Learning from Snails

short story by Ute Carson My father was killed in World War II shortly before my birth. My mother remarried when I was four. An aunt stayed with me while the newlyweds went on their honeymoon. As soon as their coach departed I ran into our big, lush garden, sucking my thumb and crying. In…

Readers Corner: An Interview with Paco Marquez

With the release of Portraits in G Minor tomorrow, I decided it was time for a look into the book’s author, Paco Marquez. A man of many talents, I wanted to get into his mind to discover a little about who he is, what he does, and what he has to say. Below is the insight of an author who revels in mystic wonders and sees the world illuminated. So take a look at our discussion, feel free to get involved in the conversation, and check out his wonderful work when it releases tomorrow!

Alliance

by Indira Leisba You looked at me seeing more than a little girl with scared eyes and nervous smile. Tú me miraste y viste en mi más que una niñita con unos grandes ojos asustados, y una sonrisa nerviosa. You saw my future, my hunger for learning my desire to read books by myself. Tú…

Portraits in G Minor

Reveling in the mystic wonders that can emerge even from “the palm of a corporate boss,” the poems of Paco Márquez “splash the sky wide,” exposing the magic in the quotidian — the “unnoticed silhouettes / imprinted in the grass.” In the tender violence of these portraits, “that which spoke the rose into being” also hums through daily life, holding a man’s hand, looking him in the eye, and saying, “the kitchen window is open.”

Artem Almae

(The Art of Nurturing / El arte de nutrir)by Indira Leisba You know everything about her, Tu lo sabes todo acerca de ella, but forget how she looks. pero haz olvidado como se ve. You smile at her, yet see a stranger Tu le sonríes a ella, sin embargo, es como ver a un extraño…

Blue John Cavern

Deep, deep below the ground among the hills. Up through the haunted Winnat’s Pass and down, follow the land like a spill of wine. The green meets the blue as the hills touch the sky and sheep roam wherever they like. Here is the mouth of a cave. Enter the stone and step down into the earth and feel the linger of Romans who discovered this opening 2000 years before.

In Depth: An Interview with Marcus Speh

As an avid reader, I am often curious about how writing process authors use and what inspired them to write. So I was very pleased to find answers to these questions and more when I had the opportunity to interview our own Marcus Speh, author of the newly released Gisela. I hope you enjoy Speh’s insight into the world of writing and please feel free to share it, contemplate it, and talk about it.

Gisela: Princess, Empress, Abbess, Saint

From fragments of history, Marcus Speh captures the mysterious spiritual journey of a woman who lived when only men’s lives were recorded: Gisela, a Bavarian princess married off to be the first queen of Hungary, then a prisoner, then an abbess and — some eight centuries later — a saint.

Gisela: Extending the Pre-order Window

If you hadn’t quite gotten around to pre-ordering the sustainable edition of Gisela: Princess, Empress, Abbess, Saint by Marcus Speh yet, don’t worry! We’re extending pre-orders until 30 June 2017.

LEVEL UP: Which edition works for you?

Whether hand-bound or printed on demand, our titles have always included a print choice with an ebook option eventually joining in. Now we’re offering three editions, released in the following stages:

Water Ways

Folded Word announces the release of its second 2017 title, WATER WAYS, a collection of poems by William O’Daly with essays and photographs by JS Graustein.