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ALL OF OUR TITLES CAN BE FOUND AT THE CROW BOOKSHOP ON CHURCH STREET IN BURLINGTON, VT...

RA PRESS IN 2017

RA PRESS IN 2016

 

Born and raised in Vermont, Andrew Tisbert is an award
winning author of science fiction, fantasy, and so-called
“slipstream,” whatever the hell that is. He also performed
and recorded with the improbably named metal band
Attic of Love for the better part of two decades. Here for
the first time collected in one anthology are many of his
first published stories.

Fearlessness. Empathy. Strangeness... With the fierceness of a
rock’n’roller but with the carefulness of a poet.
Daryl Gregory (author of Afterparty
and Harrison Squared)

Clone orgies. Time travelling social workers. Reincarnated porn stars.
Interdimensional infidelities. Masturbating monks on Mars. A dozen
powerful visions that gaze unflinchingly into the absurdities quickly
becoming our future, the bizarre distortions we’ve made of our past.

Science Fiction/Fantasy
Ra Press
 
Frustrated at failure to gain medical school acceptance
following college, Alfred Scherzer never relinquished
that lifetime goal. His work in Southeast Asia and the
South Pacific for several years as a public health
educator, and graduate training in education and
sociology, combined to ultimately produce a unique
medical career in developmental pediatrics long before
this field had a recognized professional status.

Dr. Scherzer’s public health accomplishments include
creation of permanent organized government health
education services in Burma (Myanmar) and Ceylon (Sri
Lanka), while as a physician he established
developmental pediatric services at Weill-Cornell
Medical College; helped organize special education
services for children with multiple disabilities in the
New York City Schools, developed international
pediatric resident training in Cambodia, and has been a
leader in global studies of early identification and
intervention for children with disabilities.

His story illustrates a strong positive reaction to
perceived failure, and how time, persistence, and luck
combined to enable him to fulfill his childhood dream of
becoming a physician.

Ra Press
 
 
 
A collection of stories about life in a small Adirondack town.
 
other Ra Press titles from this author:
...
My Ill-Read Ophelia Poem
Lawless Adirondack Haiku
Zen Like A Hole In The Head
Fenced With Iron
Doubly Sweet For The Strange
 

Jeff Kelly is the foremost writer of Adirondack adventure
stories. Adirondack Heist and The 21 Mine have been
hugely popular throughout Upstate New York and his
novel Tailings received the Fiction Award in 2012 from the
Adirondack Center for Writing.

With this new work - FREIGHT CAR & Other Stories -
Kelly displays his gift for creating exciting tales within the
short story framework. There is a constant tension in each
of these stories - be it man vs. nature, man vs. the State or
man vs. man.

FREIGHT CAR & Other Stories is an essential addition to
the works of Jeff Kelly.

Ra Press

RA PRESS IN 2015

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ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING'S LITERARY AWARDS
FOR  NON-FICTION AND SHORT FICTION


 

RELEASE DATE: MARCH 20, 2015
This book is $12
http://www.lulu.com/shop/david-crews/high-peaks/paperback/product-22072262.html
 

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More than accessing, David Crews has put his boots arid his mind on the ground as, mountain by distant mountain, he climbed and then descended all 46 of the region’s highest. “Why / don’t you take pictures,” people ask in one poem. Because a picture leaves everything but getting there out. Because, before the breathless view at the top, which can be glorious, there is the long, breathy effort of getting there.

 ~ Roger Mitchell, author of Lemon Peeled the Moment Before: New and Selected

Study and mystery guide the lover in these poems, enriching both the journalism and the literature of the Adirondacks, one of the best kept, equally care—worn, secrets of the Eastern half of the nation’s natural history. Crews’ sharp tempos match the walking—rhythms and dissonances of his climbs, spliced against lyric microseconds of surprise, and faith in the visual. His is a country of scars, of winds strong enough to erase a [rock]face and the memory of it.

 ~ Judith Volimer, author of The Water Books

 


 



Chuck Gibson’s poetry has been heralded both inside the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York as
well as nationwide. Much of Mr. Gibson’s poetry in THIRTY-THREE SONNETS, in fact, is set in the
Pacific Northwest as well as the Adirondack Region. In all of this poet’s work there has been a
wonderful symmetry between numbers and natures.. . . .

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Mary L. Randall was one of the formative writers of Ra Press when it began in 2001.
She came to the Press as a published novelist and her complete trilogy of novels includes:
NANCY NEVER MARRIED
SPLIT INFINITIVES
BRIO

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Charles Watts is a literary (and literal)
nomad, having lived and worked in eight
countries and published poems and stories
in Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Brasil, and the
USA. He currently splits his time between
the High Peaks around Lake Placid, NY,
and the lowcountry of Charleston, SC,
heart and soul of the South. His choice of
home bases is reflective of his poetry, full
 of contradictions and clashing images,
 humid heat and bitter cold. It suits him.


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CARMEL GRAY CLOUDS is a Fusion of two chapbooks written by Joan Frost in 2002. Ms.
Frost was one of the formative writers of Ra Press and Ra books entitled CONCENTRIC
CIRCLES and MELODY DISCRETE were filled with poetry brilliantly succinct, starkly
lyrical and densely textured. Ms. Frost grew upon a dairy farm, studied at Fordham and at
the Simmons (College of Social Work and spent her life as a social worker in Boston and
(Central New York State. Her poetic themes often describe the challenges of troubled people
in a world of bureaucratic labyrinths. This chapbook is a slim volume of beautifully written
and deeply felt verse. .

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ISSUE #3 of L'AMOUR FOU

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ISSUE #2 of L'AMOUR FOU is now available in Phoenix and Crow Book Shops in Burlington, Vermont for $6. This second issue of our surrealist journal was once again under the Artistic guidance of Luis L. Tijerina. Associate Editors were Dave Donohue, Charles Watts and Christopher Ricker. Poets Shane Rooney, Alex Kreichman, David Crews and Wayne Burke were major contributors. Photographers Konstantin Muravev, Nikolay Kule and Pat Farren submitted beautiful images for the project. Illustrator Chiara Stratton, translators Alissa Gamberg and Sergio Melesio Nolasco and photographer Leslie Walch were also essential to this work. Finally, it was the uniquely artistic eye of Luis Tijerina that brought shape and focus once again to our surrealist magazine!

 


SKYLINE DRIVE-IN is a new collection of short stories by author Dave
Donohue that portrays the lives of the people who inhabit the small towns of the
Eastern Adirondacks. Covering nearly a century in scope, these tales employ
themes as timeless as war, love and remembrance.

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Five friends, members of the Sixties counterculture,
move into an old farmhouse in rural Vermont with the
mission of creating a tiny universe of peace and harmony.


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RA PRESS IN 2014

all books $10 each plus $3 postage if ordering through the website...

A NEW LITERARY VENTURE
from RA PRESS


L'AMOUR FOU a journal of the surreal ISSUE #1
Now available at Phoenix and Crow Bookshops in Burlington! Also at ARTSRIOT and ZEN LOUNGE in town.
Created by Luis Lazaro Tijerina and edited by Luis and Dave Donohue
This first Issue offers the works of:
Artists: Kate Mohanty Olga Rullan, Luis L. Tijerina
Poets: Charles Watts, Christopher Ricker, Justin Grimbol, Shane Rooney,
Alissa Gamberg, Audrey Johnston, Ryan Fauber, Jennifer Campbell
Luis L. Tijerina, Dave Donohue
Photographers: Robert Berkel, Luis L. Tijerina, Dave Donohue

$4 a copy


   
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HURTLING TOWARDS INEVITABILITY is poet
Robert Barton’s first book. A haunting writer whose
world is described by wrong turns, dark avenues and
no exits, and peopled by characters with a beauty
corrupted by circumstance, Barton creates within the
pages of this book a work apocryphal in its message
and lyrical in its execution. These verses are
wrought from the fabric of a gritty reality and a life
that has seen the full weight of hard times. A
genuinely eerie and compelling volume.

Ra Press



   
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RA PRESS IN 2013

all books $10 each plus $3 postage if ordering through the website...


   
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THE PORT DAVIS TRILOGY

Short stories and a novel covering the life of a small town in the Adirondacks over four decades...


   
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THE PORT DAVIS TRILOGY

Short stories and a novel covering the life of a small town in the Adirondacks over four decades...


   
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THE PORT DAVIS TRILOGY

Short stories and a novel covering the life of a small town in the Adirondacks over four decades...

   
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RA BOOKS 2012



PARIS ON THE ROOFTOPS by Luis Tijerina and TEESDALE REVISTED by David Parkinson are new works of poetry from RA PRESS. Both books take their authors to a spiritual place for each of them - to a past now vanished, to a world fondly remembered. For Luis Tijerina that world is Paris in the 1970's... For David Parkinson it is the North of England during and just after the war years...

Two wonderful works by two great poets!



RAPTURES  a most eccentric and amazing collection of tales by Lake Placid writer and poet CHARLES WATTS
(also available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle)

 

Burlington's OffBeat Poet strikes again with
ZEN LIKE A HOLE IN THE HEAD
(also available on Lulu.com)

   
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In the grand tradition of Hemingway's Nick Adams stories
  comes a book by Christopher Ricker about the life and times
  of one Topher Jones and his adventures in the Adirondacks.


“…a juicily nightmarish premise…”

Margot Harrison
SEVEN DAYS, VT

“ …one of the best written manuscripts
to come my way in some time…”

Elizabeth Harper
NEW DIRECTIONS

 

On March 24,2012, seven poets representing the Ra Press Poetry Collective met for a two hour reading at the Block Gallery & Cafe in Winooski. A wonderfully cosmic time was had by all! The poets included David Parkinson, Hannah Clark, Chris Ricker, Esteban Folsom, Matt White, Justin Grimbol and Dave Donohue. This book is a transcript of that event complemented by the illustrations of Andrew Becker...
Mary L. Randall's Novel BRIO is available at AMAZON, check it out.


A slideshow of the Poets at Block Café






Lake Placid Poet Charles Watts reading at the Forestry Hut at Paul Smith's College.




 

 

New from RaPress:
 
Before the Sun by David Parkinson
A natural history novel highlighting the conflict between red foxes and farmers and gamekeepers in the moorland of Britain - the Penine Hills: where if left unculled foxes would seriously reduce the sheep (lamb) population, and red grouse stocks which are vital to the economy of the uplands. 



UPDATE - SUMMER OF 2011
BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Chuck Gibson, Mary Randall, Charles Watts and Dave Donohue accept Adirondack Literary Award for KARMA IN THE HIGH PEAKSas PEOPLE'S CHOICE BEST BOOK 2010 on June 12

MARY SANDERS SHARTLE
one of the authors of TEAR IN THE CLOUDS at the Author's Fair in OLD FORGE July 26.
DAVID PARKINSON, one of the poets in KARMA IN THE HIGH PEAKS at work in his study July 31.
Charles Watts, Mary Randall, Judith Dow Moore, Chuck Gibson and Mary Anne Johnson all participated in a poetry reading at Caffe Lena's in Saratoga on July 6.  


Our newest book of NEO BEAT POETS Christopher Ricker's CARPENTER'S DAUGHTER was released in July and is now available in CROW BOOKS. The work is a powerful collection with works including PURPLE HOURS and WHOA WINOOSKI.



AND THE WINNER IS:

KARMA IN THE HIGH PEAKS! A collection of Adirondack Writings by Mary Randall, David Parkinson, Judith Dow Moore, Mary Anne Johnson, Charles Watts and Chuck Gibson won the People's Choice Best Book of 2010 Adirondack Literary Prize on June 12th at Blue Mountain Lake.

Also a congratulations to the Three Women Poets - Elaine Handley, Marilyn McCabe, and Mary Sanders Shartle - for their book WINTERBERRY,PINE which won the Prize for Poetry 2010 - their third win in this category over the years!
 a review by Poet Roger Mitchell in Adirondack Daily Enterprise   Saranac Lake 
http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/527899/Peak-poetry.html?nav=5230




RA PRESS is pleased to announce
a new collection by the THREE POETS!


Marilyn McCabe, Mary Sanders Shartle and Elaine Handley

PRAISE FOR THE THREE POETS:

"In this collection of poets we are treated to the wealth of their individual lives spent together. Handley is a poet of a natural cosmology, finding the personal in nature, and her poems are heart-breaking, searing with naked honesty and fraught with the hard work of the celebration of life. McCabe's work plunges into the natural world with a sense of the sensual and the mythological, all caught up in the tales of frozen women caught beneath ice, lumberjacks, and her ever-fine and fierce intelligence. Shartle is the historian of the three, and gives us poems full of the details of real lives lived, and of hers carefully observed and beautifully rendered. If you've never visited the Northwoods, you will in reading this book. If you have, you will never see them in quite the same way again. TEAR OF THE CLOUDS is one of those books that threatens to change you with its fearless embrace of nature, and with the thrilling spiritual and exacting emotional investment of the poets it contains."   -- Naton Leslie, www.natonleslie.com

The Three Poets once again mark their trails through the North Country, the region that McCabe identifies as "that borderland/ between sacred and profane. "In poems that are muscular, mystical and meditative, they take us along as the Adirondack world past, present and future swoops, swirls, screeches and sings around them. They show us, as the best writers do, what they see that we might have missed or perhaps forgotten. They craft language to name the deep and numinous responses that the region stirs in us. What connects these very diverse voices and visions is the profound sense of the place and our connections to it. It is a dazzling path to walk!   --Kate H. Winter, author, The Woman in the Mountain




All Ra Press books $12 plus $3 postage.....
KARMA in the HIGH PEAKS is Ra Press's newest book of Adirondack Writings. This book features six writers: British poet David Parkinson, West Coast Sixties counterculture writer and playwright Charles Watts, poets Mary Anne Johnson, Mary L. Randall, Judith Dow Moore and Chuck Gibson. This and COLD EARTH WANDERERS form a classic duo of reading material for any hike into the wilderness! 
 
UPDATES   SUMMER 2010

BURLINGTON NEO - BEATS

 

Last summer we kicked off a new group of writers in the Queen City with our Beat anthology WAKE-UP CALL. Since that time we have published Sean Tierney's MY ILL-READ OPHELIA POEM - a great little book of verse that is truly clever, lyrical and smacks of genius all in one. It is currently on sale in CROW BOOKS Burlington and CAROL's HUNGRY MIND CAFE Middlebury. A huge thanks to John at CAROL'S  (where all our titles are available) and Keith at CROW for their support of our works...

 

 

Sean Tierney's second book for the neo-beat poets Burlington series is a series of cosmic poems he wrote while on a camping trip in Paul Smiths.

Once again Tierney demonstrates his ease with lyrics and gift for poetic insight.

 




MOVIES:

 June 2010 marks 40 years of independent film-making from Ra Films. This also marks the premiere of Zach Donohue's THE DANCE at film festivals around the country. It has been so much fun over the years working with so many people, making films in the Champlain Valley and beyond that there are no words to express both my gratitude and my happiness.

 

 Thanks again to the folks at Reprodigital in Winooski who have given our books a look all their own. Thanks to North Country books who have picked up four of our books for distribution and are currently considering another five.  Thanks to Hoss's Country Corner in Long Lake (a very cool place), the Sherman Free Library, the Black Watch Library and the Inn on the Library Lawn for their support...     


 
Update Fall 2009

 

 

 

 

David Parkinson and Judith Dow Moore have created a shared work of verse entitled TWO HEADS. A beautiful book now available at our website and at the Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe in Middlebury.
 


THE POETS OF PORT HENRY HIGH SCHOOL is a book about a small Adirondack school during the first three decades of the 20th Century as seen through the eyes of its students. This unique look into the past is now available at Hoss' Country Corner Bookstore in Long Lake, The Inn on the Library Lawn bookstore in Westport and the Hungry Mind Cafe in Middlebury. The entire history of the school is available in three parts at the Sherman Free Library in Port Henry.  

THE BEATS ARE BACK AND IN BURLINGTON!

NOW AVAILABLE AT CROW BOOKS   - BURLINGTON!

 
Esteban Folsom, Jodhi Reis, Devin Michael Courtney, Mary Randall and Dave Donohue have joined forces to create a very beat book of poetry, art and photography! The book is called WAKE UP CALL. Coming this October and hopefully available in many Burlington locales as well as our website and our main store of CAROL'S HUNGRY MIND CAFE in Middlebury! 



Esteban Folsom
Neo-beat poet




Read a review in "Seven Days", Vermont's Independent Voice  http://www.7dvt.com/2010keeping-beat-burlington





Update June 2009

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Judith Dow Moore's first collection of poetry with RA PRESS is appropriately titled 12993 - the zip code of Westport NY,  the location of so much of her work. Ms Moore is a Montreal born poet who spent her life teaching in the Westport schoolsystem. These poems are a refreshing burst of verse filled with life and energy.      

 
 



 
David Parkinson's third book of poetry with Ra Press is entitled BRIDGES, further proof of Mr. Parkinson's skill with verse. His other two books are available from Ra Press

- SEEKING and CLUTCHING AT STRAWS.

seekingstraws  




A few pages into Between Iraq and a Hard Place (Ra Press, 2007), Dave Donohue asks of President Bush's departed advisor, "Do you sleep well at night, Karl?" Later, Joan Frost posits, "There is no right or wrong anymore, just terror." This collection of poems from a half-dozen writers living in and around the Adirondacks takes on the war in Iraq and the politicians who decided to wage it with heaps of vigor. It is the only book to come through our office this year to approach the topic and it does so relentlessly, lobbing cutting questions at the administration and sending compassion to the soldiers. "I heard that war is when old men talk and young men die," Cathy S. McDowell writes in a letter to her nephew, in Iraq. "It troubles me."

-Ned P. Rauch

ADIRONDACK LIFE




RA UPDATES: WINTER 2008 
  • A new book of poetry entitled BRIDGES by David Parkinson is in the final draft and should be out sometime in March. This is the British-born, Ferrisburgh poet's third collection with Ra Press (CLUTCHING AT STRAWS and SEEKING). David is one of the most active and celebrated poets in the Champlain Valley.
  • Also in its final draft is Cathy S. McDowell's WINTERING GERANIUMS - a collection of poetic narratives describing her childhood years. This follows her acclaimed first work THE WAITING PLACE.
  • Zach Donohue's student film (and NYU's Oliver Stone Screenplay Award Scholarship winning film) BITTER has been showing in different Adirondack venues - Ticonderoga, Port Henry, and, most recently in Willsboro as part of the Champlain Valley Film Series. The film also won praise in last fall's ED WOOD FILM FESTIVAL in Albany. Zach's new film THE DANCE is now in pre-production in New York.

  • Ra Press Ra Films is now in the process of relocating in South Burlington, while at the same time keeping close ties to the Adirondacks.   
  • Treatments for new film scripts are in the works. There are several ideas being played around with our cast of actors from ROCCO's NIECE and RA writer Mary Randall is working on yet another script   - tentatively called 12 HAPPY WOMEN.

 



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