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August 1, 2014 (FORTHCOMING)

#1 IN THE WORDCRAFT SERIES OF FABULIST NOVELLAS

IS A DOUBLE MONSTER FEATURE (TWO NOVELLAS)

WAIT YOUR TURN & THE STABILITY OF LARGE SYSTEMS

Peter Grandbois

 

October 1, 2012

 

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KEEPING THE SWARM: NEW AND SELECTED ESSAYS

George Venn

ISBN: 978-1-877655-76-0, LCN:

First Trade Paperback, 6 X 9, 224 pgs., $15.95

Cover Art: "Finding the Queen," Kodua Galieti

Cover & Book Design: redbat design, www.redbatdesign.com

Author Photo: Marie Balaban

"The collection is personal and universal, grounded in the small towns of the Inland Northwest that Venn knows so well..."

--Jeff Baker, The Oregonian

"In his latest collection of essays, Keeping the Swarm, Venn again reflects his strong ties to and affection for the Pacific Northwest...Intensely personal and intimate, these essays reflect a thoughtful nostalgia and gentle sensibility...Venn offers many memorable moments."

--Kirsten Rabe, ForeWord Reviews, Winter 2012

"This welcome essay collection by the sharpest-eyed Northwest writer conjures the region he knows so intimately. His careful portraits of mining towns, wheat harvest, bee keeping, snowland wonders ring clean and true... This venerable voice blesses every reader with another brave and rewarding book."

--Craig Lesley, author of Burning Fence

"Keeping the Swarm is an intimate, powerful portrait of community. Dipping his pen into a mix of blood and honey, George Venn braves the scabrous terrain of memory. Venn's prose is powerful, his narrative vulnerable. The Poet's abiding respect for creatures and for environment, for song and for languages...shines brightly here. This book will make you thirst for the clear water of the mountains, and hunger for the amber-nectar of home."

--Karen Spears Zacharias, author of A Silence of Mockingbirds

"George Venn is a gentle radical: In lyrical prose he enchants us with the closely observed words and acts of ordinary people--from the Northwest's small towns to classrooms in post-Cultural Revolution Hunan--always connecting this fabric of local life to the global issues of social justice and human interdependence. 'Who says literature makes nothing happen?' Venn asks. His memorable essays inspire us to go beyond humanities to humanitarian work."

--Jennifer Eastman Atteberry, author of Up in the Rocky Mountains

"In Keeping the Swarm, George Venn both asks and answers the question, "After all, what are writers for?' ...In clear-eyed, honest, and eloquent fashion, Venn examines the places and people of his childhood and adulthood, proving that the pedestrian and the profound exist...[and] coalesce to form our most sacred guidebook for us to examine our own piece of the world, to recognize the beauty, grace, and peril..."

--Robert Stubblefield, University of Montana

"In his latest collection of essays, Keeping the Swarm, Venn again reflects his strong ties to and affection for the Pacific Northwest...intensely personal and intimate, these essays reflect a thoughtful nostalgia and gentle sensibility...touches of powerful writing [and] many memorable moments."

--Kirsten Rabe, Foreword Reviews, Winter 2013

"From the gorgeous cover photo by California beekeeper-photographer Kodua Galieti to the very personal family photos and gentle boyhood remembrances, Venn paints a picture of beekeeping and family forever intertwined."

--Fran Bach, Washington State Beekeepers Assoc. Newsletter, Nov. 2012

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Poet, essayist, literary historian, editor, linguist, and educator, George Venn is a distinguished figure in western literature. In 1988, his third book, Marking the Magic Circle, was awarded a silver medal from Oregon Institute of Literary Arts. From 1989-1994, he designed and directed the OREGON LITERATURE SERIES for which he received the Stewart Holbrook Award for "outstanding contributions to Oregon's literary life." In 1999, West of Paradise was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. In 2005, the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission honored Marking the Magic Circle as "one of the 100 best Oregon books in two centuries." His C.E.S. Wood monograph Soldier to Advocate (2007) and his Word War II Fred Hill collection Darkroom Soldier have recently earned high praise. For more see his website at: www.georgevenn.com

 


August 1, 2012

 

MAD CURSIVE

Poems by Joshua McKinneyAdd to shoppping cart

ISBN: 978-1-877655-77-7, LCN: 2012940178

First Trade Paperback, 6 X 9, 80 pgs., $14

Cover art: "Miyamoto Musashi wielding two bokken," a print by

   Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Calligraphy: Magdelena & Maciej Kopciuch

Cover Design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

Author Photo: Anita Scharf

Interior design: David Memmott

"The poems in Mad Cursive move gracefully between beauty and destruction, the essential real locale of poetry in our times. A mad swordsman inside a poet-seer, McKinney dares to locate what resembles, in my reading, spirit laid bare. In this truly elegant book, the remnant of our language negotiates a shadow world--that space between life and death--which is life on this earth. 'Inside sword we find word,' indeed. A truly courageous book.

--Claudia Keelan, author of Missing Her

"Joshua McKinney tells of two masters: one who liked to write while walking in 'a place unblurred by interruption' and one who ' preferred uneven ground.'  When I think of McKinney's work, I see him as the second master--clearing a new path, or, as Pound said of Whitman, the one who broke 'the new wood.'  In McKinney's post-bucolic interstitial landscape, flowers stand as ostiaries, the heat index reduces the Earth's archives to ash, and the spirit trembles like a leaf. 'What I thought beautiful was what died astray.' Though he leads us through foreboding realms of the imagination, McKinney's gentle-edged Taoist generosity is exceedingly redemptive, assuring, pointing us skyward and crying, 'look.' Here is a poet who has earned the title of 'master.'

-- D.A. Powell, author of Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys

"In an era of distress and shrillness, it takes courage and, more than courage, Grace, to speak out boldly , unguardedly, for Balance. In  the literal body of these new poems, Joshua McKinney articulates the mortal grandeur and (this is more poignant than I can rightly say) the tragedy of Balance. McKinney simply will not relinquish either past or present, love or bereavement, intellect or animal anguish, merely to accommodate the shrill urgings of our moment. Mad Cursive is therefore, and shall remain, a heroic collection."

--Donald Revell, author of The Bitter Withy

"Mad Cursive is an excellent use of poetry as a vehicle for real thought: a good read."

--San Francisco Book Review, Sept. 2012

Read full review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joshua McKinney is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Saunter, co-winner of the University of Georgia Press Poetry Series Open Competition in 2001, and The Novice Mourner, winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize in 2005. He is also the author of two poetry chapbooks: Saunter (Primitive Publications, 1998) and Permutations of the Gallery (Pavement Saw Press, 1996), winner of the Pavement Saw Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared widely in such journals as American Letters & Commentary, Boulevard, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, New American Writing, and many others. Other awards include a Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative American Poetry. He teaches poetry writing and literature at California State University, Sacramento. He is a member of Senkakukan of Sacramento where he studies Mugai Ryu, Toyama Ryu, and the curriculum of the Zen Nihon Battado Renmei.


 

June 15, 2012

 

SUDDEN DEATH OVER TIME

Stories by John RemberAdd to shopping cart

ISBN: 978-1-877655-79-1, LCN: 2012938178

First Trade Paperback, 6 X 9, 146 pgs., $14

Front cover art: "Find Your Rainbow," Diane Labombarge, courtesy

     Dreamstime.com

Back cover art: "Seamless Crows," Indigocrow, courtesy

    iStockphoto.com

Title page collage: David Memmott, images courtesy iStockphoto.com

Cover design: Kristin Summers, www. redbatdesign.com

Interior design: David Memmott

Sudden Death Over Time does what only good satire can--tear down the artificial and the irrelevant to get to what is human. The stories are funny, insightful, disturbing, sad, and always entertaining. They emerge from the uncertainty of our time, amid failing infrastructures, moral ambiguity, corruption, and tenured disinterest of an academic system that perhaps like our political system needs to slough its skin and renew itself every ten years as Thomas Jefferson once suggested. Rember's talent in bringing interesting characters to life and letting them stumble on their humanity in places at the same time common and extreme give these stories an energy that sparks on every page until they conflagrate into a controlled burn.

"John Rember tears your heart out and replaces it with his own. No one I know of comes close to his mastery of the short story. Read him and weep."

--TIM SANDLIN, author of the GroVont Quartet

"I couldn't get enough of the stories in Sudden Death Over Time. John Rember's wit is as sharp as the edge of a well-hone ski and his prose is as smooth and perfect as a Dean's finest scotch. Reading these stories made me feel as though I'd come upon Richard Russo and Thomas McGuane swapping smart and wicked tales in front of a hot pub fire with cold drinks in hand. The book is that skillful, and that funny."

--ALYSON HAGY, author of Ghosts of Wyoming

"Rember's deft touches, the concrete language and careful craftsmanship he displays discloses a powerful writer at the summit of his game, a wordsmith who knows how to spin a yarn in such a winning way that those who read his stories are carried along with ineffable ease, perhaps seldom aware of the simple beauty of the style, the prose, its concision: never a word out of place, never a phrase without its distinctive, unfaltering Rember rhythm. Sudden Death Over Time is consummate literature--a dazzling achievement."

--DUFF BRENNA, from his Introduction

About the Author

JOHN REMBER was born in Sun Valley, Idaho. He is the author of the story collections, Coyote in the Mountains and Cheerleaders from Gomorrah, the memoir Traplines, and the why-to-write book, MFA in a Box. For many years he was a professor of literature and writing at the College of Idaho and in the Pacific University MFA Program. He lives with his wife Julie in the Sawtooth Valley of Idaho.


June 1, 2012

Finalist for Next Generation Indie Book Award in General Non-Fiction

Finalist for San Diego Book Award

"Brenna's experience is all there, in thorough, felt detail--in the embedded dialogue, in the scenes truer than memory or invention, in the visionary understanding of grotesque and sympathetic characters, and in the complete, self-standing episodes woven into the chronological flow. Anyone following the landmark achievements of literary memoir must learn from and celebrate this remarkable book."

DeWitt Henry, American Book Review, Nov./Dec. 2012, Vol. 34, #1

 

MURDERING THE MOM: A MEMOIRAdd to shopping cart

Duff Brenna

ISBN: 978-1-877655-74-6, LCN: 2012930960

First Trade Paperback, 6 X 9, 218 pg., $15

Cover and Family Photos from Pappas family album

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

Author Photo: David Memmott

Special thanks to Robert Mast for assistance with family album

"You're killing me, Duffy. You're killing me," the mom always said. Murdering the Mom is a story that elevates the obscene to the sublime. Duff Brenna takes all the materials of hardship and abuse during an unhappy childhood and sculpts it into art, into something transcendent. This is a heart-rending memoir that exceeds the expectations one normally has of a memoir, that is, it reads like a captivating novel.

"There are some memoirs that seem so artful in the dissection of the joys and horrors of a life that they resonate long after that last page. Duff Brenna provides just such a story...[he] provides a compelling attempt to untangle the emotional threads of his childhood.  By viewing his past with such a sense of honesty and compassion, he delivers a memoir that's a truly striking accomplishment."

-- Elizabeth Millard for ForeWord Magazine On-Line Reviews

READ FOREWORD MAGAZINE ON-LINE REVIEW OF MURDERING THE MOM

SAN DIEGO LIVING'S INTERVIEW WITH DUFF BRENNA.

 

"Duff Brenna is one of the most talented, brave and daring writers of contemporary American letters...With great skill, insight, wisdom, introspection, and above all a sense of humanity and forgiveness, a brilliant writer transcends the tragic and turns this powerful, raw, heartfelt story into the finest art."

--JAMES BROWN, author of

This River and The Los Angeles Dairies

"This book portrays a broken childhood and a struggling life in the most raw and honest manner imaginable. He makes this book a personal gift to every reader."

--Rachel J. Richards, The Portland Book Review

"[Duff Brenna] is exploring--unsparingly, unflinchingly, but above all fairly, with balance and breathtaking honesty--the humanity of a group of people born into and continually creating a kind of hell in which they thrash around without a clue as to how to get out."

--THOMAS E. KENNEDY, author of

In the Company of Angels, and Fallling Sideways

Read review in San Diego's East County Magazine

"With plenty of humor and poignancy, Murdering the Mom, is an excellent pick for memoir collections, very highly recommended."

--Midwest Book Review

"Duff Brenna childhood and coming of age are as harrowing as Maxim Gorki's, but where Gorki's calls for a Soviet revolution to free underlcasses from the cycle of brutality, Brenna's celebrates our common humanity, complexity, and resilience, revolution within. His accounts of being brutalized and loved by his stepfatherare both horrific and comic. This is a memoir remarkable for its ironic acceptance of outrages..."

--DeWitte Henry

"Murdering the Mom is wonderful! I just finished it a minute ago. A delicious read...those last scenes are terribly moving."

--Steve Kowit, author of The Gods of Rapture and Lurid Confessions

About the Author

DUFF BRENNA is the author of six novels, including The Book of Mamie, which won the AWP Award for Best Novel; The Holy Book of the Beard, named "an underground classic" by The New York Times; Too Cool, a New York Times Noteworthy Book; The Altar of the Body, given the Editors Prize Favorite Book of the Year Award, South Florido Sun-Sentinel, and also received a San Diego Writers Association Award for Best Novel in 2002. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts award, Milwaukee Magazine's Best Short Story of the Year Award, and a Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention. His work has been translated into six languages. His collection of short stories, Minnesota Memoirs, was published by Serving House Books in February, 2012.

Duff Brenna's website, www.duffbrenna.com

 


 

March 1, 2012

2012 Bronze in Poetry from Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award.

2013 Finalist for the Spur Award for Best Western Poem from Western Writers of America, for "Night Singer, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

THE SKY IS A BIRD OF SORROWAdd to shopping cart

Poems by Steve Dieffenbacher

ISBN: 978-1-877655-75-3, LCN: 2012932497

First Trade Paperback,6 X 9, 110 pgs., $15

Cover and interior artwork copyright 2005-2011, Don Gray

www.dongraystudio.com  "Loom of the Land," cover painting

Cover design: Kristin Summers, www.redbatdesign.com

Author photo: Deidre Dieffenbacher

The Sky Is a Bird of Sorrow is an apt title for Steve Dieffenbacher's new book of poems. Like the sky, the scope of the poetry is wide, primarily a sweeping vision of spaces and eras specific to the West -- Oregon, New Mexico, deserts, mountains, ocean shores, the land and its people. The tone of voice, maintained almost consistently throughout the book, is filled with the sort of longing that beauty and wonder always occasion. Loss and searching, treated honestly and straighforwardly through human events and earthly, are Dieffenbacher's major themes. "On the rim of the canyon/I have come to find you."

--Pattiann Rogers, author of Wayfare and Generations

These gentle, well-considered poems travel American landscapes of the domestic, historic and prehistoric. In virtually every line, Steve Dieffenbacher celebrates the complications of human occupation and succession, always asserting the possibilities of a life well-lived: "if it be not now, yet it will come, our last and deepest love."

--David Axelrod, author of What Next, Old Knife?

and Departing by a Broken Gate

From this poet whose German surname evokes a "deep stream" comes a collection both lit and shadowed from within by a Rilkean lyricism. Dieffenbacher gives us poems that can hear a "...continent's breath/heaving out of distance/from plains of frost." His is a gift capable of conveying the language of a wounded tree, its "...aching/broken top" its "...bell/of wooden bones." Brimming with stunning tropes, alive with liquid music, his poems carry "...the mute undertow of another earth." On these pages, a fortunate reader finds language that reaches "to the root of the world."

--Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate

When the geese call in late autumn, this book says, they call for you. Crossing borders, climbing the rim, holding a vigil at dawn, these poems forge elegy in each hour of each day, like birds graced with dark wings. In poems like these, even sorrow can fly.

--Kim Stafford, author of The Muses Among Us:

Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures

of the Writer's Craft

Interview with Steve Dieffenbacher

About the Author

Steve Dieffenbacher has lived in Oregon's Rogue Valley since 1989. His poem "Emptiness" won the 2010 Poetry Prize sponsored by Cloudbank magazine of Corvallis, Oregon, and he has published in numerous regional journals. His poems also are included in Deer Drink the Moon (2007), an anthology of Oregon poetry published by Ooligan Press at Portland State University; in the chapbooks Universe of the Unsaid (2009), Voices of the Siskiyous (2006), and At the Boundary (2001); in the anthology Intricate Homeland: Collected Writings from the Klamath Siskiyou (2000); and in A Path Through Stone, a 1995 cycle of poems that includes the work by Bruce Barton, Jonah Bornstein and John Reid. He is an editor at the Mail Tribune in Medford, where he writes a monthly column focusing on nature and hiking for the newspaper's Sunday travel section. He has won various awards for writing, photography, and page design in his more than 35 years as a journalist.


October 1, 2011

 

Picked as one of the ten best fiction titles of 2011 by Jane Ciabattari forThe Boston Globe

 

Add to shopping cartOUR DAILY BREAD

A Novel by Lauren B. Davis

ISBN: 978-1-877655-72-2, LCN: 2011928120

First trade paperback, 6X9, 258 pages, $15

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

Cover art: iStockPhoto.com

Photo of Boy Scout Whistle: Ron Davis

Author photo: Helen Tansey

 

"Backwoods Noir" at its best. For generations the Erskine clan has lived in poverty and isolation on North Mountain, shunned by the God-fearing people of nearby Gideon. Now, Albert Erskine comes down off the mountain hoping to change the future for his brothers and sisters and sets in motion a chain of events that will change everything. Inspired by the true story.

From best-selling novelist Lauren B. Davis comes the deeply compassionate story of what happens when we view our neighbors as "The Other," as well as the transcendent power of unlikely friendships.

OUR DAILY BREAD HAS BEEN PICKED UP BY HARPER COLLINS-CANADA. WORDCRAFT OF OREGON WILL CONTINUE TO REPRESENT THE NOVEL IN THE UNITED STATES.

Our Daily Bread is a compelling narrative set in a closely observed, sometimes dark, but ultimately life-enhancing landscape. Lauren B. Davis' vivid prose and empathetically developed characters will remain in the reader's mind long after the final chapter has been read."

--Jane Urquhart, prize winning author of Away and The Stone Carvers

"I'll never forget this book, the stunning power of the descriptions, the attention to detail, the riveting plot, the fully-realized characters--this is storytelling at its very best."

--Duff Brenna, author of The Book of Mamie, The Holy Book of the Beard

"Wow! From the first chapter of Our Daily Bread, "up here where the view was like heaven and the living was like hell," I was hooked--by the characters, by the flow, by the clean , rhythmic prose. This is a novel that will make you want to do something about poverty, hunger, ignorance and the people who are subjected to such conditions. An outstanding, absorbing, page-turning novel."

--Thomas E. Kennedy, author of The Copenhagen Quartet

"Rendered with gorgeous prose, this compact, fast-moving novel features an astonishing range of tones, from hope to heartbreak, from black humor to white-knuckle terror. It will stay with you long after the covers are closed."

--Dexter Palmer, author of The Dream of Perpetual Motion

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, The Radiant City, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and The Stubborn Season, chosen for the Robert Adams Lecture Series; as well as two collections of short stories, An Unrehearsed Desire and Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Lauren reviews books for The Globe & Mail and The Literary Review of Canada, leads monthly Sharpening the Quill writing workshops in Princeton, New Jersey.

TO ARRANGE AND INTERVIEW, CONTACT BLANCHE BRANN, LITERARY ADVOCATE, 609-620-0450, Bibrann@yahoo.com 

FOR INFORMATION ON READINGS AND EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT LAUREN'S WEBSITE AT www.laurenbdavis.com

 

READ FIRST CHAPTER

Lauren B. Davis is the featured author for the October 2011 issue of SERVING HOUSE JOURNAL. Read the first chapter of OUR DAILY BREAD.

INTERVIEWS

MyBookAddictionReviews interview, 9/29/11

 

REVIEW EXCERPTS

"...a powerful, harrowing, and deeply unsettling work. It's the sort of novel that keeps you reading even as your skin crawls and your blood pressure mounts...Our Daily Bread proceeds like a noose tightening...a stark, beautiful, sad and frankly terrifying novel. Our Daily Bread is finely crafted, with careful attention to characterization, style and pacing. It succeeds on every level..."

--Robert J. Wiersema, Quill & Quire, Sept. 2011

 

“a novel full of remarkable moments. . . a level of detail that puts us in the beating hearts of imperiled souls. No fact-filled journalistic account, no matter how lurid, could do the same. . . simple, brave, powerful scenes, skillfully written with an anger no less effective for being tempered – scenes that sit with the soul long after the book is closed.”

– Alan Cumyn, The Globe & Mail, Oct. 15, 2011

 

LINKS TO REVIEWS

Musehouse event: Book Bound Column, montgomerynews.com

http://www.truthdig.com/arts_culture/item/sin_and_sustenance_20120105/

http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-our-daily-bread-a/

http://followtheclue.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/our-daily-bread-lauren-b-davis/

http://dadofdivas-reviews.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-review-our-daily-bread.html

http://www.simplystacie.net/2011/07/book-review-our-daily-bread/

http://www.supermomreviews.com/2011/07/our-daily-bread-novel-by-lauren-b-davis.html


March 1, 2011  

A CHINAMAN'S CHANCE: Add to Shopping Cart

NEW AND SELECTED POEMS: 1960-2010

Alex Kuo

ISBN: 978-1-877655-71-5

First trade paperback, 6 X9, 146 pages, $15, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

Author photo: Zoe Filipkowska

"Alex was my first writing teacher, and 25 years later is still my teacher. His vision is sure and uncompromising. I love this book."

--Sherman Alexie

"I happen to believe that there are a lot of good poets around at present, but a poet like Alex Kuo, who possesses a highly developed moral sense and a bitter honesty, is rare at any time and especially in this time. We need him."

--Carolyn Kizer

"Line after line, I am surprised and moved by the way his language connects the rhythms of our collective memory, imagination and chance."

--Ping-Kwan Leung

"Alex Kuo's A Chinaman's Chance startles its reader out of complacency. Here is writing that doesn't coddle and that keeps one engrossed, questioning, thoroughly awake. Kuo's poem-stories deftly resist attempts at a too narrow classification of style--beyond it being his own--simultaneously suggesting while artfully sidestepping any overassumption of autobiography by blending what reads like personal history with inarguable emotional truths."

--Laurel Leigh, The Bloomsbury Review (Vol. 31, #1)

"Alex Kuo has given us...a book we can be with for many years...[a] book that feeds my mind and touches my spiritual life."

Irene Koronas

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Boston, Alex Kuo spent most of World War II in China, followed by eight years in Hong Kong before returning to the United States. He has lived and worked most of his adult life in Idaho and Washington beginning in 1956 when he signed on a forest fire crew for U.S.F.S. Since 1963 he has taught writing and cultural studies at several colleges and universties on both sides of the Pacific.

His first published poems appeared in 1961 in Castalia, Descant and American Weave.

Recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, he has also been awarded the Lingnan American Studies and Senior Fulbright lectureships, a Rockefeller Bellagio residency, and several research grants. He has been appointed distinguished writer-in-residence at Fudan University , Knox College and Mercy Corps.

In 2002 Lipstick and Other Stories received the American Book Award, and in 2010 he received the Alumni Achievement Award from Knox College.


October, 2010

WORDCRAFT OF OREGON CHAPBOOK SERIES, #1

Add to shopping cartBLUE MOON: Poems from Chinese Lines

Poems, Vincent Wixon

ISBN: 978-1-877655-70-8

saddle-stitched, 6.25 X 8.25, 36 pages, $8, plus $3.50 s/h

Book design: David Memmott

Author photo: Patty Wixon

29 poems developed from lines from Chinese poems selected from THE COLLECTED SONGS OF COLD MOUNTAIN and POEMSOF THE MASTERS: China's Classic Anthology of T'ang and Sung Dynasty Verse, published by Copper Canyon Press.

Sample Poem: BlueMoonpoem

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vincent Wixon is the author of two other books of poetry--THE SQUARE GROVE (Traprock Books, 2006) and SEED (May Day Press, 1993). He has co-produced documentary films on Lawson Inada and William Stafford, and co-edited two books on writing by William Stafford for the University of Michigan Press. He and his wife Patty live in Ashland, Oregon, and are long-time poetry editors for Jefferson Monthly, the public radio program guide for Southern Oregon and Northern California.


 

September 2010

FIRST FULL POETRY COLLECTION BY AUTHOR OF "ABOVE THE CLEARWATER," FINALIST FOR THE 2004 OREGON BOOK AWARD IN CREATIVE NONFICTION

 

Add to shopping cartAT THIS DISTANCE

Poems, Bette Husted

ISBN: 978-1-877655-69-2, LCN: 2010925248

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 104 pages, $14, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover art & inside b/w croppings: "Above 8," Don Gray

Cover design: Kristin Summer, redbat design

Author photo: Dean Husted

"Bette Lynch Husted, so richly rooted in the wild Oregon land she inhabits, writes with deep care and conscience. Her poems shun nothing--exploring difficult legacies and the mysterious encroachments of 'what people do' with calm humility and curiousity. She asks the questions. 'Anything a Box Will Hold' can't be missed. When she speaks of the 'winter wren singing his small whole-bodies celebration amid bright moss," that's her voice too, in the giant landscape--comforting and clear."

--Naomi Shihab Nye

"Space. Spaciousness. Amidst such vistas, these poems are placed. Visit. Stay."

--Lawson Fusao Inada

"This is a poet who will take you on roads you don't know to places where you haven't been, the lonesome places, Wallowa, Ahsahka, Imnaha, and on into the gray-crowned night. She travels the far West, the farthest West, farther than the pioneers. She goes the distance."

--Ursula K. Le Guin

"Bette Husted's poems in this collection explore the rural landscape, its peoples and why and how they live there...This is what important poetry is supposted to be, a caring look into a place one grew up and lives in."

--Alex Kuo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bette Lynch Husted lives and writes in Pendleton. Her works include a chapbook After Fire (Puddinghouse 2002) and a collection of memoir essays, Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land (Oregon State University Press 2004), which was a finalist for the 2005 Oregon Book Award and the 2005 WILLA Award in creative nonfiction. Her collection of essays, Lessons from the Borderlands, is forthcoming from Plain View Press. Her essays, stories and poems have appeared in Runes, Fourth Genre, Prairie Schooner, Natural Bridge and other journals. She was a Fishtrap Fellow and received a 2007 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Award.


 

September 2010

 

 

Add to shopping cartIMPULSE & WARP: The Selected 20th Century Poems

Dan Raphael

ISBN: 978-1-877655-68-5, LCN: 2010925247

first trade paperback, 7.5 X 9.25, 162 pages, $15,  plus $3.50 s/h

Cover art: "Inviting the Aliens," David Memmott

B/W ink plates: Brad Winter

Cover design: Kristin Summer, redbat design

Author photo: Melba Dlugonski

"Dan Raphael is one of the finest prophetic poets composing in English. He focuses on his subjects so intently they dissolve and he rearranges the molecules into recombinant linguistic poetry for now and the future."

--Charles Potts, author of The Portable Potts and Valga Krusa

"Musical, intelligent and perpetually mutable...Impulse & Warp is a gift of high art made of the raw materials...Essential sound from one of our finest singers."

Jake Berry, author of Branbu Drezi and

Cyclones in High Northern Latitudes

"Dan Raphael is from the great tradition--he doesn't want to think about or judge his work. He wants to keep making more: the unstoppable soul importance of the poet, the 'knowing your friends by the shape of their breaths.' Impulse & Warp is a wild wonderful ride, a kaleidoscope of words, sensations and ideas."

--Sharon Doubiago, author of My Fathers Love and

Love on the Streets

"Dan Raphael's poetry lights up the dark abyss with sparks generated by blows from Vulcan's hammer. Watch out innocent civilians, friendly fire is headed your way."

--Casey Bush, Senior Editor of Bear Deluxe Magazine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dan Raphael's poems have appeared in around 300 publications including Caliban, Central Park, Heaven Bone, Lost and Found Times, Nebula Awards 31, Pacific Northwestern Spiritual Poetry, Tinfish, Otoliths, Portland Review, Unlikely Stories, Short Fuse, Raven Chronicles and x-stream. Among his books of the 21st Century are Showing Light a Good Time (Wordcraft of Oregon/Jazz Police, 2001), Among My Eyes (x-stream, 2002) and Breath Test (nine muses books, 2007). An energetic and intense performer, Dan has given over 200 readings, including places like Bumershoot, Portland Poetry Festival, Powell's Books, Cornell University, Red Sky Poetry Theatre, Reed College, Artquake, Southern Oregon University, Moe's Books, Portland Jazz Festival, and the Astrochimp Impact Crater. He edited NRG Magazine for 18 years, then published 26 Books (26 chapbooks of 26 pages by 26 authors). Starting at college, he had organized readings and poetry events for over 30 years, including one monthly series that lasted 13 years, and Poetland, where 80 poets read in 8 venues over an 8 hour span. Despite degrees from Cornell, Bowling Green State and Western Washington, Dan has stayed out of teaching, working first for the post office and later for the Oregon DMV. He lives in Portland, OR, with his wife Melba and son Orion.

 


 

June 2010

NEW NOVEL BY AUTHOR OF MADISON HOUSE, WINNER OF THE 2005 LANGUM PRIZE FOR AMERICAN HISTORICAL FICTION

CLARA AND MERRITTAdd to shopping cart

A Literary Historical Novel by Peter Donahue

ISBN: 978-1-877655-66-1, LCN:  2010922060

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 288 pgs, $15,plus $3.50 s/h

Cover art: "Business District," by Yvonne Twining Humber, courtesy

   of Martin-Zambito Fine Art, Seattle, WA

Cover design: Kristin Summer, redbat design

Author photo: Jay W. Shoot

Clara and Merritt unfolds amidst the violent strife between longshoremen and Teamsters in Seattle in the 1930s and '40s. When Clara Hamilton, the duaghter of a longshoreman, and Merritt Discoll, a member of the Teamsters, fall in love, their relationship is immediately threatened by the fierce antagonism between the rival unions. Encompassing the West Coast labor movement, World War II, the rise of McCarthyism, the Northwest School of Art, and much more, this profound and multi-layered novel explores how people reckon with the larger forces of world events in their everyday lives--and extends author Peter Donahue's remarkable investigation of Northwest history.

"Clara and Merritt is rich with details that give life to a little-known chapter of our past. Donahue draws us into a panoramic, dramatic sage--events that affected the entire Pacific Northwest and generations to come."

--Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses

"Peter Donahue has crafted an impressive, fully imagined, satisfying drama, and Clara Hamilton ranks among the most endearing and inspiring heroines in Northwest literature."

--Jim Lynch, author of The Highest Tide and Border Songs

 

"Decades before Seattle became known for Microsoft and Starbucks, the city was a muscular place where working men labored hard...Peter Donahue's Clara and Merritt captures that brawnier city from the 1930s and 1940s when the Teamsters and more radical International Longshoremen Association battled for labor supremacy...Like the best historical fiction, Donahur's well-paced novel...provides a strong sense of place and well-drawn characters to convey its time."

--Hank Stern, Willamette Week

"...vivid characters, persuasive storytelling, rich noirish detail, and a deep sense of time and place."

--Eric Scigliano, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Donahue is the author of the novel, Madison House, winner of the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, and the short story collection The Corneilius Arms. He is co-editor, along with John Trombold, of the anthologies Reading Seattle: The City in Prose and Reading Portland: The City in Prose. He writes the Retrospective Reviews column on Northwest literature for Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, and teaches creative writing and journalism at Birmingham-Sourthern College in Alabama.

More at Peter Donahue's website


 

March 2010

THE FIRE DIARIESAdd to shopping cart

Poems by Matt Schumacher

ISBN: 978-1-877655-67-8, LCN: 2010921257

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 100 pgs, $14, plus $3.5 s/h

Cover art: "Eagle Nebula," Kevin Loren Cornelius Kevin's website

Cover design: Kristin Summer, redbat design

Author photo: Kaley Frank

New poetry collection by author of Spilling The Moon

"In Matt Schumacher's The Fire Diaries, '[t]he wheels attempt to grip the violet highway' as a car passes through a forest fire. Schumacher's poems pivot on a central theme: a poet in utter control of his medium, writing about uncontrolled burning. Schumacher shape-shifts fearlessly, speaking sometimes through the voices of witnesses, and sometimes through the fire itself, as poem after poem spontaneously combusts. This is a terrific book: funny, scary, and visceral."

--Angela Sorby, author of Bird Skin Coat

"To read a Matt Schumacher poem is to enter a world of riotous word riffs and fire-related incantations. Meditative, hauntingly chaotic, and beautiful, these poems will singe your memory. This ample collection glows with great personal and historical revelatory spark."

--Virgial Saurez, author of 90 Miles: New and Selected Poems

"In The Fire Diaries, Matt Schumacher draws on accounts ranging from the great Chicago fire to the Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc's self immolation and ignites them with the 'mind's embroidery' to take his readers on an unexpected and transformative journey...Through the intermediary of his rich lyrics, Schumacher...calls his readers to see beyond the ordinary..."

--Kirberly Blaeser, author of Apprenticed to Justice and Absentee Indians

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Educated at the University of Maine and the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Matt Schumacher is a vagabond transplant who considers himself an Oregonian. His first collection of poetry, Spilling the Moon, made its debut with Wordcraft of Oregon in March 2008, and his poems have recently appeared in ZYZZYVA, Green Mountains Review, Sub-Lit, basalt, and Portland Reivew. A short version of this collection, Fire Diary, was chosen by Matthea Harvey as the winner of the Well Lit Press chapbook contest in spring 2008. He lives with his wife, Kaley, and is pursuing a doctorate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


 

JANUARY 2010

Add to shopping cartDEPARTING BY A BROKEN GATE

Poems by David Axelrod

ISBN: 978-1-877655-65-4, LCN: 2009938236

first trade paperback, 6 X 9,  92 pages, $14, plus $3.50 s/h

Front & back Cover images: courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Cover design: Kristin Summers, www.redbat.com

New collection of poems by the author of The Cartographer's Melancholy, winner of the 2004 Spokane Prize for Poetry and finalist for the 2006 Oregon Book Award in poetry

Praise for previous work:

"[Axelrod's poems are] a moving journey into a landscape where we are all pilgrims making our way down dark roads in search of some transcendent moment that may never occur, yet the will to keep traveling impels us ever forward until we reach a kind of solace and release."

--Ai, author ofDread

"Thought provoking...often lyrically tender."

--Barbara McMichael, reviewere for The Olympian

"David Axelrod's fine, elegaic and lyrical poems express a sense of loss the contemporary mind must endure, unaccommodated, on the edge of betrayed nature and nothing."

--Paul Nelson, author ofSea Level

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Axelrod is the author of four previous collections of poems, including Wordcraft of Oregon titles, The Kingdom at Hand and Chronicles of a Withering State. His collection of cultural and environmental essays about the interior Northwest, Troubled Intimacies, appeared in 2004. His poems and essays have been published in New Letters, Boulevard, Alaska Quarterly Review, Quarterly West, River Styx, Verse Daily, among others. He also edits basalt : a journal of fine & liteerary arts.


 

AUGUST 2009

Add to Shopping Cart

THE PROCESSION OF MEMORIES:

Selected Poems 1929-1945

Harry Martinson, the Swedish Nobel Prize Winner

A New Bilingual Edition Translated by Lars Nordström

ISBN: 978-1-877655-64-7, LCN: 2009927703

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 124 pages, $14, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover Painting, Eldareporträtt [Portait of a Stoker] by

   Harry Martinson

Sketch of Harry Martinson by Swedish artist, Arne Cassell

Sketch of clipper ship by Harry Martinson

Photo of Lars Nordström: Cynthia Nordström

Cover Design: redbat design, Kristin Summer

Interior Design: David Memmott

Fatherless and abandoned by his mother at age six, Nobel Laureate, Harry Martinson, grew up mostly in rural foster homes in the south of Sweden in the early years of the 20th century. He left school at thirteen and became a sailor and vagabond—a global nomad—at sixteen.

After permanently leaving the sea in 1927, he began to transform the story of his life into art. He painted, wrote poetry, autobiography, fiction, drama and essays. Using imagery and language that was fresh and striking, readers found his books moving and appealing, and he quickly wrote himself into the hearts of Scandinavian readers. Today, Martinson is still a widely read author in Sweden and new translations of his work continuous to find readers around the world.

In this bilingual edition, translator Lars Nordström introduces the reader to Martinson’s early work as a poet. None of the 60 poems included here have ever been translated into English previously.

ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR

Lars Nordström was born in 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden, where he lived until 1974. He was educated at the University of Stockholm and Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he received a BA in English in 1981. He then moved to Uppsala University, Sweden, where he received his Ph.D. in American literature in 1989. He is the recipient of several Fulbright grants, a Scandinavian Foundation grant for academic research in the USA, several Swedish Institute grants and awards, a Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Fellowship, as well as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship. In 1988 he settled with his wife and two sons on a small vineyard in Beavercreek, Oregon. For many years Lars Nordström worked as a technical translator in the high tech industry, but now divides his time between growing wine grapes and writing and translating literature, as well as giving talks on various Swedish-American subjects.

Lars Nordström has published prose, poetry, translations, oral histories, interviews, articles, and scholarly materials in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Canada, Japan and the United States in magazines such as Studia Neophilologica, Alchemy, Horisont, The Great River Review, the new renaissance, Translation, The Greenfield Review, The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly, Calapooya Literary Review, Hubbub, ICE-FLOE, Northwest Review, Oregon Literary Review, PRISM International, International Poetry Review, The Chariton Review, WRIT and many more.

For an up-to-date list of Lars Nordström’s writings, please visit

www.larsnordstrom.com

JULY 2009

WINNER OF THE 2010 ERIC HOFFER AWARD

 

 

SILVER MEDALIST FOR FOREWORD MAGAZINE'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD IN THE CATEGORY OF HISTORICAL FICTION.

WINNER OF THE DELTA AWARD FROM FRIENDS OF MORRIS LIBRARY (SOUTHERN ILLINOIS-CARBONDALE)

 

 

Add to shopping cartA DEMOCRACY OF GHOSTS

a novel by John Griswold

ISBN: 978-1-877655-63-0, LCN: 2009920772

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 192 pages, $13.95, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover Art: October 1916 cover of The Masses

Cover Design: redbat design, Kristin Summers

Author Photo: Josh Birnbaum

A Democracy of Ghosts is the love story of four couples, set against the backdrop of the Herrin Massacre of 1922. This clash of miners and strikebreakers in Bloody Williamson County, in Southern Illinois, resulted in the deaths of 21 men -- 19 of them the "scabs" tortured and murdered by average men, women, and even children in what was once the most radical community in America.

John Griswold has drawn from contemporary eyewitnesses and news accounts, an ethnography of the area, histories, and his own grandfather's letters to create the lives of four fictional couples whose ambitions, self-doubts, and social and sexual jealousies contribute to this great American violence that still echoes down through time.

"At times disturbing and tragically violent, always insightful, poignant and uncompromising, Griswold's riveting narrative is filled with complex men and women bursting with life. Fast-paced and powerful, Ghosts is an original ride told by a masterful writer."

--Duff Brenna, author of The Law of Falling Bodies

"With iron and blood, it seems, and from the rich depths of the earth, John Griswold has fashioned a classic American novel, its dignified intonations of our young nation's sweat and tears evocative of the indelible storytelling of Dos Passos, Frank Norris, and Upton Sinclair."

-- Bob Shacochis

A Democracy of Ghosts has been selected as the winner of the Delta Award from Friends of Morris Library (University of Southern Illinois - Carbondale) in recognition of an individual or organization that has written/ published about southern Illinois with distinction. John Griswold joins such luminaries as John Gardner, Paul Simon and Robert Coover as winners of this award.

“A brilliant and lyrical historical novel, Democracy of Ghosts conjures the affairs behind one of the most violent labor disputes in American history—the brutal killing of 21 scabs and coal miners at a strip mine in southern Illinois in 1921. In some ways a horrifying cautionary tale for today’s mining conflicts in the coalfields. Democracy of Ghosts explores the entangled love affairs between couples caught up in the great coal mining strike that ultimately shattered a region, and turned one of the most radical communities into a social pariah. Griswold’s narrative is riveting. This original novel deserves as large an audience as possible—pass the word.”

--Jeff Biggs, The Huffington Post (11/29/09)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Griswold lives with his wife and sons in Urbana, Illinois, where he teaches at the Univesity of Illinois. HIs writing has appeared in Ninth Letter, Brevity and Natural Bridge, which nominated him for the Pushcart Prize, and in the anthhologies The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (W.W. Norton) and Mountain Man Dance Moves (McSweeny's Books). His single-story chapbook, The Stork, is available from Featherproof Books. He's currently at work on a nonfiction book about Herrin, Illinois, which will be published in 2010 by The History Press. John has also written extensively under the pen name Oronte Churm. As Churm, he is a contributing writer for Inside Higher Ed and as a columnist for McSweeney's.

Read more at: www.JohnGriswold.net

Interview with NPR affiliate

ForeWord Magazine author interview

Interview with The Southern Illinoisan

Interview with John Griswold at Practising Writing


 

MARCH 2009

"Where the Yellow Brick Road" from GIVING IT AWAY was selected as a finalist for Western Writers of America 2010 Spur Award for Western poem category.

Add to Shopping CartGIVING IT AWAY,

poems by David Memmott

ISBN: 978-1-877655-62-3, LCN: 2008943602

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 176 pages, $14, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover art: David Memmott

Inside art: David Memmott

Author photo: Sue Hoyt

Cover design: Kristin Summers, www.redbatdesign.com

"Rich in personae--Dreamer, Warrior, Traveler, Gardener, Lover, Son, Witness, Poet--David Memmott's Giving It Away is mature, sophisticated, visionary work. These diverse poems range far and near, inside and out of time and place. They intimately explore what we all want to know: How does the dream of life shape our every waking moment? What happens in a day under these wheeling infinite stars? Are harmony and wisdom possible? Readers everywhere may savor the fruits of Memmott's amazing range of replies and his passionate quest for the universal round--our common dance."

--George Venn, author of

Marking the Magic Circle and West of Paradise

"David Memmott's sense of place extends from his piece of ground in northeastern Oregon to the space-time continuum of the universe itself. By turns prophetic, polemical, sensual, and humorous, these poems speak in stalwart witness to the outer and inner landscapes that he calls home."

--John Daniel, author of The Far Corner

"Giving It Away is infused with the generous and expansive spirit its title evokes. The center of the book is a powerful narrative poem, 'Where the Yellow Brick Road Turns West.' From that center he unfolds the harsh but saving rituals of survival in the rual west: paying homage to his mother who escaped an abusive husband and took him to a new life, celebrating stacked firewood and the song of wintering over birds, responding to the works of other writers, confronting a 'flatline stretch of lonesome highway,' and suffering the bite of winter which nevertheless brings with it 'snow slumping away/under the steady Chinook of our most welcome touch...' A fine and fresh contribution to the literature of the northwest."

--Barbara Drake, author of

Bees in Wet Weather and Writing Poetry

"David Memmott's fifth book of poetry is an engaging celebration of life in Eastern Oregon--and the many strong poems resonate with a lyric vitality."

--Peter Sears, author of The Brink

Memmott's author site on www.redroom.com

Read Memmott's long poem, "Where the Yellow Brick Road Turns West," published as an e-chapbook on Poets and Writers/Web del Sol, edited by Walter Cummins and Thomas E. Kennedy

Read Memmott's long poem, "Disciples of Paradox," a tribute to Stephen W. Hawking, in Strange Horizons archive. Nominated for a 2009 Rhysling Award in the long poem category.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Memmott’s work has appeared in mainstream as well as genre magazines and anthologies. HIs previous books of poetry include House on Fire, a limited edition of 100 copies published by Jazz Police Books; The Larger Earth: Descending Notes of a Grounded Astronaut, published by Permeable Press; Within the Walls of Jericho, 26 Books; and Watermarked, published by Traprock Books. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Deer Drink the Moon: Poems of Oregon, Salt: An Anthology of Oregon Coastal Poetry, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, NebulaAwards 27, Alchemy of Stars: An Anthology of Rhysling Award Winners, High Desert Journal, Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, Strange Horizons, The Jefferson Monthly. He co-edited, Angel Body and Other Magic for the Soul, with Chris Reed of BBR Publications, selected as a finalist for the British Fantasy Award for best antholgy of 2003. He is also the author of a story collection, Shadow Baones, and a postcyberpunk novel, Primetime, which Paul DiFillipo, in his review for Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, called "philosophic sf at its best."


 

DECEMBER 2008

WINNER OF 2009 WILLA AWARD IN POETRY

FINALIST FOR ERIC HOFFER AWARD

 

Add to Shopping CartBETWEEN DESERT SEASONS,

poems by Ellen Waterston

ISBN: 978-1-877655-60-9 , LCN: 2008934447

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 106 pages, $14, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover art: Ingrid Lustig

Author photo: Carol Sternkopf

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

"The music of Ellen Waterston's language in Between Desert Seasons is touching and vibrant, fiery raw and refined, reined in and set free. The endings of so many of these poems are startling and perfect, compelling re-readings just to experience again the turn of logic and imagination that created them. I'm grateful for the open voice of this book that has allowed me to enter places, meet people, and experience ebvents I might otherwise have missed."

--Pattiann Rogers, author of Wayfare

"The poems in this collection search for a way beyond loneliness of self first by naming that loneliness and then by threading connections to the multi-layered world beyond the self...In Between Desert Seasons Waterston has found a way to "plant words strong enough" to do the work of describing what it means to be human."

--Wendy Mnookin, author of The Moon Makes Its Own Plea

"The men and women in these poems travel diverse landscapes from Oregon to Baja in search of love, solace, and the meaning of a touch. Ellen Waterston creates vivid, singular moments that shine beyond the words on the page."

--Kent Nelson, author of The Touching That Lasts

"The truth is: Ellen Waterston's poems arrive. They situate themselves naturally, to proceed in compelling, telling ways. Each poem leaves something behind."

-- Lawson Fusao Inada, Oregon Poet Laureate

and author of Legends from Camp

"Ellen Waterston's new poems come from years of living in a desert of high revelation...[Her] poems create an oasis for all of us--a clear, remote, and vital spring, a woman's life beyond any macho western settler's museum or mirage."

--George Venn, General Editor of the Oregon Literature Series

and author of West of Paradise

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a New Englander who married and moved to the ranching West, Waterston grounds her writing in both of those cultural and geographic landscapes. Her award-winning essays, short stories and poems have been widely published in numerous journals and anthologies. Her memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, Rowman and Littlefield publisher, was selected by the Oregonian as one of the top ten books in 2003, and nationally was a Foreword and WILLA finalist earning her an appearance on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. Her collection of poetry, I Am Madagascar, was awarded the WILLA Prize in Poetry in 2005. She is the winner of the 2007 Obsidian Prize in Poetry, the 2008 Oregon Quarterly Essay Award and the author of two childrfen's books, Barney's Joy and Tea at Miss Jean's, Roberts Rinehart publisher. Waterston is the recipient of numerous writing residency followships and honors, including the 2005 Fishtrap Writer-In-Residence, a 2003 Special Literary Fellowship for Women Writers given by Oregon's Literary Arts, and a 2007 honorary PhD in Humane Letters from Oregon State University/Cascade Campus for her work as an author and in support of the literary arts. She is the founder of the Writing Ranch www.writingranch.com , which supports writers through seminars and retreats, and is director of The Nature of Words www.thenatureofwords.org, an annual literary event held in Bend, Oregon the first weekend of November.

Where the Crooked River Rises, a collection of personal and nature essays on the High Desert is slatedfor publication in 2009. She is working on a novel. Waterston received her Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and Master's degree from the University of Madagascar.


OCTOBER 2008

FINALIST FOR 2009 WASHINGTON STATE

BOOK AWARD IN FICTION

 

 

WHITE JADE & OTHER STORIES, Add to Shopping Cart

seven short stories and a novella

by Alex Kuo

ISBN: 978-1-877655-61-6, LCN: 2008928198

first trade paperback, 6 X 9, 186 pgs., $13.95, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

Author photo: Zoe Filipkowska

"Alex Kuo's writing refuses to be pinned down, traveling from playful wit and searing sarcasm in eastern Oregon, to sorrowful tragedy in Shanghai. While the stories are dizzyingly smart and mischievous, the novella illuminates the depth of Kuo's talent for humanizing historical circumstances with fiercely vivid characters. 'White Jade' deconstructs and re-imagines the purpose and power of the literary autobiography."

-- Aimee Phan, author of We Should Never Meet

"I first fell in love with American literature through the poems and stories of Alex Kuo. This gorgeous and intelligent book confirms that love. I'll be reading Alex until the end of days."

-- Sherman Alexie, author of Flight and Indian Killer

“For Kuo… language is always political. As an Asian-American writer, Kuo has spent a career writing and living in China and the American West. The tension in his fiction is the anger, humor, irony and confusion you feel when you come from two worlds, neither of which really accepts you…and Kuo tells it with the steady gaze of a poet and with great empathy.”

– Richard Wallace for The Seattle Times

"Writer Alex Kuo challenges the perimeters of Asian American identity in his collection of short stories, 'White Jade and Other Stories.' In this latest publication, Kuo’s characters offer a fresh perspective on the aftermath of transplanting one’s ancestral roots, from a recent Washington State University (WSU) graduate, ill-proficient in wielding chopsticks and unable to speak any Chinese dialect, to a promising student from 1920s Shanghai who flees to California amidst political unrest in her homeland. Given the wide divergence of each character’s historical and cultural reference points, the common thread of their Chinese heritage provides a focal theme, albeit with unexpected variations."

Nancy Young Kwon, International Examiner

Volume 35, No. 22

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex Kuo has been an administrator and a teacher of writing, literature, ethnic and cultural studies at several American universities. He has also taught writing, translation and American literature in Chinese universities.

He has three National Endowment for the Arts awards, and grants from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the United Nations, Artist Trust, and the Idaho, Pennsylvania and Washington state arts organizations. He has been awarded a Senior Fulbright, a Lingnan, and a Rockefeller  Foundation Bellagio residency. He has also held the positions of Writer-in-Residence for Mercy Corps and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Knox College. In 2008 he was invited to be the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence  at Shanghai's Fudan University.

More than three hundred-and-fifty poems , short stories, photographs and essays have appeared in magazines and newspapers. HIs most recent books are This Fierce Geography (poems/1999), Lipstick and Other Stories (2001) which received the 2002 American Book Award, and The Panda Diaries (novel/2006).

www.alexkuo.org


 

AUGUST 2008

2009 GOLD MEDAL WINNER OF IPPY AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION

HONORABLE MENTION FOR ERIC HOFFER AWARD IN GENERAL FICTION

FINALIST FOR FOREWORD MAGAZINE'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD IN FICTION

SMALL PRESS REVIEW PICK, Sept./Oct. 2008

Add to Shopping CartKATHERINE'S WISH, a literary historical novel based on the lives of Katherine Mansfield, Ida Constance Baker, and

John Middlebury Murry

by Linda Lappin

ISBN: 978-1-877655-58-6, LCN: 2008925492

First trade paperback,  6 X 9,  228 pgs., $15, plus $3.5 s/h

Cover photo by Linda Lappin

Cover design by Kristin Summers, redbat design

" Lappin has built on textual evidence from journals, letters, and diary entries in order to adhere to “an overall sense of truth” which she renders as her own mosaic. Her writing style, with its rhythm, flow, and sensual detail, richly evokes the significant social scene of a vanished era. "

Joyce J. Townsend, Rain Taxi

"It's not an easy or siimple thing to write fiction which that keeps faith with the life it is based on, so the reader will say 'There is nothing here that falsifies', as well as 'This has the imaginative flair of story telling, the freedom of its form.' Linda Lappin has immersed herself in Mansfield's life, and emerged from it with a story to to narrate on her own terms, a fiction charged with the enthusiasm of a good researcher, and carried through with a novelist's verve."

--Vince O'Sullivan, co-editor of

The Collected Letters of Katherine Mansfield

“Lappin weaves a tale that is triumphant, genuine and tender in its unfolding. With vivid details and imagery born of careful research, she brings Mansfield to life, her voice so clear and authentic we are convinced that she is more than Lappin's character.  She is Mansfield: sexually reckless, socially excitable, temperamentally damaged, spiteful and cruel, appealing and vulnerable. She is Mansfield—a tragic and unconventional heroine.”

-- R.A. Rycraft,  Perigee: Publication for the Arts,

Issue 23, January – April, 2009

"A dramatic retelling of a story about an artist oppressed by the odds, [Katherine's Wish] gives narrative to the chaotic last years of [Katherine Mansfield's] life. Lappin draws from letters and other historical documents to bring the last years of Mansfield's life into bring, making Katherine's Wish an intriguing and highly recommended piece of writing."

--The Midwest Book Review

"Katherine's Wish is a beautifully observed novel [that] reveals a core truth: that Mansfield's was not so much a creative life cut short as one that flourished so long against all odds."

-- Alexandra Johnson, author of The Hidden Writer

"Katherine's Wish, fifteen years in the making, is a dazzling bit of fictional sorcery, conjuring to life the bright and talented swirl of modern society in the 1920s... This novel is a must read, whether you have historical interests per se or only enjoy a story so compelling and moving that there's no putting it down. I certainly couldn't!"

-- David Lynn, Editor, the Kenyon Review

"The author of two critically successful historical novels, Prisoner of Palmary and The Etruscan, Linda Lappin turns her gifted hand to fictional biography in Katherine's Wish... Like the 'new biography' of Lytton Strachery and analogous fiction by Virginia Wolff, Lappin's fictional life of Mansfield recreates the ineffable, 'rainbow-like' essence of a human being from the inside perspective of three people: Mansfield herself, her traveling friend Ida Baker, and [her husband, John Middleton] Murry."

-- Wayne K. Chapman, Editor, The South Caroline Review

LINDA LAPPIN READING FROM KATHERINE'S WISH  (MP3s):

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Lappin is the author of The Etruscan (Wynkin de Worde, Galway, 2004) hailed by critics as a new classic in American writing about Italy . Semi-Finalist for the 2000 Three Oaks First Novel Prize awarded by Story-Line Press, in Oregon, The Etruscan was selected as a Book of the Week by Book View Ireland and praised by the Literary Review as "compelling, haunting, intriguing," and by Prairie Schooner as "gorgeously detailed, wickedly fun." She is also the author of Prisoner of Palmary, an experimental historical novel set in 18th century Italy, short-listed for the Mid-List First Novel Award in 1999. Her essays, poetry, reviews and fiction have appeared in a wide avriety of US publications, from the Kenyon Review to the Kansas City Star. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The last chapter of Katherine's Wish was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer short fiction award in 2007 and was published in Best New Writing 2007. She teaches Creative Writing for the U.S.A.C. Study Abroad program in Viterbo. She also directs the Writing Center of Centro Pokkoli  www.pokkoli.org   Her forthcoming books include Signatures in Stone, a mystery novel set in Bomarzo, Italy, and Spirits of Place, a creative writing textbook.

Linda Lappin's websites are www.lindalappin.net and www.theetruscan.com


 

JULY 2008

2009 FINALIST FOR OREGON BOOK AWARD IN FICTION (KEN KESEY AWARD)

2009 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD

GOLD MEDALIST FOR SHORT STORY - FICTION,

AND FINALIST IN SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

LISTED AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR IN SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY BY BOOKLIST.

CRAZY LOVE, storiesAdd to Shopping Cart

by Leslie What

ISBN: 978-1-877655-59-3, LCN: 2008921844

First trade paperback, 5.5 X 8.5, 200 pgs., $13.95, plus $3.5 s/h

Cover art: "Wallpaper," Jessica Plattner

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

"'Queen of Gonzo' What (Olympic Games) drags love out of its gooey, schmaltzy rut and takes it for a joyride in this exuberant collection of 17 stories... No matter how brief or long, no matter how bizarre, each tales in this collection grabs readers and demands they rethink how they see all the myriad forms of love."

-- Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"An ace at the new weirdness defined by the anthology, Feeling Very Strange (2006), What uses it to be creepy, polemical, and funny, all at once or in various blendings. These 17 stories progress from grim to laugh-out-loud ludicrous without ever derogating their common subject, love, though they do depict it as fairly insane."

--The Booklist Starred Review (July 2008)

"Leslie What's wild and risk-taking fantasy tales have been largely overlooked, but her latest short story collection offers a great opportunity for wideer attention. 'Babies' is a blistering allegory of motherhood that fuses together bug exterminators, marital problems and obsessive solicitude in 13 pitch-perfect pages. The story's heroine carries the 'extra weight' and protective quality of human pregnancy, while mothering cockroaches that 'always came to her side whenver the bugman sprayed the landlord's kitchen.' 'Paper Mates' is a clever story in which paperwork quite literally reproduces like rabbits. What's stories, like Ray Bradbury's and Richard Matheson's, rely on high concepts to carry the narratives forward, but her prose works best when it is concise. Nearly every tale offers an unexpected surprise, but never feels too gimmicky. This is a universe in which one should never underestimate a woman in a ratty gorilla suit, even if her ability to 'speak' with gorillas may very well be her only means of communication."

-- Edward Champion, Washington Post Book World

(October 12 - 18, 2008)

"This quirky short story collection has been almost completely overlooked by readers who look at the fantasy genre with the same frightened isolationism readily observed in George W. Bush’s move to a neighborhood terrified of non-Caucasian residents. That’s a great shame, because there are invaluable lessons here on how to take a wild idea and make it concise and enthralling. The collection contains unsettling allegories and gleefully imaginative premises. There isn’t a single story in here that doesn’t take some kind of narrative gamble. And while the dice-rolling doesn’t always pay off, it certainly remains hot in your hands."

--TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2008, written by Edward Champion, Washington Post reviewer, from his blog, Reluctant Habits, http://www.edrants.com:80/top-ten-books-of-2008/

"What demonstrates a gift for delving into heart-wrenching matters with a lightness of touch...Pain, joy, self-deception, guilt: these are the places 'crazy love' takes us. What know them well."

--L. Timmel Duchamp, American Book Review/Line on Line

"Ironic and uncompromising, Leslie What's collection is also unfailingly humorous and boldly creative, frequently outlandishly so. What has written an enlightening examination of the most crazy-making endeavor in which our species obsessively engages. It drives us crazy-Crazy Love."

--R.A. Rycraft, Pif Magazine

"If unbearable guilt makes you wish to suffer vicariously, and professionally, for others; if you suddenly find yourself the father of thousands and thousands of children; if your ambition is to occupy the Chair of Hermit Studies at the University of Oregon, or to be a ghost in a hot-air balloon, or if you have considered wearing a gorilla mask while having an abortion -- Crazy Love is your operating manual. These seventeen achingly funny and hilariously sad stories will give you invaluable advice on how to love, how to be crazy, how to be human."

-- Ursula Le Guin, author of

Lavinia and The Left Hand of Darkness

"Crazy Love is crazy good! Leslie What's brain is evidently crowded with strangeness, awfulness, wonderfulness, wildness, madness of all kinds...and love. Lots of love. How lucky we are that her imagination runs deep, runs true, runs onto the page in crazily beautiful stories -- and lucky, so very lucky, to be holding those stories right now in our hands."

-- Molly Gloss, author of

Dazzle of Day and The Hearts of Horses

"Count on Leslie What to give you something you never counted on. Original, delightful, and always, always surprising."

-- Karen Joy Fowler, author of

The Jane Austen Book Club and Wit's End

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leslie What (Glasser) is a Nebula Award-winning writer and the author of a novel, Olympic Games, and a short story collection, The Sweet and Sour Tongue. She has worked as a charge nurse in a nursing home, in an unlocked psychiatric facility, as a manager for a low-income meal site, and as a maskmaker and artist. She currently teaches in The Writers' Program at UCLA Extension. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and journals, including Parabola, Asimov's, The MacGuffin, Realms of Fantasy, The Clackamas Review, SciFiction and Midstream. Called "The Queen of Gonzo" by Gardner Dozois, her work has been translated into German, Italian, French, Japanese, Russian, Greek and Klingon.

LINK TO LESLIE WHAT'S WEBSITE


 

MARCH 2008

SMALL PRESS REVIEW Poetry Pick

SPILLING THE MOON, poems Add to Shopping Cart

by Matt Schumacher

ISBN: 978-1-877655-57-9, LCN: 2008920991

First trade paperback, 6 X 9, 102 pages, $12, plus $3.50 s/h

Cover art: "The Red Chair," Jessica Plattner

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

"Matt Schumacher's poetry challenges the reader to imagine a rich, dreamy world where the improbable is never impossible, and the impossible is brought to life by the author, a puppet master with convincing zeal for all that is alien about being human."

-- Micah Zevin, www.newpages.com

"These poems are travelers abolishing distances at every turn. The journey from mirage to mountaintop, from haunting to home-place, and from crime to new creation—all suddenly effortless now thanks to the gracious turns of SPILLING THE MOON."

--Donald Revell, author of A Thief of Strings

"Where language is audacious as a pterodactyl-esque wingspan and tight as the rhyme between astronaut and not, in Matthew Schumacher’s new book SPILLING THE MOON, Selene is an originating source: 'I ’m meeting with the moon all afternoon' Schumacher writes in 'Lunar Ghazal.' Schumacher’s poems are big-hearted, humane, filled with mad - mad love for this life and an abundance of wit. Meditations on symbolist portraits by Arnold Böcklin along with carnivalesque dances on the moon, rain, an aluminum fishing boat, an abandoned lighthouse on Lake Huron, all claim our attention and warrant revisitings. In SPILLING THE MOON for every blast beyond gravity’s architectonics there’s a counter-balancing measure, and '[we] . . . fall like rain gently back into our footsteps.'”

--Robert Grunst, author of The Smallest Bird in North America

"The imagination’s redemptive powers cartwheel and cavort in Matt Schumacher’s SPILLING THE MOON, a phantasmagoria of breathtaking verbal ingenuity, the non-stop astonishments heeding Keats’s advice to Shelley that every rift of the subject be loaded with ore. These poems render the daily extraordinary and the impossible vividly plausible, their multifarious speakers boasting audaciously tender braggadocio. Matt Schumacher’s poems, big-hearted and heartbreaking, amaze and delight."

-- Aaron Anstett, author of Each Place the Body's

SAMPLE 1: "A Brief Correspondence Between Halloween and the Aurora Borealis" (PDF)

SAMPLE 2: "The Cruelty of Foosball" (PDF)

SAMPLE 3: "In High Speed Pursuit of Romance"(PDF)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Matt Schumacher possesses hard-earned degrees in poetry and poetics from the University of Maine and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. His poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and have won a Willamette Writers Kay Snow Award and a Hayna Award. They’ve also been anthologized by Manic D Press and performed live by a punk rock band named the Iowa Beef Experience. Schumacher has taught writing, literature, and humanities at a cornucopia of collegiate institutions and correctional facilities in California, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, and Washington. He currently teaches at Eastern Oregon University.

 

SELF INTERVIEW: MARCH 2008 (PDF)


NOVEMBER 2007

Add to Shopping Cart

SOON ENOUGH, poems by Donald Wolff

ISBN: 978-1-877655-56-2, 1-877655-56-2

LCN: 2007939345

First trade paperback, 6 X 8.25, 88 pages, $12

Cover art: "Journey," by Terry Gloeckler

Cover design: Kristin Summers, redbat design

Limited edition of 500 copies

"Donald Wolff's Soon Enough is a book haunted by danger, affliction, imminent disasters, and his poems are talismans against this ferocious onslaught. With these poems, Wolff stares down catastrophe and peril,  and celebrates the sheer wonder of our survival-- the glory of our sad, fragile, beautiful lives."

—Gary Young, No Other Life

"Soon Enough's landscape is western, cut through by canyons and rivers, populated by bear, even the bison. Reality arises from the details of a life fully lived there: fatherhood, work, memory and hope. The best poems in this collection are the darkest, the squirrel in the belly of a coyote, a man in the grip of his life."

—Dorianne Laux, Facts About The Moon

"Soon Enough is a remarkable book of poetry if only for its range, the control of many contemporary modes--prose poems, short lyric poems, long line ekphrastic poems, multi-sectioned symphonic poems--each one with authority and a mastery of craft. And throughout, there is a sure, accessible, and memorable voice. This is a book of grit and gravity, of grace pushing for all it can against mortality. Wolff risks a great deal personally and intellectually, and cuts down to the bone, to the essential meaning."

--Christopher Buckley, ...and the Sea, Sleepwalk

Sample 1: "Ars Vita"

Sample 2: "Soon Enough"

Sample 3: "Guilietta dogli spiriti"

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Donald Wolff lives and works in La Grande, Oregon. At Eastern Oregon University, he teaches courses in creative writing and applied linquistics, co-directs the Oregon Writing Project, and currently serves as Chair of the Division of Arts and Letters. He was born and raised in California, which informs many of his poems about the past, while life with his family in La Grande has so far guided many of his poems about the present. In May 2004, he was a resident writer at Fishtrap. His chapbook, Some Days, was printed in 2004 by Brandenburg Press.


 

SEPTEMBER 2007

SMALL PRESS REVIEW Poetry Pick

Add to Shopping CartPAPER BIRD, poems by Pamela Steele,

ISBN: 978-1-877655-54-8, 1-877655-54-6

LCN: 2007931228

First trade paperback, 6 X 8.25, 76 pages, $12

Cover photo: SManohar, courtesy bigstockphoto.com

Cover design: redbat design

Limited edition of 500

 

Small Press Review "Pick" for Jan. - Feb., 2008, Vol. 40, Nos. 1 - 2, Issues 420 - 421.

“Steele transforms the ordinary--cupping moments like the source of light in the palms of her hands. Here, she says, see beyond our time here. Paper Bird is a luminous collection of poems. Honest and spare, wistful and haunting.”


—Debra Magpie Earling, Perma Red

“Steele’s poems are honest and visceral. They get under the skin and instruct us on how to squeeze our eyes tight and still see real beauty in the world. An important collection of love letters to everything that bleeds.”


—Frank X Walker, Black Box and Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York

“Pamela Steele’s poems are compassionate and descriptive, steeped with a quiet wisdom, opening doors to the profound insights and sensualities of the ordinary. Her poems are both lyrical and narrative, with an intelligent, introspective voice. They are infused with a seductive music, and with duende.”
—Michael Spring, blue crow and Mudsong

“The heart of Pam Steele’s poems beats for all of us.”


—Peter Sears, The Brink

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paper Bird is Pamela Steele’s first full-length book of poetry, though she previously published a chapbook of poems (Other Rivers, Distant Song, Spring Tree Press, 1997). Pamela is a Fishtrap Fellow who recently completed her MFA from Spalding University of Louisville, Kentucky. While in the writing program there, she was honored with the Jim Wayne Miller Poetry Prize from the Kentucky Writers Coalition. A turning point in her career came halfway through the MFA Program when two mentors, separately on the same day, told her it was time she got honest and stopped writing around what she wanted to say.

“Up to that point, I’d been using imagery to flirt with ideas, but I’d never written about the difficult topics I’ve since addressed.”

Pamela was recently awarded an artist’s fellowship from Jentel Foundation and spent a month living and writing on a working cattle ranch in Wyoming. “That lifestyle attracts me,” she says, “especially the landscape of the West, so I started a chapbook of poems about my experiences on my partner's small horse outfit on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. My father was a West Virginia boy who came out to Oregon to be a horseman, so that's a thread of my life that I want to keep.” Pamela teaches at Hermiston High School and hopes to teach at the college/university level.

 

Sample 1: "Above Us Only Sky"

Sample 2: "Tom Buzzard's Widow"

Sample 3: "The Disappeared"


September 2007

Add to Shopping CartPRIMETIME, Book One of Dreamers' Round

a postcyberpunk novel by David Memmott

ISBN: 978-1-877655-53-1, 1-877655-53-8

LCN:  2007930089

First trade paperback, 272 pages, $15  

Cover art collage: Kristin Johnson & David Memmott

Images for collage: www.bigstockphoto.com

Cover design: redbat design

If you think the world is crazy now, just wait.

Worldbenders are trained to re-invent the past. Benito Cortezar creates a perfect past only to find it haunted by forces he cannot control. A shadow at the core of Primetime threatens our very humanity. So many depend on Benito, even the dead.

At the watershed of human and posthuman, in the clash between Dreamtime and Primetime, a gaggle of fractured heroes are caught up in a struggle between those yet to come and those waiting to come back.

Primetime gives us a future where the sun shines while mythologies and realities of the past and future collide thanks to the emerging technology. It’s a pleasure to read...Come to think of it, it also comes close to my fantasy of science fction that makes you want to get up and dance...”


— Ernest Hogan, High Aztech, Cortez on Mars,

Smoking Mirror Blues

"This novel explores the battle between two notions of virtual reality, one meant to allow people to experience the “real”, the other opening directly onto the id and an individual’s darkest fantasies. Add in the complications of an alien presence, virtual joyriders, and different strata (and substrata) of the real (and the unreal), and you’ve got a sf novel that doubles as a philosophical meditation on the nature of human reality. Move over, Second Life: Primetime is here.”


--Brian Evenson, The Open Curtain,
finalist for 2006 International Horror Guild Award

"Memmott is intent on examining deep epistemological and ontological issues concerning the way humanity fashions its own reality, but he embeds his questions in a captivating thriller...This is philosophic SF at its best."

-- Paul Di Filippo, "On Books"

Isaac Asimov's SF Magazine, July 2008

"A dizzying debut novel explores an extreme near-future that explodes into a post-cyberpunk extravaganza... Primetime is, inarguably and admirably, ambitious...and it will be interesting to see where the author goes from here. "

F. Brett Cox, scifi.com

“Memmott puts the stimulus of [Philip K.] Dick and [William] Gibson to good use, creating a story that takes the best of both and adds his own vision of the future to them, giving us characters that are original and engrossing, characters that we care about. This ability isn't common in science fiction…The point is: it's not easy to lift sci-fi to the level of literature, but Memmott has done it in brilliant fashion in Prime Time.”

-- Duff Brenna, Perigee: A Publication for the Arts,

Issue #20, April-May, 2008

 

"In Primetime, David Memmott...gives us a post-cyberpunk novel that's both entertaining and thought-provoking. A world of virtual reality that is futuristic and complex [is] brought to life by dazzling description...Overall, it's heady stuff in more ways than one."

-- Bobbi Sinha-Morey, The Specusphere

www.specusphere.com

"OILING THE TINMAN'S JAWS: An Interview with David Memmott," by Greg Johnson, edited by Duff Brenna, for Perigee: A Publication for the Arts, Issue #20, April-May 2008

 

SAMPLE 1: Chapter 3 -- Papa Art

SAMPLE 2: Chapter 7 -- House of Revelations

SAMPLE 3: Chapter 12 -- Random Acts

SAMPLE 4: Chapter 13 -- Piano Man

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Memmott’s work has appeared in mainstream as well as genre magazines and anthologies. His genre credits include stories and poetry in Interzone, Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Nebula Awards 27, Airfish, Alchemy of Stars: An Anthology of Rhysling Award Winners, L’Uomo Duplicato, (an Italian science fiction anthology), Back Brain Recluse (England), 2001: An Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, Star*Line, The Magazine of Speculative Poetry, New Realities, Works (England), Ball Magazine, and New Pathways into Science Fiction and Fantasy. He co-edited, Angel Body and Other Magic for the Soul, with Chris Reed of BBR Publications, selected as a finalist for the British Fantasy Award for best antholgy of 2003. He has published four books of poetry including The Larger Earth: Descending Notes of a Grounded Astronaut, and a story collection, Shadow Bones. His most recent book of poetry, Watermarked, published by Traprock Books (Eugene, OR, 2004), received four Pushcart Prize nominations. A short story received a Worldwide Writers, Inc., fiction award and essays have been posted on-line including an essay for Writers on the Job at Web del Sol which will be included in an anthology of the same name to be published by Hopewell Publications. An interview and novel excerpt will appear in Perigee, an online literary magazine. Memmott received a Fishtrap Fellowship for his poetry and three Oregon Literary Fellowships for excellence in publishing from Literary Arts, Inc., of Portland, Oregon, most recently in 2006. He is a member of the Writers Guild of Eastern Oregon and serves on the board of RondeHouse Media Arts Konsortium. He lives with his wife, Susan, in La Grande, Oregon. Primetime is his first novel and Book One of the trilogy, DREAMERS' ROUND.

 


July 2007

Add to Shopping CartMAGPIES & TIGERS, Misha Nogha, Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC: Original trade paperback, $10, black ink/colored coverstock, perfectbound, 5.5 X 8.5, 84 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-877655-49-4, 1-877655-49-X, LCN: 2007930088

Limited edition of 250 copies

Cover art by Jessica Soo Hyun Ni,

Cover design by Katherine James,
Inside digital art by Michael Chocholak
        

“My fictions are tour guides to the multiverse; a stone is not merely a rock, but a small living mountain, a horse is karmic psychic energy, a cat is the Great Mystery, and the seidr-working shamaness is the one person who connects you with your own fate, that special place in the wheel of time which is uniquely yours. The meditative mythologies of Magpies and Tigers are meant to unleash us from the tethers of the mundane.”

 

“Misha Nogha’s poetry is like the good parts of life—and the good parts of life are often the most dangerous parts, if you’re paying attention. Most people are uneasily aware they’re gradually losing touch with something vital—Misha’s poetry will put you back in touch with that vitality.”

            — John Shirley, The Other End and Living Shadows

“Misha Nogha knows not only the animal without but the animal within, and her words sing with this mystery.”

            — Annette Curtis Klaus, Blood and Chocolate and The Silver Kiss

“Misha Nogha’s writings are a kaleidoscope of haunting images. As one poem says, “all realities are spoken here.” Small flashes of color reveal the wild immanence of nature; the image of a trotting wind-horse calls up the wideness of the world. Traveling territories seen and unseen, this poetry by a postmodern metaphysician speaks to readers in discordia concours of spectacular wordplay.”

            — Carol McGuirk, Florida Atlantic University,
Co-Editor of Science Fiction Studies

“A true shaman of the written word, Misha Nogha reminds us of our true human creature selves and our natural heritage through vibrant language, signaling a hyper-reality woven from dreamstates, mythical places, and animal avatars.”

            — Richard Truhlar, The Hollow and Parisian Novels

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Misha Nogha is the award winning author of prose and poetry volumes, Prayers of Steel and KeQuaHawkas, and the novel, Red Spider White Web, winner of the 1990 Readercon Award, also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke award. Misha won the 1989 Prix D’Italia with her piece, “Tsuki Mangetsu,” performed by two Australian artists. In addition to writing prose and poetry Misha is an accomplished musician and has collaborated with several composers on librettos. The first of these was written in conjunction with composer and cellist Jonathan Golove. Its World Premiere was performed by Mr. Golove and Misha at the Festival of 500 years of Western Music in Buffalo New York in the winter of 2000. Misha is currently writing another set of librettos with composer Arie Van Schuterhoeff of Amsterdam. Misha is of mixed blood Metis, and Norse ancestry. The Reverend Nogha is an ordained minister and her spiritual practices reflect both heritages. She lives a full life as author, musician and farmer. She is also a Skywarn Severe Storm Spotter for NOAA and an official National Weather Service Co-op Observer. Misha recently finished her novel Yellowjacket, a humorous and bittersweet literary western, and working on her third and fourth novels, Jack Jinx and Alruna. True denizens of a modern horse culture, Misha and her husband composer Michael Chocholak, own and operate a small farm in Eastern Oregon where they raise beautiful Norwegian Fjord horses.

Misha's website:

mishanogha.com

 

For other books by Misha published by Wordcraft of Oregon (Red Spider White Web and Prayers of Steel), see Speculative Writers Series


July 2007

FINALIST FOR SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY

Add to shopping cartCAMERA OBSCURA, Harry Griswold, Wordcraft of Oregon, LLLC: Original trade First trade paperback, $12

perfectbound, 6 X 9, full-color cover, 80 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-877655-55-5, ISBN: 1-877655-55-4, LCN: 2007925640

Limited edition of 500

Cover art: Harry Griswold
Cover design: Kristin Johnson, redbat design

This book was published in part due to a 2006 Literary Fellowship for Publishers, Literary Arts, Inc, Portland, Oregon

“Harry Griswold’s reality presses in from all sides. He speaks in a calm voice, quiet for the most part, but we sense the wildness just under the surface, pushing against the words.”

            — Joseph Millar, Fortune

“Harry Griswold is the kind of poet you would like to sit down with. He’s weaving stories and he knows just how much to show, how much to tell. You won’t find a false step or easy theatrics. Camera Obscura is the work of an experienced, astute man, very worthwhile taking in. We need more wisdom in our poetry and Griswold delivers.”

— Eloise Klein Healy, The Island Project: Poems for Sappho

“Harry Griswold’s aptly-titled debut collection of poems, Camera Obscura, is filled with people—real and imagined—at times isolated in their grief and locked in silence. The poet gives voice to their yearnings, and solace in his plain-spoken words. This is a poetry deeply focused in its seeing, its way of knowing. From the seemingly mundane to the near extraordinary, these poems look at the dailiness of our lives, as in the camera’s darkened chamber, ‘right in the middle of things.’”

— Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A graduate of the MFA Program at Pacific University, Harry Griswold teaches poetry writing in a private workshop at Solano Beach, CA, and lives in San Diego. He is originally from Rochester, NY, where he graduated from Monroe Community College and the University of Rochester. His training was in computer science and experimental psychology. Camera Obscura is Harry’s first book of poetry.

More info on Harry Griswold at his website


May 2007

Add to Shopping CartIN AN ELEVATOR WITH BRIGITTE BARDOT AND OTHER APPRECIATIONS, Essays by Michael Lee, paperback, 232 pgs., 5.5" X 8.5"; ISBN: 978-1-877655-50-0; Full-color cover, $15 

Cover art: Suzie Hutchins
Bardot caricature: Michael Taylor
Cover design: Kristin Johnson, redbat design

In An Elevator With Brigitte Bardot is an irresistible collection of personal essays in which Michael Lee's characteristic humor and compassionate insight revolves around the experience of daily life in Cape Cod. Framed by broad-interest essays that travel far afield and far abroad, the appropriate center of these appreciations is a seasonal round informed by place. But Lee's sense of place is not provincial. He always finds the extraordinary in the ordinary, the universal in the local, narrows down soas to expand and open. Lee's achievement here in the short essay form is as remarkable as his achievement in short fiction with his debut collection, Paradise Dance, published by Leapfrog Press (2002). Read them both and marvel.

 

"Each essay is only a few pages long, yet each strikes the heart of its topic with a deft flick of the wrist. A teasury to savor a bit at a time, or all at once."

-- Michael J. Carson, The Midwest Book Review

"I see Michael Lee once a week for therapy. Believe me, I earn every dime."

— Gordon Barney, MA, LMHC

"MIke Lee writes with honesty, penetration, wit and the ability to surprise the reader with an unexpected turn from time to time that enriches the experience."

— Norman Mailer

"Michael Lee's In An Elevator With Brigitte Bardot is by turns melancholy and hilarious, sweet and bittersweet, a gift of hard-won wisdom and wry observation from a shrimp header, soundboard man, delivery driver, short-order cook, bricklayer, fisherman, soldier, back trap hauler and self-described dyslexic carpenter who is first and foremost a writer of enormous gifts. If there is such a thing as painful joy, Michael Lee is its voice."

— Thomas H. Cook, Edgar Award winning author of Red Leaves, Peril, Into the Web, among others.

"Gold, silver and bronze—Barry, Keillor, Lee—though not necessarily in that order. With In An Elevator With Brigitte Bardot, Mike Lee steps into the natioal circle of champs. He makes it look so easy—how the hell does he do it? He'll make you chortle and chuckle before surrendering the last of your cool in a boil of laughter all the while your mist-eyed heart sputters, He's right! He's got it! That just exactly it! More, Mr. Lee! More!"

— Thomas E. Kennedy, The Literary Review

"In swift language woven with sparkling metaphors, Lee's wry, sometimes zany observations dissect the human comedy in ways that are ironic but seldom bitter or satirical. Lee has a big heart, and he sees the good in almost everything; or if not the good, at least the humor. If there is one thing we need more of in this sadly fracturing world, it is laughter. Michael Lee's In An Elevator With Brigitte Bardot provides a whole lot of laughter and plenty of food for thought."

— Duff Brenna, The Law of Falling Bodies,
The Book of Mamie, among others

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Lee has held an array of jobs that now seem standard in a writer’s profile: construction worker, shrimp peeler, commercial diver, short order cook, drummer in a useless band, bartender, and cemetery lawn mower. He began his writing career at age 16 with short humor pieces for Skin Diver Magazine. While serving with the Marine Corps at Khe Sanh in Vietnam, Lee also wrote dispatches for Stars and Stripes and his hometown newspaper in Framingham, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and an M.F.A. from Emerson College.

Currently, Lee is the Literary Editor of The Cape Cod Voice and the director of the annual literary soiree, “New Works Weekend,” in Orleans, Massachusetts. Lee is a member of the Writer’s Guild and the National Book Critics Circle, and his collection of short stories, “Paradise Dance,” was published by Leapfrog Press in 2002.

He lives on Cape Cod with his wife Julia and is currently working on a novel.

 

Paradise Dance, short stories by Michael Lee, 216 pgs., 0-9679520-6-9, 6 X 9, $14.95/paperback original available from Leapfrog Press www.leapfrogpress.com


April 2007

FINALIST FOR FOREWORD MAGAZINE'S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR LITERARY FICTION

Add to Shopping CartA PASSION IN THE DESERT, a novel by Thomas E. Kennedy, paperback, ISBN:1-877655-52-X/978-1-8877655-52-4, 192 pgs., 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, full-color cover, $15

Cover artwork by Andi Olsen
Cover design by Kristin Johnson, redbat design

It is no concidence that Thomas E. Kennedy's eighth novel, A Passion in the Desert, borrows its title from a Balzac story about mistrust and betrayal—for these are the themes at the heart of this unsettling story about a man stalked by guilt over a choice he made two decades before. Now small strange happenings begin to plague his days—somebody else's words in his journal, one too many flat tires, things out of place in his home, damning evidence in his laundry... Somebody, it seems, is after him, but who? A colleague? His own son? Or is it all just a reflection of the guilt, festering in his own heart?

"Readers have been introduced to a very troubled mind which only exposes itself slowly as the book progresses."

-- Rochelle Ratner for American Book Review,

Line on Line, Volume 29, Number 3

"In A Passion in the Desert, Kennedy's exploration of the many modalities of love delivers us to the convergence of sex and death. I don't know of another fiction writer today whose craft is a match for his."

— Robert Gover, author of One Hundred Dollar Misunderstanding

"Spellbinding, at times terrifying, with prose that is heartbreakingly beautiful. Kennedy has written a story of the aftermath of an unforgettable passion, the cost of letting go, and then letting go."

— Duff Brenna, author of The Book of Mamie

"By the time readers finish A Passion in the Desert, they will know its central character, Fred Twomey, more intimately than they know the people around them, quite possibly even themselves.That's one of the powers of great fiction, and Thomas E. Kennedy possesses a special ability to explore the landscape of a man's inner world, exposing emotions and secrets he can barely admit to himself. Although Twomey's life is unique, caught up in its own particular drama, he is clearly one of us, and in discovering him, we discover ourselves."

— Walter Cummins, The Literary Review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Thomas E. Kennedy, a native of New York and American exjpatriate in Europe since the mid-1970s, is the author of eleven books of fiction, including two volumes in 2007--the novel, A Passion in the Desert, and story collection, Cast Upon the Day. Other recent novels are the four books of The Copenhagen Quartet (Kerrigen's Copenhagen, A Love Story, 2002; Bluett's Blue Hours, 2003; Greene's Summer, 2004; and Danish Fall, 2005). Kennedy's fiction has won numerous awards including the O. Henry, Pushcart, Gulf Coast, and European Prizes, the Charles Angoff Award, and the Frank Expatriate Writers Award.

Other Wordcraft of Oregon titles by Thomas E. Kennedy

Realism & Other Illusions: Essays on the Craft of Fiction

The Book of Angels, a novel

Unreal City, stories

For more information on the author, see: www.thomasekennedy.com or www.thecopenhagenquartet.com

Three-minute video interview with Bloomsbury about In The Company of Angels


November 2006

FINALIST FOR THE SPUR AWARD FOR POETRY FROM WESTERN WRITERS OF AMERICA

Lessons For Custer by Thomas Madden

 

Add to Shopping CartLESSONS FOR CUSTER, Poems

by Thomas Madden
ISBN: 1-877655-47-3
Trade paperback, 64 pages, 6 " x 9 ". $14 + $3.00 S/H

This collection is centered around a group of poems which focus on the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876.

"Tom Madden's poems sing of life, of rich histories, and the sad and beautitful landscapes that make us mourn and rejoice. His voice is quiet but insistent. Here, he is saying, look closely, more closely at the soul of the American West and our place here. This is a profound and beautiful collection."

— Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red

"These small rooms into which Thomas Madden leads us, quietly, hand in hand, burst with treasure."

—David Axelrod, winner of the 2004 Spokane Prize for Poetry


October 2006

SECOND PRINTING

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SOLDIER TO ADVOCATE: C .E. S. WOOD'S 1877 LEGACY, George Venn
ISBN: 1-877655-48-1
Trade paperback, 98 pages, 8.5" x 11". $20 + S/H

SECOND PRINTING: Send check or postal money order for $20 + $3 S/H (media book) to: Wordcraft of Oregon, LLC, P.O. Box 3235, La Grande, OR 97850. (See ordering information for shipping costs.)

Only 24 copies of First Edition, First Printing, signed by author, remain. Get yours now for $35 + S/H.

"GEORGE VENN IS BREAKING NEW GROUND..."

— Jeff Baker, Book Section, The Sunday Oregonian

Dec. 10, 2006

"...this fascinating book [is] a must-read, must-have for students of Nez Perce tribal history...[Venn's teamwork with Wordcraft of Oregon] has produced an outstanding work that will be a treasure now and in the future...the unique kind of scholarship represented by Venn...artistically, seamlessly ties modern tribal history to that earlier troubled time."

-- Steven R. Evans, Oregon HIstorical Quarterly

for full review see History Cooperative on-line

 

ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER, ONE NEZ PERCE CHIEF: ONE SPIRIT

Soldier to Advocate tells the story of 2nd Lieutenant Charles Erskine Scott Wood (1852-1944) who wants to be a lover and a writer. Stationed in 1877 at Vancouver Barracks near Portland, General Howard grants Wood the privilege of exploring Alaska, then recalls him to fight in the tragic Nez Perce War. Part II features Wood's transcribed diary from this period, a text enriched by Wood's drawings leaked to the New York press—the only eye-witness images of the Nez Perce conflict. Part III traces Wood's lifetime of prose and poetry defending Chief Joseph and finally opposing General Howard. The book concludes by documenting three 1990's events in the Wood family's legacy of friendship and respect for the Nez Perces: a joint exhibition, the gift of a stallion, and a reconciliation ceremony. With nearly two hundred notes and forty additional 19th century images, Soldier to Advocate shows us that history is the nightmare from which we should all try to awake.

"I highly recommend that any serious student of the Nez Perce Campaign read this excellent and rich piece of work. Mr. Venn's research in Soldier to Advocate will add that "missing piece" to some of the misunderstandings of the Nez Perce War."

-- W. Otis Halfmoon (Nez Perce), former Idaho Unit Manager, Nez Perce National Historical Park, contributor to the Encyclopedia of North American Indians

"George Venn's work is a superb contribution to our knowledge of the Nez Perce War, particularly as it respects judgments about Charles E.S. Wood as historian, participant, and literary influence."

-- Jerome A.Greene, historian and author of Nez Perce Summer, 1977: The U.S. Army and the Nee-Me-Poo Crisis

"Thank you for that wonderful publication, Soldier to Advocate. It's rich, rich, rich, and I congratulate you."

-- Alvin Josephy, historian and author of The Nez Perce Indians and the Opening of the Pacific Northwest

Also by George Venn

West of Paradise, poems, finalist for Oregon Book Award

George Venn's website:

georgevenn.com


March 2006

An American treasure back in print — in a new and revised edition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BOOK OF MAMIE, Duff Brenna
ISBN: 978-1-877655-45-6, ISBN: 1-877655-45-7
Trade paperback, 392 pages. $18

The Book of Mamie is the story of one person's struggle to overcome the abuse and traumas of her childhood. It is the story of a wonderfully gifted young woman, a young woman of genius, uncanny wisdom and primitive strength, whose revelations unfold in the course of an odyssey across the heartland of America. Mamie's story is told by her companion, a 15-year-old farmboy who shares her adventures with a wild variety of characters and whose own story becomes a rite of passage as they try to stay one step ahead of the law and Mamie's sinister father.

"Duff Brenna's The Book of Mamie reminds us why we read...This novel is unforgettable."

--James Michael Slama, The Literary Review

"...a risky, graceful book...told in language that is lean and unpretentious, a language forged out of the hard landscape of the rural Middle West."

-- New York Times

"Duff Brenna is an American treasure."

-- The Bloomsbury Review

"And Brenna writes consciously in the American tradition, invoking Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn in both the voice and the story...and [he] is in good company with the great literary voices to whom he pays homage."

-- San Francisco Chronicle

Duff Brenna's website:

duffbrenna.com


March 2006

They set out to find J.D. SALINGER

Add to Shopping CartJD: A MEMOIR OF A TIME AND A JOURNEY,

Greg Herriges
ISBN: 978-1-877655-46-3, ISBN: 1-877655-46-5
Trade paperback, 136 pages. $15

In the mid-1970s, hiding out for nearly a decade, J.D. Salinger had long been a literary legend, the lost leader and vanished wiseman of millions of readers around the world, from the USA to the USSR. An unreachable hero. Or was he? Enter inner-city teacher Greg Herriges, determined to fulfill his dream of meeting and speaking with the reclusive author. Herriges’ tale is a double helix narrative of personal quest and romantic love as he and his former girlfriend, both young, big city high school teachers, hit the road one summer, Kerouac-style, on a mission to find the hidden giant, discovering America – and themselves – along the way. This journey of two young idealistic English teachers who set out to find J.D. Salinger is a love story as well as a tribute to the reclusive author.

"Beyond the vividness with which Herriges conveys the surface adventures, JD is much more than a celebrity hunt. The book's profound human complexities give it emotional depth."

--Walter Cummins, The Literary Review

Derek Alger's interview tih Greg Herriges, PIF Magazine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Greg Herriges has published three novels: Somewhere Safe, Secondary Attachments, and the twice award-nominated The Winter Dance Party Murders, a murder mystery satire of the golden days of rock and roll. His short works have appeared in Chicago Tribune Magazine, Social Issues Resources, The Literary Review, Story Quarterly, Britain's World Wide Writers, and South Carolina Review. He is a professor of English at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.


 

 

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