Coming in 2014 / 15 - Nonfiction & Poetry
Joliet in My Blood by Francine Tolf - Flawed beauty, fragility of relationships, mystery beneath surfaces, class differences, race - all find their way into various pieces in this collection of related essays that explore how growing up in Joliet, Illinois, in the late sixties and early seventies shaped the author as a person and a poet.
"Vivid, uncompromising, and saturated with spiritual longing, these poems offer both a critique of our old readings of the Bible, and a passionate series of new ones." - Sofia Samatar.
Nancy Hightower's The Acolyte includes the 2014 Rhysling nominated poem, "A Virtuous Woman," which will be available in the 2014 Rhysling Anthology.
Night Flying by Joy Christine Mlozanowski: epistolary pieces/poems which form a powerful fictional, non-judgmental narrative around faith and the controversial topics of abortion and end-of-life care.
Tony Connor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature says this: "Audacious and original, it fuses Job-like questioning of God’s goodness with the colloquial exchange of emails, touching, as it does so, upon religious heritage, the flawed human flesh, childhood hopes, death’s certainty, the limits of language and truths to be apprehended only in silence."
Coming in 2014 / 15 - Fiction
Fiction by author Timothy Laskowski: "Mazurka is a deft and large-hearted family saga that explores the terrain of physical and spiritual displacement. Laskowski's characters are vivid and alive. Their struggles become ours." - Deirdre McNamer, two-time author of New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year novels
A dystopian novel by New Zealand author, Grace Bridges, Mariah's Dream will captivate you with its picturesque look at Ireland after a worldwide catastrophe.
Small Crimes and Bad Behaviour: "From malice to murder … Australian writer Maris Morton hits her stride with 17 stories exposing the dark undercurrents of ordinary domestic life." - Carmel Shute, National Co-convenor, Sisters in Crime Australia
Stephanie Dickinson's Waking Water is "an explosion of lyrical realism; a wild celebration of nature and names and poetry in this harsh universe. Apocalyptic like The Road, but based on a real event, in the end horror is dwarfed by courage and compassion and love. Dickinson is one of the most beautiful and powerful writers of our day." - Jill Hoffman, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship & editor of Mudfish
Although with special interest for young adults, After Genevieve is a page-turner for readers of all ages. It addresses serious issues of aging, death, abandonment, adoption, parenting (and grandparenting), and coming-of-age, at any age. Most of all, After Genevieve is a grace-filled lesson in hard-won friendship, love, and loyalty. - Sara Pritchard, author of Crackpots and Help Wanted: Female
Our Christmas letter to you. (Subject line, "I swear to you I will not let the White City fall," is a quote from Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. The White City is so called because of the large white tree in the front courtyard, and is part of the White Mountains range. The city is formally known as Minas Tirith. I thought the quote intriguing, as we wish this holiday season to be bright and beautiful for each of you.)
Submissions are coming in for the Eastern Iowa Review, and we've already accepted several stories/nonfiction articles. We hope you consider sending in your very best work! We especially need 6 to 10 b&w interior illustrations. See guidelines.
We've moved up the date! Submissions for the Eastern Iowa Review and the Zero Bone Poetry Prize are now welcome. Please read the guidelines before sending. We look forward to reading/viewing your work!
We're thrilled to have Professor Marianne Taylor judge our 2nd annual Zero Bone Poetry Prize. You can find out more about her here.
Port Yonder Press is currently CLOSED to general book submissions until August 2015. Anything we receive before then will be fed to our electronic gate troll. (Exceptions: material for the Eastern Iowa Review and the Zero Bone Poetry Prize are being accepted now.)
11/6/14 - Excerpts from the latest reviews for the award-winning book Bird Face: "It has been a long time since I have enjoyed a book so much or had such a hard time putting it down." "The author has captured the angst of those middle school years to perfection." "a fabulous book" "well-written character-driven" "I heartily recommend this book." And so many more. Think Christmas!
10/21/14 - The 2014 Rhysling Anthology has been released - included is the poem "A Virtuous Woman" by PYP author, Nancy Hightower. This poem will also be a part of The Acolyte, set for a spring/summer 2015 release by Port Yonder Press.
10/13/14 - Abe Aamidor, contributor to the Bonté Review pre-issue, has sold an Option on his book, "Chuck Taylor, All Star: The True Story of the Man behind the Most Famous Athletic Shoe in History" (Indiana University Press, 2006) to a small development and production company in Los Angeles headed by a former Miramax executive.
10/11/14 - PYP Managing Editor Chila Woychik is pleased to have new pieces of creative nonfiction recently appearing in Prick of the Spindle, The Milo Review, Cleaver, The Mayo Review, Foliate Oak, and Decades Review.
10/3/14 - An article from PYP author Francine Tolf on a site called Writer's Block: Ten Nuggets of Advice for Aspiring Writers of Memoir.
10/3/14 - News just in: One of Port Yonder's few middle-grade books has won the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Bronze medal in the Pre-Teen Fiction Mature Issues category. If you have pre-teen or even young teen gals, we feel they'll really like Bird Face (author Cynthia Toney).
9/14 - Beginning this year and depending on several unforeseen factors, Port Yonder Press will submit selections to the Pushcart Award Committee. More specifics re: authors and titles as the time gets closer.
2013/2014 - A number of books from our early years have been released back to their authors to conform with PYP's shifting emphasis toward literary/crossover works. To date, about a dozen total. Our new selections will be even more carefully chosen.
PYP author Nancy Hightower has been shortlisted in the Flann O'Brien Award for Innovative Fiction for a short story collection.
Did you know Port Yonder Press is the harbinger of the Literary Crossover Revolution? Books focusing on story and the right word choices while downplaying overtly offensive elements, all for a wider range of readers. This is what we call "literary crossover." And this is what we do best.
April 20-26 was Cowboy Poetry Week. Be sure to check out Rod Miller's Things a Cowboy Sees, winner of the 2012 Spur Award for "Tabula Rasa," as well as several other awards.
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Chila managed an anthology of work done by several authors, making a seamless book that flowed well from story to story. I found her to be supportive, and easy to work with. ~Robert Vaughan, New York Times bestselling novelist & Writers Hall of Fame inductee
Chila Woychik has been a wonderful editor with whom to work: she was in touch with me often during the production stages of my book, Ship of Light, with questions about my preferences, wanting to make sure I was pleased at every step. She was clear in her communications, and she provided me with a wonderful artist, Benjamin Bailey, who created a beautiful cover for the book. I cannot praise her and the press highly enough. ~Susan Shaw Sailer, author, poet, educator
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