• The ABCs of Enlightenment

    The ABCs of Enlightenment

    Description In these rich and incisive essays, Robert Day reveals how his “learning” as a student defined his “teaching” at Washington College, the University of Kansas, the Iowa Writers Workshop and other colleges and universities. Read more…

    By Robert Day Essays
  • Road to the Sea

    Road to the Sea

    Description In this poignant story of new found love and love discarded, reminiscent of some of Graham Greene’s novels, Tim Schell takes us to Central Africa where a young American, an African prostitute and the seventeen-year-old daughter of American Baptist missionaries are on the run from the police and other… Read more…

    By Tim Schell Fiction
  • The Silver Baron’s Wife

    The Silver Baron’s Wife

    Description The Silver Baron’s Wife traces the rags-to-riches-to-rags life of Colorado’s Baby Doe Tabor (Lizzie). This fascinating heroine worked in the silver mines and had two scandalous marriages, one to a philandering opium addict and one to a Senator and silver baron worth $24 million in the late 19th century. Read more…

    By Donna Baier Stein Fiction
  • All the Dark We Will Not See

    All the Dark We Will Not See

    Description The place is Washington, D.C., and the year,1984. The ruthless dictatorship envisioned by George Orwell has not come to pass. Or has it? Under the presidency of a former Hollywood actor, the struggle for America’s soul has begun-a trial of conscience and idealism versus idolatry and political dictatorship. Read more…

    By Michael B. Neff Fiction
  • Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life

    Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life

    Description In this stirring new collection, Ronna Wineberg explores our essential bonds to partners, children, parents, and friends. Intimacy, marriage, parenthood, adultery, divorce, and the legacies left by the past unfold in these beautifully written stories. Men and women search for happiness and love, yet face longing, disappointment, and loss. Read more…

    By Ronna Wineberg Fiction
  • Ancestors

    Ancestors

    Description In Ancestors, Hawkins, a man adrift, finds himself in a Native American homeland called Chaco Canyon, a place of relics haunted by history. Read more…

    By Gladys Swan Fiction
  • Being

    Being

    It’s a winter of snow of mythic proportions. Caught in Kierkegaard’s aesthetic stage, Philip Fellows is meanwhile happy to be immured inside with his lover—free to dodge undesirable work—as he seeks continual sensual pleasure. Read more…

    By Jack Smith Fiction
  • No Rule That Isn’t a Dare

    No Rule That Isn’t a Dare

    I offer up, in summation, writer/director Ron Shelton’s refutation of a younger generation of filmmakers’ blind allegiance to “Show, don’t tell.” “(The) old canard that action defines character is only partly true,” Shelton argued in an interview. Read more…

    By Bill Mesce, Jr. Essays
  • There’s This Place I Know

    There’s This Place I Know

    This book shares an abundance of delightful discoveries. As a viewer-reader, you can’t be sure where the journey will take you next. At one moment you’re intrigued by a green vista that’s next to a close-up of a bird on a patch of parched earth. Read more…

    By Heather Lang & H.L. Hix Photography
  • Chance Encounters of a Literary Kind

    Chance Encounters of a Literary Kind

    Robert Day has invented a new form, the Chance Encounters of a Literary Kind memoirs–brief, whimsical, sometimes touching, reminiscences about his brushes (often friendships) with literary greatness. He treats Shakespeare, William Stafford, Mavis Gallant, John Barth, Ray Carver, Walter Bernstein, and Michael de Montaigne. Read more…

    By Robert Day Memoir
  • The Winter Dance Party Murders

    The Winter Dance Party Murders

    With his customary pyrotechnics, Herriges gives us a “what if” tale written in a swift, agile manner that has become his signature style over the course of seven luminous novels. Read more…

    By Greg Herriges Fiction
  • Surviving the Twenty-First Century

    Surviving the Twenty-First Century

    Parenting, Corporate Thievery, Aging, Technology, Ideals – one might easily feel overwhelmed. Read more…

    By William Eaton Essays
  • Ghost Dance: A Play of Voices

    Ghost Dance: A Play of Voices

    As Chloride, a dying New Mexican mining town, whirls toward a rendezvous with truth, its people find themselves precariously balanced between a lost past of blood-deep spirituality and an unknowable, terrifying future, between the world of drama and the drama of the world. Read more…

    By Gladys Swan Fiction
  • The Eight Corners of the World

    The Eight Corners of the World

    Told entirely from the point of view of Yosinori Yamaguchi, a Japanese honors student who excels in his study of English during the nineteen thirties and who is totally devoted to American film, the novel rollicks through Japanese-American history with an ironically detached account of one man’s struggle to adhere… Read more…

    By Gordon Weaver Fiction
  • Hyacinths from the Wreckage

    Hyacinths from the Wreckage

    Madeleine Beckman’s Hyacinths from the Wreckage, her third book of poetry, is a glittering collection that embraces body and place, and the constantly changing geography of an emotional landscape. The language of these poems wrenches, arouses recognition and empathy, and, finally, sings a persuasive song with the promise of renewal. Read more…

    By Madeleine Beckman Poetry
  • Beginnings: How 14 Poets Got Their Start

    Beginnings: How 14 Poets Got Their Start

    Each of the fourteen interviews in this collection tells the story of a poet’s career, starting with origins that in many cases overcame unlikely beginnings and went on to fortunate educations with inspiring teachers who often became friends and colleagues, and in at least one case a spouse. Read more…

    By Derek Alger Interviews
  • A Dark Gamble

    A Dark Gamble

    A Dark Gamble, a Western epic inspired by the great epic of Gilgamesh, is set in New Mexico during the era when gold and silver were being discovered and prospectors, miners and ranchers were pouring into the territory, the local Apaches consequently being hunted down and displaced. Read more…

    By Gladys Swan Fiction
  • In a Vertigo of Silence

    In a Vertigo of Silence

    Can the truth really set one free? In Miriam Polli’s debut novel, In a Vertigo of Silence, Emily, the young protagonist, discovers a family secret and thinks, I know now that secrets run in the blood and bones of those who came before. Read more…

    By Miriam Polli Fiction
  • Like a Soprano

    Like a Soprano

    After the death of James Gandolfini in the summer of 2013, David Starkey decided to pay poetic homage to The Sopranos TV series and its star. Like a Soprano features one poem for each episode, with the poem sharing the episode’s title. Read more…

    By David Starkey Poetry
  • French Kisses

    French Kisses

    Twelve stories depicting Americans in France, a broad array of characters and situations- -a boozy basketball player colliding with bigotry; a vet at Omaha Beach confronting a memory; a boy sent abroad while his parents divorce; a jealous sister coveting one last heirloom; a killer seeking peace at Lake Geneva;… Read more…

    By David R. Poe Fiction
  • The Narrow Gate: Art, Writing & Values

    The Narrow Gate: Art, Writing & Values

    The Narrow Gate presents 19 short essays that explore ways in which literary writing and visual art affirm and clarify values, in our personal lives and in art, itself, with topics ranging from “resilience” to “madness” to “art + work. Read more…

    By Robert Stewart Essays
  • Ravenous: New and Selected Poems

    Ravenous: New and Selected Poems

    Ravenous: New & Selected Poems by Rick Mulkey provides new and returning readers an opportunity to consider recent and previously published work in a collection containing wide stylistic variety with deep unifying themes and concerns. Read more…

    By Rick Mulkey Poetry
  • Icon

    Icon

    When Mr. Finger builds his first Finger a half mile high flipping off the fabulously wealthy, Peter Boatz, a professor of Icons, finally has a fertile subject for his Icons of Power book. Read more…

    By Jack Smith Fiction
  • Too Cool

    Too Cool

    Sixteen-year-old Elbert Earl Evans (known as Triple E) bursts out of Goodpasture Correctional Facility and speeds toward freedom in a stolen Oldsmobile. As he outraces the police, his car stalls in the Colorado badlands in the middle of a snowstorm and he is stranded with his girl, Jeanne. Read more…

    By Duff Brenna Fiction
  • Local Music

    Local Music

    A man who can’t bring himself to return to the apartment of his failing marriage, a woman spied on by a neighbor, a father terrified by the four-year- old next door, a boy living in a house haunted by his mother’s madness, a mother whose children are freezing in a… Read more…

    By Walter Cummins Fiction
  • Sympathetic People

    Sympathetic People

    Both the beauty and frailty of human connections are seen in the thirteen stories collected in Sympathetic People. Here are women and men struggling to find love, meaning, happiness in marriage, adulterous affairs, art, meditation, and even the passage from life to death. Read more…

    By Donna Baier Stein Fiction
  • Wagon 537 Christiania

    Wagon 537 Christiania

    Frivolity, joy and self discovery are the things which, Les Stein, the protagonist of Wagon 537 Christiania, arrives at in his two-year sojourn in the freetown of Christiania. Read more…

    By Per Šmidl Fiction
  • Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers

    Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers

    Hidden Lives presents compelling true stories of three New York City immigrant families—one Jewish, one German, and one Italian—set in three tenement neighborhoods—the Lower East Side, the South Bronx, and Hell’s Kitchen—during the first decades of the twentieth century. Read more…

    By Carole Girabaldi Rogers Memoir
  • Streethearts

    Streethearts

    John Spector is a seasoned high school teacher with 22 years in the trenches of a ghetto school filled with struggling teenagers, gangs, apathetic students— but also students “who make an indelible impression, kids with souls and hearts as big as the world. Read more…

    By Greg Herriges Fiction
  • It Must Give Pleasure

    It Must Give Pleasure

    It Must Give Pleasure is both a memoir and a deeply imaginative treatise on poetry, literature, art and life. Read more…

    By Roberta Bienvenu Memoir
  • Locals: A Collection of Prose Poems

    Locals: A Collection of Prose Poems

    Claire Bateman’s Locals is a narrative atlas of prose poems as intimate as they are unpredictable, each a keyhole glimpse into the life of a different realm where our normal logic doesn’t apply. Read more…

    By Claire Bateman Poetry
  • Lost Transmissions

    Lost Transmissions

    The poems in David Memmott’s poetry collection Lost Transmissions speak to the need we have to explore the depths of our own psyches, a need so insistent that many of us would sell our souls to unearth the answers to what motivates our lives—what motivates our actions. Read more…

    By David Memmott Poetry
  • The Law of Falling Bodies

    The Law of Falling Bodies

    Fifteen-year-old Virgil Foggy is trying to survive on a failing dairy farm in Minnesota. Virgil’s mother is pregnant-an unwelcome addition to the family. Virgil’s older brother joins the army and goes to war, but warfare is also close to home, much of it between Virgil and his stepfather. Read more…

    By Duff Brenna Fiction
  • A Vision of Neon

    A Vision of Neon

    A Vision of Neon is a story of two friends—one who survives the complex years of adolescence and one who does not—and the unconditional love and commitment between these young girls. Read more…

    By Angela M. Graziano Memoir
  • Between Frames

    Between Frames

    Mark Hillinghouse’s Between Frames integrates poems previously published in many magazines with more than twenty striking black and white photographs. Read more…

    By Mark Hillringhouse Photography and Poetry
  • Minnesota Memoirs

    Minnesota Memoirs

    Mesmerizing: In 17 riveting stories set in the author’s native Minnesota, Duff Brenna’s edgy tales journey from the mid-19th century to our current 21st century. Read more…

    By Duff Brenna Fiction
  • Made Priceless: Some Things Money Can’t Buy

    Made Priceless: Some Things Money Can’t Buy

    Made Priceless presents snapshots of objects that their holders treasure: a 1950s swivel rocker, a fortune-cookie fortune that reads “The rubber bands are heading in the right direction” a marble with a world map painted on it, a bread-baking pan, a bar of soap, crocheted doilies, a masonry trowel… Each… Read more…

    By H.L. Hix Ideas
  • Shadows and Ghosts

    Shadows and Ghosts

    Ida Mae Glick, a critically acclaimed filmmaker, has lived and taught in the small town of Willow Bend, New York for five years without drawing attention to her troubled past. Read more…

    By Barbara Froman Fiction
  • What Island

    What Island

    What is it like to go abroad but not for vacation? What business do we have? What right-minded, haunted search for community, for family, for social justice takes us beyond our borders, domestic rooms, and familiar walls? What responsibility is there—those of us who’ve been to the two-thirds world, met… Read more…

    By P. K. Harmon Poetry
  • Desperate Love: A Father’s Memoir

    Desperate Love: A Father’s Memoir

    In this searing memoir, a father confronts the complex issues of love and hate as he struggles to deal with his emotionally troubled and often violent son. Desperate Love examines the lengths that parents go to preserve their families and rescue children from themselves. Read more…

    By Richard Reiss Memoir
  • The Bay of Marseilles and Other Stories

    The Bay of Marseilles and Other Stories

    These stories, Greg Herriges says, were born of individual, fleeting glimpses and memories, seemingly unbound by any linear reason. Read more…

    By Greg Herriges Fiction
  • The Memoir of Jake Weedsong

    The Memoir of Jake Weedsong

    Jake and Estuko Weedsong live a bucolic life on their vineyard in rural Oregon. Read more…

    By Timothy Schell Fiction
  • The Tiger’s Eye: New & Selected Stories

    The Tiger’s Eye: New & Selected Stories

    The stories in this book have been selected from the six previous collections of short fiction, as well as from recent work, Gladys Swan has published in that genre over the past four decades. Read more…

    By Gladys Swan Fiction
  • George W. Bush Buys Coke in Mid-Eternity

    George W. Bush Buys Coke in Mid-Eternity

    Liam Mac Sheóinín’s George W. Bush Buys Coke in Mid-Eternity, a Menippean satire, relocates James Joyce’s Dublin to the New Jersey shore with the same spirit of inventive wordplay. Frank McCourt called an excerpt “a language mad romp with many, many laughs along the way. Read more…

    By Liam Mac Sheóinín Fiction
  • What Can Buddha Teach the Rain?

    What Can Buddha Teach the Rain?

    The mythical T’ang poet Han-shan, placed somewhere between the camps of Daoism and Zen Buddhism and the alleged author of some three hundred poems, probably remains a post-T’ang literary invention – and a good one, it seems, since ‘his’ poetry is being read, translated and re-translated to this very day. Read more…

    By Lars Rasmussen Poetry
  • The Coast of Death

    The Coast of Death

    Thomas McCarthy’s The Coast of Death is a literary thriller of IRA tensions. In the edgy lull between the Good Friday Agreement and the formation of a power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly, there is frantic manoeuvring. Read more…

    By Thomas McCarthy Fiction
  • and then there were three…

    and then there were three…

    Supriya Bhatnagar’s and then there were three… is a collection of personal essays about a family rebuilding its life after early tragedy. Read more…

    By Supriya Bhatnagar Memoir
  • Lurid Confessions

    Lurid Confessions

    Steve Kowit’s Lurid Confessions, his first full-length poetry collection, had two printings with Carpenter Press in 1983 but has been out of print for years. It’s been our loss not to have access to the wit and insights of so many excellent poems. Read more…

    By Steve Kowit Poetry
  • Out-patients

    Out-patients

    In Out-patients, Elisabeth Murawski transforms the vulnerabilities of our bodies into poetry, her precise lines evoking hospitals and cemeteries, malignancies and bomb blasts, The birth of a child prefigures its end: “this life / slated to be brief / as a poem.” These poems confront our inevitabilities. Read more…

    By Elisabeth Murawski Poetry
  • Don’t Mean Nothing

    Don’t Mean Nothing

    Susan O’Neill’s Don’t Mean Nothing, a powerful story collection now in a Serving House Books edition after initial publication by Ballantine Books and then the University of Massachusetts Press, is the first work of fiction by a woman wno served in Viet Nam, revealing much about that war from a… Read more…

    By Susan O'Neill Fiction
  • The World of Carnival

    The World of Carnival

    In this chapbook, you will find the first chapters of Carnival for the Gods, and the three novels that form a sequence from Gladys Swan’s comic fantasy, first published in the Vintage Contemporaries Series. Read more…

    By Gladys Swan Fiction
  • Gone Haywire and other Old Sayings

    Gone Haywire and other Old Sayings

    All these poems come from a suite-in-progress called Old Sayings. They are based on English clichés, bromides, idiomatic locutions, &c. Actually, “based on” is not correct; sometimes, a phrase is the starting point for a poem (e.g. Read more…

    By WIlliam Zander Poetry
  • What We Choose to Remember

    What We Choose to Remember

    What is the relationship between memory and imagination? How unbridled is the power of story? How intimidating? The narrative essays in What We Choose to Remember tread the tenuous, shifting grounds of memory, revealing how our imperfect recollections shape not only how we live our lives, but the act of… Read more…

    By Steve Heller Memoir
  • Come Raw

    Come Raw

    A world of strange, haunting tales, sometimes lyrical, sometimes dark as deep Danish winter night, and sometimes both, and sometimes all of these things. Read more…

    By Lars Rasmussen Fiction
  • Satyr’s Wife

    Satyr’s Wife

    In these poems, Rita Signorelli-Pappas fuses classical, aesthetic, and personal history. She summons a world in which mythic time mercurially flickers into the present, and transformations erupt and intersect with Ovidian force. Read more…

    By Rita Signorelli-Pappas' Poetry
  • Savage Pilgrims

    Savage Pilgrims

    Susan Tekulve’s Savage Pilgrims includes five poems and five stories, most of which were first published in journals such as Beloit Fiction Journal, Denver Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, Emrys, Connecticut Review, and Clackamas Literary Review. Read more…

    By Susan Tekulve Fiction and Poetry
  • Coronology

    Coronology

    Coronology is a compendium of the crowns we bear, from the asbestos crown that insulates our thoughts to the zeitgeist crown, “a collective rather than an individual illumination,” and provides pertinent information concerning crown birth, crown anatomy, the medical treatment of crowns, and more. Read more…

    By Claire Bateman Poetry

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POETRYClaire BatemanMadeleine BeckmanP. K. HarmonMark HillringhouseSteve KowitDavid Memmott Rick MulkeyElisabeth MurawskiRita Signorelli-PappasLars RasmussenDavid StarkeySusan TekulveWilliam Zander FICTIONDuff BrennaWalter Cummins Barbara FromanGreg HerrigesLiam Mac SheóinínThomas McCarthyMichael B. NeffSusan O'NeillDavid R. PoeMiriam PolliLars RasmussenTimothy SchellPer ŠmidlJack SmithDonna Baier SteinGladys SwanSusan TekulveGordon WeaverRonna Wineberg • MEMOIRSupriya BhatnagarRoberta BienvenuRobert DayAngela M. GrazianoSteve HellerRichard ReissCarole Garibaldi RogersESSAYSWilliam EatonBill Mesce, Jr.Robert StewartANTHOLOGIESParis, Etc.Steve Kowit: This Unspeakably Marvelous LifeThe Book of Worst MealsThe Girl with Red HairWinter Tales: Men Write about AgingWinter Tales II: Women on the Art of AgingRunnin' Around: The Serving House Book of Infidelity CURRENT EVENTSLetters to My Younger Self: An Anthology of Writings by Incarcerated MenThe Meeting with Evil: Inge Genefke's Fight Against Torture IDEASH.L. Hix, Made Priceless: A Few Things Money Can't BuyPHOTOGRAPHYMark HillringhouseHeather Lang and H. L. Hix, There's This Place I KnowINTERVIEWSDerek AlgerCRAFT OF FICTIONPeter Selgin
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