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Pandora by Mollie Williamson

Pandora
by Mollie Williamson

Publication Date: 20 April 2021
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Fiction

Pandora explores the background and reasoning for Pandora’s infamous action of opening the dreaded box of fears. History has not looked kindly at this woman and the hope of my story is to give her a voice, a sense of humanity. Women are often blamed for all the faults in the world, but they are hardly blamed for being ambitious and that’s exactly what I wanted to give Pandora.

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About the Author

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Mollie Williamson attended Saint Mary’s College of California double majoring in Art History and Women’s Studies in 2013. She then received her master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama in 2014. She has since moved back to California where she lives with her husband and their dog. Mollie enjoys writing stories based on fairy tales and mythology. Her work has been featured in The Pinkley Press, Toho Journal, Nightingale & Sparrow, and White Wall Review.

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What Lasts Beyond the Burning by A. A. Parr

What Lasts Beyond the Burning
by A. A. Parr

Publication Date: 15 December 2020
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

What Lasts Beyond the Burning is an exploration of one woman’s journey away from violence, away from a life dictated by deceit and manipulation, away from everything she once thought she knew.
At times gritty and blunt, and others caressing and lyrical, this book chronicles a year in the life of a woman searching for a place called home. Through a variety of free verse formats and building to a refined crescendo, the poems offer a meditation on how to be free, on how to live after leaving.

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About the Author

A. A. Parr is a writer, artist, and entrepreneur who calls both Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto home. She holds a Specialised Honours BFA from York University in Theatre (Devised Ensemble Creation; Playwriting) with a double minor in Psychology and Cultural Studies. She is also the Founder and Managing Editor of Type A Media, publishing fresh, diverse perspectives in arts and culture from Northern Ontario and beyond. Most notably in this role, she edited and contributed to the anthology Isolated Together: Northern Ontario perspectives of life in a global pandemic.

Her ongoing poetry series written for and about strangers, “I Wrote You This Poem”, is published on Channillo.com. Her creative works have been seen on stages, in galleries, and in print throughout North America over the past two decades. In her work, she seeks to explore difficult themes in an attempt to shine a necessary light into our darkest crevices. Her most cherished role, of course, is raising two beautifully inquisitive little artists of her own.

For more information on A. A. Parr’s creative works, please visit her website at www.aaparr.wixsite.com/ourghosts

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Heal My Way Home by Rachel Tanner

Heal My Way Home
by Rachel Tanner

Publication Date: 27 October 2020
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

 

Heal My Way Home explores mental health issues and physical health issues in the context of everyday life. The topics (ranging from buying jewelry to letting cats be in a wedding party) weave in and out of broader themes of illness and healing, just as life continues in and around chronic illness.

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About the Author

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Rachel Tanner’s work has recently appeared in Barren Magazine, Moonchild Magazine, Porridge Mag, and elsewhere. She lives in Alabama with her two cats, Samson and Cady. Writing bios makes her nervous.

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All the Shades of Grief by Ellora Sutton

All the Shades of Grief
by Ellora Sutton

Publication Date: 8 September 2020
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Borrowing from nature, art, mythology, and personal memory, All the Shades of Grief represents an attempt to articulate the universal language of loss. From the death of a loved one to watching flying ants dying on the pavement, each poem in this chapbook seeks to confront grief and force it into the light as something we must all experience and exorcise.

Some of the poems refer directly to the personally seismic event of the death of the poet’s mother, such as an honest rehashing of ‘The Five Stages of Grief’. Others deal with grief and loss in a more ‘everyday’ way, trying to encompass all the myriad shapes (or ‘shades’) of grief that we go through, the kind that can creep up and breathe down your neck with no warning whatsoever, the reverberations that never quite go away. Poems such as ‘Apollo and Hyacinth’ and the first-place prize-winning ‘Daphne’ translate death and loss from ancient mythology to modern-day relevance. This book doesn’t seek to tell you that everything will be alright, that the pain will go away – rather, it wants to hold your hand and feel it all right beside you, to whisper in your ear that you are not alone.

All the Shades of Grief is part coping-mechanism, part moonlit-wondering, and a whole heart, trying to heal itself.

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From Ellora: “Please join me for an evening of poetry readings to christen my debut chapbook, All the Shades of Grief. There will be readings from poets Jack Cooper, Nadia Lines, and Kevin Kissane, as well as readings from All the Shades of Grief. I am so excited to share my first book with you all. Come and enjoy an evening of free poetry!”

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Ellora Sutton is a Creative Writing MA student living and working in Hampshire, England. Her work has previously been published in Nightingale & Sparrow, The Cardiff Review, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, The Hellebore, Poetry News, Honey & Lime, and Eye Flash Poetry Journal, among others. She has been commended in the Winchester Poetry Prize and has been a winner of several Young Poets Network challenges. Her favourite things to write about include badass women, art, nature, and death. She only feels like herself when she’s writing.

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you were supposed to be a friend by Ashley Elizabeth

you were supposed to be a friend
by Ashley Elizabeth

Publication Date: 16 June 2020
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Friendships between men and women don’t always last forever… not without someone wanting more. At least, it’s harder not to. It is easy to fall for someone you spend most of your time talking to. This chapbook explores when a relationship turns from friendship to friends with benefits to someone falling in a love that may not be reciprocated.

Ten years is a long time to intertwine two souls. From middle school to early adulthood, we survived a lot. For having such searing physical and emotional chemistries, our communication skipped heartbeats with lies and potholes. We’ve been friends for too long. Of course feelings got in the way. Of course I fell for you, and of course I lied about it. Who wouldn’t? I lost you anyway.

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Previously Published Pieces:

Take a sneak peek at some of the poems included in this chapbook:

  • “friendship,” “acceptance,” and “6 inch heels” — Rat’s Ass Review
  • “not prayer” — Zoetic Press
  • “lies about being a mistress,” “truth,” “also truth,” “letters from an old mistress (i)” “non-reciprocal” — Damaged Goods Press

About the Author

Ashley Elizabeth is a writing consultant, teacher, and poet. Her works have appeared in Bonnie’s Crew, yell/shout/scream, and SWWIM, among others. She has a microchap, letters from an old mistress, with Damaged Goods Press. When Ashley isn’t serving as assistant editor at Sundress Publications, teaching, or freelancing, she habitually posts on Twitter and Instagram, watching way too many dog and cheese-pull videos. She lives with her partner in Baltimore, MD.

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A Daughter for Mr. Spider by Megan Russo

A Daughter for Mr. Spider
by Megan Russo

Publication Date: 14 April 2020
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Mixed Media

A Daughter for Mr. Spider is a cross-section of the author’s family tree exploring the grief the author has felt since the passing of her grandfather. The prose, poetry, and collage images weave together the fairy tale-like narrative of the years she was raised by her grandfather, alongside the author’s perceived feeling of growing up as an outsider.  

This collection is a call to finding happiness with those who understand you and shedding the negativity we choose to shroud ourselves in as we navigate the differences in the people around us.

A Daughter for Mr. Spider is a story of loss which, in the end, believes that healing is a process we must create for ourselves using the memories of those who leave us as a way to celebrate life.

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About the Author

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Megan is a writer and graphic designer living in Austin, TX. Her work has been published by Palm Sized Press, Cauldron Anthology, Royal Rose Magazine, Wellington Street Review, among others. When she’s not playing tabletop games or spreading the gospel of her devotion to pastel color schemes, she enjoys seeing live shows around the city and spending time with her husband and their two pugs.

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Dichotomy by Mikhayla Robinson

Dichotomy
by Mikhayla Robinson

Publication Date: 24 March 2020
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Dichotomy is a poetic recollection of my memories, favorite, moments, thoughts, and queries as young Black woman. They are about confidence, hurt, pain, sorrow, relationships, and surround every aspect of my life. As a marginalized individual, I grew up reading books that painted Black women as the side characters, or static individuals who had no substance. We were just playing supporting roles to the system around us. In Dichotomy, I deconstruct the notion that we are not allowed to dream, to want, to desire, to contest wrongdoings, and to express our feelings of hurt and pain.

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Mikhayla Robinson is a nineteen-year-old Augusta, Georgia native. She was born to her parents Janet and Vincent Robinson, and has two siblings: Sara and Olivia Robinson. Mikhayla has been writing for all of her life. She attends The University of Georgia, where she studies Journalism and Mass Communications, and plans on minoring in art. Mikhayla loves to write poetry, short stories, and prose. She also plays the piano, cello, and the guitar. Additionally, she is an advocate for Black mental health, an activist, and part of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Dichotomy is Mikhayla’s first published book of poetry.

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Cemetery Music by Birdy Odell

Cemetery Music
by Birdy Odell

Publication Date: 10 December 2019
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Mixed Media

 

 

In Cemetery Music, the conflicting feelings we have around death and dying are explored in a collection of vignettes created by pairing found words, that are markedly melancholy, with artwork that is lighthearted, hopeful, and poignant.

The poems themselves invoke an emotional response using very few words. There is sadness in death. It is a universal reaction.  Using words that have been discarded highlights our fear of loss. Memories are often all we have left.  Happy memories are still tinged with sorrow. And yet, somehow, we carry on.

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Birdy Odell is a Canadian artist and writer whose work highlights themes of death, loss, and the difficulties of childhood. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines and has been described as “haunting, melancholy and nostalgic.” She prefers books to people and is currently at work on a new collection.

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Gravity by Lynne Schmidt

Gravity
by Lynne Schmidt

Publication Date: 8 October 2019
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Cover art by Reid Maxim

 

 

Gravity is a collection of poems that explores the rise and fall of an intense relationship. The kind where the other person is the Gravity keeping you anchored to the planet and you worry that without them, you may float off into space.

And then it is finding the strength to realize the relationship is not what you want, after all. It is several years, several breakups, several attempts to turn yourself inside out only to find maybe this isn’t the person you’ve been waiting for your entire life, and that you are the only person who can heal you.

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Praise for Gravity

“Gravity is full of hearts, all of the hearts. Hearts of every kind: tender, open, injured– any form that you could imagine. Lynne Schmidt delivers a universe where planets are colliding.”  — Cavin Bryce Gonzalez, founder of Back Patio Press

Gravity is not just sweet poems about plastic galaxies. It is a cohesive collection recalling grief, anger, resentment, and love. Beware, there are lines in this book that will detonate you like a supernova. — Lannie Stabile, Managing Editor of Barren Magazine

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lynne-schmidt

Lynne Schmidt is a mental health professional in Maine who writes memoir, poetry, and young adult fiction. Her unpublished memoir, The Right to Live: A Memoir of Abortion received the 2018 Maine Nonfiction Award and was a 2018 PNWA finalist, while her poetry received the Editor’s Choice Award for her poem, Baxter, from Frost Meadow Review and was a 2019 PNWA finalist. She is a five-time Best of the Net 2019 nominee and the founder of AbortionChat, where she does presentations on the intersections of mental health, writing, and reproductive justice. When given the option, she prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.

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