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  1. Schaffner Press May Newsletter – A Month full of Surprises

    Schaffner Press May Newsletter – A Month full of Surprises

    Along with the blue moon, this month brought some extraordinary events—both tragic and unexpectedly fortuitous. First, we were greatly saddened at the news of the death of beloved author and friend Katherine Dunn whom this publisher had the pleasure and honor to work with on the 2009 anthology, O…
  2. Katherine Dunn: October 24, 1945- May 11th, 2016

    It was a dark and stormy night in Portland with fierce winds blowing and near horizontal rain that battered the windows outside Powell’s Bookstore. But that didn’t deter the enthusiastic fans nor the guest of honor herself, Katherine Dunn, who was there to read from and discuss her lates…
  3. Schaffner Press April, May Newsletter: Bursting Into Blossom

    Schaffner Press April, May Newsletter: Bursting Into Blossom

    Alida Brill Reading at Barnes & Noble in NYC Carol E. Miller signing at Book Passage Here’s to the authors on our spring list, and here is the April / May newsletter: This spring has been a very busy and fruitful season for Schaffner Press and authors Alida Brill (pictured above at her recent …
  4. To Do or Coach; Or Can You Do Both?

    To Do or Coach; Or Can You Do Both?

      by Emil DeAndreis …when my thoughts blur between player and coach. There is a tranquility to it, a silence, a mysticism. “Those who can’t do, coach.” That phrase. Damn. It can cut to a man’s core. A man’s widening, flabby core. I admit, I used to proudly say it. Not too long ago,…
  5. AWP WEEKEND: Los Angeles, 3/31/2016 – 4/3/2016

    AWP WEEKEND: Los Angeles, 3/31/2016 – 4/3/2016

    Notes from Above Ground Every now and then a publisher needs to poke his head out of his burrow to have a look around at what the rest of the world is up to, and for this ground-hog publisher, this year’s AWP Conference, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center was an inspirational eye-opener! 3…
  6. Rest In Peace, Jim Harrison

    Rest In Peace, Jim Harrison

    JIM HARRISON (1937-2016) It seems fitting somehow that the author who celebrated life, indeed reveled in life and nature and beauty should die over Easter weekend. And in his winter roost here in Patagonia, too. No doubt peacefully and surrounded by birdsong. I cannot claim to have had a close fri…
  7. Dear Sir or Madam, Will You Read My Book?

    Dear Sir or Madam, Will You Read My Book?

    Fifty plus years ago The Beatles released a wonderful ode to the self-published author—now referred to as an “independent author”— titled “Paperback Writer,” in which the protagonist is pleading to a publisher to “read my book, it took me years to write, will you take a look?” We fe…
  8. Q&A with Terese Svoboda: Lola Ridge and the Harlem Renaissance

    Q&A with Terese Svoboda: Lola Ridge and the Harlem Renaissance

    To honor Black History Month and to celebrate our recent publication of Terese Svoboda’s biography of the American radical, feminist, social activist poet of the early to mid 20th Century, ANYTHING THAT BURNS YOU: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet, we asked Terese to participate in this brie…
  9. ALL WAS QUIET ON NEW YEAR’S DAY… Nicholas Schaffner Award Update

    ALL WAS QUIET ON NEW YEAR’S DAY… Nicholas Schaffner Award Update

    There was quite a flurry of activity at Schaffner Press between holidays as we continued to receive submissions for the 2016 Nicholas Schaffner Award right up til the evening of the 31st, the award deadline. Submissions poured in from 22 different states, and in all genres from poetry, to short f…