Plain View Press

Plain View Press gives contemporary voice to a far-flung community of humane and passionate writers and readers. Please join our community! Plain View Press is a 35-year-old issue-based literary publishing house.

We have published over 400 titles presenting the work of almost 500 national and international writers. We publish contemporary literature — poetry, fiction, memoir and nonfiction. We are a far-flung community of activists whose energies bring humanitarian enlightenment and hope to individuals and communities grappling with the major issues of our time -- peace, justice, the environment, education

Images in the Clouds: reading the sky 02/16/2022

Images in the Clouds: reading the sky

Plain View Press Author Maria Wells Debuts Poetry Book Images in the Clouds
Austin, Texas, 14 Feb 2022 – After a career in academia, Maria Wells of Austin, Texas presents her poems and art in her first poetry book, Images in the Clouds: reading the sky, published by Plain View Press and hitting bookstores everywhere on February 14, 2022..

With 60 poems and 10 color photos and art, Images in the Clouds carries the reader forward and back in time, to inner and outer worlds. Taken from Wells’ treasure trunk of a life of adventure and world travel, some verses share memories of places and people, while some delight with pure fantasy and imagination.

A Fulbright Scholar and Doctoral graduate from the University of Pisa, Maria Xenia Wells Zevelechi spent her academic career at the University of Texas at Austin. After retiring, she embraced poetry when a friend’s painting inspired her first poem, “Memories in Silver,” written in Paris at a meeting of Poets and Writers. A member of the Austin Poetry Society, she gives readings in Austin, Paris and Greece. With two daughters, five grandchildren and the memory of a loving husband, she lives in Austin, Texas.

Images in the Clouds: reading the sky, ISBN 9781632100948, can be purchased on Amazon.com, or in bulk by contacting the publisher.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1632100940/

Images in the Clouds: reading the sky With 60 poems and 10 color photos and art, Images in the Clouds: reading the sky by Maria Wells carries the reader forward and back in time, to inner and outer worlds. Taken from the treasure trunk of Wells’ life of adventure and world travel, some verses share memories of places and people, whil....

Blink Factor: a crime thriller 02/15/2022

Blink Factor: a crime thriller

New Crime Thriller Blink Factor by Steve Barry Combines Science and Mystery
Austin, Texas, 02 Sept, 2021 – Plain View Press announces the new release of Blink Factor, a crime thriller by Steve Barry, to bookstores and Amazon on September 2, 2021.

With two identities, artist David Asher can forever capture what he sees in the blink of an eye. As he tries to solve the mystery of his abusive father, his father hunts him down, and he faces the looming threat of the Manhattan Crime Boss and the wrath of inquisitive FBI and CIA operatives.

Born in Manhattan, Steve Barry studied painting at Boston University, the Boston Museum School and the Art Students League of New York. He left an early career in advertising on Madison Avenue for the Southwest and worked as Creative Director for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper Gaining recognition as a painter, he taught art at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe before moving to Texas with his wife. Always attracted to the creative process, Blink Factor is his first novel.

Copies of Blink Factor (ISBN: 978-1632100917) can be purchased on Amazon or in quantity from Plain View Press.
https://www.amazon.com/Blink-Factor-thriller-Steve-Barry/dp/1632100916/

Blink Factor: a crime thriller Manhattan,1964: No one suspects David Greenberg is also David Asher, the successful artist who, in the blink of an eye, can forever capture what he sees. Believing his father is Mob connected, he searches for evidence to put him away. But soon, rogue agents of the government discover David's secr...

At the Edge of the Cliff: poems 01/24/2021

At the Edge of the Cliff: poems

Plain View Press announces the publication of At the Edge of the Cliff: poems, by Marian Kaplun Shapiro, hitting bookstores and Amazon on January 25, 2021. At her poetic peak, Shapiro experiments with visual form and edgy content to disrupt fundamental givens and generate transformative experiences. Word drawings in At the Edge of the Cliff go beyond mere words, touching extremes of feeling that jar the subconscious and make each poem an experiment, leading a beautiful and challenging climb to the edge.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1632100835/

At the Edge of the Cliff: poems At the Edge of the Cliff: poems

Livestream Reading: Catherine Hamilton: Victoria's War | Annie Bloom's Books 09/24/2020

Livestream Reading: Catherine Hamilton: Victoria's War | Annie Bloom's Books

Please join the Livestream Virtual Reading by Catherine A. Hamilton from her book, Victoria's War:

September 24, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm PACIFIC time
That's 10 pm Eastern, 9 pm Central, and 8 pm Mountain time

HOSTED BY: Annie Bloom’s Books, Portland Oregon

“Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland author Catherine Hamilton for a livestream reading from her novel, Victoria's War.”

Click link and to register to attend:
https://www.annieblooms.com/event/livestream-reading-catherine-hamilton-victorias-war



HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Livestream Reading: Catherine Hamilton: Victoria's War | Annie Bloom's Books Victoria's War is a work of historical fiction about 19-year-old Victoria Darski, a Polish Catholic woman sold into slavery during the Nazi occupation of Europe, and Etta Tod, the 20-year-old deaf daughter of a German baker who buys Victoria. Poland, 1939: Eager to study literature at the University...

Ute Carson Book Launch 08/20/2020

Ute Carson Book Launch

Ute Carson Book Launch Sept 4, 2020 at 7 pm CDT
Join us via Zoom to celebrate the launch of Ute Carson’s Gypsy Spirit, a lifelong collection of published short stories, flash stories, essays, commentaries, and memoir. The event is sponsored by Malvern Books in Austin Texas.
http://malvernbooks.com/event/ute-carson-book-launch-3/?instance_id=3323

Ute Carson Book Launch Join us via Zoom to celebrate the launch of Ute Carson’s Gypsy Spirit, a lifelong collection of published short stories, flash stories, essays, commentaries, and memoir. Gypsy Spirit is an ex…

07/01/2020

Plain View Press announces the timely release of The Talking Cure: New and Selected Poems by Jack Coulehan, hitting bookstores and Amazon on July 1, 2020. The Talking Cure highlights physician Jack Coulehan’s poetic career, exploring the poetry of tenderness and steadiness in medical practice—observing moments, healing gestures, and internal response that reveal the worth of the individual and an ethic of compassion. A virtual book launch reading, hosted by The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, will take place on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 PM EDT.

A physician by trade, poet-author Coulehan uses poetry to reflect and express the trials and triumphs of keeping the body well and of facing death. The Talking Cure contains new poems plus selections from six previous books. The poems look beyond the difficulties of physical existence to see the worth and holiness of the individual with directness, passion, and humor. They show an ethic of compassionate solidarity between patient and doctor, person and family, the individual and the community. Copies of The Talking Cure, paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63210-078-8) or ebook (ISBN: 978-1-63210-079-5), can be purchased through Amazon, retail bookstores, or ordered in quantity from Plain View Press.

An Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine, Jack Coulehan was formerly director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including Bursting with Danger and Music (Plain View Press, 2012). A medical educator, his medical writing includes essays on clinical trials, medical ethics, and humanities, and an award-winning textbook, The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice. Information about all his books can be found on Jack Coulehan’s website, jackcoulehan.com.

https://plainviewpress.com/2020/06/23/the-talking-cure-by-medical-poet-jack-coulehan-released/

07/01/2020

Plain View Press announces the release of Coming To Be: A Novel by Rebecca Thaddeus, hitting bookstores and Amazon on June 30, 2020.

In Coming To Be by Rebecca Thaddeus, a devastating blow forces Carly to reconcile her past, with the help of her best friends. Remembering the music and sexual revolution of the 70’s, she re-examines past assumptions and life with a bipolar husband, only to discover the inexplicable joy of Plato’s “coming to be.”

With a doctorate in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Rebecca Thaddeus taught at Loyola University, the University of Illinois in Chicago, and Ferris State University for a total of 38 years. With a propensity for historical fiction, her first novel, One Amber Bead (2011), was set during World War II. My Mother’s Daughter (2019) was set in early 19th Century Mississippi. Her third novel, Coming To Be (2020), recreates the era of the sixties. Her books and blog posts can be found at oneamberblog.blogspot.com.

Copies of Coming To Be, paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63210-074-0) or ebook (ISBN: 978-1-63210-075-7), can be purchased through Amazon, retail bookstores, or ordered in quantity from Plain View Press.
https://plainviewpress.com/2020/06/23/coming-to-be-release/

Victoria’s War by Catherine A. Hamilton Unveils Polish Slavery by Nazis in WWII - Plain View Press 06/30/2020

Victoria’s War by Catherine A. Hamilton Unveils Polish Slavery by Nazis in WWII - Plain View Press

Plain View Press announces the publication of the historical fiction novel Victoria’s War by Catherine A. Hamilton, hitting bookstores and Amazon on June 2, 2020. Inspired by events lost in World War II history, the book gives voice to the courageous Polish women kidnapped into real-life slave labor operation during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

Victoria’s War, a historical fiction novel by Catherine A. Hamilton, tells the story of Polish teenager Victoria Darski, who was sold into slavery during the Nazi occupation of Europe, and the deaf daughter of the German baker who bought her.

Copies of Victoria’s War, paperback (ISBN: 9781632100689) or ebook (ISBN: 9781632100696), can be purchased through Amazon, retail bookstores, or ordered in quantity from Plain View Press.

Victoria’s War is the debut novel from author Catherine A. Hamilton, who actively publishes and blogs at catherineahamilton.com. Of Polish descent, Hamilton has articles and poems published in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Oregonian, the Catholic Sentinel, the Dziennik Związkowy, and the Polish American Journal. She authored the chapter about Katherine Graczyk in Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians Remember the Nazi Occupation, edited by Richard C. Lukas. She is available for public events and book club interaction.
https://plainviewpress.com/2020/05/26/victorias-war-by-catherine-a-hamilton-unveils-polish-slavery-by-nazis-in-wwii/

Victoria’s War by Catherine A. Hamilton Unveils Polish Slavery by Nazis in WWII - Plain View Press Victoria’s War, a historical fiction novel by Catherine A. Hamilton, tells the story of Polish teenager Victoria Darski, who was sold into slavery during the Nazi occupation of Europe, and the deaf daughter of the German baker who bought her.

The Other Sister by Pat Valdata Now Available as Ebook - Plain View Press % 06/30/2020

The Other Sister by Pat Valdata Now Available as Ebook - Plain View Press %

The Other Sister is American story that is a tribute to Hungarian immigrant women and their families, who arrived in America during the early 20th century. At 478 print pages, the ebook is a more affordable alternative. The novel can now be purchased as a print or ebook on Amazon.

The Other Sister is a passionate, startling and, wonderfully readable novel about generations of an immigrant family during the first half of the twentieth century. Its momentum shimmers with the presence and evanescence of life’s everyday and extraordinary moments. While Patricia Valdata illuminates the ways that history affects individual lives, the real star of the story is the individual. Brimming with unforgettable characters, The Other Sister is to be treasured.
— Kate Evans, author of Like All We Love and For the May Queen
https://plainviewpress.com/2020/05/24/the-other-sister-by-pat-valdata-now-available-as-ebook/

The Other Sister by Pat Valdata Now Available as Ebook - Plain View Press % The Other Sister by Pat Valdata, an American story that is a tribute to Hungarian immigrant women, is now available an an ebook.

Plain View Press Releases New Poetry Book: Half-Dreaming by Douglas Nordfors - Plain View Press 06/30/2020

Plain View Press Releases New Poetry Book: Half-Dreaming by Douglas Nordfors - Plain View Press

Austin, Texas, January 9, 2020- Plain View Press is proud to offer the latest work from Douglas Nordfors, Half-Dreaming: poems, hitting bookstores everywhere on Jan 10, 2020.

Half-Dreaming uses abstract thought to question, perceive, and come to terms with, the concrete world, and navigates the complexities of being human.

Seattle native and Virginia resident Nordfors gives each poem a unique feel, changing tone and style to fit the needs of a particular subject, mood, or situation, much like a chameleon. A teacher of writing and literature, Nordfors has also published poetry books Auras (Plain View Press 2008) and The Fate Motif (Plain View Press 2013). Since 1987, he has published poems in numerous journals, including Quarterly West, California Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, The Iowa Review, Poet Lore, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The Seattle Review, and The Sycamore Review.

Copies of Half-Dreaming: poems can be purchased through Amazon, paperback (ISBN: 978-1-63210-070-2) or ebook (ISBN: 978-1-63210-071-9), through retail bookstores, or ordered in quantity from Plain View Press.

https://plainviewpress.com/2020/01/08/half-dreaming-by-douglas-nordfors-released/

Plain View Press Releases New Poetry Book: Half-Dreaming by Douglas Nordfors - Plain View Press Austin, Texas, January 9, 2020- Plain View Press is proud to offer the latest work from Douglas Nordfors, Half-Dreaming: poems, hitting bookstores everywhere on Jan 10, 2020. Half-Dreaming uses abstract thought to question, perceive, and come to terms with, the concrete world, and navigates the comp...

06/05/2019

Vietnam: Brad Kennedy & Ernest "Pete" Peterson

Brad Kennedy is the author of the book Betrayal: Will Stone in Vietnam, published by Plain View Press. His story was part of the PBS Memorial Day celebration in Washington DC.

Vietnam: Valor and Brotherhood | National Memorial Day Concert | PBS 05/27/2019

Vietnam: Valor and Brotherhood | National Memorial Day Concert | PBS

The PBS National Memorial Day Concert performed "Vietnam Valor and Brotherhood", the story of two soldiers — Brad Kennedy and Ernest “Pete” Peterson — who formed a brotherhood while serving in the 11th US Cavalry in Vietnam, a.k.a. the Blackhorse Regiment. The two now meet each year at the Vietnam Wall to remember those who died.

One of the soldiers, Plain View Press author Brad Kennedy, published Betrayal: Will Stone in Vietnam (2012). A literary fiction novel, Betrayal examines honor and loyalty — personal, social, military, and political. The story raises questions of American foreign policy and military strategy, and goes deeper to ask, “What price must a man pay to remain moral? Are we all brothers? What is worth dying for?”

"Vietnam Valor and Brotherhood" was performed by actor Dennis Haysbert (24, MAJOR LEAGUE) as Pete Peterson, and Joe Mantegna as Brad Kennedy. Hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, the 30th annual National Memorial Day Concert was broadcast Sunday, May 26, 2019, and is available as Video on Demand, May 26 to June 9, 2019.
http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/features/vietnam-valor-brotherhood/

Vietnam: Valor and Brotherhood | National Memorial Day Concert | PBS

America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery 01/22/2019

America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery

January 2019 Release: America Abroad by David Radavich

This is David Radavich's third book of poetry with Plain View Press. America Bound: An Epic for Our Time, was published in 2007 and Middle-East Mezze was published in 2010.

America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery, David Radavich launches his most ambitious expedition to date. Crossing continents and spanning centuries, this sequence traces historical trajectories from the Age of Exploration to the present. Indeed, we hear echoes of Whitman in its sweep and grandeur. Organized geographically, sections recount the “discovery” of the “New World” and exploration of the American West, as well as sojourns to the Arctic, South America, Asia, and finally the Far East. Along the way, we encounter persona poems speaking in the voices of adventurers, conquistadors, and survivors. This is a bold and expansive book, challenging readers to re-conceive the ways that history is said to rhyme.
—Professor Christian Knoeller, author of Reimagining Environmental History

https://www.amazon.com/America-Abroad-Discovery-David-Radavich/dp/1632100606/

America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery In America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery, David Radavich launches his most ambitious expedition to date. Crossing continents and spanning centuries, this sequence traces historical trajectories from the Age of Exploration to the present. Indeed, we hear echoes of Whitman in its sweep and grandeur....

My Mother's Daughter 01/22/2019

My Mother's Daughter

January 2019 Release: My Mother's Daughter by Rebecca Thaddeus

This is Rebecca Thaddeus's second novel with Plain View Press. One Amber Bead was released in 2011.

My Mother’s Daughter is a fast-paced, page-turning historical fiction about a mother’s daughters, set in an era of southern plantations and slavery. Each woman finds her own way to develop unsuspected inner strengths and the will to change from who they are to who they choose to be.
—Nancy King, author of Opening Gates and other novels

From slavery through abolition and women’s suffrage, Thaddeus’ sweeping story of four generations of mothers and daughters carries the reader away, down the Mississippi River on a keelboat, beneath the tunneling branches of the Natchez Trace, into the shanties and mansions of the Old South, into a bygone time that both unsettles and delights. Thaddeus is a master of atmospheric settings and striking characters who reveal both the sin and the redemption of the American soul.
—Elaine McCullough, Professor Emerita of English, Ferris State University

https://www.amazon.com/My-Mothers-Daughter-Rebecca-Thaddeus/dp/1632100371/

My Mother's Daughter My Mother's Daughter is a fast-paced, page-turning historical fiction about a mother's daughters, set in an era of southern plantations and slavery. Each woman finds her own way to develop unsuspected inner strengths and the will to change from who they are to who they choose to be. --Nancy King,...

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