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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: 

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.



Author Bio: 

"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 - January 9th, 2019

A Life Well Lived, A Death Well Met

Author Bio: 

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 2018

Doggeral Days

Author Bio: 

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.


Wash My Soul

Author Bio: 

Sherri Lewis is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native currently residing in Tollhouse, California and her second home in Aptos, California. Spending her time between the peaceful Sierra foothills and the majestic Monterey Bay allows her the peacefulness that is necessary to her creative process. WASH MY SOUL is her second book, her first being HEAR MY VOICE. She has three more manuscripts nearing completion. 

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ISBN: 9781911473909
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Published: Mirador Publishing - February 18th, 2017

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ISBN: 9781634986946
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Published: Bookstand Publishing - July 6th, 2018

Gas & Food, No Lodging

Author Bio: 

Devi S. Laskar holds an MFA from Columbia University in New York, and an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

She is a former journalist, covering crime and government for daily newspapers. These days, she’s a photographer, a writer of fiction and a poet. She now lives in California.

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ISBN: 9781635341607
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Published: Finishing Line Press - March 3rd, 2017

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ISBN: 9781635343779
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Published: Finishing Line Press - December 22nd, 2017

Radio In the Night

Author Bio: 

Judith Chibante, cancer survivor, left a four-decade career in education to return to her creative writing roots. She was born and raised in rural California, and came of age in the sixties doing farmwork, strict religious practices, and sports in school. She left home at age 18 to go to college in southern California (an unforeseen, ‘epic’ experience), and became just the second in her family to earn a degree.

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ISBN: 9781635340990
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Published: Finishing Line Press - February 17th, 2017

The Birdsong Catcher

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Barbara Leon was born to a Russian Jewish immigrant family. She grew up in the 1950’s on a poultry farm in a small, conservative Connecticut town. She worked for years in New York City as a social worker, then began a career in journalism, writing, and editing. She married and had one child.

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ISBN: 9780977307067
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Published: Many Names Press - January 2015


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