"A rich and diverse array of poems, stories, and songs, fully
realized and embodied, both local and far flung, meant to be
heard, enjoyed and carried into the reader's own life and times.
In her sixth collection of poetry, "the Jazz Poet of Lynn"
offers the reader a wide range of forms and shapes: sestinas,
haikus, free verse, blues and ballads, myths and memory. They
carry the narrative thread through the rhythm and pulse of
beginnings, change, and continuance. Both local and far-flung,
these poems are meant to be heard, enjoyed, and carried into the
reader's own life"—Google
“The language in the collection is poetic in its imagery….
Emmons is askilled storyteller when it comes to psychological
drama in seemingly ordinary lives. With an ominous air and
well-crafted prose, Emmons’ stories are both immersive and
“In breathtaking free-verse, Laskin explores the heart of this
uneducated, desperate man-child as he struggles with . . .
betrayal and rage. . . . Goes beyond the [Rohingya] headlines to
create a stunningly poignant tale of grief, struggle, and
emotional redemption.”—Suzanne Weyn, author of The Bar Code
A gem of a novel
. . .
that engages the reader's brain, heart, and soul and establishes
Katayoun Medhat as a rising star of the mystery genre. It's only
a matter of time before her wonderful Franz Kafka/Robbie Begay
novels find the national audience they so richly deserve."—C.
Joseph Greaves, author of Church of the Graveyard Saints
“In a world where such poets are more
rare than people might imagine, John Smelcer is one of the truly
great poets I have come across in my life. His poetry is
genius.”—Ruth Stone, National Book Award winner."
"The poems in
Mori are suffused with grief and tenderness."
Richard Hoffman, author of
Historian and novelist Slotkin (The
Long Road to Antietam,
2012, etc.) writes more personally in these linked semifictional
stories based on his ancestors’ immigration from Eastern Europe
early in the 20th century.—Kirkus Reviews
“Utterly original…the work of a master. In language that is
exquisite but also precise, Looney unspools a host of secrets.…
[T]hat rare, wonderful sort of fiction that casts a spell.”
—Laura Kasischke, National Book Critics Circle Award winner
"Deeply moving, and often grim and uncomfortable in their
confrontations of unimaginable tragedies, each story evokes a
bold, emotional response.”
“Kiska is the heart-wrenching story of a
fourteen-year-old girl living on the Aleutian Islands of
Alaska at the beginning of World War II. Her ordinary, happy
life in a small hunting village quickly changes when, after
Japan invades neighboring islands, she and the rest of the
islands’ inhabitants are rounded up by United States
soldiers and sent to internment camps.
“Tony Hillerman fans will welcome Medhat’s excellent debut and
series launch… . [U]ses pathos and humor, tragedy and comedy, to
spin an entertaining and original mystery.”
[S]tories that deftly slip into the lives of
everyday New Yorkers . . . gorgeously nuanced. . . . Moss’
ability to probe the rich, complicated depths of those the city
views as ordinary—its doormen, library workers, waitresses, and
bench-sitters—and capture the profound currents of emotion found
in the everyday animates this collection and makes it uniquely
illuminating. Definitely worth reading.
Mara's dogged curiosity and integrity
give the novel an appealing energy. Blauner often reaches for a
quirky expression of detail that sometimes creates a charming
image, but when her writing is at its clearest and simplest,
Mara's wonder at her journey and the people she meets springs
off the page and welcomes the reader into her world.
Washington State Book Awards finalist
“A taut, compelling portrait of a small town’s underbelly.
With sinister imagery and crisp, evocative prose, Dower
pulls back the cloak of 1950s ‘innocence’ to expose the ugly
secrets that lie in wait, teeth grown sharp in the dark.”
The Crooked Heart of Mercy
One Good Hustle
but even madder.”
As this book shows, there are many similarities
between Christianity and Buddhism, such as the practices
of compassion, love, contemplation, and tolerance.”
—The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
“In a world where the media relentlessly inflames fear and
hatred, here is a quiet voice espousing the triumph of love and
—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize
News from Leapfrog Press
The Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Prize 2021
in partnership with
Can of Worms Press
Will be open for submissions from
Friday 15th January to Monday 3rd May.
This year, Leapfrog Press in partnership with Can of Worms Press, will be running competitions with awards in both Adult Fiction and YA/MG Fiction.
The winning entries in each category will receive a publishing contract, and be published in the
United States and United Kingdom
simultaneously in 2022.
Rules of the competitions can be found on the Fiction Contest page.
To see who was on
winners' list for
our 2020 contest click here!
The first place winner was:
Wife with Knife
by Molly Giles
"The pulse of what's hot in the book publishing world."
The winner of the Leapfrog Global Fiction Prize 2019