Locally & Independently Published Poetry

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Dimensions of Love Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781470181727
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Published: Createspace - April 9th, 2012

Wild Place: Poems  Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781599248608
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Published: Finishing Line Press - January 1st, 2012

Author Bio: 
Theodore Berhanu Levine has been a musician, a poet, a photographer, and an artist; he was homeless for a long time; graduated from Day School High, Chicago North Side. Passed English #255, #100 at Cabillo College, six classes plus a couple credits away from graduating Cabrillo with an Associate Degree. Been published in Narcotics Anonymous Lighthouse Newsletter. Psychiatric institutions, addiction, and long-term recovery.Living one day at a time, striving for love, compassion and peace.
Recovery & Perfect Bliss, Inc. Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781614680208
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Published: The Troy Book Makers - January 1st, 2011

Author Bio: 

Robert Sward has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and UC Santa Cruz. A Fulbright Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, he was chosen by Lucille Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award. Among his 30 books are Four Incarnations (Coffee House Press), Heavenly Sex, God is in the Cracks (Black Moss Press), and Rosicrucian in the Basement. He is also the author of The Toronto Islands, a best-selling illustrated history of a close-knit community and historic area in the heart of Toronto.

New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011 Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781597092616
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Published: Red Hen Press - October 1st, 2011

Author Bio: 
Until recently, Roz Spafford taught writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She also wrote a newspaper column of media and cultural criticism, called Mediations, for generations of weekly newspapers—the Phoenix, the Sun, the Express, and the Santa Cruz Magazine. She was active in local politics in the 1980s as well as in the American Federation of Teachers for many years. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous literary magazines; she won the 2010 David Nathan Meyerson fiction award for her story, "Drought," published in Southwest Review. Ms.
Requiem: Poems  Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780981901800
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Published: Big Pencil Press - November 1st, 2008

Author Bio: 
Lisa Allen Ortiz was born in Mendocino County and studied creative writing at Mills College and University of Colorado. Recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination and two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prizes, her poems have appeared in Zyzzyva, Comstock Review, The Literary Review and The Crab Creek Review. She lives in Santa Cruz.
Turns Out Cover Image
$10.00
ISBN: 9781599482965
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Published: Main Street Rag Publishing Company - April 1st, 2011

Author Bio: 
Amena is a writer and student from right here, and she is going for broke in work and life. She wrote the pieces that compose Shakedown over a number of years, unaware that together they would eventually become the components of a single book. Some of the poems have undergone revision for this project, but the vast majority are in their original form. She is also the photographer of the images included in the book.
Shakedown Cover Image
By Amena,
$14.50
ISBN: 9780615404103
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Published: Musafra Press - September 1st, 2010

Author Bio: 

Robert Sward has taught at Cornell University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and UC Santa Cruz. A Fulbright Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, he was chosen by Lucille Clifton to receive a Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award. Among his 30 books are Four Incarnations (Coffee House Press), Heavenly Sex, God is in the Cracks (Black Moss Press), and Rosicrucian in the Basement. He is also the author of The Toronto Islands, a best-selling illustrated history of a close-knit community and historic area in the heart of Toronto.

Four Incarnations: New and Selected Poems 1959-1991 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780918273901
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Published: Coffee House Press - July 1st, 1991

Bay of Monterey, Poems of Monterey Bay Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780557167142
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Published: Lulu.com - February 1st, 2010

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