We are pleased to announce three unique new eBooks soon to be available in our catalogue! Eye Exams, by Richard Krause, is a collection of witty aphorisms that will catch you off-guard, make you smile, and pause with new understanding of the world around you and the people within it. Metamorphosis is our long-awaiting anthology of short stories by fifteen talented writers, and each will linger with you long after you’ve finished reading. Simple Gratitudes, by Hannah Greenberg with Rivka Gross, is a beautifully written series of chapters based on daily life that will invite you to step back, take a deep breath, and find ways to bring the sacred into your own everyday experiences.

Each will be available in paper formats later this year.


Eye Exams_final digitalcover2FEye Exams, A Book of Epigrams, by Richard Krause.

He started out carrying a notebook walking the streets of New York City, riding the subways, or just sitting in his taxi cab at night with a notepad on the front seat, writing what he saw and what occurred to him. Every morning he’d sit down and the shorts would be copied or new ones would come. At first, he looked through all he had read to find them. How could they come from him? Who was he to write them? But except for a few, he soon realized they were his and decided from then on, he would go where his mind led him.

Eye Exams is the production of the last four or five years, his struggle with the world outside and within. His sole object is understanding. The twists he imagines make them his, part of the aesthetic that confers value. Occasionally something comes out unadorned as a simple truth. He is surprised by that, feeling he has no more right to it than anyone else. Some that come from within are so thoroughly his own nature that he has to look on them as estranged. Writing these confers a certain immunity. He cannot be touched with shame or embarrassment, any more than he can be entirely proud of them.

For any readers still with him, the author hopes you will find something here you either were or were not looking for.

Metamorphosis, An Anthology edited by Propertius Press

Metamorphosis, A collection of stories. Edited by Propertius Press.

An old woman boiling laundry in her yard on a remote mountain top suddenly sees a rabbit and thinks dinner is on the way. A young student dealing with the aftermath of rape lashes out, opening a deeper wound. A poet, in despair over making a living, finds the keys to another world – whether real or imagined. A couple of brothers paint remarkable frescoes on the ceiling of a church. The individuals who make up the stories in this collection encounter the unexpected, and don’t necessarily live to tell about it. Working around the theme of life-changing experiences, these twenty-one tales were selected from over two hundred submissions received over a period of three years.

We recommend you take them in slowly, one at a time.

Coming soon!

In the preface to the beautiful and inspiring work, Simple Gratitudes, Hannah Greenberg begins, “It’s neither riches nor social status that makes our tenacious hanging on to life worthwhile. Rather, it’s our integration of challenging “sensibilities,” of deep feelings which might be sweet, but which are necessarily sharply disconcerting, that stretches us and that enables us to grasp the best qualities of this world. “Gratitude,” not “entitlement,” remains the proven route, within our mortal existence, to serving The Almighty and to finding joy in our service.

What’s more, it both behooves us to see the entirety of our commonplace experiences as spiritual, and to elevate all of our spiritual happenstances. So much work has yet to be completed in our process of releasing personal and social expectations and in replacing those anticipatory notions with simple faith. Simple Gratitudes invites us to live by working for The Boss.” With simple but clear-minded and visually rich descriptions, the author elevates normal everyday happenings to a spiritual plane that lies deep in everyone’s heart in a way that transcends religious creed, race, and time itself. No matter where you are or your pattern of belief, you will find her words resonate with gifts of a universal truth.

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Recently, we’ve been instituting some changes in the way we assess and process submissions, in an effort to get more books out to our readers a bit more quickly, without compromising on the quality you expect from Propertius Press. We encourage you to use our Submittable platform, and to read the instructions for submissions carefully. This is the best and most expedient way to ensure your work gets the attention it deserves.

writing desk Right now, we’re preparing our list of publications through the end of the year. Follow us on Twitter, here on our Blog, and at the Facebook page for all the latest news and developments, including an improved, more user-friendly website and shopping cart.

These refinements will mean we can spend less time with administrative tasks, and more time reviewing, preparing and finalizing quality literary fiction, non-fiction, verse, children’s works, and other fine offerings for our catalog. We know you’ll be as pleased as we are with the final results!

Author Howard Winn will be featured at Poughkeepsie Public Library
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Meet the Author: Howard Winn

Howard Winn will read from his book Acropolis. After returning from WWII, a small group of male soldiers enters Vassar College, courtesy of the GI Bill. The story details the clash of cultures between privileged and working classes combined with personal struggles with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and simple readjustment battles amid the creative intellectual world of higher education. Winn is an Emeritus Professor of English at SUNY Dutchess and a widely published poet and fiction writer.
CONTACT: Adult Reference 845-485-3445 x3702  or email adultevents at poklib dot org
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Acropolis, by Howard Winn We are proud to announce our newest release, a work of fiction based on the experiences of a group of soldiers who came home after World War II and entered Vassar College as students through the GI Bill.

Mr Winn has crafted an exciting and culturally relevant tale, using the lens of working-class men, who might never have thought of attempting to obtain a higher education but for the opportunities given to them for their service. After fighting the “Good War,” a small group of soldiers enters Vassar College, previously a women-only institution, courtesy of the GI Bill, and each attempts to settle in to a civilian life. The clash of cultures between privileged and working classes combined with personal struggles with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and simple civilian readjustment struggles, amid the creative intellectual world of higher education, makes for an engaging tale. As these young men struggle to recapture lives disrupted by war encounter the beginnings of the McCarthy era, each finds himself facing unexpected challenges. The response of the students and the Vassar administration to politically-motivated attacks upon academic freedom, free speech, and independence of thought blur long-held beliefs of patriotism and service, as the men are exposed through their college studies to the philosophies of Reinhold Niebuhr and others who question the nature of war, nationalism, and aggression, as well as the conflict between personal ethics and group patriotism.

Available now in our bookstore as an eBook or paperback!

quill-pen-150x150 - CopyThis poor editor is having a bad afternoon, as a result of reading too many of these words lately. Do yourself, and us, a huge favor, and take the following list to heart:

Obviouslyif it is, then you shouldn’t need to say so. Please, simply leave it out.

Myriadsthe word is “myriad.” And there are damn few instances where it is used to good effect. So when in doubt, please don’t.

Seeminglywhat is this word, really? It never sounds good. Take a look at any sentence where you find this word, and promptly remove it. See? Sounds better already.

Stuff/ThingsWrite what this ‘stuff’ is, what these ‘things’ are. Use a thesaurus if you have to.

Very/MuchAnother place where a thesaurus may be useful. Or omission, even better.

Ieven when speaking or writing in the first person. Use this word as sparingly as possible. It gets old, fast.

Lots/ManyLike ‘Very/Much’ and ‘Stuff/Things,’ your thesaurus or nothing is often better than either of these words.

So many submissions! We honestly have plenty of them for now, but we’ve updated the page, so you may want to re-read it. If you’re working on a treatise on social justice, economic equality, non-violent anarchist collectives, or bringing manufacturing back to the first world, especially with a good dose of historic analysis thrown in, we are very interested. Overly right-wing or neo-liberal commentary is not going to pass our smell test, but genuinely well-crafted and thoughtfully constructed non-fiction is always going to be welcome on our desks.Boy reading in the library

Another area where we would love to see more manuscript proposals submitted to our Press is handcrafts:  working with your hands and how-to texts, with or without photographs. People want to know about ways to spend their time when not chained to the auld grindstone, pushing pebbles about. Tell us how you built your treehouse, what grew in your garden last year (and what you’ll do differently next time), and how you constructed your first beehive oven in the backyard. What did you bake? What did you and your neighbors do to make the world better together? What would you like to do?

What is the work-in-progress on your desk at the moment? Tell us in the comments 🙂



Holiday ordering extended through Monday December 11th! You can order Parade of Shades, the amazing, wise, and funny new novel by Jewel Hopson, now for holiday delivery!

Now available in paperback!