Our Anthology Has A Title and Cover!

We are thrilled to announce the title of our first anthology:

(AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead.

And we are eager to reveal the cover…

Purple Passion Press anthology

The anthology includes amazing work by talented poets and flash fiction authors.  From multi-published, prize-winning authors, to emerging writers, to two first-timers.  The cover painting, The Grass Bends, is by local artist Lacey Bryant.

Pre-orders will be available soon.

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Editorial Team Announced!

In our excitement to get Purple Passion Press’s first anthology underway, we neglected to introduce you to everyone. The anthology editorial team was assembled and the editors have been very busy reading submissions since they began arriving.  We thought we’d take a moment from reading to announce who the guest editors are and to give you a bit of their background.

Renee M. Schell Purple Passion Press

Editor Renee M. Schell


Editor Renée M. Schell’s poetry has appeared in Catamaran Literary Reader, On the Dark Path: An Anthology of Fairy Tale Poetry, Perfume River Poetry Review, Caesura and other journals. Her work also appears online at literarymama.com, in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, String Poet, and MonkeyBicycle. Her poem “Beyond Vienna” won Third Prize in the 2014 String Poet competition. Her chapbook Overtones won Second Place in the 2014 Palettes & Quills Chapbook Contest. She holds a Ph.D. in German Studies from Stanford University.

Assistant editor Marta Svea Wallien is currently working on a novel and is an editorial assistant at DMQ Review.  She received her MFA from San Jose State University.  In the past, she has been a poetry editor for DASH Literary Journal, and was nominated for an AWP Intro Award for her poetry.  Marta has written flash fiction and poetry on the fly for the San Jose State University’s Poets and Writers Coalition’s “Lit. Factory Booth,” ferociously giving away words typed on a classic blue Olivetti.  In her spare time she enjoys making trash poetry.  Marta is a Purple Passion Press Advisory Board member.

Editorial assistant Barbara Froman began her early studies of music at the Juilliard School’s Preparatory Division. She received degrees in Music Composition from Ithaca College and Northwestern University, became the Director of Mundelein College’s Creative Writing Program, taught Literature and Creative Writing at National-Louis University, and acted as a consultant to National’s graduate program in Written Communication. She is the author of published essays and poetry, has placed in screenwriting competitions, and was nominated for a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Fringe. In addition, her novel, Shadows and Ghosts, won the 2011 Fairleigh Dickinson University/Serving House Books Prose prize, and was subsequently published by Serving House Books.  Barbara is a Purple Passion Press Advisory Board member.

As you can see, your work is in good hands!

Call for Submissions!

Purple Passion Press is pleased to announce our first call for submissions. We’re excited about our anthology on the theme of “the dead.” We’re seeking poetry and literary flash fiction dealing with the dead that walk alongside us, the afterlife, ghosts, spirits, hauntings and the supernatural—the theme is open to interpretation.

Click on our Submissions page for more information, or go directly to our Submittable page.

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The deadline is December 1, 2014. We’re looking forward to reading your work.


Los Gatos Library Literary Fair

Purple Passion Press at Los Gatos Literary Fair

Purple Passion Press will make it’s DEBUT appearance at the Los Gatos Literary Fair on Saturday, August 23, 2014

We will soon be open for submissions.  To learn more, I hope you’ll stop by.  I’ll be at the Purple Passion Press table to answer any questions. Here’s the link: http://www.losgatosca.gov/literaryfair

12p to 3pm at the Civic Center lawn (in front of the Los Gatos Library). It’s a free event featuring 25 local authors and 6 publishers!

Don’t worry if you don’t live in the area. Details for submissions will be posted here, on our Twitter, and on our Facebook page.


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Announcing Purple Passion Press!

It’s my pleasure to announce the launch of Purple Passion Press.  We are devoted to publishing books that enlighten and inspire.

Purple Passion Press

publishing books that enlighten and inspire

Purple Passion Press is a small publisher of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction.  We will publish stimulating and provocative titles from new and emerging voices, as well as established writers and poets.