Hello everyone, it’s that time of year again. Time for the Wapshott Press Annual Fundraiser!
Here’s our line up for 2021:
Poetrylandia, Issue 5
Three Soul Makers: Poems That Bring Us Together
Poetry by Mary Kennedy Eastham, Eileen Malone, and Kathleen McClung
Mary Kennedy Eastham: Darkly beautiful, erotic, lyrical and haunting. The poet’s words nag at us the way only a great seduction can…like liquid pearls falling from the sky above/as soft and easy as a fortune teller’s dreams/We are beautiful alone with ourselves/they seem to say/evening snowflakes floating beneath a faint moon/like fingertips about to touch/a new piano/each sound, each song/a miracle.
Eileen Malone: A mental health activist, Eileen wrote these poems inspired by her experiences with her adult son diagnosed with schizophrenia at nineteen. She speaks for those who cannot or dare not: the families and loved ones of those with serious mental illnesses. You are not alone, they call out, we feel your pain, your love and loss, we listen, care, make loving human connections. We know tragedy and still we endure. Together, we sing our pain.
Kathleen McClung: This collection carries readers across time, geography, and interior space. Poems move from the Cuban missile crisis to the Covid-19 crisis, from hospitals and cemeteries to spring sidewalks of Barcelona and San Francisco, from the zestful curiosity of childhood to the wry wisdom of age. McClung harnesses a variety of poetic forms—sonnets, centos, villanelles, sestinas, and others—to embrace both the pain and beauty of living fully in an ever-changing world.
Poetrylandia, Issue 6
Changming Yuan: This collection is mainly about human evolution or revolution in the e. age: while its thematic interest lies in the way modern advances in science and technology have been affecting the way we live, think and develop as humans, it is intended to be a poetic call for more in-depth reflections on the dynamic interaction between man and science in general, as well as on the role of the computer in human evolution in particular.
Storylandia, Issue 36, Winter 2021
Short Stories by
Gordon J. Stirling: “The School’s on Fire!” A boy makes a mistake and runs away when he learns something about himself his folks never told him. A man in town finds him and helps him prepare for the challenges that lay ahead.”
Bob Ritchie: “The Ear is the way to the Soul” A challenge, being a teen. Just when you think you have a handle on life, you discover this awful (for a teen boy) thing called “virginity.” We explore, learn. We find God (or not), love (or not), and the way to our souls? For Relsin, it is via his ears.
John O’Kane: “Alchemy” Alchemy. This is a story about fleeting relationships in a beach community, stressed through cellphone communication, where everyday situations of meeting people and the possibility of achieving euphoric experiences, a boy overcoming being bullied, a device that might seem harmless—perhaps even beneficial—but fosters its own type of tyranny, a boy who makes a mistake and runs away when he learns something about himself his folks never told him, and a seeker learns the ear is the way to the soul.
Evan Howell: “Red Wings” At school Lionel is getting bullied and at home he can barely tolerate Randy, his mother’s annoying boyfriend. Randy further disappoints Lionel when he gives him a pair of Red Wing work boots as a birthday present. However, the unexpected events that arise from this gift change Lionel’s life in ways he couldn’t have imagined.
Jhon Sánchez: “The DiDramifi” In this USA, everyone owns the DeDramafi, which is a device that might seem harmless, perhaps even beneficial, but fosters its own type of tyranny.
Storylandia, Issue 37, Spring 2021
The Key, novella
In downtown LA, many worlds collide without interacting. There are the stock brokers and bankers cloistered within their shiny high-rises. There is the almost invisible working class that keeps them clean and fed. There are the totally lost: the homeless, the mad, the addicted. And there are those self-chosen to try and keep it all together: the teachers, the priests, the parole officers, and social workers, but who often see merely the forest, and not the trees. Only a 5-year old girl walks unafraid among all of them. And a broken ex-con and a hardworking doughnut-maker find their lives changed by this orphan who loves them both.
Storylandia, Issue 38, Summer 2021
A VENICE QUINTET
Five Stories by John O’Kane
Storylandia, Issue 39, Autumn 2021
Short Stories by
Scott Pedersen: These days we fret that intrusive technology is invading our privacy. But is this something new? Not according to “Philly Is Listening!” During radio’s golden era, a waggish program host brings live eavesdropping to home listeners, with eye-popping results.
Jerry Cunningham: “The Dancing Chameleon” tells the tale of two children in Virginia who are adopted at the turn of the twentieth century by a cranky wealthy widow. The troubles of one of the children, a girl named Alma, are described including her difficulty with a pair of red shoes, which come alive after she lies to her mother. That scene owes its origin to “The Red Shoes,” a story by Hans Christian Anderson. The other child, a boy named Hoofer, is musically influenced by a local pastor. Hoofer, as a teen, runs away to Chicago, where the story follows him in his career as a dancer in the 1920’s through the 1940’s.
Kevin Stadt: “Keep away from People” is the story of a father and son struggling to survive in a world where being near others brings monstrous horrors. The father is forced to make an unthinkable decision—stay with his son and put the boy’s life at risk, or leave him and give the child some chance of surviving.
Larry Handy: According to Japanese legend, folding 1000 paper cranes grants a wish. In “Mrs. Meriweather”—one of 9 connected stories on origami—the title character wishes for freedom from her wheelchair and nursing home environment, embarking on a journey of folding. The Missouri Review wrote in a rejection letter, “Mrs. Meriweather” is a “touching and empowering portrayal of the power of will and memory, set in a place where those things are at risk of fading.”
As always, the Wapshott Press supports individual writers and poets by providing an outlet to share their thoughts and stories with the world. The impact of its work cannot be understated especially during these difficult times. As a mode of self-expression and sense-making, creative writing has the power to change lives and inspire hope for both the author and the audience – and Wapshott Press is the catalyst to those experiences.
Aside from publishing work that would otherwise not be seen, Wapshott Press helps legitimize new and emerging artists by creating a point of entry into the field. Although relatively small, Waphott Press has built a reputation for excellence and has consistently published authentic top-quality work for over a decade.
Our writers are not shy about telling us how they feel about publishing in Wapshott Press journals: LindaAnn LoSchiavo of Poetrylandia 2 told us: “…meaningful momentum is what happens when Wapshott Press breathes a manuscript into being. … their indie imprint empower writers, helping them to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.”
Another poet, Connie Post, writes of her experience with Poetrylandia 4: “Having my poems published in Poetrylandia “Trio” (Poetrylandia 4) has had such a positive impact on me as a writer and poet. … I am able to show a strong cross section of my work which helps potential readers get a better sense of my poetry and that kind of exposure is always positive.”
Short story writer, Arthur Davis, who had a single author collection in Storylandia, Issue 17: “Storylandia is a uniquely supportive literary journal offering readers ‘out of the box’ tales, and deserves to be supported so it can feature a new generation of authors.”
Ronni Kern, author of the novella “The Key” in upcoming Storylandia, Issue 37, publishing in Spring 2021, writes: “When one is facing a really bad cancer diagnosis, the notion that – if all else fails — something of one’s self will be left behind suddenly becomes shockingly important. Ginger Mayerson accepted my story just before I learned I had an especially aggressive Stage 3, Grade 3 breast cancer. The news – not to mention the surgeries, chemo and radiation — flattened me; but this little bright light continues to glimmer at the end of a very dark tunnel: next spring, The Key will appear in print, whether or not I am around to see it. That means a lot.”
And Pushcart Prize winner, David Meischen, tells us “Storylandia is a gift to the world of short fiction, of short stories that push at the limits of short fiction, of novella writers searching for an audience. As a fiction writer, I am exponentially happy with Issue 34 of Storylandia. It isn’t just a journal with one of my stories. It is an issue entirely devoted to my stories—my very own short fiction collection, thanks to the Wapshott Press and their unique approach.”
We are also planning a series of book clubs on recent Wapshott Press titles, with special guest appearances by the authors themselves. You can sign up for book club notifications here: www.eepurl.com/g5rwKT PDF provided free of charge if don’t already have a copy of the book.
Again this year, we’re offering a complete set of everything we publish at Wapshott Press in 2021 for each $100 donation. You can request these titles for yourself or for someone else, or you can get all 2020 books (however it is, I’ll be in touch to find out how you’d like to receive your books). Thank you to all our 2019 $100 or more donors, the second tranche of your books are on the way.
Oh also, the Wapshott Press is an Amazon Smile charity, and they do send us a little money now and then. So we hope you’ll remember us when you shop at www.Smile.Amazon.com and choose Wapshott Press from the charity list. We will be very grateful.
Thank you for your support of the Wapshott Press, and our journals Storylandia and Poetrylandia.
Founder and Editor