Introducing Jade Bradbury

Purple Passion Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of our first chapbook.  We are honored to publish, In The Willing Dirt, by Jade Bradbury.

The poems gathered for In the Willing Dirt reflect a recent six-year period, during which the poet faced serious health challenges and also explored through the writing of these poems the depth of her passion for life and the natural world.  The poems are not in pursuit of answers to questions about why one thing or another besets us, but rather in search of what matters, what is true, no matter what.

Early praise for the chapbook:

Like the gift stones in this collection’s piece, Stones of Tohono O’odhamJade Bradbury’s poems emit an “illumined glow” that reveals the intricate connections we share with all living things. Whether contemplating crows or lichen, earthquakes or atmospheric rivers, Bradbury’s work, grounded in nature, points to the metaphysical—to the spirit that animates and unites us all. ~~ David Denny, author of Some Divine Commotion (Shanti Arts) http://www.daviddenny.net
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If anyone asks, “Why read present-day poetry?” this book is one good reason. Offering an unflinching companion in loss, a thoughtful consideration of nature, and an erudite mind at work, In the Willing Dirt is a book to ponder, savor, and share with kindred spirits. Her metaphors reach deep into the earth and the psyche.  ~~ Lita Kurth holds an MFA from Pacific Lutheran’s Rainier Writers Workshop and is a co-founder of Flash Fiction Forum, a De Anza College instructor, and an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction.
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Poet Jade Bradbury

                           Jade Bradbury, author of “In The Willing Dirt

Jade Bradbury was born in Laurel, Mississippi several decades ago. That accident of time and place may have seeded poetry as a preferred medium and eventually led to publication of early work in the literary and little press journals of the 1960’s and 70’s. Her subsequent careers as high school teacher, television writer/story editor, print journalist, and museum curator paid the rent while active poetic pursuit simmered on the backburner.

She’s been a California resident for 45 years, ten of them in Los Angeles, working in Hollywood, National Press Service and Los Angeles Times; the remainder here in the South Bay area. In 2012 her second term of service on the Los Gatos Arts Commission was interrupted by serious illness, freeing her to return to poetry. Since then she has immersed herself in honing observation and experience into poetic voice. Over the past six years she’s been published in poetry anthologies and journals, presenting at regional festivals/events, and has been among Kalamu Productions’ Light-Worker poets on KKUP radio programs. She’s also an occasional featured reader at Flash Fiction Forum in San Jose.

Her chapbook, In the Willing Dirt, is scheduled for official release by Purple Passion Press in June 2019. Part memoir with a strong emphasis on her passion for life and the health of the planet, the poems in this collection are a paean to the mysteries and resilience of the earth and all of its inhabitants.

Visit again for updates on the release and scheduled reading events.

It’s the Season to Read (AFTER)life…

(After)life: Stories and Poems of the Dead

 

It’s the season to read a hauntingly good book. It’s time you checked out (After)life: Stories and Poems of the Dead.  Filled with poems and stories by amazing authors and poets. It’s a brilliant read any time of the year.  It’s available at your local bookstore or online.

Ask your bookseller to order a copy for you.
Booksellers can purchase through Ingram with ISBN: 978-1-61170-212-5

The Afterlife anthology is also available in paperback online at Amazon http://amzn.com/1611702127 or in ebook format at Amazon http://amzn.com/B013IDY38U.

Here’s the Barnes and Noble paperback link:
http://ow.ly/RvrP0

The eBook will come to Smashwords soon.

Congratulations!

Purple Passion Press announcement

Purple Passion Press is pleased to announce that AFTER(life): Poems and Stories of the Dead includes a winner and a finalist.  Two of our anthology’s author’s works have been recognized as among the most outstanding of all nominations submitted.

The Pushcart Prize (winner – for poetry)

The Beating Heart of the Wristwatch by Martín Espada

The Best Small Fictions Prize (finalist – for flash fiction)

Ghost Nebula by Deborah Walker

Join us in congratulating these two contributors.  AFTER(life): Poems and Stories of the Dead is available in paperback and ebook formats.

Booksellers can purchase through Ingram with ISBN: 978-1-61170-212-5

The Afterlife anthology is also available in paperback online at Amazon http://amzn.com/1611702127 or in ebook format at Amazon http://amzn.com/B013IDY38U.

Here’s the Barnes and Noble paperback link:
http://ow.ly/RvrP0

The eBook will come to Smashwords soon.

The AFTER(life) anthology includes thirty-eight amazing authors whose poems and flash fiction reveal deep emotions, take us to interesting places, and explore surprising possibilities.

Best Small Fictions Nominations

Announcing our fiction nominees!

We at Purple Passion Press were excited to submit our nominations from our (AFTER)life anthology for consideration for the Best Small Fictions. The editors did not have an easy task selecting from all the amazing works of fiction they loved and had eagerly published.

Purple Passion Press anthology

We are pleased to present the following nominees:

FICTION:

It Touches You Everywhere by Candace Elise Hoes

The Remembrance by C.A. Rowland

Eureka! by Ross Baxter

Hindsight by Joan Corwin

Ghost Nebula by Deborah Walker

Congratulations to all our nominees. We were honored to publish their works and we hope you’ll join us in rooting for them. You can learn more about our (AFTER)life anthology and purchase a copy for yourself online or your local bookseller. Click here.

Queen’s Ferry Press founded The Best Small Fictions, an annual print anthology, to compile the best international short fiction in a calendar year.

Pushcart Prize Nominations

We are excited to announce our nominees!

We at Purple Passion Press were thrilled to submit our nominations from our AFTER(life) anthology for consideration for the Pushcart Prize. It was tough for the editors to select from all the amazing works they loved and had eagerly published.  Comments like, “It’s excruciating to select only a handful of pieces.” And, “I love them all, how can I recommend only a few?”

Purple Passion Press anthology

The following poems and fiction stood out the most to us:

POETRY:

The Beating Heart of the Wristwatch by Martín Espada

Every Ghost Story is a Love Story by Vuong Quoc Vu

Lent in the Age of AIDS by Calder Lowe

What We Have Lost by Adrienne Amundsen

Albright Knox Museum Gift Shop by José Antonio Rodríguez

FICTION:

It Touches You Everywhere by Candace Elise Hoes

Congratulations to all our nominees. We were honored to publish their works and we hope you’ll join us in rooting for them.  You can learn more about our (AFTER)life anthology or purchase a copy online or your local bookseller to read their pieces yourself. Click here.

(AFTER)life Anthology Now Available!

The (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead paperback is now available for purchase in bookstores!!

 

(After)life: Stories and Poems of the Dead

Our book is here at last!

Thirty-eight amazing authors take readers into their hearts, minds, and imaginations as they visualize and express how the dead communicate with others, how the living connect to those no longer here, and much more. These writings reveal deep emotions, take us to interesting places, and explore surprising possibilities.

Ask your bookseller to order a copy for you.
Booksellers can purchase through Ingram with ISBN: 978-1-61170-212-5

The Afterlife anthology is also available in paperback online at Amazon http://amzn.com/1611702127 or in ebook format at Amazon http://amzn.com/B013IDY38U.

Here’s the Barnes and Noble paperback link:
http://ow.ly/RvrP0

The eBook will come to Smashwords soon.

Afterlife Book Launch Event

The Purple Passion Press (AFTER)life book launch and reading was a warm, inspiring event.  A few of the anthology’s local contributors, the cover artist, Lacey Bryant, and editor Renée M. Schell attended the celebration.

(AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead Book Launch

Held at the gorgeous Village House of Books in Los Gatos, Ca., the evening was emceed by Renée and included wine & snacks, a reading, and a booksigning.

Afterlife is now available in paperback and eBook formats.

Ask your bookseller to order a copy for you.
Booksellers can purchase through Ingram with ISBN: 978-1-61170-212-5

The Afterlife anthology is also available in paperback online at Amazon http://amzn.com/1611702127 or in ebook format at Amazon http://amzn.com/B013IDY38U.

Here’s the Barnes and Noble paperback link:
http://ow.ly/RvrP0

The eBook will come to Smashwords soon.

In our anthology, (After)life: Stories and Poems of the Dead, thirty-eight amazing authors take readers into their hearts, minds, and imaginations as they visualize and express how the dead communicate with others, how the living connect to those no longer here, and much more. These writings reveal deep emotions, take us to interesting places, and explore surprising possibilities.

 

Book Launch Celebration

You’re Invited to attend the launch of

(AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead

Purple Passion Press Anthology LaunchJoin us for readings and booksigning.  Arrive early to locate parking.

MAP to find PARKING: http://www.losgatosca.gov/78/Getting-Around-Town

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Village House of Books
6:00 pm
21 Main Street, Los Gatos, CA

(408) 354-7100