coming march 2023

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis by Eira Stuart

coming march 2023

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

by Eira Stuart

Publication Date: 21 March 2023
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

M.E. is arguably the most stigmatized illness of this century! It stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis which means inflammation of the brain and spine with muscle pain Prof. Malcolm Hooper). It is a neurological-immune disease comparable with MS and polio Dr Bryron Hyde, Nightingale Foundation Canada).

However, a lack of research and funding have caused this biomedical disease to be stigmatised as a psychological/ psychiatric disorder for decades by some members of the medical profession, until research in recent years has begun to substantiate the organic biomedical nature of this disease for which formal recognition and policy changes were gained in 2015 (USA) and 2021 (UK).

I have dedicated this collection solely to raising awareness of this disease through my own journey and personal experience, in the hopes of shining a ray of understanding in to the metaphorical and literal darkness associated with this disease. It’s my most fervent aspiration to contribute to the paradigm shift regarding perception and understanding of this condition. While policies and clinical guidelines have formally changed, attitudes and perspectives have not yet fully caught up on a mainstream scale. This is a necessary breakthrough if patients are to have the medical, social, and community support they greatly deserve and require.

This collection is a labour of seven years. I began writing these poems in the dark while I was blind and paralysed in a nursing home, memorising them, then dictating them letter by letter through tracing on my carers hands over weeks, sometimes only managing a word a day. Sometimes with weeks of rest in between. To have them now in print to share with you is nothing short of miraculous and I’m truly grateful. I hope you find value, insights, and understanding in my creative offering.

About the Author

Eira Stuart is passionate about social justice and has written extensively in support of M.E. patient advocacy as guest writer for the M.E. Association. Her article M.E.; A Conundrum in Care has recently been published in nurse Gregg Crowhurst’s (a well regarded advocate nurse and expert on M.E. care) guide on M.E. care: More Notes for Carers.

Eira Stuart

Eira’s recent literary publications include featured micro poetry in Nightingale and Sparrow’s “Heat” issue press release, publication in an anthology entitled Screaming from the Silence, in support of victims of domestic violence (Vociferous Press 2020), But You Don’t look sick, an anthology to raise awareness of invisible chronic illnesses such as M.E. and Fibromyalgia (Indie Blu(e), Jand a nonfiction series of reflections on unity conscious entitled Eudaimonia. She has two published poetry collections: Sophistry (2012) and Metanoia (2020).

Eira has been nominated for Sundress Presses Best of the Net Anthology 2020 and short-listed at The Brit Writers Awards 2010.

Aquarius Rising by Bernadette R. Giacomazzo

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Aquarius Rising

by Bernadette R. Giacomazzo

Publication Date: 13 December 2022
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Veteran entertainment journalist Bernadette Giacomazzo takes readers
through the rise – and fall – of a once-loving, all-consuming relationship.

About the Author

Bernadette Giacomazzo is a veteran entertainment journalist whose work has been featured in People, Teen Vogue, Us Weekly, The Los Angeles Times,
The NY Post, & more. She is also the SEO Manager at Blavity, Inc., the CEO of G-Force Marketing & Publicity, & a film & TV executive.

coming december 2022


coming september 2024



Publication Date: 24 September 2024
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Over the last few years, I have been working on a collection of poetry that reflects the darker sides of my mind. The poems touch on themes like loneliness, mental health, death, hope, travels, and strength.

My poems will appeal to those struggling with mental health (or those supporting their loved ones), young adults, those who want to break through despite coming from marginalized environments, and fans of Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf.

Behind the Ghost Metropolis shows my struggle with bipolar disorder and attempts to make something of myself against all odds. I wrote the poetry to stop the stigma of mental health and to show people who may feel like they’re doomed and lost, that they can’t give up—there’s always hope for a better life. Written during my manic and depressive episodes, the poems are both realistic and personal.

About the Author

I am a bipolar writer, translator, and poet from Warsaw. I’ve lived in NYC, Italy, Spain, and London. My short stories, essays, and poems have been published in American and Polish literary magazines including “OC87 Recovery Diaries”, “The Beautiful Space,” “Unique Poetry,” “Island” and “Completely Different World.” I’m an author of the poetry book, “Behind the Ghost Metropolis”, published by Nightingale & Sparrow in 2024.

Bough Break by Jessica Hudson

coming june 2024

Bough Break

by Jessica Hudson

Publication Date: 4 June 2024
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Accumulating moments that force the speaker to reconsider her childhood expectations, Bough Break attempts to maintain a sense of kindness toward the delirious grown-up world and the strange, sharp people who stay long after they make their impressions. Through the confluence of memory, media, and the meticulous eye of the speaker, each poem disturbs a moment of calm in a young girl’s world—a disturbance that creates a sudden overwhelming awareness of the delineation between self and other, care and apathy, dependence and separation. These are the moments right before the cradle falls, when the baby realizes she’s in a tree and the branch beneath her is cracking.

Jessica Hudson

About the Author

Jessica Hudson received her MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University, where she worked as an associate editor for the literary magazine Passages North. Her work has been published in CHEAP POP, Fractured Lit, The Pinch, So To Speak, and West Trade Review, among others. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she writes and reads creative nonfiction beside her snoring black cat. Read more of her work at

inside the pale by Christine Brooks

coming march 2024

inside the pale

by Christine Brooks

Publication Date: 19 March 2024
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

inside the pale is a collection of poems that was inspired by, or written in, Ireland. This collection includes poems about life and all that life offers us as we travel together. It contains poems about life when life is hard as well as life when it is full of love and togetherness. It contains, within the safety of the covers, secrets, truths and hope.

Christine Brooks

About the Author

Christine Brooks holds her M.F.A. from Bay Path University in Creative Nonfiction. She has two books of poetry available, The Cigar Box Poems and beyond the paneling. Her first fiction novel, Tambo Man, will be released in 2023. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her very opinionated dog, Clancy.

knick-knacks/ things no one is saying by SJ Valiquette 

knick-knacks/ things no one is saying

by SJ Valiquette

Publication Date: 5 December 2023
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

For the past few years I’ve had a fixation with grief and anger and how we move through and express those emotions. It started as a deep dive into my own grief and then became an ongoing conversation with my community and loved ones. This collection is a reflection of those conversations, lessons, and discoveries.

knick-knacks/ things no one is saying is an exploration of how grief and anger live in the body, what happens when they are neglected, and what it is to live right on the precipice of those experiences, and how to honour and occupy those emotional states while existing in public spaces that doesn’t always know how to accommodate them.

SJ Valiquette

About the Author

SJ Valiquette (she/ they) is a queer artist from Treaty 7 Territory. She is an actor, an internationally published poet and photographer, and the creator and curator of the (re)markable project. They hold a BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria, and have studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Melodies of the Oppressed by Chris L. Butler 

Melodies of the Oppressed

by Chris L. Butler

Publication Date: 19 September 2023
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

Chris L. Butler’s Melodies of the Oppressed is a chapbook born out of necessity, mostly written during the first one hundred days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Readers will find themselves standing in the puddles of tears Butler weeps for his people. This is a collection where the fumes of nationwide Black American frustration are felt from the past to present. Melodies of the Oppressed has a voice that does not hold back in the call for Black liberation.

In this chapbook, you will find elegies for names like Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor. Written as an act of literary civil disobedience during lockdown, in Melodies of the Oppressed you will feel the musicality of Chris L. Butler’s inner thoughts. These poems examine highly contested topics like the removal of statues, the Trump administration, police brutality, reproductive rights, political cyberbullies, and more. They are a call for attention to the everyday experience of Black Americans during the pandemic with the largest implications.

Melodies of the Oppressed is a book meant for the page and the stage. But it should also be shouted from the nucleus of a megaphone.

About the Author

Chris L. Butler is a Black American and Dutch poet-essayist originally from Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of two other chapbooks, Sacrilegious: Poems & Prose (Fahmidan Publishing & Co, 2021) and BLERD: ‘80s BABY, ‘90s KID (Daily Drunk Books, 2021). He is a three-time Pushcart nominee between the genres of poetry and creative nonfiction, and a one-time Best of the Net Nominee. Chris currently works as the Co-Deputy Editor at Afros in Tha City and the Editorial Director of the International BIPOC Collective Think in Ink. He is committed to universal social justice and progress.

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A Moon in Gemini by Rachel Boury Baxter

coming june 2023

A Moon in Gemini

by Rachel Boury Baxter

Publication Date: 6 June 2023
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry

A Moon in Gemini explores the loss of identity that a mother feels, particularly in the early years, as well as the subsequent piecing together of a new one. By musing on impactful life events such as the loss of loved ones, experiencing limerence, watching children grow, and indulging in nostalgia, A Moon in Gemini paints the mundane with a gentle, lyrical brush.

With short, punchy pieces centered on motherhood, marriage, memory, grief, and growing up, A Moon in Gemini puts big emotions into small poems. The speaker expresses her strong desire to express her authentic identity while climbing through the tangled weeds of our modern culture. Brief but purposeful, these poems attempt to tackle the conicting feelings that stem from society’s pressure on mothers and expectations on women in general.

Rachel Boury Baxter

About the Author

Rachel Boury Baxter is a poet, writer, and mom living in South Bend, Indiana. She has a B.A. in English writing and English literature from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. In 2016, she founded the publication, Poetry in Form, a celebration of poetic form. In 2020, she released her first chapbook of poetry entitled Mother Scorpion. Rachel spreads her love for literature and writing by working as a high school English teacher and by reading to her children.

A Sorrow of Ghosts by Amanda Crum

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A Sorrow Of Ghosts

by Amanda Crum

Publication Date: 20 September 2022
Nightingale & Sparrow Press

Genre: Poetry


A chapbook of poetry based on events from the author’s life.

Amanda Crum

About the Author

Amanda Crum is a writer and artist whose work has been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Barren Magazine, The Hellebore, and more. In 2021, she was the recipient of the Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction. Amanda lives in Kentucky with her husband and two children.

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Pandora by Mollie Williamson

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


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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