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.
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.
Eastern Iowa Review
Projected release: May 1
The Zero Bone Poetry Prize
2015 results by May 1
First place prize $200, second place $100, third $50. Judge: Professor Marianne Taylor, Iowa.
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.
PYP author Nancy Hightower has been shortlisted in the Flann O'Brien Award for Innovative Fiction for a short story collection.