I.D.G. Curry is a fiction novelist who was compelled to bring what started as a dream into an entire universe of characters that interact and intertwine with the mythology he loves. He believes that fiction, folklore, and myths are the true essences of storytelling which open the reader’s mind to what could be possible or even what the truth might actually be. Curry aims to collide the world we live in with centuries of mankind’s imagination, even scattering elements from his own life into the journey. Fall of Immortals is the journey’s beginning.
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Indrani Grace’s treasury of poems is a journey into the depths of self-reflection and inner revelation. Her writing is infused with warmth and practicality, offering readers a glimpse into everyday joys and insecurities, as well as consolation, acceptance, and hope in times of need.
Through her exploration of themes like responsibility to others and surrender to the spirit, Indrani illuminates the universal oneness that connects us all, reminding us that we are never truly alone. Her collection embodies the personal restoration and awakenings that she has experienced, written with authenticity, truth, compassion, and a recognition of our shared humanness.
In Heartfelt Living and Dying, Indrani invites readers to appreciate the sacredness of learning and the importance of daily reflection. Each poem can be read and reread, each time revealing new insights and reflections. Indrani’s writing provides a path to greater personal understanding, as well as offering wisdom and inspiration on every aspect of human life.
In these poems, readers are sure to be touched and inspired by her heartfelt words and timeless wisdom. Her poetry reminds us that in the midst of life’s complexities, the answers we seek often lie within ourselves, waiting to be discovered.
Academics, Adventures, and Authorhood: An Interview with James Gilbert, author of Murder at Amapas Beach
I have always aspired to be a fiction writer, although my first career as an academic historian at the University of Maryland was a long detour. During those years, I published a number of books and articles on Twentieth Century American culture—a broad and engaging field focused on popular and elite culture, literature, films, ideas, social movements, and authors of every sort. As close as this came to fiction (a few critics have said of my work: too close), I always understood this discipline to be restricted by the limitations of documentation. Increasingly, I wanted to engage the emotional and psychological truths and the revealing potential of dialogue possible only through imaginative writing. And so for the last ten years or so, I have turned to creating novels and short stories. In this second career, I have published four novels (three in the Amanda Pennyworth Mystery Series), a book set in rural Illinois in the 1890s, and a collection of short stories. Another novel of mine about contemporary Chicago is forthcoming.
Eileen “Ike” West is an accomplished writer and educator with an M.A. in Communications from Michigan and a B.A. in Speech and Psychology from Minnesota. Ike’s writing career started when her first opinion page was published at age twelve. She continued writing throughout her life, with magazine and journal articles and two novels appearing across North America and Europe. Her writing is often inspired by special causes like holistic health, women’s justice, and other issues related to equality. When she’s not writing, Ike reads, lectures, and enjoys the out-of-doors and time spent with her family.
Cate McNider’s poetry is a remarkable journey through the depths of the human experience. In Escape Velocity, she invites us to explore the uncharted territories of our inner selves and discover what lies beneath the surface. With each poem, she fearlessly confronts her own conditioning and strips away the layers of habit and illusion that obscure our true nature.
Her words are a profound meditation on the power of vulnerability and the transformative force of love and understanding. McNider takes us on a journey through the Void, the space within ourselves where we can find the answers to life’s most profound questions.
Through her daring, honest, and often humorous approach, McNider reminds us that we are all the Source of our own reality. Her poetry is not just a reportage of her own transcendent process, but a call to action for each of us to undertake our own journey of self-discovery.
Escape Velocity is not just a collection of poems, but a profound work of art that challenges us to see ourselves and thus the world with new eyes. McNider’s courage and insight will leave you potently aware, daring you to take the leap into the unknown and discover the truth that lies within.
A book of nostalgia, tragedy, and universal truths. In his debut collection, Brian Zaffino takes readers on a journey through time and space, exploring the intricate connections between past, present, and future.
Through a combination of poetry and prose, Ghosts of Mr. Baker delves into the complexities of individual and interpersonal relationships, as well as our relationship with the natural world. Zaffino’s writing is raw and emotional, capturing the essence of the human experience with a deft touch.
At its core, Ghosts of Mr. Baker is a testament to the power of self-reflection and personal growth. Zaffino confronts the challenges of growing up head-on, offering readers a glimpse into the messy, beautiful, and ultimately rewarding journey of understanding oneself. Through his words, Zaffino invites us to embrace the shared experience of deeper understanding, and to find hope and beauty in the face of adversity.
From each and every transgression or misdeed, ramifications arise that are beyond our control.
The kings of Avalaria have left behind a world that is dying. From the elves in the south to the dragons in the north, all the races of the world are in peril. King Drustan condemns the elves, accusing them of stealing the substance that brings life to their world… magic. Declaring war against them, he arranges a marriage between his brother, Prince Alaric, and a wealthy countess to fortify his forces and fill Avalaria’s coffers. Unbeknownst to Alaric, the iniquities of his forefathers are set to change the trajectory of his life forever.
As he uncovers a prophecy and a message from beyond the grave, a monumental truth buried in the past is exposed to him. The revelation of his destiny thrusts Alaric into a harrowing series of trials that abruptly forces him from his home. His destiny pits him against his deluded brother as he races against a fearsome darkness and time itself to unite the world and restore it to its former glory.
Alaric’s ventures and tribulations echo the compelling questions that have distressed humanity to the core since the inception of time itself. Can goodness, love, and light ever hope to conquer evil? Does truth genuinely free us? Is our destiny truly our own?
Can Christians believe in a thirteen-billion-year-old universe and still call themselves evangelical?
Don McLellan believes he can. He takes the Bible as the final, truthful, and reliable authority for his faith while not denying facts of cosmology, geology, and paleontology. He then shows how its teaching enables men and women to experience the best in this life while looking forward to life in bodies that will never die, in God’s New World.
In Destined to Live! Christians confused by scientific facts are encouraged to see their faith in its clear, long-term perspective without burying their intellects. The earth is old and decaying. Our destiny is somewhere forever new, eternally with our Lord Jesus Christ, the one who conquered death.
Don McLellan, MA (Theology), PhD (Studies in Religion), is a retired Baptist pastor who has been a visiting lecturer in theology and New Testament Studies at two Australian universities and on the academic faculty of four Australian Bible colleges. His heart has always been pastoral and he has led six churches in a 50-year career. His post-graduate degrees were earned in the Department of Studies in Religion, The University of Queensland.
“We all knew that a drastic shift had taken place in America. We were well aware that American hegemony was on its last legs. And just like music, what was this new scene morphing into? No one knew. What we did know is that it was a mixture of the old, with the absurd.” Colin, The Anti-Hero of Capitol Hill
Pythia in the Basement is a vapid and played-out tale of self-discovery and the call to action. The search for meaning in a life that doesn’t care. The redundant hero’s journey and fear-of-death narrative that has imbued every society. A tale of failure, love, sex, and betrayal. All set to an absurdist and satirical backdrop. In a time of self-censorship and half-truths, Pythia in the Basement is a biting satire about our fears, existence, morality, philosophy, and lacking common sense. But no one poses the question better than Roger, our tendentious autodidact, and purveyor of truth…
“Why are we banning words? Because they remind us of what savages we are? Society takes care of those who don’t play by the rules, dog. Let people say what they want, let them reveal themselves, let’s see the real monsters behind the mask. ” Roger, The Prophet of Capitol Hill
A new era of life is beckoning and inviting us all to come home to ourselves. Will you answer the call?
We may never unlock all the paradoxes and truths of being a human, but it is important to share the lessons, stories, and revelations that become available to each of us as we journey through this sentient experience we call life. The sages, gurus, spiritual teachers, and creatives of our time have all given us imperfect, yet practical guidance for what they believe our existence on Earth has to offer. I am offering you my rebellious take on this finite ride we’re on through the prismatic expression of my existence and experiences now.
The Absurdity of Doing You: Rebel Elegance for the Evolving Soul lives up to its title as it defies genres aesthetically while chronicling my life story so far in a collection of raw anecdotes, vivid recollections, and thoughtful reflections that serve as a scintillating, call-to-action for all humans and playbook on how being yourself can lead to some of our darkest days unlocking blessings, abundance, and evolution well beyond what we can imagine.
Let’s ascend together.
~Janine Nicole Dennis
Poteet Victory is a rags-to-riches story of historical significance.
Through his efforts on behalf of the tribes, Poteet became one of the most-honored Native Americans of the past half-century. Abandoned as a child, he beat the odds to become a renowned painter, living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who has sold thousands of paintings for millions of dollars. Authentically presented in his own words, Poteet’s story is funny, entertaining, and inspiring.
In Poteet Victory by J. Robert Keating, we experience life with one who has done it all. How does someone who grew up in Idabel, Oklahoma become a member of a hippie commune on the Hawaiian island of Maui? How does that person find themselves living and working among the stars in New York City—teaching Andy Warhol the finer points of silk screening? Back in Oklahoma and with the support of many tribal leaders, Poteet became controversial when he showed the truth and the real suffering of his ancestors on the Trail of Tears. Learn about this man and be challenged by his life.
The light has fallen, and both past and future hang in the balance….
In the northern reaches of a desolate world stands a fallen realm, its sky tainted by an unnatural darkness that is slowly threatening other regions. As three explorers pick their way through the ruins in an effort to find out what happened, they learn that the truth extends farther than they could ever have imagined–across both time and space. The realm has hidden histories, its enemies taking many forms, and it isn’t long before the explorers find themselves confronted with a living reminder of this distant past.
The Beyond the Hostile Sky Cycle is a genre-blending epic, bringing together elements of fantasy, military science fiction, and limited time travel. This initial installment introduces a colorful and mysterious fantasy world near the end of the series’ timeline, after generations of interaction between magical and technological societies.
This volume also includes a three-chapter preview of the next book, Beyond the Hostile Sky!
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Relationships are about an exchange of trust. This trust can be romantic, carnal, or familial. What do we do when this trust is placed with the wrong person? What do we do when that trust is twisted and abused for the benefit of another, at the expense of our innocence?
We will fight to justify what happened and make peace with our demons. We will re-play in our heads “he’s a nice guy,” or “she didn’t mean it like that,” until we believe the lie ourselves. But to truly heal and become resilient, we must acknowledge our truth.
With Convalesce by Enne Zale, you are challenged to acknowledge your truth. You are challenged to revisit your demons and become resilient. You are challenged to create peace from trauma and find wisdom through your experiences.
Find a cozy place to sit. It’s time to whisper your confessions.
“THE LOST LANGUAGE OF CRAZY explores the delicate intricacies of family, mental health, and identity, as we follow one girl on a difficult, yet life-affirming journey of self-discovery. Written with honesty and humor, Pamela Laskin expertly draws us into the vibrant, complex world of a young creative soul, who, in search of the many meanings of crazy, discovers the many faces of love.“
– Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be, The Last to Let Go, and Something Like Gravity
Pamela Laskin tells a riveting story of loss, confusion, and heartbreak based on her own childhood—all the while maintaining the wry humor and fulsome compassion that are the lynchpins of her work. As I neared the end, my eyes brimmed with tears, not from sadness, but from the full emotional ride that The Lost Language of Crazy delivers. It’s a contemporary tale that any young person struggling towards adulthood in this crazy world will relate to.
– Suzanne Weyn, author of The Barcode Tattoo trilogy
Is it possible to wake up one day and be emptied of words? For a writer, this would be an unimaginable nightmare, but for any of us, this would be a terrifying ordeal. What happens when we lose our voice? On the flip side, what happens when we are plagued with many voices?
THE LOST LANGUAGE OF CRAZY explores the terrain of mental illness from the point of view of its twelve-year old narrator, Penny, who has grown up believing her mother is dead. The novel opens with the protagonist’s desire to finish writing a play, which she is incapable of doing, since she does not know how the play ends, while her best friend, formerly a girl, yearns to play the dad. This is a story about words and language; gender confusion and the secrets surrounding it; silence and lies; mental illness and a writer’s journey.
Central to the book is the premise that we all have deeply buried selves, and these burials create a mental instability, which becomes the narrative we bring to the world.
All of the characters find themselves challenged by having their voices and identities silenced in some way by familial and societal expectations; they and the reader come to understand the truth of e.e. cummings observation that: “To be nobody but yourself–in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else–means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight; and never stop fighting.”
“I am here. I once was here. I will return here. The here always remains,” states author Rebecca Beardsall in her part memoir/part photo album My Place in the Spiral. In the author’s insightful and intriguing journey to research and spiral back to two women ahead of their times—her grandmother Ruth and great-grandmother Mary—Beardsall forges for us a path of understanding. Comparing faces, mannerisms, conversations, houses, educations, beliefs, superstitions, and dreams, she leads us from her New Zealand and Western Washington homes back to her Pennsylvania German heritage.
We, too, are in these pages, detectives uncovering clues to better understand, perhaps, our own identities. Mennonite upbringing re-stitched with feminism and literary theory? The future superimposed with sepia-toned photographs? Yes. In My Place in the Spiral, “the past…[serves as] a vision of [the] future….[t]he gyre of memory… looping back again.” In these pages, Rebecca Beardsall gives us the people we love alongside the ancestors we may never have met. In doing so, she encourages us to rediscover in them our present and future lives.
–Marjorie Maddox, www.marjoriemaddox.com, author of the prose collection What She Was Saying
Through Beardsall’s use of photographs and narrative captions, it’s as if we have all been invited to an intimate family slideshow. My Place in the Spiral begins with a look at time, at memory, and at our place in all of it and ends with the satisfaction that Beardsall has found herself, her nana, and her great-grandmother connected in the those spiraled lines that are always retreating and returning all at once.
Rebecca Beardsall’s quest to find out how and why she has always connected with her nana and great-grandmother is a literary journey through photographs and travel. With each turn of the page, we see what she sees, the closing of the distant connection between two women she had always wanted to meet but couldn’t and the warmth that grows inside of her with every discovery that she is more like them than she could have imagined.
–Kase Johnstun, http://kasejohnstun.com/, author of Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis
My Place in the Spiral is ostensibly about her search to find out something about her grandmother. And it is that, and that simple story is interesting enough in its own right. But it’s also about more far more than that. Through photographs and footnotes, the book asks us to suspend ourselves in multiple moments in the same moment, to see one body in multiple bodies (or is it multiple bodies in one body) and, in doing so, to confront any number of quietly sublime truths about our complicated relationship to time. At various points, the book reminded me of Mitchell, Vonnegut, and Dickens; yet the book goes beyond those now dusty meditations on time to propose yet a new relationship to time.
Beardsall uses family history to bend time back on itself so effortlessly. The story runs through your hand a bit like sunlight or cold river water or time itself: beautiful, important, impossible to capture or contain, let alone describe.
Readers will find themselves in My Place in the Spiral, I think, because we have all looked into a mirror and watched an unexpected ancestor peer back out. Time does not progress. It swirls. It eddies. It flows faster. Sometimes it stops, even doubles back on itself.
–Nathan R. Elliott, Ph.D , writeronabike.online
Memoir takes a visual, time-traveling and always intriguing interpretation as Rebecca Beardsall’s book crisscrosses family, history and destiny in sometimes startling discoveries that inspire further exploration of the mysteries in one’s own memories.
–Sarah Eden Wallace, multimedia journalist, Falling Star Studio
Jade Handan has murdered her father. For the past twelve years, she’s been forced to forego discovering who she is and become the mother who abandoned her. Snapping from the abuse, she leaves his dead body in her California home and is wandering the highway without a plan when Beatrice Hazeldine rescues her.
Bea appears to be everything that Jade is not: eccentric, passionate, confident. With nothing more than a picture of her mother and a note from an old love in New York, Bea and Jade head out to find Jade’s mother. The road trip becomes less about fleeing a crime and finding Jade’s mother, and more about the two women revealing their true selves.
When Jade’s past inevitably catches up to her, she is sent reeling. Confronting her actions tests the person Jade has become. She finds even what we trust most can be lost and the truths we most want to run from are those that make us who we are.
As if the silence of snow falling on itself/drowned out the edicts of ice/and the demolition next door—as if/a promise glowed—these poems are beautifully poised on that “as if…” Their luminous clarity is matched by delicacy of feeling, understatement, subtlety, an attentive ear so fine it can hear Longings/spin gravel and go, or that bird’s wing brushing the air. So much home truth in this slender volume, but such lightness of touch we can almost forget that “how it shone” is inseparable from its vanishing.
–Eleanor Wilner, author of Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2017 and winner of the 2019 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry
“My father bore witness to the things of this world,” Katherine Barham writes, “but he wouldn’t presume to be them.” Later, she recalls “geese gliding back / across the pond into themselves,” and says of the deer who don’t see her watching, “it’s good / they don’t know I imagine joining them.” In poems that bear close and perpetual witness to the particulars of the world we share, Katherine Barham acknowledges nature’s obliviousness to our presence – air “haywire with cicadas,” bees that “sucked, / head down” through a season of drought, the geese, the deer – both to mark our own sad interruptions of that balance – our isolations, our inexplicable cruelties, the trouble that consciousness brings – and to remind us that to join the harmony offers us the chance to return to ourselves. “I gallivant,” she writes – no, that’s a bird. “At best I leave a blush behind,” she writes – no, that’s the moon. “I brush my wings across her face,” she writes, and that’s the human self, guardedly and provisionally at home.
-Nathalie Anderson, author of Quiver and Stain
The poems in How It Shone sometimes celebrate, sometimes accuse and sometimes query the past and its players, invoking familial and romantic relationships. Plants, insects, animals and the seasonal cycle offer a diversion or respite from human encounters. These other inhabitants of the planet, while fascinating for their mysterious domains, are granted their autonomy and separateness from poets like Barham who “imagine joining them.”The poems in How It Shone sometimes celebrate, sometimes accuse and sometimes query the past and its players, invoking familial and romantic relationships. Plants, insects, animals and the seasonal cycle offer a diversion or respite from human encounters. These other inhabitants of the planet, while fascinating for their mysterious domains, are granted their autonomy and separateness from poets like Barham who “imagine joining them.”
The year is 1410. While battles rage in far off lands, Manfred von Göttingen, a young German knight, is confined to his miniscule town of Adelebsen. Dedicated to his duty of protecting his people, Manfred is torn apart when his father sends him on a mission away from home.
His quest: to escort an old crusader and a scholar across Medieval Germany to the far-off land of Prussia – the Kingdom of the Teutonic Knights. Manfred and his knights are forced to battle their way through hordes of pagans, peasants, and Poles, only to find themselves questioning the validity of their entire mission. What good is chivalry when your enemies hate what you stand for with a burning passion? What mercy can a warrior expect?
Return to the age of chivalry to unearth the truth behind the region of Göttingen, follow the bold Sir. Manfred on his quest, and discover what sorcery brought five brave men of the sword to their most desperate hour.
It’s Not About You by Daniel Casey punches hard and heavy and pierces sharp and shrill an inconvenient but imperative truth some of us are gleefully unaware of, others choose to ignore, while the rest only see themselves as right and righteous. Casey confronts grueling realities in our society such as the effects of colonization, systemic oppression, privilege, entitlement, fears without facts, with grit and candor while also being demanded and demanding more of himself “than being among / a colorless, one-dimensional people.” This thought-provoking poetry collection is an urgent calling to challenge ourselves to “Be better, do better.” And hope our collective history will persevere and triumph as “white light suddenly wiping the slate clean” in time.
Nadia Gerassimenko, poet and founding editor of Moonchild Magazine
Daniel Casey’s It’s Not About You takes aim at the evils of our days – from Brock Turner to Donald Trump to the mealy-mouthed term “millennial” deployed to tone-police and silence. He employs “fucking” liberally for emphasis, uses tarot as a form, calls out Southern dogs, Kansas sunflowers, and white people. Moments of lyric beauty – “Let your throat warble / sounding some exquisite bliss / to the exclusion of all else” – are juxtaposed with fantastically honed anger: “The legacy / of the Baby Boom will be / a kind of aggressive myopia / like the not all men/all lives / matter.” The title is a lie – these poems are about us.
C. Kubasta, @CKubastathePoet, author of Of Covenants & This Business of the Flesh
In a 2007 essay, Robert Pinsky called for “difficult” poetry: poetry that pushes us to confront truths we don’t want to face. The poems in Daniel Casey’s It’s Not About You answer this call. In the spirit of Philip Larkin, Casey’s poems push us to examine the uncomfortable realities of human nature – apathy, rage, disdain – and what it means to live in a nation fueled by prejudice and greed, focused on the myriad ways we find “to destroy what you love.” And yet there is hope here that if we “know full well” our darker nature, we can resist it, and through this challenging work, we can “be better, do better.”
Emma Bolden, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Tupelo Quarterly www.emmabolden.com
“Truly fine poems….I love your work.”
~ X. J. Kennedy, author of In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955-2007
“Intelligent…handled with pleasure and confidence… beautifully executed….This fine poetry, lush with detail and rich with sound, can savor its thematic cake and still have it later, as far as I’m concerned. Don’t we, too, prefer the ‘impeccably impure’ in art over righteous dogmatism?”
~Ron Smith, Poet Laureate of Virginia, author of Its Ghostly Workshop
“Gorgeous, splendid, even magical…This is the book I wish I’d written.”
~Christophe Cayle, author of Forget You
Poems are emotionally fraught objects some of us like to have around because, like all art, they offer the most satisfying reconciliations between ourselves and the world. The poetry of James McKee’s debut collection The Stargazers invites readers to engage with personal intensities of love, grief and time’s passage as well as with the looming forces of climate change, entrenched oppression, and weaponized history. And so, amid the numbing cacophonous welter of 21st Century American life, McKee’s poems undertake serial acts of rescue and refusal, of commemoration and condemnation, of compelled lyric outburst and deliberative public engagement. If art, as Picasso said, is “a lie that shows us the truth,” these poems neither hide their status as objects of artifice, nor despair of offering their readers the mysterious pleasure of the clarifying word.