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Get ’em Before They’re Gone!

PunksWritePoemsPress books going out of print on February 1, 2017.

 Two Cups of Tomatoes     

Dinner Table Refuge                      World Class Drag

2016 Best Book Award Finalist
All My Rowdy Friends                               Kanoli Kaleidoscope

The Unauthorized                                         
                                            How To Tend Your Garden

Get yourself some poetry before it’s gone…FOREVER!!!

Other titles that will remain available…for now.

Don’t Open Till Doomsday


This Is Not a Movement

RoguePoetry Review 2015


The Littlest Spoon

The Death of PunksWritePoemsPress

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!

Holiday Gift Book List

Tis the season…

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!

From PunksWritePoemsPress

These are our books.

This Is Not a Movement             Two Cups of Tomatoes    

Dinner Table Refuge                      World Class Drag

2016 Best Book Award Finalist
All My Rowdy Friends                               Kanoli Kaleidoscope

The Unauthorized                                         
                                            How To Tend Your Garden

Don’t Open Till Doomsday



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
various authors
(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.

(Poetry, Print/Kindle, self-pub, $10/$3.99)
“She Spoke of Earth and Sky” is the second collection of poetry by Andira Dodge, a woman-wanderer finding her voice amid the landscapes of her experiences, her imagination, and the woods and valleys of her home in Pennsylvania.

Little Anodynes
by John Pineda
(Poetry, Print/Kindle, University of South Carolina Press, $14.95/$9.99)
The third collection by the prize-winning Asian American poet Jon Pineda, Little Anodynes is a sequence of lyrical, personal narratives that continue Pineda’s exploration of his biracial identity, the haunting loss of his sister, and the joys–and fears–of fatherhood. With its title inspired by Emily Dickinson, Little Anodynes offers its poems as “respites,” as breaks in the reader’s life that serve as opportunities for discovery and healing. Pineda deftly uses shortened lines and natural pauses to create momentum, which allows the poems to play out in a manner evocative of fine cinema, as if someone had left a projector running and these narratives were flickering and blending endlessly in an experience shared by the viewer, the storyteller, and the story itself.

From the Authors

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.

Hollow Girl
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!

Finding Ava
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.


A Couple o’ Not-so Indie Titles, but Full o’ Indie Spirit

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.

Dark Sparkler
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.

Recommended Reading: creepy little death poems

0921160659creepy 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!

Audio Chapbooks and Mini-eChaps

Do to an overwhelming lack of interest, we are no longer pursuing these ideas. You need not read any further.


We really like to throw spaghetti against the wall here at PunksWritePoemsPress head quarters…so help us make these two noodles stick!

Secretly listen to poetry on the bus!
Secretly listen to poetry on the bus!

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!

Poetry at your fingertips
Poetry at your fingertips


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.

Cover Art Needed!

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.

The particulars:
1. You may submit up to 3 images.
2. Email to: 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)

For the Sake of Future Improvement…

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!

Another Crazy Idea…or, Scindie Magazine: In the Shower

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 decided to self-publish a book while in the shower and even gave it a title. Soon after I was arranging spoons on the kitchen counter and taking photos of them.

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?

  • We will ask you, the writer/editor/creative-force-behind-totally-awesome-thing, to request that we review your thing through a simple form. You don’t have to contact us “cold”.
  • You can also request that we interview you for the magazine.
  • Or you can fill out our “Five Quick Questions” form and our readers can get a glimpse into your world.
  • Do you have a fun real-life story or helpful anecdote that you think other people like you would enjoy? We will have a submission form for editorial/article pitches!
  • We will be asking that if we review your thing, that you be willing to provide a review of another’s thing for a later issue.
  • The magazine will look like a magazine! It will not be a blog that you scroll through. It will be an online magazine…with pages…that you have to turn! And it will be free. Free to read. Free to download. Free to print, staple together, and leave at your favorite hang out.

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.

Scindie Header

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.