PunksWritePoemsPress books going out of print on February 1, 2017.
Get yourself some poetry before it’s gone…FOREVER!!!
Other titles that will remain available…for now.
Other titles that will remain available…for now.
As our second year as a publisher comes to a close, and after much internal debating, I have decided to close down PunksWritePoemsPress. The experience of working on our books and getting to know the authors in the process has been a positive and rewarding one for me, but the time, energy, and money required to properly continue is too great for me to handle.
Book listings on Amazon will remain through January 2017. Our online bookstore is already closed.
Thank you to everyone who supported us!
Be well and have a successful 2017!
In an effort to expand your gift giving ideas, we have compiled a short list of books that not only have the potential to entertain the readers in your family, but also expose them to the possibilities of reading beyond the bestseller list. Give a gift that shows that you value creativity!
These are our books.
I like these books. Someone you love might also like these books.
creepy little death poems
by Tiffany Tang
(Poetry, Print, Dreality Press, $12)
From making cookies with Death to creating a shared Pinterest board, Tiffany Tang brings humor and absurdity to her conversations with this dark, and apparently misunderstood, figure of the afterlife in her first collection of poetry, cleverly illustrated by Lizzie Silverman. Originally created to cope with the onslaught of depression and then developed on a dare during National Poetry Month, these “creepy little death poems” are a testament to the transformative potential of writing, laughter and binge baking.
River City Secrets: Stories From Richmond
(YA fiction, Print, Chop Suey Books Books, $15)
River City Secrets is a collection of twenty-four stories of imagination and adventure, each set in one of Richmond’s many popular historic locations. Written with children in mind, this is a great collection for adults, too!
Authors, all Richmond based, include: Kristi Tuck Austin, Elle Blair, Hazel Buys, Melissa Bybee, Deb Dudley, Robin Farmer, K.A. Herndon, Phillip Hilliker, Troy Howell, Erica Kirov, Lana Krumwiede, Stephanie McPherson, Brian Rock, Mary Helen Sheriff, Steven K. Smith, Chris Sorensen, A.B. Westrick, Vernon Wildy, Jr.
The following listings came from the authors themselves! Might be a hidden gem or two in here.
the skeleton girl: a collection
by Tom Reed
(Multi-genre, Print, self-pub, $5.49)
This book is an interesting and inexpensive gift for anyone who enjoys a mix of prose and poetry, the dark and strange.
Three-Day Flight To Freedom
by Mariya Koleva
(YA fiction, eBook, self-pub, name your price)
What is the book about? This is the story of Shine, 17, who plans to run away from a dreary home town somewhere on Earth when a terrorist attack “blows” her off the planet into an unexpected space travel to discover people, relations and emotions she knew must be existing, but hadn’t dreamt of encountering yet.
Why give it as a gift? Because it tells a story close to every teenage girl’s heart – the story of adventure and growing up, the adventure of growing up. Space travel and life on other planets add spice to it
Who to give it to? A girl. A girl anywhere between 13 and 130 years of age.
See with Heart
by Janey Colbourne
(Poetry, Print/Kindle, Plantseer Press, $10.99/$3.49)
See with Heart is a book of poetry and photography by Janey Colbourne. Writing from the heart, and with a deep connection to the natural world, Janey is inspired by nature, human emotions and a strong sense of justice. The poems range from rage, to humour, to visions and inspiration. Through her writing she intends to bring connection and inspiration to people and give a voice to environmental and humanitarian rights. Janey also sees the humour and poetry in mundane, everyday life, with titles such as “Ode to a Coffee Bean”. The poems are accompanied by Janey’s beautiful nature photography. With a background as a musician and DJ, many of her poems are rhythmical, or in the style of Spoken Word poetry. Down to earth but eloquent, this is poetry that speaks even to people who don’t like poetry.
An Acquired Taste for Absence
by Jeremy Rock
(Poetry, Print/Kindle, self-pub, $7/$2.99)
This would be a great gift for anyone on the tail end of the YA spectrum, as it touches on the struggle to get through youth with a strong heart and eyes that don’t always need to look at the ground. Late adolescence is an isolating time for too many young people today, and maybe finding a familiar, nagging feeling put into words between these pages can ease it to rest. This book can read like an instruction manual of progress or a museum of traumas left behind. For those who need a little comfort in words and don’t mind stinging candor, these pages can feel like a safe look into one’s own sacrifices made to get by.
Paens, Problems & Possibilities
by Victor Francis Williams IV
(Multi-genre, Print, self-pub, $12)
From the depths of delight and serenity to the heights of madness, the wacky robustness of the human plight is examined, jeered at, and cheered for in this newest collection of poems, short stories, and hypothetical-essays.
by Jennifer Johnson
(Erotic fiction, Print/eBook, self-pub, $12/$5)
This is an erotic novel written by the author of the popular tumblr blog Slut-Problems. It is a story about a young girl who thinks that she can manipulate men with her sexuality, only to find that it is a woman who betrays her trust. She is captured into sexual slavery and forced to do unspeakable sexual acts. A good gift for sexual deviants.
by Sarah Shockey
(Poetry, Print, self-pub, $15)
It would be a great gift for anyone that loves poetry. The poems in it explore areas of the heart, and is ideal for anyone that is emotionally driven. It contains not only poetry but also contains blackout poetry and a short story. Having all three of those things allows the reader to pick a written poem, a visual poem, or delve into a story.
Asleep Inside Mania
by Nelson Miranda
(Poetry, Print, self-pub, $9.25)
A great gift for anyone who enjoys poetry. Each poem is like a puzzle, but one that shifts and changes if it’s read again at a different time. It is thought provoking, heart breaking at times, and filled with bits and pieces of hope.
Looking Inward: 50 Haiku for Reflection & Introspection
by Mallory Rowe
(Poetry, Kindle, self-pub, $0.99)
Haiku in 5 sections: Self, Us, Earth, Universe, Beyond
by Mallory Rowe and Peter Catsimpiris
(Poetry, Kindle, self-pub, $0.99)
If an experience can generate a poem that somehow captures its essence, then a poem — itself an experience — can beget a new poem that shares its being. As lovers find in each other their lost halves, these pairs of poems have made each other whole. Peter’s responses to Mallory’s original haiku help to bookend ideas that we both hold deeply and shared long before we met.
by John Reinhart
(Poetry, Print, Prolific Press, $7.95)
“encircled” is a chapbook of poems about the people who encircle us – family, friends, neighbors, coworkers – the extraordinary ordinary people who mosaic our biographies. Just the thing to give as a gift to those extraordinary ordinary folks in your life! The poems range from humorous (daughter at the urinal) to gut wrenching (conversation over the fence about a neighbor’s brother serving a life sentence), all from the author’s everyday experience.
Owned by the Sheikh
by Kylie Knight
(Erotica, Kindle, self-pub $2.99)
A perfect gift for anyone down on their luck in love. The woman accepted a job which turned out to be the dream she had given up on.
Special Bonus Billionaire Romance Book Collection Inside!
by Cristina Grenier
(Erotica, Print/Kindle, Monster Media LLC, $11.99/$2.99)
For anyone who thinks you can judge a book by its cover…this story says you’re dead wrong, with an HEA, to boot.
Saved by the Duke
by Matilda Hart
(Erotica, Print/Kindle, self-pub, $7.33/$0.99)
For lovers of Regency romances, with an erotic bite.
The Big Rewind
by Libby Cubmore
Raymond Chandler meets Nick Hornby in this clever noir romp through hipster Brooklyn as a mysterious mix tape puts a young amateur sleuth on the hunt for a killer—and for the truths hidden within her own heart.
by Amber Tamblyn
The lives of more than twenty-five actresses lost before their time—from Marilyn Monroe to Brittany Murphy—explored in a haunting, provocative new work by an acclaimed poet and actress.
creepy little death poems (Dreality Press) is a quick, quirky collection of poems by Tiffany Tang. On the surface they are witty and funny, and could easily have crossed the line into gimmicky, but they never do! The use of Death as a character in everyday situations works amazingly well. Tang writes each piece as a separate anecdote with Death playing the role of friend/partner. They bake cookies together, write poetry about one another, and tour art museums. But nothing about any of that is normal, despite how relatable the conversations they have are. And that is where these poems really work…that uncomfortable subsurface of trying to function during the commonplace with depression as your faithful companion.
One of the heavier poems in the book is “20”. And it is the one that drives home the idea that while there may be lots of laughs before and after, there was a moment when things changed. There was a moment when death became Death.
Have no doubt, this is a book about depression. An excellent book of poetry that will make you smile and laugh, and frown and think. So what are you waiting for? Go get it!
We really like to throw spaghetti against the wall here at PunksWritePoemsPress head quarters…so help us make these two noodles stick!
Noodle one: the Audio Chapbook…it’s exactly what you’d think. A short collection of poems read by the poet; from their lips to your ears!
Noodle two: the Mini-eChap…think 15 to 20 poems from one poet that you can read on any of your devices. Delivered to your email on a subscription basis! For less than the money you forgot you had in your paypal account…
If you are interested in submitting your poetry to either of this projects, please see our submission guidelines.
If you are interested in purchasing Audio Chapbooks and/or a Mini-eChap subscription, please check back for updates as the information becomes available.
So you want to write something risqué? But first you need to get the blood flowing in the right direction? Try this Pixies playlist!
Break My Body
No. 13 Baby
What Goes Boom
Letter To Memphis
Recently, I had the pleasure of talking to Samantha Kolesnik and Vanessa Wright for Scindie Magazine about their film adaptation of Stephen King’s Rainy Season. I was immediately impressed with the pair. They have both received recognition from film festivals for their script writing prowess, they have clear vision with the determination needed to bring it to life, and they expressed genuine interest and respect for the process of creating art. They have created an organization, Above the Line Artistry, that focuses on supporting and promoting its members; it is filmmaker centric, but they let me in and are welcoming to any dedicated artist.
You might be asking “what does this have to do with publishing and poetry?” Well, nothing really. But Samantha and Vanessa are full of that independent creative spirit that I admire. And I believe that they have great stories to tell and compelling films to make and I want to be a part of it in any way that I can. So, I’ve signed on as a Production Assistant for another project of theirs.
Turning the Girl has the potential to be a landmark production for women in independent film. The script, written by Kolesnik, is designed to provoke conversation while simultaneously telling a thrilling, mysterious tale. Wright, who wrote the screenplay for Rainy Season, will sit the director’s chair.
Here’s what Vanessa had to say about meeting Samantha and the story of Turning the Girl: “I met Samantha at the 2015 Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles, we both had short scripts that were finalists, hers was The Price of Bones and mine was The Time Changer: Close at Hand. We hit it off immediately and I asked her to join my group on Facebook, Above the Line Artistry. During this time, her script TPOB was being produced and she was wanting to be more involved in production so I offered for her to come on board to produce Rainy Season with me. As we got to know each other she told me a bit about her production company and her feature thriller that she wanted to produce this fall. I was intrigued by the little information she divulged to me and I asked to read the script.
“I was immediately drawn to the story, and I knew, that even though it was a fictional story, the message was very real and very important. It’s hard to find roles like these for women, each character is extremely dynamic and we are really going to push some boundaries…and buttons. I think this film is going to start a lot of conversations and make audiences squirm…Controversy makes for great art and great films.”
The actresses in the film echo the same sentiment. Kristin Samuelson, who will play Headmistress Collins, says: “There’s the whole feminist aspect to the film. I am a member of Women in Film and Television (WIFT). When I was a classical singer, I had a lecture/recital I did about women who composed music over the centuries. They usually don’t get attention in the history books, even though they were amazing! I feel strongly that women need to use their intelligence to be out there getting equal opportunity, equal pay and equal treatment in our society. A film with a female writer and director telling a female story is fantastic!! We need more films like this! Overall, I cannot say enough positive things about this film! Very excited to be participating in it’s creation.”
“The thing that initially drew me to this project was the idea of a psychological thriller featuring an all-female cast.” says Christine Nelson (Cameron) “Once I read the script I really understood why it was so important for women to tell this story. The film sheds light on difficult subject matter that is often considered to be taboo. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this project.”
And Jennette Nelligan (Lindsey) is all-in, saying “I’m beyond ready to get to work with this talented group of women. Samantha and Vanessa, two powerhouses for women in film, were the two faces I encountered walking into the audition. It was refreshing to say the least. Female voices are often filtered through men in film, but not for this project. This is the direction film will be heading towards and I’m ecstatic to be a part of the conversation it’s creating.”
While there are prominent figures doing work on a bigger stage (see Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, Samantha Bee), films like Turning the Girl – women like Samantha and Vanessa – will be integral in achieving equal footing for women in film and entertainment and beyond.
I assume that by now you are thinking “this sounds great! I’m in. But I know nothing about making a film! How can I help?” You, my friend, go to the Indiegogo Campaign for Turning the Girl, you look over the perks, and you contribute at any level that fits your budget…from a single dollar up to the entire collection of gold doubloons that you and your rag-tag band of friends stole from One-eyed Willy. Then take a moment to leave a comment letting them know that PunksWritePoems sent you. That’s it. Done. Sit back and watch history happen!
We are finishing up the inaugural issue of Scindie Magazine and would like to extend an invitation to other indie organizations and creatives to advertise for free within its digital pages. We have eight spaces available (approx. 4″ x 5″). We are open to independent authors, musicians, artists, film makers, publishing companies, record labels, podcasts, lit mags. You can promote your brand, or specific products/titles/services, or a call for submissions, or anything related to your art or company.
If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Scindie Ad” as the subject. Please do not send us an ad yet. Instead, let us know a little about what you would like to advertise and related links, and we will check it out and get back to you. Feel free to ask any questions.
We are very excited to announce that we have entered two titles for consideration in this year’s USA Best Book Awards in the poetry category.
Please join us in wishing Benjamin Schmitt and Stephen Scott Whitaker good luck!