• New Releases
  • Release of Mother Stump by Alexandra Donovan

    Donovan_Mother StumpWe are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Mother Stump by Alexandra Donovan, the latest addition to the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series! Alexandra is a poet-teacher in the California Poet in the Schools program, and a volunteer chaplain. This is her debut collection.

    Yak Press is so happy to welcome Alexandra Donovan to the Native Blossoms series that we’re offering free shipping on pre-orders of her chapbook through August 6, 2018! To pre-order a copy for yourself, click here. Pre-orders will be fulfilled on August 6, 2018, a week in advance of the official launch party, which will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.

    If you’d like to celebrate the release of Mother Stump with us, please join us for an afternoon tea and poetry reading at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 2:00-4:00 PM. Alexandra will read from her collection, along with readings by some of her poetry students, and special guest readers from the Native Blossoms Series: Nancy Carroll, Cindy Rinne, and CLS Ferguson.

    As part of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, Alexandra‘s chapbook features a constraint poem “that takes the botanical name of a wildflower or other flora native to the poet’s locale as its title.” She has chosen to write about Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), which is featured prominently on the book’s cover. Alexandra will be signing copies of her book, which will also be available for purchase at the event.

     

    Here are the details:

    • What: Book Launch/Poetry Reading/Afternoon Tea for Alexandra Donovan’s Mother Stump
    • Where: All Saints Episcopal Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101  map
    • When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 2:00 — 4:00 PM
    • Pre-Order: with free shipping through 8/6/18! Click here.
    • Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/263942774360381/
  • Events and Appearances
  • Release of Tumbleweed: Against All Odds

    Tumbleweed: Against All Odds_poems by CLS FergusonWe are very excited to announce the release of Tumbleweed: Against All Odds by CLS Ferguson, the newest installment of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series! A highly accomplished writer, performer, and speech instructor, this is CLS Ferguson’s second chapbook, and her fourth book of poetry.

    Yak Press is so thrilled to offer CLS Ferguson’s work that we’re offering free shipping on pre-orders of her chapbook through April 30, 2018! To pre-order a copy for yourself, click here. Pre-orders will be fulfilled on April 30, 2018, a week in advance of the official launch, which will be held at Chevalier’s Books!

    If you’d like to join us to celebrate the release of Tumbleweed: Against All Odds, please join us for the official book launch at Chevalier’s Books on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 5:00-6:30 PM. CLS Ferguson will read from the collection, and will also be joined by special guest readers from the Native Blossoms Series: Nancy Carroll, Anne Yale, Melisa Malvin-Middleton, and Cindy Rinne.

    CLS Ferguson

    As part of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, CLS Ferguson’s chapbook features a constraint poem “that takes the botanical name of a wildflower or other flora native to the poet’s locale as its title.” CLS has chosen to write about Manzanita, which is featured prominently on the book’s cover. CLS will be signing copies of the books, which will be available for purchase at the event.

    Here are the details:

    • What: Book Launch/Poetry Reading for CLS Ferguson’s Tumbleweed: Against All Odds
    • Where: Chevalier’s Books, 126 North Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004      map
    • When: Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 5:00 — 6:30 PM
    • Pre-Order: with free shipping through 4/30/18! Click here.
  • New Releases
  • Listen to the Codex Release

    Listen to the Codex_Poems by Cindy RinneYak Press is pleased to announce the release of Listen to the Codex by Cindy Rinne, the newest addition to the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series. A well-known poet who lives and writes about San Bernardino, California and environs, this is Cindy’s second chapbook, and her fourth book of poetry.

    We’re so happy to welcome Cindy to the Native Blossoms family, that we’re offering free shipping on pre-orders of her chapbook through July 16, 2017! To pre-order a copy for yourself, click here. Pre-orders will be fulfilled on July 17, 2017, one week before the official launch, which will be held at Skylight Books!

    If you’d like to join us to celebrate the release of Listen to the Codex, please join us for the official book launch at Skylight Books on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Cindy Rinne will read, and will also be joined by special guest readers from the Native Blossoms Series, Nancy Carroll and Melisa Malvin-Middleton.

    As part of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, Cindy’s chapbook features a constraint poem “that takes the botanical name of a wildflower or other flora native to the poet’s locale as its title.” Cindy has chosen to write about Black Sage, which is featured prominently on the book’s cover. Guests who purchase the book at the event will be entered to win some special “black sage” prize giveaways!

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  • Events and Appearances
  • Hover the Bones Release

    Hover the Bones -- Poems by Melisa Malvin-MiddletonYak Press is very pleased to announce the release of Hover the Bones by Melissa Malvin-Middleton. This lovely collection is the fourth chapbook in the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, and as such, completes the first “quartet.” A second quartet is forthcoming.

    We’re so excited, we’re offering free shipping on pre-orders of the book through February 18, 2017! To pre-order your copy, click here. Pre-orders will be fulfilled starting February 11, 2017, one week before the official release.

    If you’d like to join us in celebrating the release of Hover the Bones, we’re hosting a poetry reading featuring the books’ author, Melisa Malvin-Middleton, along with the other poets from the Native Blossoms series and some special guest poets at Neutra Institute in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Here are the details:

     

     

     

     

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  • New Releases
  • Pressed Against All That Nothing – New Release

    NB logo_webYak Press is very pleased to announce its latest release with the publication of the third title in the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series: Pressed Against All That Nothing by Cody Deitz. The collection navigates landscapes — both internal and external, physical and metaphysical  — as it chronicles a brother’s battle with addiction. The poems are poignant and stirring, and we find ourselves captured almost as if we’ve been overtaken by a flash flood, moved along with Deitz’ current of emotion, at once overwhelmed and hopeful, and carried through from the opening piece (offered below) to the final poem.

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  • Events and Appearances
  • Night Walks Launch Party

    2014-04-13 Nancy Reading
    Nancy Carroll reads from Night Walks, her new chapbook.

     

    On Saturday, April 13, 2014, we held our first Native Blossoms Chapbook Series poetry reading and open mic to celebrate the launch of Night Walks by Nancy Carroll.

     

    2014-04-13 Anne Reading
    Anne Yale introduces the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series.

     

     

    Held at the Republic of Pie in NoHo, the reading was a blast!

     

     

    Sophia Petkovic rocks the house!
    Sophia Petkovic rocks the house!

     

    Ulrica Bell reads fantastic new work during the Open Mic.
    Ulrica Bell reads fantastic new work during the Open Mic.

    Everyone had such a great time!

     

     

     

     

     

    We definitely plan to continue.

    Night Walks by Nancy Carroll
    Night Walks by Nancy Carroll

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  • New Releases
  • New Chapbook Series Due Soon!

    We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new poetry chapbook series to our catalogue of offerings: the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series. The series presents the work of contemporary poets, and each chapbook  features at least one poem that takes the botanical name of a wildflower (or other flora) native to the poet’s locale as its title. Four short collections will be chosen for publication each year. Due in April 2014, (in honor of Poetry Month) Series One, Number 1, Night Walks by Nancy Carroll launches the series.