Mayapple Press

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Mayapple Press is a small literary press started by poet and translator Judith Kerman in 1978. After a hiatus between 1982 and 1992, it became active again, publishing generally one to three titles a year until 2004, when the press became more active. For the past several years, Mayapple Press has been publishing 12-14 titles a year. Mayapple Press has produced more than 70 titles, primarily poetry by single authors, but also poetry anthologies, short fiction and Great Lakes nonfiction. The Press has a special interest in works that straddle conventional categories: Great Lakes/Northeastern U.S. literature, women, Caribbean, translations, science fiction poetry, recent immigrant experience, Judaica. Publications are in both chapbook and trade paperback formats.

Mayapple Press authors include Jayne Pupek, Conrad Hilberry, William Heyen, Penelope Schott, Myra Sklarew, Gerry LaFemina,[1] Judith Minty, Brian Aldiss, Eleanor Lerman, Mariela Griffor,[2] Dennis Hinrichsen, David Lunde, Toni Ortner, Judith McCombs, Zilka Joseph,[3] Claire Keyes [4] and Nancy Botkin.[5]

In 2012 Mary Winegarden's poetry collection, The Translator's Sister, received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation;[6] Johanny Vazquez Paz's Streetwise Poems/Poemas Callejeros,[7] received Honorable Mention for the Mariposa First Book Award of the 2008 International Latino Book Awards,[8] Kathryn Kirkpatrick's poetry collection, Out of the Garden, was a Finalist in the 2008 Southern Independent Booksellers Association Book Award.[9] Several books have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Michigan Notable Books, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and other prizes

Mayapple Press is a member of CLMP (Council of Literary Magazines and Small Presses) and of AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs). Books are distributed by Small Press Distribution, Partners Distributing, and are available online at and other major online booksellers.


  1. ^ "Chad Prevost reviews Gerry LaFemina". Poemeleon. undated. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  2. ^ "The Journey of Mariela Griffor". The Student Operated Press. April 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-11. 
  3. ^ "Zilka Joseph: A Poet to Watch". THE DETROITER.COM. 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  4. ^ "The Question of Rapture by Claire Keyes". Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century. February 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  5. ^ "In Pursuit of Poetry". IU News Room. February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  6. ^ "2012 American Book Awards". Before Columbus Foundation. August 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Book Review: Johanny Vazquez Paz - Streetwise Poems". Blog Critics Magazine: Books. August 7, 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  8. ^ "International Latino Book Awards May 28, 2009". The Latino Book and Family Festival. undated. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 
  9. ^ "2008 SIBA Book Award Finalists Announced". SIBA NEWS. 18 April 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-03. 

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