Portland, Oregon— May 22, 2018 — Today, Unsolicited Press announced immediate availability of Adrian Ernesto Cepeda’s Flashes & Verses…Becoming Attractions, a poetry collection that taps into pop culture icons like Monroe and Bowie as he crafts ekphrastic poems inspired by Mona Lisa, composes bilingual odes to Cisneros & Felipe Herrera as his seductive love poems showcase the most original American Latino voice in modern poetry.
Responses from the Critics
“From Michael Jackson to Frank Sinatra, Cepeda spits out love rhymes like a “religion on free verse”.”
--Claudia D. Hernández, Recipient of the 2018 Louise Meriwether First Book Prize.
"The formal range and subject matter of Adrian Ernesto Cepeda's Flashes and Verses is wide and dazzling: from the songs of David Bowie to the poetics of stammering, from the exhilaration of desire to the disquieting joys of camping, from the infinite layers of childhood to the thingness of umbrellas--and that's just grazing the surface. Throughout, Cepeda's relationship to the poetic image is precise and exuberant. If you care about life and language, the eclectic richness of this book will give you great pleasure."
--Alistair McCartney, author of The Disintegrations
“Adrian Cepeda's poesia will draw you in immediately- Eros permeates each poema, balanced with an intelligent awareness. Yet Eros, the erotic, remains his Goddess, his guide, and she'll become yours as you read. My advice- draw a warm/hot bath, sprinkle rose petals, perfume the water with rose essence- a glass of champagne with raspberries floating. Now read...float, drink. Read each poema out loud...another glass of champagne. Sip slowly. Let the words, Eros, fill your mouth."
--Alma Luz Villanueva, author of Song of the Golden Scorpion.
“Adrian Cepeda’s explosive poetry collection overflows with undiluted passion for living – for eureka moments of brightly splashed colors in sound, sight, smell, taste and touch. If these poetic offerings do not awaken or reawaken whatever emotions have been sleeping inside the reader, I don't know what would."
--Barbara Moore, author of Dancing on Broken Glass.
This expansive, generous, collection is, at its heart, a love letter—it’s a love letter to movie stars and musicians, to poets and barbers, to art and margaritas and typewriters and birds; it’s a love letter to the English language and the Spanish language, to any language and its possibilities; it’s a love letter to Southern California and to the body, a love letter to longing and to doubt, a love letter to love and love and love and, always, love. With Flashes & Verses…Becoming Attractions, Adrian Ernesto Cepeda has written a beautiful, stirring love letter to us all.
--Gayle Brandeis, author of The Selfless Bliss of the Body
Adrian Ernesto Cepeda’s Flashes & Verses…Becoming Attractions is available for purchase directly from the publisher or through all major retailers. Booksellers can order copies from Ingram.
Founded in 2012, Unsolicited Press is a small publisher based out of Portland Oregon. The team is dedicated to publishing outstanding fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
March 17, 2018 --
Unsolicited Press releases to the trade What Must Go On, a collection by poet Chuck Harp.
About What Must Go On
Following multiple characters, What Must Go On is a poetry collection that delves into the art of live performance. From the lyrical decapitation of battle rap, to the pre-premier jitters of the theater, the collection swims its way through the various forms of entertainment and gathers up the many faces and feelings of each. It’s a variety show of dreamers, artists, and hustlers just using their gifts to get by.
About Chuck Harp
Chuck is a writer and Temple University graduate from the Philadelphia area. Captivated by storytelling led to his passion of crafting visual tales in various forms. His work can be found at Random Poetry Tree, 101 Words, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and Public Pool. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Unsolicited Press, a small publisher based out of Portland releases SONGS FROM THE SOUTHERN OREGON COAST, a collaborative collection comprising works from fifty-seven writers living on the southern coast of Oregon. With each poem and story, layers of history, culture, and inspiration reveal themselves. From the pristine natural settings to the vibrant town atmospheres, the region comes to life in this collection.
“In this book you will find fifty-seven local authors explaining in fifty-seven different ways why they enjoy living along the southern Oregon coast: it’s beauty, history and inspiration, its people, flora, fauna and relatively mild weather, its fishing, hunting, pristine forests, beaches and laid-back atmosphere.” -- Gary Carter
Gary Carter was born in San Diego, California in 1938 and graduated National City High School in 1956. After serving three years in the United States Marine Corps he attended college as a science major at Grossmont Community College and San Diego State as a botany major. His poems have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. Gary is the author of three novels, two books of poetry and several short stories plus numerous gardening articles. He lives in Port Orford, Oregon, along the southern Oregon coast in Port Orford, a small fishing and farming village. He is the father of four, the grandfather of 12 and the great grandfather of 14.
SONGS FROM THE SOUTHERN OREGON COAST is available directly from the publisher and all major bookstores.
Megan Dhakshini’s Poison Apple, a dark, emotive, and feminist poetry collection is now available.
Portland, Oregon, April 24, 2018: Love, lust, longing and loss, captured vividly through short bursts of poetry, prose and quotes – Poison Apple is a journey through the tumultuous courtship of soul mates who were never meant to be. The collection is sectioned into four parts that take the reader through the befores’, durings’ and afters’ of a wildly passionate relationship, likened to taking a bite of the forbidden fruit. The writing is simple and short, yet painfully emotive and explores how men and women view each other, approaching their thoughts, desires and passions differently.
The dark & gritty writing style seems appropriate, given that after that initial bite from the ‘Poison Apple’, the way that men and women viewed each other changed forever: full of lust and desire above all. Each poem touches on a slightly different aspect of human desire or pain and pays attention to even the smallest of feelings, magnifying them and creating images in our minds that are darkly vivid.
The collection is available for pre-order and officially for sale on April 24, 2018. Readers can purchase the book directly from the publisher at www.unsolicitedpress.com or from any major retailer.
About Unsolicited PressUnsolicited Press is an independent publishing press based out of Portland, Oregon. The press focuses on literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
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Hawaiian Poetry Collection Pushes Beyond the Natural Setting
Eric Paul Shaffer’s Even Further West Released by Unsolicited Press
Portland, OR April 24, 2018: Unsolicited Press releases Even Further West by poet Eric Paul Shaffer. The poems in this collection, which are written from the sunset slopes of Haleakalā on Maui to the crowded boulevards of Honolulu examine a Hawai‘i presenting unexpected moments in a place many call paradise. Even Further West is listed at $16.00 retail and is widely distributed by Ingram.
Stuart Holmes Coleman, author of Eddie Would Go and Fierce Heart, said, “Like a cocoon, Eric Shaffer’s new book of poetry transforms mundane moments and objects in nature into something transcendental, and the lines take flight from the page. In the title poem ‘Even Further West,’ he writes about finding a cardinal feather and a cowrie shell and says, ‘Hold them till your mind changes.’ Many of these poems may change your mind about the things you take for granted, maybe even the way you look at the world.”
Shaffer’s poetry collection is available at all major retailer websites, from the publisher, and as an ebook on Amazon. A book launch and reading tour will follow publication.
More information can be found at www.unsolicitedpress.com or by contacting the publisher directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unsolicited Press releases A FEW SMALL STONES by Marilyn Katz, March 20, 2018. Sadly, last winter we lost Marilyn, but her family and our team decided that the best way to honor her would be to carry out publication.
The linked stories of A FEW SMALL STONES follow Alice and her extended immigrant family in 1940s New York City as they cope with the upheavals before, during and after World War II. The stories show the pain of separation and the guilt of survival, the price of upward mobility, and the ultimate disintegration of family. In one story, the sexism of the period devastates a brother and sister. Another examines the city’s racial divide, and still another takes us to a rally on the beaches in the summer of 1940 and the violent conflict between neo-Nazi isolationists and those who wanted to enter the war against Hitler and prevent the annihilation of Jews.
Marilyn Ogus Katz was an author based in New York City. Her stories have been published in numerous journals, including the Tupolo Quarterly and Hadassah Magazine. Her short story, Life List, was a winner of Writer’s Digest best short shorts competition in 2015. Katz served as the Dean of Studies and Student Life at Sarah Lawrence College for almost twenty years, and continued on as consultant to the president.
All proceeds from the book will be sent to SMART OREGON, a literacy foundation.
March 20, 2018 marks the release of James LaMontagne's MERRICK, a poetry collection. Joseph Merrick was fond of quoting from and Isaac Watts’s poem entitled “False Greatness:”
Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or grasp the ocean with my span,
I must be measured by my soul,
The mind’s the standard of the man.
Merrick, better known as The Elephant Man, was a man of dignity who lived his life from the inside out. These poems seek to inhabit that life and to discover that inner landscape of dignity living in the midst of depravity.
James LaMontagne studied creative writing at the University of Massachusetts. He worked in Montana as a logger and worked as a church-planter in Massachusetts. He lived in Texas and Connecticut. He currently lives in South Hadley, MA and works for a Hospital in Connecticut. He loves jazz and has been playing bass for over 30 years. He and his wife, Karin, have 4 children. His poems have been published in many small press magazines. He can be contacted on Facebook and Instagram
The collection can be purchased on our site and anywhere else you could possibly imagine!
COCKTAILS IN THE WILD explores form wildly from couplets to long winding lines that swallow the reader up and transport them to a new place. A place for the senses. A place for the heart. Robert Knox toys with political and social conventions of today's modern landscape, and at the same time lets the reader revel in all of niceties of the natural world.
You can preorder your copy today.
Guess what's releasing at the end of November 2017? Michael Campagnoli's poetry cycle The Home Stretch!
The Home Stretch by Michael Campagnoli is not afraid to experiment with form and movement, in a collection that weaves dialogue, theme, and image together.
It's a beautiful cycle of poems that looks at nature and so much more.
You can learn more about it HERE. It is available for preorder at all major retailers.
The Last Map explores language’s role as the mediator between humanity and nature. Combining a deep reverence for the power of language with profound anxieties about language’s tendency to contaminate that which it represents, these poems reside between the impulse to succumb to the seductive qualities of words and the drive to penetrate through words into the unmediated world.
Narrative modes ranging from history to mythology, from folklore to family legends, and from cosmology to apocalyptic eschatology are simultaneously exploited for their aesthetic potency and subjected to skeptical internal critique. Each poem engages ongoing human efforts to manage and articulate encounters with the radical otherness and uncanny familiarity of the natural world.
The interpenetration of humanity and nature is revealed as both exhilarating and terrifying, and, as the cumulative effects of these encounters proliferate, the contact between these two worlds becomes increasingly fraught with complications for both. As the personae that populate these poems struggle with nature within and nature without, they come to question conventional ways of understanding themselves, their relationships, and their values. They consequently begin to perceive a new world ripe with strange possibilities, a world that all of their maps, both literal and figurative, seem ill-equipped to describe.
Zilleruelo's poems display a deep commitment to pursuing poetry’s aesthetic dimensions. His disciplined, musical free verse reminds readers that poems are more than mere ideas meant to be interpreted--they are also aesthetic artifacts intended to be experienced.
Where to Buy It
You can purchase a copy of Art's book on our website, or any major retailer such as Amazon, BN, and more! An ebook is available via Amazon.
We Might As Well Be Underwater is a collection of poetry split into two parts: Travelling and Not Travelling. Cooper-Novack lyrically discusses family, love, death, aging, and illness through travels. The collection travels through Cape Town, Sydney, Venice, Moscow, Chicago, Antarctica, London, Tokyo, Oregon, Florida, and many more places while also uniting the world through experiences.
Readers will enjoy the sense of space and how certain memories or ideas are sprung from a specific environment. Throughout her travels Cooper-Novack explores many spaces, cleverly exposing emotion in places revisited and sharing memories in new environments. They will both feel foreign and familiar as she leads us to both specific and general places (places that are described and could be in any community). Cooper-Novack lyrically composes stanzas that discuss the journey of life through aging and travels while also discovering home.
February 16, 2017 marks the end and the beginning (so the middle?) of a long and wonderful journey with Timothy O'Leary and his short story collection Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face*.
It's been a wild ride. And we are thrilled to see O'Leary make his debut in a graceful and daring move as he opens his launch in Portland this weekend.
But before we get to that...we want to share one of the reviews left by a reader, Jeff Merrick.
And when you're done, head on over and get a copy before they run out! Because the just might.
In the opening and title story of his riveting collection, Timothy O’Leary returns fire, blasting the S.O.B. Cheney with true facts spun out by a fictional victim in a most entertaining way. As with all of the stories, O’Leary’s exuberant, fast-paced style bobs us down rivers of his savvy takes on the cultures, fun, fears, and realities of our time.
“One Star” gets into the heads and hearts of a struggling immigrant restaurant family and struggling, married, U.S. born customers disappointed by a declined Groupon. A drunken Yelp-like review exposes a cleavage too often exploited by politicians and leading to consequences both sides regret.
A has-been sitcom actor was content with his life of booze and pussy as a travelling stand-up comic until he is blind-sided by an up-and-coming talent using the technology and tools of today in “Hecklers.”
A widower who avoided cell phones and blames them for the death of his wife takes another look at his departed wife and the phone’s benefits when the neighbor boy shows him a video of her at her best in “The Tower.”
Each story in this collection is a gem of thought, language and craft. Some are funny, some are darkly funny (e.g., “Adolph’s [Hitler] Return”), and others are dramatic. All are superbly entertaining. Together, they process and contextualize the world around us from the perspective of someone who has been paying attention for the past four decades.
Personally, I finish about one in every nine books I begin. I finished this one in no time. My biggest criticism is that I wish there were even more than eighteen stories.
We Might As Well Be Underwater is a collection of poetry split into two parts: Travelling and Not Travelling.
Cooper-Novack lyrically discusses family, love, death, aging, and illness through travels. The collection travels through Cape Town, Sydney, Venice, Moscow, Chicago, Antarctica, London, Tokyo, Oregon, Florida, and many more places while also uniting the world through experiences. She lyrically composes stanzas that discuss the journey of life through aging and travels while also discovering home.
Readers will enjoy the sense of space and how specific memories or ideas are sprung from a specific environment. Throughout her travels Cooper-Novack explores many spaces, cleverly exposing emotion in places revisited and sharing memories in new environments. They will both feel foreign and familiar in both specific and general spaces.
Poet, playwright, and writer Gemma Cooper-Novack has had her poetry published in more than twenty journals. She also won the OUTSpoken Poetry Prize at Sundance Publishing in 2014. We Might As Well Be Underwater is her first book of poetry.
You can grab her book on our site or any major retailer.
After the successful launch of Mick Bennett's Missing You in Belmar, NJ, Unsolicited Press extended Mick a handshake that guarantees the release of all three of his books, a trilogy that follows Jimmy H.
In the trilogy’s second novel, Jimmy travels a harsh road back from Key West to Belmar. Old suspicions are confirmed, party bars turn ugly, and a bizarre tragedy marks the summer’s turning point. Ronny, June’s companion, becomes July’s antagonist. As Jimmy tries to accommodate Alice, and despite old and new heartaches, he attains his dream job, finds touching rapport with a surrogate daughter, and reconnects with his perceptive, gutsy self.
The book is set to release on May 5, 2015. If you haven't read Missing You in Belmar, NJ yet, you can get the Kindle ebook for free through this week.
Unsolicited Press Release Steven Charnow's "Charlie Fig and the Lip" Available on December 28, 2014 San Francisco, CA December 28, 2014: Unsolicited Press, a small press based out of California releases Steven Charnow's Charlie Fig and the Lip, a coming-of-age novel following the turbulent events between Aaron Lipstein and Charlie Figatelli. It is the first novel from Charnow.
Aaron Lipstein, “the Lip” to his best friend Charlie Figatelli, (“because you got an answer for everything”), is about to graduate high school at the top of his class. Aaron is looking forward to an uneventful summer before leaving home for college and getting away from his abusive father. When the bullet-riddled, delivery van belonging to Charlie’s father is pulled from a canal flowing into Jamaica Bay, and the police fail to recover Mr. Figatelli’s body, Charlie appeals to Aaron to help him search for it.
Steven Charnow grew up in New York City, including some memorable years in Brooklyn. After graduating from Queens College, he worked as a social worker for the NYC Bureau of Child Welfare, and then joined the Peace Corps, serving two years in Medellin, Colombia. Returning to the United States, he settled in Los Angeles, where he collaborated with a composer and wrote song lyrics in English and Spanish. He moved on to writing screenplays and was soon under contract to a film studio producing low-budget features. His first novel, “Charlie Fig and the Lip,” was inspired by his childhood explorations along the marsh shallows of New York City’s Jamaica Bay. When he isn’t running marathons to maintain his sanity, he is writing his next novel. He lives in Santa Monica, California with his wife, Shelley, and his dog, Luke.
Purchase the book at Unsolicited Press's website, or all major retailers. More information about Charnow can be found on his website: http://www.stevencharnow.com/
October 15, 2014 marks the release of Richard Carr's poetry collection Grave Reading. A stark collection that is uprisings with a deep seat in spirituality.
Surprising and revealing
It's a curious thing to be so thrilled by a collection of poems
whose subject matter is essentially a story of loss and
loneliness. Carr's skill is in making his language do surprising
and revealing acrobatics: "the electric fence dips down to the
creek / where the cattle find their way untended / through
coarse alfalfa and scattered thistles / for a drink – all the wars
have ended." It's refreshing to see rhyme and meter applied
with such novel grace that you don't know what's just
happened to you until it's too late. Carr's lines electrify as
much as the story he tells absorbs you.
You can buy a copy on Amazon or through our store page.
September 15, 2014 marks the release of Nicholas Kriefall's "Attic Pieces," a poetry volume that is sharp, intimate, and fulfilling.
Attic Pieces is a debut collection of narrative poems covering a variety of themes set in rural towns as well as big cities, as seen through the eyes of the old and young alike. To a veteran astronaut unsure of home, to a soldier afraid to leave his, to a fishing town and farmer in their last days; each poem invites the reader into an intimate corner of everyday life.
You can read more about Nicholas on the author page. Books can be purchased on our site or at major retailers.
On September 15, 2014, Unsolicited Press released John P. Bourgeois's The Christmas Croc. And just in time for the holidays too. The fable is rich with illustrations and verse that alight with gleam. One might call this a satire, others will say it is a long forgotten myth. It is up for you to decide.John Bourgeois lives in New Orleans working as a librarian.
You can buy his book at Unsolicited Press, and other major retailers.
Do you remember that book "Women" by Charles Bukowski. A sick, twisted novel about the women who went in and out of Charles' life? I remember that book, and I love that book. When we came across William Alton's manuscript respectively titled Girls, we knew we landed a good one.
Alton follows through with his swing to deliver a compelling collection of stories that follow a speaker through relationships with women we learn to love -- and with women we learn to abhor. From an early love to the tender development of love between a man and a young woman, Girls hits you hard. It it us hard.
Alton has a Bukowski perspective, yet he delivers his work with a smooth tone. The energy is there, but it is a quiet energy.
Girls is available for purchase on 9/5/2014 through our store, and as always, at all major retailers.
After a darling half-year of working with the illustrious Susan P. Robbins, we are delighted to announce the release of her book, "Nothing but the Weather" today, August 15, 2014.
Here is our "trailer" blurb for the short story collection:
Wake up in a storm. Row down a flooded alley of people looking for their way home. "Nothing but the Weather" wades through the water, both clean and dirty, digging up life without cleaning it off first. The collection introduces you to a grandmother who reads magazines at the grief counselor's office because her doting son wants her to adjust to life again. You will rub shoulders with a bipolar Lynn who has half-started just about every career. Mingle with an array of family units that hold secrets, lies and even love from one another.
Set to be a best-seller on Unsolicited Press's list, Robbins sells you characters that could walk off the page and slap you in the face.
Buy a copy today!
If your not sold yet, read an excerpt here.
Darci Schummer's Six Months in the Midwest debuts nationwide on August 12, 2014: The debut of Darci Schummer's Six Months in the Midwest is available for purchase nationwide. Unsolicited Press, a small press based on the West Coast selected the stunning collection for its wit and true-to-form style. Schummer tells a story the way Carver did. Her dead pan delivery shows real characters in real settings. Schummer is a Wisconsin girl living in Minneapolis, MN.
She is a graduate of Hamline University's MFA program. Her fiction has been read in Paper Darts, Revolver, Feile Festa, The Diverse Arts Project, Vita.mn, Conclave: A Journal of Character, Bartleby Snopes, and Midwestern Gothic. She is currently at work on a novel.
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