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.
Coming in 2015 - Nonfiction & Poetry
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."
"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.
1/3/15 - Port Yonder Press's book arm is on indefinite hiatus. See our newsletter here for a slightly longer explanation. Our books are and will still be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, or through your local bookstore, however we will not be seeking further submissions. Please attend our author book signings near you! And here's a great big thank you to our staff. The very occasional newsletter will not go the way of the dodo, but instead will slowly transition to our journal news, writing in general, and of course the poetry prize, after our last two books have been released. Do sign up! <Glance far right and up>
Thank you, too, for the many wonderful notes of affirmation we've received - many from folks we barely know - about how PYP books will be missed. One we especially loved was this: "Writers should write, so congratulations on your decision. But what a loss. PYP has been a breath of fresh air." Hopefully, we can evoke the same sense of wonder and needed stories through the Eastern Iowa Review. My (Chila's) personal goal: to provide those stories most fitted for a very broad audience, whether child, high school student, MFA, grandparent, and both beginning and accomplished writers.
Eastern Iowa Review
open for submissions
we now use Submittable!
We've gotten in a number of fine stories for the inaugural issue of the Eastern Iowa Review but we still need a few more: stories which best exemplify "the good spaces" in life, nature, travel, observations, truth, etc. Much of what we've received has been inappropriate for what we're seeking. Please read our guidelines CAREFULLY ... and then, send! We especially need 6 to 10 b&w interior illustrations for our journal. (We'll love you forever ... promise ...)
The switch to Submittable will help us better field the submissions we receive. We hope it makes it easier for you too. Got "good spaces" you want to write about or have written about? Do consider us for your creative nonfiction and (to a lesser degree) your literary fiction.
The Zero Bone Poetry Prize is now in progress! Read about it here.
First place prize $200, second place $100, third $50. Judge: Professor Marianne Taylor, Iowa.
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.
10/3/14 - 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).
PYP author Nancy Hightower has been shortlisted in the Flann O'Brien Award for Innovative Fiction for a short story collection.