Purple Passion Press is a small publisher of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction. We publish books that inspire, enlighten, and engage readers. We seek stimulating and provocative titles from new and emerging voices, as well as established writers and poets.


Founder Victoria M. Johnson

Victoria M. Johnson Purple Passion PressVictoria M. Johnson is a published author and filmmaker, both writer and director of four short films and two micro-documentaries, and she served as assistant director on a feature length horror film. Her published works include books of fiction and nonfiction, and her poetry appears in several anthologies. Victoria was an editor at Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine (National Edition) for one year. She hosts a Blog Talk Radio show and has presented workshops on writing in the Bay Area; Chicago; Washington, DC; New York and Vancouver, Canada. See Victoria’s full bio at her website: http://victoriamjohnson.com

Advisory Board Members:

Henry Bankhead Advisory board member for Purple Passion Press

Henry Bankhead is currently a Town Librarian at the Los Gatos Library. He has been a librarian for over ten years. He reviews literary fiction and romance for Library Journal. His passion for open source is only rivaled by his obsession with eBooks, his addiction to fiction, his fascination with Applied Improv and his quest to provide the unparalleled customer service experience.


Barbara Froman Purple Passion Press Advisory BoardBarbara 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. She blogs about music and film, continues to compose, and is presently at work on a collection of linked stories.

Jimin Han Purple Passion Press Advisory BoardJimin Han received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found in a variety of places, including NPR’s “Weekend America,”The Rumpus.net, The Good Men Project, Kartika Review, HTML Giant, and The NuyorAsian Anthology. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College’s Writing Institute.


Cheryl Hare board member Purple Passion PressCheryl Hare was born and raised in Sparks Nevada.After high school, she attended The Fashion and Art Institute Of Dallas. Graduating with a B.A. in Art, Communications and Business. While in Texas she worked as a runway model for the Apparel Mart. She then moved to Las Vegas where she was a store model at the Caesars Palace. Then moving west to Los Angeles she became the Account executive for Clinique cosmetics at Nordstrom. Cheryl has two sons from a previous marriage that are both working actors in L.A. She now lives in Los Gatos with her husband Steve, and they are the owners of Village House Of Books. Cheryl also serves as a board member for the Los Gatos Arts and Culture Commission.

Justin Johnson advisory board member Purple Passion PressJustin Johnson hails from the Bay Area. He graduated with an A.A. in Film from De Anza College. He went on to graduate from San Jose State University with Honors in 2009. After graduating, Justin produced three short films that received acclaim, including the short film Still Life that received the coveted Audience Award at the Silicon Valley International Film Festival.  In 2012, Justin decided the best education in film would be from producing his own feature film, The Abstracting. After this amazing and life changing experience, Justin set his sights on a bigger goal, making feature films in Hollywood. Now Justin lives in L.A. and is fully pursuing his passion of producing feature films, tv episodes, and book trailers.


Eugene Rodriguez, MFAEugene Rodriguez, MFA, originally from Southern California, is an artist/educator/activist based in San Francisco. He earned his MFA from Mills College in Oakland and his BA from San Francisco State University in the 1980s. He is tenured faculty at De Anza College where he teaches fine arts and contemporary arts theory/practice. Eugene has been featured in solo exhibitions at Tribes Gallery and Franklin Furnace in New York and included in numerous group exhibitions across the United States and Canada. In addition to exhibiting, he has curated exhibitions and lectured extensively on “Transforming Arts Curriculum for the 21st Century” across the country. His films/videos have been featured in numerous national and international festivals.

Marta Svea WallienMarta Svea Wallien is currently working on a novel and is an assistant editor 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.