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Lilith’s Demons by Julie R. Enszer

Lilith-EnzserIn the Jewish tradition, Lilith’s punishment for rejecting Adam and disobeying God is to give birth to one hundred demons at twilight every night. These demons travel the land, killing newborns and wreaking havoc, until the sun rises anew.

Julie R. Enszer reimagines Lilith and her demons for her third collection, Lilith’s Demons, giving them their own voices to speak to women of the world.

Recast as a contemporary embattled woman, Enszer’s Lilith is fiercely independent and determined as well as vulnerable, exposed. Her demons bemoan their obligation to kill, carrying the weight of such actions every minute, every hour of their time on earth.

These poems offer a new mythology for women, reclaiming what is useful from the old and boldly striking new territory where women and their demons can be powerful. No longer dependent on God or man, Lilith and her demons convey a contemporary feminist cosmology.

Julie R. Enszer is the author of two previous poetry collections, Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press) and Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry), as well as the non-fiction collection Homesteading: Essays on Life, Death, Sex and Liberation (Spirit Press). She edited the anthology Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She is also the editor of Sinister Wisdom magazine.

by Julie R. Enszer
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ISBN: 978-1-938334-17-7
Poetry/Women’s Studies/Jewish Studies
64 pages
Publication date: December 15, 2015

US: $14.95


What If What’s Imagined Were All True by Roz Kaveney

Kaveny_2012aWe are all Orpheus. We try to get

back loves we lost. We fight our way through Hell,
singing to our regrets. We might as well
accept that love is done, and just forget

because it is the act of looking back
that loses things.

From “Orpheus”

Magic, aliens, nightmares, and dreams are among the many muses that have inspired Roz Kaveney’s poetry. What If What’s Imagined Were All True brings together a sampling of her poems with mythical, fantastical or science fictional concerns, and also features two sonnet sequences: one retelling the Orpheus legend and one exploring the worlds of Steampunk.

Roz Kaveney is a middle-aged trans woman living and working in London as a writer, critic, and activist. A regular contributor to The Independent, The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement, she is the author of many books on popular culture, including Reading the Vampire Slayer, Teen Dreams: Reading Teen Film and Television from ‘Heathers’ to ‘Veronica Mars’, Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films, and From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film. She was a co-founder of the Midnight Rose Collective, whose other members included Neil Gaiman, Alex Stewart, and Mary Gentle, which produced shared world anthologies including Temps, Villains!, and The Weerde. She has also edited Tales from the “Forbidden Planet” and More Tales from the “Forbidden Planet”. She recently published her first novel, Rituals.

by Roz Kaveney
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ISBN-13: 978-1-938334-01-6
ISBN-10: 1938334019
Poetry/Science Fiction/Fantasy
64 pages/perfect bound
Pub date: 15 November 2012
US: $14.95

The Last Selchie Child by Jane Yolen

selchie_cubiertas.inddMy father’s stories
were tightly held.
He was stingy
with the past,
coining what
he could not remember,
parceling out the rest
with the cautious philanthropy
of a miser.

From “Family Stories”

Magical transformations, enchanted mirrors, talking animals, familiar tales in unfamiliar guises, all these and more are found in the pages of The Last Selchie Child. Retellings of archetypal myths and fairy tales and the nature of storytelling itself are explored in this new collection of poems by Jane Yolen.

Jane Yolen has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She has published over 300 books, for children and adults, and her writing has won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award, among many others. Her most recent poetry collections for adults include Things to Say to a Dead Man (Holy Cow Press), The Radiation Sonnets (Algonquin), and the forthcoming Ekaterinslav (Holy Cow Press). She divides her time between Massachussetts and Scotland.

by Jane Yolen
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ISBN-13: 978-0-9794208-9-4
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-9-X
Poetry/Fairy Tales
66 pages/perfect bound
Pub date: 15 May 2012
US: $14.95

Fairy Tales in Electri-City

Block_coverthe fairies came to her yellow house
with orchids and sparkling lemonade
they sat in her living room and wrote with her lightning
and though she was happy
she wept because something was still missing

From “Fairy Tales in Electri-city”

Elves and centaurs, nymphs and fauns inhabit this new collection of magical, erotic poems about a girl yearning for and searching for love in present-day Los Angeles.

Francesca Lia Block has described her work as “contemporary fairy tales with an edge,” where the real world and its trouble find solace through the magic of creative expression and love. She has received numerous honors, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Phoenix Award, as well as citations from the American Library Association, The New York Times Book Review, and School Library Journal. Her many previous titles include the bestselling Weetzie Bat series (HarperCollins), the erotic fairy tale collection Nymph (Circlet), poetry collections How to (Un) Cage a Girl (HarperCollins) and Open Letter to Quiet Light (Manic D), and the mythological dating guide Wood Nymph Seeks Centaur (Bloomsbury), among many others. She lives in Los Angeles.

by Francesca Lia Block
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ISBN-13: 978-0-9794208-7-0
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-7-3
Poetry/Fairy Tales
80 pages/perfect bound
Pub Date: 1 March 2011
US: $13.95

Fortune’s Lover: A Book of Tarot Poems

Pollack_coverSometimes she imagines she’s somewhere else,
on a camel, traveling by pricks of light–
or regurgitating webs from a swollen belly–
or hanging from a hook
in her sister’s meat locker,
on the other side of seven doors.

From “High Priestess”

The Early Renaissance game of Tarot inspired poetry centuries before it was used for fortune telling. The poems in Fortune’s Lover do not explain the Tarot so much as spin off from it. From accounts of a master class on the Fool that led to the author inadvertently putting into practice the grace they’d just learned about to an insane Merlin predicting three forms of death for the same boy, from a princess who learns never to look to any man to protect or fight for her to a High Priestess locked in her temple of silence, these poems are infused with a wisdom based not so much in finding the right answers as in asking the right questions.

Rachel Pollack is the author of thirty books of fiction and non-fiction, which have been published in fourteen languages, including: 78 Degrees of Wisdom, The Body of the Goddess, and Tarot Of Perfection.  Her books have won the World Fantasy Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the COVR Award. She is also a visual artist, the creator of The Shining Tribe Tarot. She teaches in the MFA program at Goddard College.

by Rachel Pollack
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48 pages
Pub date: May 2009.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9794208-4-9
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-4-9
US: $9.95
Europe: €7
UK: £6

Fairy Tales for Writers

Schimel_2007_coverFairy Tales for Writers holds up a magic mirror to the joys and struggles of the creative process and the writing life, reflecting them through the lens of the powerful archetypes of these formative stories.

In these pages the reader will find:

  • the new writer who encounters a wolf along the path to publication;
  • that member of a writing workshop who always needs to be the fairest of them all;
  • a writer who gives up her voice for love;
  • and even that shy, anonymous author who slips away before the end of the reading, but is nonetheless tracked down at last by an editor who wishes to publish her work.

Because sometimes there is a happy ending, even in publishing. Everyone who has ever felt lost in the deep, dark forest of the publishing world will find resonance in these cautionary tales.

by Lawrence Schimel
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ISBN-13: 978-0-9794308-0-1
ISBN-10: 0-9794208-0-6
32 Pages, perfect bound
Pub date: June 2007
US: $6.50
Canada: $7.50
Europe: €4,95
UK: £3.50
Australia: $7.95