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After the Wolves by Lennart Lundh

Published December 23, 2015
Chapbook - 54 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781522727255
"My daughter, this makes three times in two months that you've confessed months that you've confessed adultery. If you were sorry, if the previous penances had done some good, you wouldn't be confessing it again."

"True. I tell myself not to sin, but my heart aches for him so I do. I regret the sin, but not the acts that contain it."

Father Hiver sighed. "It wouldn't quite so bad if this man weren't married, didn't have children. You really are blessed to love and be loved. There's too little of that in the world. It's your choice of lover that offends God."

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About the author:
Lennart Lundh is a short-fictionist, poet, historian, and photographer. His work, including five poetry chapbooks, has appeared internationally since 1965. Len and his wife, Lin, live in northeastern Illinois.

Breakwall to Breakwall by J.M. Romig

Published December 16, 2015
Chapbook - 42 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781517495343
"I glance out of my driver's side window and see a boy
trudging miserably down the sidewalk
his essence radiating awkwardness
whispering under his breath
maybe reciting poetry
or telling himself a story...
if time is fluid, like the
like the monks say
then maybe I'm glancing
over as a wave breaks"

- At a Red Light on West Avenue

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About the author:
Joshua Michael (JM) Romig was born and raised by Lake Erie in Ashtabula, Ohio. He was a finalist in the 2014 Writing Knights Grand Tournament. He is the author of "We Are Made of Found Objects" (Poet's Hall Press). His work has been included in various literary journals and anthologies and his unique brand of performance poetry has got him featured at venues all over North East Ohio and Erie, PA.

Learn to Find by Jessica Evans

Published December 9, 2015
Chapbook - 40 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781519652881
brother sister play
The Rich Game

little kid heads
penciled student store
wares too expensive
for their existence

brother says
My helicopter
will be waiting

sister replies
Good because I need
to go somewhere


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About the author:
Jessica Evans is a novelist and poet. She's earned a Masters in Fiction from Spalding University.

Out on the Streets by Lorraine Cipriano

Published November 21, 2015
Chapbook - 58 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781519431035
She met her killer online
he promised a romantic evening
filled with cocktails and ambience
trying to get intimate too quickly
she momentarily defended herself

A little odd to notice attractiveness
in a dead woman's face
considering she was strangled
and shoved into a suitcase
then abandoned in the street

- Cut Her Open

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About the author:
Award-winning poet Lorraine Cipriano enjoys writing poetry that focuses on themes such as steam punk, Buddhism, and feminism. She currently lives with her family in Toledo, Ohio and is the co-founder of a long-running literary series at the Sanger Branch of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library called "Women Unbound."

Allergic to Everything by Leah Mueller

Published October 8, 2015
Full Length - 110 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 9781517662585
Portland is your hipster boyfriend with a tongue ring,
the one who is always stoned,
the guy who can't be counted on for a commitment.

Kalamazoo is the boyfriend who gets drunk,
smashes your possessions,
and steals your laptop so he can sell it to buy crack.

Chicago was your first boyfriend. He's still standing in
the yard of his four-flat, grilling something.

Tacoma is much smarter than he looks,
and that is a big part of his appeal.

Seattle won't even answer your calls.

-- Cities Where You've Lived as Boyfriends.

$15.00 USD
Full Length

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About the author:
Leah Mueller is a writer who resides in western Washington. Her work has been published in Cultured Vultures, Origins Journal, Quail Bell, Typoetic, Talking Soup, Silver Birch Press, Semaphore, MaDCap, The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, and many others. Leah's chapbook, "Queen of Dorksville" was published in 2012 by Crisis Chronicles Press. Leah was a featured reader and poet in July 2015 at the New York Poetry Festival, and at the Death Rattle Poetry Festival in Idaho in October, 2015. She enjoys sunflowers, lucid dreaming, and anything water-related.

Coming Through the Far End by Paul Grant

Published October 5, 2015
Chapbook - 52 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781517524098
This is where
I should say
Something pretty

The stars in the head
Of a suicide
Will never form
A constellation

But for you
The endless storms
Of thought
Are over.
- The Stars in His Head 

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Other Books by Paul Grant
The Loose End of the Night (Ironpress)

biophotonic by Zachary Lee

Published October 5, 2015

Chapbook - 46 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781517458423
I think the treasure of our lives
is that we are mortal,
that very fact is what makes
everything we love,
sweat out in such style, cry over,
scream about, paint to imitate,
and obsess over so goddamn sacred
so I express my gratitude &
if we have one latitude to confess to
shed our dress and shed our place
wound within a Teneriffe lace
to endure a truth befit to dissolve
the boundaries between
us and admit
that we don't know shit

-- Sofia in the Thunder

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About the author:
Zachary Lee is a visionary artist and poet from Canton, OH who is enthralled with the power words have to bring people together. Zach is also an agricultural student at The Ohio State University and enjoys activities such as traveling, disc golf, storytelling, and general mischief.

The Bard Newsletter #8

Greetings and Salutations!

So I just finished cleaning up the gmail inbox (where all of our submissions lived for a while, some as long as a year or more). I felt a little embarrassed, but I have finally come to a definitive "I will have this read by" and we're calling it August 31st, 2015.  So if you've submitted something you'll have an answer by then.  Once we get books in queue for production we may or may not open submissions for chaps and full lengths again, haven't decided, we might wait until January 2016 to open again just so there is no overwhelming things happening again with my new job.

We recently crowned a new Grand Tournament champion, Alexis-Rueal, she and I are in tentative talks for her full length book, there is nothing definite yet, but soon... soon....

I will be instructing J.J. our blogger in the fine art of chapbook construction and siccing her on the 2nd Edition releases, starting with Marc Mannheimer's "if the moon was right".  After that I'll probably get her onto some other highly requested second editions and anthologies.

Speaking of Anthologies... I have decided to phase out "The Squire" moniker.  No one seems to care and it would help bring about a sense of continuity for Writing Knights anthologies for sales purposes, so when 2nd Editions of former Squire anthologies are released they will be done so without "The Squire: Volume Anything" after them (Except maybe the first couple Squires since the artwork incorporates them inextricably).  There may be some combining of past anthologies, like 2011 & 2012 Best Of since those were so long ago.  Other early anthologies might be combined and consolidated as well in the 2nd Edition release cycle.

Speaking of releases... our illustrious editor and founder Azriel Johnson has released Writing Knights' first Novel Sunset Red.  Click the link to read the back of the book and potentially purchase it (I had to make an edit on the cover so it might be unavailable at the time of posting this message, I'll update this when it's for sure available). Send your friends to the Dragon's Bane Series Facebook page for likes and to Get Notifications so they can stay up to date!

Our Monday Night open mic/stage nights are going pretty well. We have small, but ferocious crowds.  I swear I'm recording the nights' events, I just haven't gotten around to posting the blogs. I'll try to get on that soonly, it's one of the things that I need to catch up on.

Speaking of things to catch up on, I am backlogged for Five Question Friday interviews, but I'll try to remedy that as well.  In addition, we may start having weekly installments of novel length stories posted on the WKroundtable blog if the authors agree to it.  If you have a book release coming up or you just want me to ask you five questions, please feel free to send me an email at writingknights(at) with "Writing Knights Interview" as the subject.

Other things to email me about... hrm... well we are looking to have at least one paid feature per month for the foreseeable future so if you are interested in getting an extra $20 to perform some words on  Monday night, email me at writingknights(at) "Writing Knights Feature".

In conjunction with J.J. and I going over the chapbook creation, we will also be setting up Writing Knights' Patreon account. This will be a monthly submission service which will allow our supporters to give us money per month and receive all of the books we release in that month. August's subscribers will receive (so far) a copy of Sunset Red which is retailed at $20. We might be able to squeak out a chapbook by the end of the month... Maybe...

I think that's it for now. I'm going to dot this entry with videos from the Grand Tournament now.

Thanks for reading!
PS - Want to sign up to be notified of future Newsletters? email writingknightspress(at) "Notify me of future The Bard Newsletters"

Sunset Red -- Dragon's Bane Series: Book 1 by Azriel Johnson

Published August 8, 2015
Novel-Cover A - 334 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 978-1515369134
After two decades of abject annihilation, Humans develop a new weapon against their Overlords, Dragon's Bane. Eight months later, the first force field is erected over Los Angeles. Force fields soon cover other Human cities.

Four years later, the Los Angeles barrier falls and Dragons stake claim to what they refer to as Sunset Red.

Present Sixteen year old, John Ross Gerstung sets forth from his miserable village to join the Human army and escape a Tyrant Dragon. Despite the family legacy of warriors before him, JR struggles daily with adolescent yearnings. Also, voices filter through his head whenever he's around Dragons.

He's trained all his life to fight Dragons.

But first he has to take care of his childhood bullies.

$20.00 USD
Novel-Cover A

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$20.00 USD
Novel-Cover B

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Novel-Cover B - 334 pages, 6" x 9", ISBN: 9781515395638
About the author:
Azriel Johnson is an inkspatter analyst by day and a serial writer by night.

He enjoys everything about the written word, even the things that annoy him like text speak.
He relishes imperfection, so if any of his readers finds a typo in any of his books he will sign their copy and write them a short letter of philosophy and thanks.

He is cautiously optimistic about the future of the Human race, Dragons or no. He believes in prophecy and the Dragon's Bane Series comes straight from a part of himself he believes probably exists... somewhere....

In his spare time (what's that?), Azriel plays fantasy games, practices yoga, blogs (sometimes), listens to music, meditates and practices shamanism. You can also find him asking interesting questions on his Facebook Fan Page.

The Bard Newsletter #7

Greetings and Salutations and Apologies!

A mistake I often make is doing things rashly and all at once in an effort to get ahead of or to control a situation. It's what makes me a good promoter and also a bad promoter.  This morning, I let a situation get out of my irritation limit and I inundated you all with tons of Facebook event invites for Stark Knights when previously I had planned to not even create one and let my blog do the work of both with informing and publicizing the events.

For this I apologize and after a good conversation with a colleague, I daresay an almost friend, I came up with a solution.

I have never really found Facebook events to be useful for Writing Knights events so after Stark Knights I will continue to not create individual events for Writing Knights functions. I feel they are a waste of time and annoy me just as much as I annoyed you. However, some people swear by these events and there is no reason why they should not have the event they want to promote to the people they want.

To balance these aspects, Writing Knights will give as much support as necessary for the participating performers for any event they want to create under the Writing Knights banner. Writing Knights will provide all necessary materials (online flyers, dedicated blog entries, etc) for these events to have the information necessary for the performers to get as many people to attend as possible.

In the past, Writing Knights has created these events and people would say they were coming, then not, or not say anything at all and ignore them. The best way we are going to get people to come to these events is if the artists themselves promote them, putting this aspect into the hands of the artists is the best way possible to get new people into the scene to see what kind of energy we have and what we are willing to do to perpetuate it.

If you have any questions email: or find me on Facebook.

With that out of the way, Stark Knights: The first show is tonight! You can find events and features here. The videos from each Stark Knights show will be made available on this blog and on our YouTube page, usually the next day or at least that week.

The Limited Edition Anthology: The Grail: Volume 1: Stark Roots will be available during and after the tour.  There will be only 100 copies produced.  We are asking $5 for each copy and if you attend the tour it is likely you'll be able to get each of the poets to sign the book, likely increasing the value in years to come.

Arrangements can be made to acquire a copy even if you cannot attend any of the Stark Knights shows, contact:

I just want to remind you all about the 30/30 Writing Knights is hosting: Vestigial Words.  We have intention of producing the finished anthology by the end of May of this year.

The National Poetry Month Anthology: "Super Heroes & Villains" from 2014 should be available for sale by the end of next week.

We are currently on a chapbook slow because I am going to school and trying to pay the rest of that off. So if you have a book in queue that's what is happening and you will receive updates as they can be given.

We do have one chapbook release in the month of April: 2014 Grand Tournament Finalist, D.L. Woure who is performing April 27th at Cultured Coffee will be releasing a chapbook sometime before the 25th.

Speaking of the Grand Tournament, the Grand Tournament IV is now open for submissions. Get your submission in fast.  We are looking at Mahall's for the location, but nothing is confirmed.

Writing Knights: Stark is still going strong Monday nights.  Please check out the blog entries.  We are posting one a week after every get together.

Thank you for reading and we'll see you tonight at Stark Knights!
Azriel Johnson

1,000 Paper Cranes Anthology

Published April 1, 2015
Full Length Anthology - 208 pages, 5" x 8", ISBN: 978-1508857419
Thousand Paper Cranes is an ancient Japanese legend which promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical creatures and is said to live for a thousand years: That is why 1000 cranes are made, one for each year. In some stories it is believed that the 1000 cranes must be completed within one year and they must all be made by the person who is to make the wish at the end. All cranes must be kept by the person wishing at the end.

You may find yourself wanting to fold 1,000 Paper Cranes to see if you can get a wish from the mystical Crane. Adorn the cranes with these poems and the wish may even come true.

$15.00 USD
Full Length Anthology

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About the author:
The following collection is 1,000 haiku/senryu. There are many definitions of haiku/senryu most in this collection are the Americanized version of three lines with 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables each.

Authors in this Anthology:
Helen Harrison ... C.L.S. Ferguson ... Jon Thorn ... Ruchi Chopra ... Geoffrey A. Landis ... Nalini Priyadarshni ... Lori Ann Kusterbeck ... Christine L. Villa ... Lorraine Cipriano ... Smith ... Lennart Lundh ... Mishka ... Shloka Shankar (Rasika) ... Sheena Zilla ... Steve Brightman ... Nicole Rahe ... Ryan Sagert ... David S. Pointer ... M.J. Arcangelini ... Kevin Eberhardt ... Shivapriya Ganapathy (Wildflower) ... Alan Mathos ... Chad Burrall ... J.M. Romig ... Craig Firsdon

Hellfire, Heavensent by Azriel Johnson

Published April 1, 2015
Chapbook - 38 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 978-1499248173
"Sometimes, when the last thread breaks,
The journey on which it takes,
From ocean to river, to a mountain lake,
that's clean.
Down below, in between.
Nothing's clean. And I'm yet to be seen.
The animator's mind, caught inside mine,
The bars held him behind,
for me.
Down below, in between."
-- Down Below, In Between

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"Hellfire, Heavensent" is a collection of 30 poems inspired by life, love, lust and a dedication to the expression and craft of poetry.

Pictures of an Other Day by Lennart Lundh

Published March 10, 2015
Chapbook - 38 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", ISBN: 9781508769149
- Excerpt -
"They speak of my drinking,
but never my thirst.
-- Scottish proverb.

"Then I will speak of it,
though they fear the sound of
my voice, of my tread,
the thread of their being breaking
with a rale at my lips."

--Railing at the Light

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About the author:
Lennart Lundh is a poet, short-story writer, photographer, and historian. His work has appeared internationally since 1965. Len and his wife, Lin, live near Chicago.