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.
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!
This a call!
This is a call for cover art!
This is a call for cover art for a science fiction short story anthology!
This is…that’s enough of that! If you would like to see your art on the cover of our upcoming anthology Don’t Open Till Doomsday and make $15, then you should definitely drop us an email with a hi-res picture or scan. Seriously, you should.
1. You may submit up to 3 images.
2. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Submission: Cover Art” as the subject.
3. Do not incorporate the title in the art work unless it is worked naturally into the piece (e.g. on a sign).
4. Please note that by submitting you are stating that you own the art in its entirety and that you have the right to sell it.
5. Compensation will be one copy of the book and $15 (US), to be paid upon publication.
6. Deadline: March 21st, 2016 @ midnight (Eastern US)
We currently have an open Kickstarter Campaign for pre-sales of our Poem In Your Pocket project. The campaign is failing and that is okay, but we would like to take this opportunity to learn. With that in mind, would you please give us honest feedback as to why you would not order this poetry collection. We appreciate your opinion; it will help us going forward.
Thank you for taking the time!
That’s right. We are attempting to launch a new magazine dedicated to independent creativity and we need the fruits of your creative labors!
Sometimes when I’m in the shower, I stand for long pauses letting the water hit that spot on my neck just below my hairline and I zone out. I don’t lose time, but the only way I can estimate how long I’m out is by gauging how much colder the water has gotten since my skin last sent a single that my brain received. While I’m in this pose, naked and wet and warm, head slightly bowed, I have some of my oddest thoughts. Not like “wouldn’t a miniature pink and green swirled elephant be a totally bizarre thing ” kind of odd thoughts. More like life choices and career choices and story ideas. I’ve often composed entire poems in these moments and then desperately tried to make some record of them before they get lost in the ever-changing maze in my head.
I came up with the concept for This Is Not a Movement in the shower.
In my birthday suit, I made the decision to start a publishing company.
Concepts for Split 7″ (a novella project that did not work…yet) and Don’t Open Till Doomsday and Melee came to me then, as well.
I even proposed to my wife in the shower…not really! But I did make the decision to do it while showering.
Point is: I’ve learned to trust these moments. To go with them and see what comes out of it.
So the other day, I zoned out and begin to conceptualize a solution to a problem. It is super hard to obtain reviews for poetry books. Next to promotion/marketing, soliciting reviews is the most frustrating part of running a small indie press. And, really, reviews are part of the promotion/marketing aspect. The obvious solution might be to knuckle down and keep sending out inquiries and keep feeling like the return isn’t worth the investment.
But I am not a big fan of asking politely into the void. I prefer to take a more direct approach to the problem as a whole and, in this case, the solution doesn’t really help me with the review problem.
The beginnings of Scindie Magazine were forming. PunksWritePoemsPress could start an online magazine for reviews of small press and self-pub authors. But there are so many websites for reviews!!! I know it, so ours has to be different.
How will it be different?
Why do I keep saying “thing” instead of book? Because, I want this to be open to not just authors, but bands and film makers and visual artists. We want to embrace the spirit of being truly independent, no matter what the creative endeavor.
And in that spirit, we will offer ridiculously low (probably free) advertising space for your thing, as well.
The vision will become clearer as we move forward, but I think this is a good start.
What is Scindie, anyway? I wrote a post on tumblr several months ago in which I coined the word “scindie” as being a “second class independent” publisher. That’s what we are. So I’m embracing it! Scindie Magazine will be for and about the independent creative people who fall outside of what independent publishing has become.