Plain View Press is proud to have published some of the finest writers
and poets in the country. Some are emerging talents, some emerged through
Plain View Press and went on to build their reputations, and others were
established before we published them. It is hard to keep up with everyone,
but this is a partial list of the authors and their publications.
List arranged by date of publication.
Susan Bright is author of 17 books of poetry, including three Austin
Book Award winners. She is the editor/publisher of Plain View Press,
which since 1975 has published over 100 books. Her work as a poet, publisher,
activist and educator has taken her all over the world. See her weekly
comentaries on the earthfamilyalpha blog.
For more detail, see Susan's complete bio.
Next to the Last Word
about the passion, mechanics and aesthetics of the word, more than a
hundred new poems and selected early work--
"A dazzling reach--Athelstan and Little League, the voice of Shakespeare's
Dark lady and the shrewd observer of late twentieth-century urban life,
witty prose poems and a lyrical series of fourteen-liners. A joy to
read and Bright's best book yet." (Betty Sue Flowers, poet and professor,
House of the Mother
Asearch for the nurturing part of the human. It takes a hard look at
the enormous world consequence of diminishing the power of the mother,
her life force--the healing and nurturing aspect of the individual.
Austin Book Award, 1994
Antique photographs primarily by James Dwight Safford
Tirades and Evidence
The "Tirades" are just that, how tired we are of the personal,
environmental and political atrocities that have infested the
planet. The "And" poems
are about relationships, love. "Evidence" is a hard look at things
as they are. The "Of" section of the book is about the death of the
parent. The "Grace" poems are a difficult grace--how light filters
through even the darkest hours so courage shines in our souls no matter
"They are snapshots of the soul." - Andrew B. Preslar, "Review
of Texas Books"
Austin Book Award, 1991, Violet Crown Award, 1992
Photographs by Butch Hancock
Tirades And Evidence
Of Grace Cassette Tape
Poetry performed by Susan Bright, short flute passages played by John
Hicks. On tape are favorites like "Pie," "Ice," "White Paint and Blue
Trim," and "Who the Hell is Gustav?"
44 minutes, $8.95.
A trickster character who dies in every poem or does something so entirely
stupid we wish that she would. "How desperately we need poets who can
endure the vision, sacrifice bliss, and strip vagueness from such an
enemy that must be named if logic is ever to be overcome by its superior--the
Art by Randy Smith Huke
Small Press, October, 1990
See Also: Wind Eyes--A
Woman's Reader and Writing Source
Coming Full Circle
Feminist Family Values Forum
Feeding the Crow
Everywhere is Someplace Else--A
CB Follett is the editor of "Beside the Sleeping Maiden, Poets of Marin"
published by Arctos Press in 1997. She received a Poetry Grant from the
Marin Arts Council in 1995, was nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize
and has two previous collections of poetry from Hot Pepper Press: "The
Latitudes of Their Going," and "Gathering the Mountains." She has
won various awards. The poem "Bull Kelp," for instance, appeared in "Confluence," and "Calyx,"
was winner of the Portland Poetry Contest in 1994, received Honorable
Mention in the Wildwood Poetry Prize in 1995 and was #3 of the WindRoom
series from Radiolarian Press in 1996. She is also an artist who has
worked in clay, fiber and now paints in acrylic/mixed media. Many of
her works are in private collections nationally.
An exquisite collection of poetry and art by Northern California poet/artist,
CB Follett, editor of "Beside the Sleeping Maiden, Poets of Marin" published
by her own Arctos Press. Widely published in literary journals and
anthologies around the country, this is her third book of poetry. These
poems explore adoption, family, environment, passion, roots and the
intrusions of injustice and war.
"CB Follett is a poet of astonishing breadth who addresses both the life
of the body and the life of the spirit. When she tackles universal truths,
she expands our understanding of the world." - Susan Terris, "Curved
LaJolla Poets Press.
"These extraordinary poems evoke through the natural world the quick
pleasures and sudden losses of our children." - Lee Meitzen Grue, Editor, "New
Laurel Review;" author, "Goodbye Silver, Silver Cloud" and "In the Sweet
Balance of the Flesh," Plain View Press.
Winner: Stevens Poetry Manuscript Prize
Alan Birkelbach is currently a Director of the Poetry Society of Texas
and a frequent prizewinner, judge and speaker. His first abook "Bone
was published in 1995. He was born and raised in a rural environment
in Central Texas.
Weighed in the
This collection of poems by a Texas poet won the National Association
of State Poetry Society's 1998 Stevens Poetry Manuscript prize. You
will find an authentic Texas voice here, poetry skewed by that strange
blend of urban and rural vision that has produced so much fabulous music.
The poems are a raft of images--lightning, tornado, farm, dragonfly,
the cord of a seining net. "Roll your pant legs up," wade into this
lovely stream which God drives across in a "truck with a bad transmission." You
will want to "memorize the route." (Diane Glancy, poet, professor, Macalester
Cover art by Rusty Specks.
Alvin lives in the Detroit area where she is poetry editor of "The Bridge,"
a national literary magazine edited by Jack and Helen Zucker. She is active
in the poetry community of the Detroit Metropolitan area.
Evidence to the Contrary
Where is the evidence? And how does it mount up? These beautifully crafted
poems by Mitzi Alvin are jewels of loss and renewal that stir the heart
and mind with their quiet ardor, their unwavering honesty.
Alvin is a Michigan poet and the poetry editor of "The Bridge." Her work
reaches into the truth of community and family building.
An award-winning fiction writer, Gay Rubin has been editor and founder
of "Michigan Hot Apples" (an annual literary anthology of poetry and
fiction), past president of Detroit Women Writers, and writing instructor
at University of Michigan. She is currently host and producer of a
new cable TV interview program, "Writers' Roundtable," in Birmingham,
Michigan, feature editor for "Cigar Lifestyles Magazine" and at work
on a novel.
On A Good Day
Gay Rubin weaves her stories with an eye for the complications, joys
and ironies of everyday life. In this collection of short fiction, she
explores the intricacies of close relationships between characters who
come to life as believably as rain. What would one say to Paul Newman
in the dry cleaners? How can a father's hearing loss shield him from
his wife's infidelities? The humor is compelling, as it raises deep
and fundamental questions--like, what is the meaning of family after
all?--that linger long after the last page.
"These stories are finely and unobtrusively crafted--keenly observant,
precisely articulated--and seen from a unique angle that makes possible
a simultaneity of the comic and sad." (Stuart Dybek)
Ward lives in Santa Rosa, CA, where she teaches school, runs a private
practice as a therapist and has raised four children. This is her first
novel. It is a multi-path novel featuring two generic characters, Jeff
and Lisa, who make choices and then live out the results of those choices.
Each chapter (path) is printed on a different color paper.
Choosing--A Novel for Teens
Imagine that you, a teenager, are in love. Imagine that you, the parent
of a teenager, find yourself wondering if your children know enough
about birth control and safe(r) sex to make choices that will serve
them now and in the future. Imaging that you, a teenage girl, miss your
monthly cycle. Imagine that you, a teenage boy, become sexually active
with a girl who chooses to end the relationship. Explore scenarios like
these with two characters, Lisa and Jeff.
They are American teenagers. Their parents love them and they love each
other. In each chapter of this new, interactive novel, Lisa and Jeff
make a different decision about sexuality--abstinence, unprotected sex,
safe(r) sex, teen pregnancy, abortion, adoption, teen parenting, changing
relationships. Each choice opens a different path to both teenagers
and to their families.
This isn't a book about morality and it is not judgmental. Both teenagers
and their parents are believable in their solutions to various situations
that arise from teen sexuality. "Choosing" tells us not to give up hope,
to educate ourselves and each other, to support each other as we move
through the cycles of growth that happen at all stages of our lives.
It is a novel that offers a different life story at the end of each chapter
because, in fact, the choices we make create our life journeys. You
or someone you know has made each of these choices.
(1892-1977) Russian born poet whose family immigrated to Texas in the
early years of the century to escape the pogroms in Czarist Russia. She
was part of a literary circle that included Marianne Moore and Langston
Hughes. Eloquent work, finely crafted.
All Seeds Blended
by Bert Kruger Smith
We need the voices of the grandmothers. This is a selected works, compiled
from early books by the poet's daughter. The final vision--tolerance,
peace, family and holiness, emerge from the magical soul of the poet.
This work is simply too important to be lost.
Art by Randy Smith Huke.
Stan Biderman is the son of holocaust survivors. He works as an attorney
and business consultant. His poetry grew out of a healing journey.
In these poems, introduced by quotations from an interview with the poet's
parents about the Holocaust, we see how the shadow is cast from survivors
to their children. We see also how a second generation survivor has
journeyed past the horror, fear and pain. Everything changes.
"'Everything Changes'" is written from the body. Words spring at the reader
like the only destiny they could have is our soul." - John Lee, Author
of "The Flying Boy" and "Facing the Fire"
"'Everything Changes' is a searing document of pain, of struggle, of searching,
seeking, finding and losing. Enhanced by Carolyn H. Manosevitz' impressive
and expressive work, despite the changes, something of substance endures."
- Michael Berenbaun, Director, Research Institute, United States Holocaust
"With skill, style and sensitivity, Stan Biderman sets words to the pathos
of his people's traumatic past . . . I highly recommend this book to people
of all faiths who struggle with the concept of: God, justice, truth, beauty
or goodness." - Alice Holden, CCVI, A Sister of Charity of the Incarnate
Cover and art by Carolyn H. Manosevitz
Mary Ann Wehler
Wehler teaches school in Michigan and was named first grade Teacher-of-the-Year
for the Detroit area the same month that her first solo book was published.
She won first prize in a chapbook contest from Firelands Writing Center
in 1995. Wehler waited a long time to start piling up awards. This is
powerful work--like a dam bursting.
Walking Through Deep Snow
This poet, who began writing and publishing her poetry in her sixties,
has the wisdom of the Crone and the energy of the new writer--flowering,
exhuberent. The poems reach from childhood, through adulthood, to the
death of parents and friends. They move through the joys and frustrations
of being a first grade teacher (one of Detroit's best), to the joys
of grandparenting. For centuries women like this, who raised child after
child after the men were gone, who never gave up, were silent. And we
never heard about their courage, their vast losses, their accomplishments.
"In 'Walking Through Deep Snow' Mary Ann Wehler guides us to some real
truths about our lives. Caught in the pain, ambivalence, even the humor
of living, she bears witness to what it is that sustains us. Her voice
is strong and sincere; her writing is revealing as well as celebratory.
In poem after poem she deals boldly with the emotional and physical
truth of experience. Her poems of caring for her mother are gems turning
in light; her family memories join my own." - Larry Smith, Editor of
Bottom Dog Press and "The Heartlands Today"
See Also: Variations on the Ordinary--A
Sue Littleton is a poet who grew up in West Texas and then lived in Argentina
for twenty years. She was director of a bi-lingual poetry series in Austin
called "Poesie de Calle." This is the second book she has pubished since
her return to the US.
Ranch on the Pecos--Microcosm
Written by a native Texas poet, who lived a third of her life in Argentina
where her children and grand-children still live. Her first two books
of poetry were published in Spanish. This series of poems about the
family ranch on the Pecos River outside of Ozona--downtown West Texas--is
a refreshing and eloquent telling of the life, strength and foibles
of family land and family love. The characters who speak the poems
of the life of the ranch on the Pecos River are real people, made slightly
more real by invention. They are funny, outrageous and captivating
as is the style of this bilingual poet whose vision is always greater
than whatever place it comes from.
If you don't know what sheep dip, windmills and draught have to do
with feminism, get to know a few West Texas ranch women.
Cover photo by Kay Sutherland.
Illustrated with antique family photographs and snap shots
Michigan poet, creative process teacher, editor, radio announcer, 1990
winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Award. Margo LaGattuta is passionately
in love with the goofiness of perception and language. Director of "Inventing
the Invisible." Michigan editor for Plain View Press.
Embracing the Fall
The spirit of creativity
is alive in everything this poet does. There is passion, question, humor
and an artist's vision in these poems which are both fragile and powerful. "A
connoisseur of word play, she invents dramatic situations and hangs on
for the ricochet of astounding discoveries."
- Detroit News
Art by Christine Reising
See also: Almost Touching--A
Reader for Women and Men
Wind Eyes--A Woman's Reader
and Writing Source
Variations on the
Ordinary--A Women's Reader
Up From the Soles of Our Feet--A
Everywhere is Someplace Else--A
Ann Louise Williamson
Ann Louise Williamson is a poet, mother and student of science. She
works at a small hospital in Northen Michigan as a psychiatric nurse.
Her poetry is about family, healing and science.
Too Hot, Too Cold, Just
This first book by a Northern Michigan poet who also works as a nurse
cuts into the science of suffering and healing. It is a book of hope
and love for each instant and soul. When science and creativity are integrated,
solutions to problems invent themselves.
Art by Michele Gauthier.
See Also: Wind Eyes--A Woman's
Reader and Writing Source
Christine Swanberg is a Northern Illinois poet rooted in the heartland
of America, pulling at its matrix to find health, love, kindness and maturity.
These are gentle and far-reaching poems, finely crafted.
The Tenderness of
These poems speak in a clear, eloquent voice of the
rich and harsh reality that is America--comfort and pain. "The tenderness
of Christine Swanberg's memories range from harsh to idyllic, and
as she conjures them up we share them, almost becoming part of them--feel
as the old horse felt, or the abandoned dog, and they become our
memories, too." - John Dickson
Photographs by Jeff Swanberg.
Lee Meitzen Grue
New Orleans poet and fiction writer, editor of the "New Laurel Review."
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, fiction, 1984. Her writing
is Southern, universal and carefully crafted.
In The Sweet Balance of the
"If Lee Grue didn't, exist the New Orleans literary community would
have to invent her." - New Orleans Picayune Times
"This is a book for those of exquisite taste, and Grue's poetic voice
is one to be richly savored." - Sue Brannan Walker, "Negative Capability"
Cover art by Moonyeen McNeilage
Goodbye Silver, Silver Cloud
Stories about New Orleans and the people who live there, people who
are free because of the place to be original, like jazz. "She knows this
world from the inside and loves it even as she demystifies it." - Andre
Cover art by Moonyeen NcNeilage
Betty Sue Flowers
Poet, mythologist, professor of English at UT Austin. Edited works include:
"The Power of Myth: Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers" and "A World of
Extending the Shade
Betty Sue Flowers writes of the myth of life: "I think of the poems
in the book as moments of a myth that continues to develop and that myth
is the story of my life. A poem is a moment in myth." The poetry in this
collection comes from the life of an innovator, an educator on a grand
scale and a woman who holds art close to the center of being. They are
poetic visualizations which speak reality into existence.
Cover art by Harriet Hyams
Mary Esther Frederick
(1930-1995) Mary Esther Frederick was a poet and painter. The child
of a Texas/ Mexico family, she grew up in two cultures. Her first book
was not published until she was well into her sixties. Mary Esther Frederick
died in October, 1995 at age 65. We miss her.
Some Mothers Don't Come
A collection of poetry by a woman who raised four children. The poems
cross borders of the heart, land and soul. They celebrate family, culture
and passion. They are intense, well-crafted and native to the American
Austin Book Award, 1993.
Cover Art by Mary Esther Frederick
how many moons
Mary Esther Frederick, Cynthia J. Harper, Elaine
O'Brien, Pamela Rutherford, Hazel Ward
a collection of poetry and prose by five Southern women writers who write
about culture, race, gender, recovery and family issues. Fast moving
Art by Mary Esther Frederick
Dennis Ciscel works for A.I.D.S. Services of Austin. He has imagined
himself into the souls of all kinds of people creating dramatic monologues
of astonishing frankness and veracity.
Patting The Air
A collection of poetry written in many voices. We see the lives and deaths
of all kinds of people, simple moments of love, confessions so intense
that rarely does the soul let even itself in on the secret.
"...its technical virtuosity will floor modern enthusiasts while the
potency of its very human stories guarantees to reward the reader with
images and emotions they will want to share and experience again and again."
- Ric Williams, "Austin Chronicle"
Art by David Swim.
A collection of pieces about people who have died of A.I.D.S. and other
things. These are not tragic poems. They are witness to the grace and
courage of people emeshed in terrible circumstances.
"Heart wrenching in that way that a good cry is gratifying." - Leonard
Earl Johnson, "The New Voice"
Art by David Swim
Eve LaSalle Caram
Eve LaSalle Caram teaches fiction writing in The Writer's Program, UCLA-EXT.
She grew up on the South Texas coast which is the setting for her first
two novels. Like reading a long letter from a favorite family member,
we find comfort in her meandering, informal style and then, just when
we're nice and relaxed, she reveals the harsh truths we try to avoid,
but can't. West Coast fiction editor for Plain View Press.
Wintershine--A Book of Maps,
Pictures, Laments, Celebrations, Praise
Set in South Texas
during the Great Depression, it ends with magic at the coldest instant
of Winter Solstice. In Caram's richly woven prose style, we find
the hopes and dreams, failures and courage of a family split apart
by hardship and held together by love. Wintershine is a three generation
story held together by the voice of the mother as it echoes in the
soul of the daughter who tells the story.
Art by Jeff Jack
a letter-novel written from the point of view of a professional
woman writing letters to her childhood and home town--Corpus Christi,
Texas in the 40s and 50's--a hard town by anyone's standards--great
"Body and soul resonate wonderfully in this accomplished and compelling
novel." - Robert Love Taylor
Brenda Black White
Brenda Black White is a Texas writer and story-teller who has survived
two decades of a crippling disease called Scleroderma, which she refers
to as "this damn stallion I'm going to ride until I die." Her poetry celebrates
country people, the ranchers and small town inhabitants of Callahan County
in West Texas. She performs her poetry from memory to captivated audiences
who can hardly believe that such powerful grace, passion and life force
can come from someone who "seems to be" so fragile. Looks are deceiving.
poems, set in Callahan County in the 1950's, combine traditional poetic
form with the story-telling voice of folklore, bringing us tales the
poet overheard on the back porch as she grew up, charged and vitalized
with the consciousness of a modern poet.
"Brenda Black White has a strong feeling for country scenes and country
folk, but her vision reaches beyond the simple, homely life of nostalgic
tradition. The people of her poems are complex, sometimes smiling, sometimes
darkly frustrated, trapped by dreams unfulfilled, horizons unreached.
We turn from her work moved but uneasy, for often as not we have seen
ourselves. " - Elmer Kelton
Cover by Rick Williams
Marcella Bryant works as a speech therapist. Ancient Child was written
as part of a healing process. Recently, Bryant has taken a new name, but
continues working with writing groups and creating new poetry.
difficult and beautiful collection of poetry is about the reconstruction
of a shattered life. Like holocaust victims, survivors of incest must
re-create the self from a world in which all aspects of civilization
have been devastated.
"Ancient Child should be required reading in every high school and university
psychology or child development course." - Holly Hunt Kost, "Small Press
Genevieve Vaughan is the Director of the Foundation for a Compassionate
Society, an activist, feminist organization which has created programs
for social, political, and environmental justice based on feminist principles
all over the world for the last ten years. She is an activist and a feminist
For-Giving--A Feminist Crtiticism
(From the Foundation Series)
Introduction by Robin Morgan
In this radical departure from traditional thinking, Vaughan draws the
distinction between giftgiving, which is based on mothering, and exchange,
which is based on masculine socialization--a paradigm that has brought
the planet to the brink of extinction. It can be replaced--from within,
by a paradigm based on mothering.
Art by Liliana Wilson, graphics by Liliana Wilson and Genevieve Vaughan.
See Also: Feminist Family Values
dancer/performance artist who produces large-scale, issue-based performance
art pieces in collaboration with other artists and the community. "Sally
Jacques' public work clearly demonstrates that art can make an impact
on contemporary life."
Saundra Goldman, "Art Papers."
tells with photographs, essays and performance notes, the story of a
three-year collaborative public art project centered on the issue of
homelessness in America, intellectually based on the "I Ching" and artistically
the project of more than five hundred artists--dancers, performers,
writers and multi-media artists. Photo documentation by Danna Byrom,
Yana Mintoff Bland
Yana Mintoff Bland is an environmental activist, and an economist.
She is the president of the Association of Women of the Mediterranean
Region, a group of women from more than twenty countries who meet annually
in Malta for the purpose of presenting papers on issues of critical
importance of the region and to the world.
Nobody Can Imagine Our Longing
(From the Foundation Series)
Edited by Yana Mintoff Bland
Addresses from the Association of Women of the Mediterranean Region,
"Nobody Can Imagine Our Longing" presents the previously muffled voices
of victims of war and military occupation which can at last be heard
through 30 selected writings of the most recent conference of the Association
of the Women of the Mediterranean Region--women from the former Yugoslavia,
Italy, the Philippines, Algeria, Malta, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon,
Israel, and Cyprus explain what political conflicts have meant in human
terms to women and their children.
In Search of Peace
voices of an international group of women who gather for a yearly conference
presented by the Association of Women of the Mediterranean Region are
directed in this volume to the subject of Education for Peace.
"There cannot be stability, progress and development unless there is
peace and there cannot be peace unless we learn to respect each other's
human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Parables and Prayers. Contributed to Feeding
the Crow. Phillip T. Stephens began publishing poetry in
the early 1980s. His work explores how metaphoric thinking affects
values and belief systems. He runs Ontology
Development with his wife Carol in Austin, Texas. They consult
with businesses, schools and non-profit organizations to teach
Total Thinking, a metaphorical model for business and organizational
decision making and communication. They also work with animal
rescue issues. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hebert. Edited Not Black
Steinem. Contributed to Feminist
Family Values Forum.
Davis. Contributed to Feminist
Family Values Forum.
Jimenez. Contributed to Feminist
Family Values Forum.
Trask. Contributed to Feminist
Family Values Forum.
Greer . Cities of the