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Locally & Independently Published Poetry

Bookshop Santa Cruz has hundreds of locally and independently published books on our shelves. Our consignment program allows us to continue to accept all of the professionally-produced, self-published books from our local authors and to devote our resources to prominently featuring them throughout the store.

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Author Bio: 

Mycah Miller is a CA-based queer poet, artist, and student, and was a member of the winning team of the 2018 Southwest Shootout. She currently attends SJSU as an English major. She creates art as an escape from and commentary on the outside world in a continuous attempt to both understand and connect with others. In her non-writing time, she can be found drinking tea, riding her motorcycle(s), and working as a motorcycle safety instructor.

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ISBN: 9781636250212
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Published: Ragdoll Productions - December 5th, 2020

The Immortal Sunflower

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Sophia Falco believes that poetry has the tremendous power to be a form of activism. She believes poetry has the immense potential to create a change of heart regarding the perception of those who struggle with bipolar disorder—herself included. She graduated with two associate degrees from Foothill College with high honors in English and in Spanish. She will graduate from The University of California, Santa Cruz in 2020 with a B.A. in intensive literature with a creative writing concentration for poetry. In her free time she is an epic gardener.

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ISBN: 9780359973651
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Published: - September 25th, 2019

An Ode to Newfoundland

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Lynn DeTurk lives in Mid-coast California and Tors Cove, Newfoundland where she writes about the cultures of both places.  She is a retired Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who began writing poetry only in this decade and has published in journals and anthologies.  Her first chapbook, Kaddish, A Song for Two Voices was chosen as a finalist in a nation competition.  An Ode to Newfoundland is her first full length manuscript and was written while living in the Coachella Valley, a place as physically and culturally different as can be imagined from Newfoundland.

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ISBN: 9780979778544
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Published: Cave Moon Press - January 1st, 2019

The Extra Year

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Jory Post has been an educator and writer for 40 years as well as making handmade books and journals with his wife. His fiction and poetry have been published in Catamaran Literary ReviewChicago Quarterly Review,  Porter Gulch ReviewRed Wheelbarrow82 Review, and upcoming in The Sun. He is the cofounder and editor of phren-z online literary magazine in Santa Cruz. 

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ISBN: 9781681145082
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Published: Anaphora Literary Press - October 1st, 2019


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Jordan Dalzell (she/her/hers) is a 24-year-old poet living in Santa Cruz, California. Writer was the first name she called herself. Words are her compass. She teaches radical social justice to the little ones in her life--striving to infuse her teaching pedagogy with intersectional feminism and teaching through play. Her life centers around activism, supporting grassroots projects and one day creating a school focused on hands-on multi-lingual whole child community-based learning.



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"Coco Peezy is 27 years old and resides on the coast of Northern California near Half Moon Bay. Coco graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Modern Literary Studies. An avid writer, reader, and surfer, her poetry is inspired by her environment and relationships, other poets, and of course Mama Ocean. Coco began writing poems and delving into the works of diverse poets at age 11. She is a steward of the coast and an educator of her community.

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ISBN: 9780368103933
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Published: Blurb - April 27th, 2021

A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met

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Born in San Francisco, William H. “Will” Holsinger grew up in Inverness, a small town in rural West Marin with a winter population of 400 and a summer population of 800.  For a year he lived in Olema, which had a year-round population of 30, not counting the dairy cows.  After graduating from an eight grade class of 24 students at Wet Marin Elementary School, he moved to San Mateo County were he enrolled in Mills High School, with a student population of over 1,200.

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ISBN: 9781732742406
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Published: Penthanos Publishing - October 1st, 2018

Walking Through The Year: A Volume of Love Poems

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The author is a retired professor and physician of high risk obstetrics and physiology. He has published over 200 scientific article, chapter and textbooks.  He currently works as an author, living in Santa Cruz, California and Eugene, Oregon.


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ISBN: 9781365846861
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Published: - September 14th, 2017

Doggeral Days

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I was born on March 17th with red hair and into a very Irish family. When the time came for my mother to fill out the little card assigning me a name, she filled it out as Richard Brian. The doctor who delivered me balked at this and told her that under these triple-converging circumstances she needed to name me Patrick. She would not budge. Several weeks later and much to my parents surprise they received notice in the mail from the county that they had been blessed with a new baby named Patrick.



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