on the aspect of nature and change. The poems begin with the premise of suffering when change is eminent. There is an unrealized desire that most of us think of as sexual. This was the perfect metaphor- it is creation, as without it, change is impossible. The idea of death, resurrection and recreation are central themes of this collection.

REVIEWS:

“I like lines of simplicity and elegance like “I imagine the monarch who changes her shape in a month from a small green worm to a splendid thing” (Butterfly over the Garden). Her long Whitman-like lines at times becomes prose-poems.  Many of these poems return to the garden again and again, with cardinals and butterflies, such simple pleasures.”

~ Martin Willitts Jr., winner of the International Dylan Thomas Poetry Award, and National Ecological Full-Length Contest Winner Searching for What Is Not There


“In noticing the gentle detail, the human touch, Gloria Monaghan’s poems do not eschew the enrichment of a sumptuous word or academic allusion; neither do they break under the weight of those ornaments in moments of modest relatability, the poet asks familiar questions in pithy ways: How is it possible? What does it mean? Who walked away? When will I forget? Poetry that ignores people may be itself ignored; these poems do not ignore. These poems please.”


~ Zachary Bos, New England Review of Books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gloria Monaghan is an Associate Professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute in Boston. Her poetry chapbook, Flawed was published by Finishing Line Press, 2012. Gloria’s poetry has appeared in Blue Max Review, Fox Chase, Slope, Spoonful, Aries, and 2River. Her fiction has been published in Ezine and The Biscuit. Gloria is working on a book about the spectrum of masculinity, along with a collection of short stories. She lives south of Boston with her two daughters. 

49 Pages, 41 Poems

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Loss & GMO by Walter Ruhlmann

*This chapbook was originally published in 2014

"The Loss 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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



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 world wide. Walter was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His latest collections are Maorepublished by Lapwing Publications, Belfast, 2013 and Carmine Carnivalpublished by Lazarus Media, USA, 2013. His blog can be located at http://thenightorchid.blogspot.fr/.


54 Pages, 43 Poems


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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Mix Tape by Nina Bennett

Rock and roll serves as the muse for this collection. Music, especially classic rock, has been an integral part of Nina Bennett’s life. Music and poetry are so entwined that she can’t imagine one without the other. Nina lives by the motto: No music, No life. Know music, know life.

REVIEW:

“In "Mix Tape," Nina Bennett has written a love song to Memory Lane that works nostalgia into a grey chorus of old wounds healed, or not, by the raucous melodies of youth.
~ Danny Earl Simmons, author of The Allness of       Everything

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Delaware native Nina Bennett is the author of Sound Effects (2013, Broadkill Press Key Poetry Series), and The House of Yearning, forthcoming in 2018 from Kelsay Books. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and is widely published and anthologized. Awards include 2014 Northern Liberties Review Poetry Prize and second-place in poetry book category from the Delaware Press Association (2014). Healthcare provider by day, classic rock band chick by night, Nina is proud to be the poet laureate of Club Phred. She is a founding member of the writing group TransCanal Writers. (Five Bridges: A Literary Anthology.) 

44 Pages, 32 Poems

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Flutter Press to Reopen

Dear Poets & Readers,

After some careful thought and consideration, I'm happy to announce that Flutter Press is reopening!  However, from this point forward, the press will only publish books through Lulu.com. All chapbooks that were previously published under Createspace and KDP will remain available on Amazon.com.  Flutter Press' goal was to always remain an indie press and to publish small collections for authors. 

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Heart is a Nursery for Hope by Elaine Reardon

The overarching theme of this 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.

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“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


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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.


Cherry Blossom Days by Sandy Benitez

Cherry Blossom Days, by Sandy Benitez, is a collection of ethereal love poems; a love story that unfolds within the season of Spring infused with memories of the Pacific Northwest and Asian imagery.

REVIEW:

“I want to live in the world that Sandy’s poem’s inhabit, juicy, delicate and sensual. Each poem urges me onward to the next, finding what love gives when it endures the years. My favorite line? I have always been Haiku.”

~ Elaine Reardon, author of The Heart is a Nursery for Hope

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sandy Benitez writes poetry and fiction. She is the founding editor of Flutter Press, Night Garden Journal, and Poppy Road Review. Her last poetry chapbook, The Lilac City, was published by Origami Poems Project.  She's been published in over 135 print and online literary journals since 2006.  Sandy's also authored five poetry chapbooks and has been published in five anthologies.  


Eurydice Sings by Sandi Leibowitz

Eurydice Sings is a collection of feminist speculative poetry featuring heroines and goddesses from familiar and newly-forged myths and fairy-tales.  In these pages kitsunes prowl, snow brides refuse to melt, Red Riding Hood's grandmother reveals her unorthodox history, and Isis revels in a mortal love--on her own terms, while Orpheus' muse gets her chance to do more than simply inspire.


REVIEWS:

“Are you ready to earn the crimson hood? For those of us who cut our teeth on fairy tales and myths as children, the taste for them never really goes away.  Our appetites only grow more complex—a need to dig deeper, to shred skins that no longer suit, to get to the marrow.  From fox-skinned girls and feathered queens to enduring ghosts and goddesses, Sandi Leibowitz shows us the familiar in new and often uncomfortable ways.  We see our sisters and ourselves here, and we wrestle with the need to speak (or sing, or scream) our truths. Deliciously transgressive, EURYDICE SINGS gives voice to the primal, the vengeful, and the hungry at the heart of our beloved stories.”     

~ Shannon Connor Winward, author of Elgin-awarded winning chapbook UNDOING WINTER and TO THE TOUCH; editor RIDDLED WITH ARROWS; winner of 2016 Dwarf Star Award, 2018 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship in Fiction 

“These beautifully wrought poems recast familiar tales in a different light.  Highly recommended. Leibowitz’s skillful touch makes these a pleasure to read.” 

~ Rhonda Parrish, editor of FAE, NITEBLADE, ELEMENTAL ANTHOLOGIES, ALPHABET ANTHOLOGIES, METASTASIS; assistant editor, World Weaver Press


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sandi Leibowitz lives with two ghost-dogs in a raven’s wood, next door to bogles in New York City. She works as an elementary-school librarian, and sings classical and early music. She has ridden in a hot-air balloon over the Rio Grande, followed in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims on the trail to Santiago de Compostela, and visited with Arthur in Avalon.     

Author of the poetry collection The Bone-Joiner, Sandi’s speculative fiction and verse may be found in MetaphorosisLiminalityThrough the GateLuna Station QuarterlyMythic DeliriumKaleidotropeGaia: Shadow and Breath 3Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Apex, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 5, and other magazines and anthologies. Her poems have won second and third place Dwarf Star Awards, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Rhysling, and Best of the Net awards. Sandi invites you to visit her at “In the Raven’s Wood,” www.sandileibowitz.com.



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Little Egypt by David Gross

Little Egypt is a nickname given to the southernmost section of the state of Illinois which is geographically, culturally, and economically distinct from the rest of the state. The region is bordered on three sides by the largest rivers in the U.S.: the Wabash and Ohio on the east and south and the Mississippi to the west. Geographically it is more hilly and rocky than the rest of the state and many consider it part of the Ozarks. 
     When settlers began to come in great numbers they came by way of the ever-available rivers and found southern Illinois a convenient region for settlement. The advent of the steamboat and the development of trails and roadways soon led immigrants to bypass the southern part of the state. It thus was left a somewhat isolated region, a kind of historical eddy. 
     In this region a culture, reasonably advanced at the time of its coming, tended to become static. The customs, practices, and beliefs of the pioneer survived here long after they had passed in less isolated regions. It is  against the background of this distinctive area that the writer would have these offerings viewed.


REVIEWS:

     “If Little Egypt reflects sense of place, which it exemplifies, it also offers up a sensibility and an historical panorama rife with the lore of southern Illinois and its flora and fauna, amid the land demarcated by the Ohio, Wabash and Mississippi Rivers. The poems in this book are similar to those by Lorine Niedecker in her book North Central, which celebrates living amid the reedy lakes of Wisconsin, as he himself flourishes among three of the great rivers of the plains. Little Egypt is as celebratory as it is sometimes perilously real. David Gross is a midwestern James Dickey.”
                                                                                                    
~ Wally Swist, author of Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love


   "This southern Illinois writer has given us a poetry from that place which is plainly spoken, deceptively simple and very deep."

~ John Knoepfle, author of Poems From the Sangamon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Gross has published four previous collections, Cup of MoonWhat We Never HadBecause It Is, and Pilgrimage. His poems have appeared in dozens of print and online literary journals such as, Big Muddy, Black Poppy Review, Blue Collar Review, Cape Rock, Common Ground Review, Hummingbird, Kentucky Review, Lilliput Review, Longhouse, Modern Haiku, Naugatuck River Review and Northeast. 


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Breakfast in Winter by Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas

Breakfast in Winter is a collection of 28 sonnets that ponder a vast array of topics, from the most delicate joys of motherhood to the endless ache of love and loss. Though sometimes layered within, these poems explore the bounds of humanity; an inspirational journey awaits. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Carol Lynn Stevenson Grellas is an eight-time Pushcart nominee and a four-time Best of the Net nominee. In 2012, She won the Red Ochre Press Chapbook contest with her manuscript “Before I Go to Sleep”. Her work has appeared in a wide variety of online and print magazines including: The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Poets and Artists, War, Literature and the Arts and many more. She has authored numerous collections of poetry including her latest chapbook: “Things I Can’t Remember to Forget”, Prolific Press 2017. According to family lore she is a direct descendant of Robert Louis Stevenson. www.clgrellaspoetry.com


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 has relocated to the Berkshires in Massachusetts after thirty-six years in Minnesota, where he taught literature and creative writing at Saint Cloud State University. Klepetar’s work has appeared worldwide, in such journals as Chiron, Deep Water, Muddy River Poetry Review, The Muse: India, Night Garden, Poppy Road Review, Snakeskin, Voices Israel, Ygdrasil, and many others. Several of his poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. He has also done several collaborations with composer Richard Lavenda of Rice University in Houston, including a one-act opera, Barricades, for which he wrote the libretto. Klepetar is the author of fourteen poetry collections and chapbooks, the most recent of which include How Fascism Comes to America (Locofo Chaps), Why Glass Shatters (One Sentence Chaps), and o filho da bebedora de cafĂ© (The Coffee Drinker’s Son), translated into Portuguese by Francisco Jose de Carvalho.



Living in Nature by Ruth Gooley

The title of the work is Living in Nature, which is a collection of 24 poems about the close kinship Ruth feels with nature. The poems range in subject from the desert to the sea, with many featuring the Santa Monica mountains, where she currently lives.  These poems are mostly reflections on nature, her moods, and her vital importance for our psyche.

REVIEWS:

“In Living in Nature, Ruth Gooley investigates “brooding over a scattering/of spring-fed hopes” (“Waiting for April”), creating sensual, vivid poems. She sings appealing, evocative songs, absorbed in waiting, watching, listening and exploring the rain, spiders, oak trees, falling leaves and so much more, inviting the reader to taste and see such earthly delights.”

~ Stanford J. Searl. Searl lives in Culver City, California and has published Quaker Poems: The Heart Opened and Homage to the Lady with the Dirty Feet and other Vermont Poems. His most recent book, Songs for Diana, a poetry chapbook, will be published by Kelsay Books in 2019.

“On the surface, Ruth Gooley’s nature poetry provides the opposite of Wordsworthian communion. Her alliterative, onomatopoetic, consonant-rich lines emphasize Nature’s asperities over its comforts. But no poet has so empathetically observed or energetically portrayed the faunal and floral life-force of these scrubby California vistas.”

~ I. Goldfarb, author of Commedia


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ruth Gooley has published many poems in journals such as Red Poppy Review, vox poetica, Your Daily Poem, Ibbetson Street Press, and NatureWriting. She also published her dissertation, The Image of the Kiss in Renaissance Poetry. She currently resides in a small cabin in the Santa Monica mountains, where she lives in harmony with nature and all things wild.


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The Sundial by Byron Beynon

In The Sundial, Byron Beynon continues to explore the changing nuances of the bond between humankind and the natural world. Thoughtful and observant, humane and cosmopolitan, concerned with Wales but looking beyond Wales to a wider world. 

*The Sundial has been acquired by The National Library of Wales, at Aberystwyth and by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.


REVIEWS:

"Beynon achieves a lyrical style beauty."
    
~ Duncan Glen, Lines Review

"The poems sit mellow in perfect space....read them slowly, let their words stay with you. That's what poetry does best."

~ Peter Finch, The Insider


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Byron Beynon lives in Swansea, Wales. His poems have appeared in many publications including The Independent (UK), Landfall (New Zealand), London Magazine, Poetry Wales, The Warwick Review, Pearl (USA), The Red Poppy Review (USA) and Flutter Poetry Journal (USA). Collections include Cuffs (Rack Press, 2008) and Human Shores (Lapwing Publications, 2012). He has been co-editor of the poetry magazine, Roundyhouse. He was also involved in coordinating the Wales' contribution to the poetry anthology Fifty Strong (Heinemann), which was a project to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the South Bank Centre's poetry library at the Royal Festival Hall, London. A sequence of his poems have also appeared in the anthology “Evan Walters: Moments of Vision” (Seren Books, 2011). He is a full member of the Welsh Academy, an award given for his contribution to the literature of Wales.


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In the Garden of Broken Things by Mercedes Lucero

REVIEW:

“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 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Mercedes Lucero is a writer whose prose and poetry has  appeared or is forthcoming in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row JournalPaper Darts Literary MagazineCurbside Splendor, Whitefish Reviewamong 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 www.mercedeslucero.com.


I Dream of Empathy by Marianne Szlyk

"The chapbook's theme is empathy for the earth, other people (including my mother and my first husband), and even myself."

Marianne Szlyk  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Marianne Szlyk is a professor of English at Montgomery College, an associate poetry editor for Potomac Review, and a member of the DC Poetry Project.  She also edits The Song Is…, a blog-zine for poetry and flash fiction inspired by music, especially jazz.  Her previous chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking up at Trees of Heaven, is available online through Kind of a Hurricane Press.


Appalachian Woman by Luther Kirk

Regional in scope yet universal in truths, Appalachian Woman speaks to the reader concerning love, loss, labor, and longing.

REVIEW:


“The Appalachian woman in Luther Kirk’s collection is the woman he knew best—his mother, a woman who “dropped all twelve of [her] young’uns year after year like seed taters on a Good Friday,” a woman who had too much work to do to take time out to send for the midwife, a woman who hauled water and sacks of grain, who planted by the signs and endured. Kirk’s adroit use of verbs and his eye for the just-right image bring the beloved Appalachian woman to life for his readers.”

~ Connie Jordan Green, author of Household Inventory, winner of the Brick Road Poetry Prize

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Luther Kirk was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia in 1945 and has lived in the state all of his life. After retirement from the Virginia education system, he decided to try his hand at writing about his people--the Appalachians. Luther currently resides in Chester, Virginia with his wife Katy and his Cairn Terrier, Bessie Rose.