Praise for Sweet Dreams
"Sweet Dreams is a poignant, soul-searching memoir by an exquisite writer who is willing both to find and to remember himself, and who, by example, encourages his readers to do the same for themselves."
Praise for Remaking Achilles
“With each vivid and lyrical insight, Carol Tyx weaves a compelling poetic tale depicting the effects of institutional racism and cruelty, of unimaginable hardship, but also of the human impulse to resist and seek dignity,” writes Andy Douglas, author of Redemption Songs: A Year in the Life of a Community Prison Choir.
Praise for Kings Row
"I couldn't stop turning the pages of this suspenseful novel. Kings Row is a stellar debut." --Margot Livesey, author of Mercury and The House on Fortune Street
Praise for The Secret Music at Tordesillas
"...this sly tale of sixteenth-century Spain, with its secrets and masks involving the interrelationships of Catholics, Muslims and Jews, has an uncanny bearing on our own country's diversity tensions....Marjorie Sandor's writing at the top of her form."
Praise for Hillbilly Guilt
Roy Bentley is a master when it comes to telling tales, tall or otherwise. In Hillbilly Guilt, he bares his family's checkered history, the good times as well as the disagreements, divorces and deaths. With offbeat humor he weaves pop culture figures like Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, Hitler, Goering, Sugar Ray Robinson, and James Dean into the saga of a man who is ready to face the hard truths. It's never done, is it: buying a place for ourselves in the world./ And struggling to shake off a feeling there is only so much love. ("The Fighting Lady.") The poems in this collection grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me hard.
- Alexis Rhone Fancher, author of The Dead Kid Poems, poetry editor, Cultural Weekly.
Praise for Houses
Houses is a fabulous book of stories that keep wandering into locked rooms, to find worlds hidden behind worlds. Its nosy, resourceful characters can't resist stumbling into the magical-sinister or rhapsodic, demonic or glorious. What witty, astute stories these are-haunting in the best possible way. A masterful collection.
Joan Silber, author of Improvement, Secrets of Happiness, and Household Words
Hidden River Press
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Sweet Dreams: a family history, a memoir by DeWitt Henry. A masterful memoir of a young boy's passage from childhood to adulthood in a family of privilege torn by dark secrets: alcoholism, mental illness, dysfunction. As a complicated coming of age story, Sweet Dreams charts the journey of DeWitt Henry, well-known author, editor, publisher and educator, in his earliest struggles to find and achieve his own creative destiny. It is what Richard Hoffman calls "...a remarkable feat of memory delivered in extraordinary prose." Read more about this on our Author’s interviews page, where DeWitt talks to us about his inspiration for the book, and about his journey in writing it. Available at BookShop, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Amazon and through order at all booksellers.
Remaking Achilles: Slicing into Angola's History by Carol Tyx, inaugural winner of our Willow Run Poetry Book Award. Inspiration for Remaking Achilles came from a painful historical event in 1951, when 37 inmates of Angola Prison in Louisiana slashed their own Achilles tendons in order to make public the brutal conditions at the prison. Called the “Heel String Incident,” interest in this event led Tyx to the prison itself, where she did extensive research and, with what began as a plan for one or two poems, found herself writing an entire book of poetry based on this incident. Available at BookShop, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Powell's, and through order at all booksellers.
Kings Row by Jeffrey Voccola, inaugural winner of our Blue Mountain Novel Award is set in post-industrial Pennsylvania. Joel Martin is a twenty-four year old construction worker who lives with his mother and struggles to provide for his four year old son. Longing to break free from the bleak confines of Langley, Pennsylvania, the dried-up industrial town where he has lived his entire life. He commits a series of burglaries with his brother, Derek, in the hope of finding more ways to pull in money. Faced with legal troubles, problems with his ex, and the possibility of being separated from his son, Joel begins to unravel, and the unthinkable occurs when his life intersects with Christopher Roche, a freshman at Waylan University. Kings Row explores class disparities as they exist today and the tragic events that inevitably unfold when people are driven by anger and resentment. Rich in character and carefully observed, Kings Row is a gripping story of two Americas growing farther apart. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookShop and all other online sellers as well as by order through brick and mortar stores everywhere.
The Secret Music at Tordesillas by Marjorie Sandor, inaugural winner of our Tuscarora Historical Fiction Award. The novel begins in April, 1555. Juana I of Castile, the Spanish queen known as "la loca," has died after forty-seven years in forced seclusion at Tordesillas. Her last musician, Juan de Granada, refuses to depart with the other servants, forcing two functionaries of the Holy Office of the Inquisition to interrogate him in the now-empty palace. But is it really empty? Or is there, as Holy Office suspects, a heretic hidden on the premises, a converso secretly practicing the forbidden rites of Judaism? Only Juan knows the answer, and his subversive tale is at once a ballad of lost love and a last gambit to save a life--and a rich cultural and spiritual tradition on the verge of erasure. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshop and all other online venues as well as through order at all brick and mortar stores.
Hillbilly Guilt by Roy Bentley, winner of our Willow Run Poetry Book Award. Hillbilly Guilt is populated with those whose lives aren't deemed important: the poor and working poor of Appalachia, who live what it is to be American.This is a book that seeks to show that we are the sum of our mistakes. Not just the little goofs, either; but the huge, world-shattering blunders that go to the core of what it is to be human. The title poem "Hillbilly Guilt"-the frontispiece and forward to the book as a whole-asserts moments of resilience if not Triumph,the chance to heal, if not a deliverance, from the possibility of further injury. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, Waterstones, and other online booksellers as well as through order at all brick and mortar stores.
Houses, by Charles Wyatt, winner of the Hawk Mountain Award for a short story collection.
The stories in Houses invite us to enter the spaces and structures, the light and the shadow of our lives. Charles Wyatt guides us into those places where we have lived, the homes we remember from earlier times, the ones we have only dreamed of in our imaginations, those looming in our peripheral vision, whether they are real or imagined. His characters explore the darkened hallways, the locked rooms, the barren and uninhabited, the furnished and dust-covered, the inexplicable energies, sounds, sights and emotions discovered both in those surroundings and within ourselves. The spaces we inhabit, whether in built environments or those environments within our own heads are found, through Wyatt's explorations, to be interchangeable. The interiors that surround us are the interiors within. To enter this collection of stories is to discover that mystery within yourself. Available in eBook and paperback at Amazon, in paperback at Barnes & Noble, and all other online booksellers, and by order through your local bookshops.
Forthcoming with Hidden River Press in 2022:
Points of Light, by Cameron Walker, winner of the Tamaqua Essay Collection Award, Winter 2022
Travels with Ferdinand, by Mark Nuckols, winner of the Panther Creek Nonfiction Book Award, Winter 2022
Mediterranean by João Luís Guimarães, winner of the Willow Run Poetry Book Award, Spring 2022
The Austenites by Beatriz Seelaender, winner of the Sandy Run Novella Award, Spring 2022
Remembering Water by Tuan Phan, winner of the Panther Creek Nonfiction Book Award Spring 2022
Karpa Talesman by Robert Knox, winner of the Prophecy Creek Award in Speculative Fiction, Spring 2022