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Nostos is Now Available

Longship Press is pleased to announce that the Ninth Issue of Nostos is available.

Poetry by Jane Hirshfield, Shutta Crum, Xaioly Li, Annie Holdren, and others. This is the "losing nature/sustaining nature" edition.

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Nostos: Poetry, Fiction, and Art
Issue 9: Losing Nature/Sustaining Nature

A relationship with nature insures its health. This collection of poems and art celebrates the sustaining force of nature, cries out for its loss, and hopes tor its future... our future.

Poetry by Jane Hirshfield, Walker Abel, Susan Duncan, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Isi Unikowski, Deborah Buchanan, Annie Cody Holdren, Shelley Chesley, Uwohali Orange, Shutta Crum, Kat Crawford, and Xaioly Li. 

Artwork by Joanne Mercury Ewing, Wendy Goldberg, Morgan Reed, and Uwohali Orange.

Come Back Behind Your Eyes by Shelley Chesley
Troy Jollimore writes, "I love the exquisite rhythms of these poems, their supple grace, their easy ... intimacy."
Terry Lucas says, "[This book] deserves the attention of every poet and all lovers of poetry."
Come Back Behind Your Eyes is now available! Click here.

Another poem by Shelley Chesley! In this short video, Shelley reads "Song to a Daemon," a poem from her collection, Come Back Behind Your Eyes. See and hear the poet herself!

Shelley Chesley reads "Truro Speak," a poem from her new book, Come Back Behind Your Eyes. From Truro, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, the place that helped inspire the poem.

In this third video, Shelley Chesley reads "The World Inside Your Lyft Driver," a poem in her book, Come Back Behind Your Eyes, a poem read from the back seat! Watch and listen...



Nostos: Journal of Poetry, Fiction and Art — 
Submissions are closed.
The submission period is closed, but if you wish to review the general guidelines, please click here.

Unsolicited Submissions
Longship Press accepts unsolicited submissions for poetry chapbooks and collections, short fiction collections, and other literary publications. Please note: Prior to sending a manuscript, contact Longship Press Editor, Lawrence Tjernell, via email to

Current Titles

Come Back Behind Your Eyes: A debut poetry collection by poet, physician, chaplain Shelley Chesley. This is an extraordinary collection of poems, one you will certainly want to read. Its grace and sound and loving heart reach our heart's core. New release on October 2, 2023. Click on the image of the cover for purchase.
Walking Each Other Home: A superb poetry collection by Gail Rudd Entrekin. Few collections reach the poignance, the truth, and the love that this collection reaches. Both familiar and revelatory, these poems encompass lives of care and tenderness as well as pending loss and acceptance. New release on May 12, 2023. Click on the image of the cover for purchase.
Nostos: Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Art:  #9
This is the Losing Nature/Sustaining Nature Issue: 

Poetry  by Jane Hirshfield, Catharine Clark-Sayles, Deborah Buchanan, Shutta Crum, Walker Abel, Shelley Chesley, Xaioly Li, Kat Crawford, Susan Duncan, Annie Cody Holdren, and Isi Unikowski. 
Art by Wendy Goldberg, Morgan Reed, Uwohali Orange, and Jeanne Mercury Ewing
Nostos: Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Art:  #8
This is the ODES Issue: Each work is an ode, including a moving letter to Thích Nhất Hạnh and paintings as odes to Trees and to Volkswagen Bugs!

Poetry by Sharon Olds, Troy Jollimore, Karen Poppy, Joan Baranow, Laurie Kolp, Lisa Rappoport, David Rollison, Jack Crimmins, Cortney Davis, Joanne Esser, Larry Felson, Calvin Ahlgren, and Ann Chinnis !
Prose by Joe Lamb !
Art by June Yokell and Kate Peper !
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After April Rain:  by Elizabeth Oxley. Elizabeth Oxley's poetry chapbook After April Rain is the debut work of a poet with extraordinary vision and voice. Among the poems appear nine fine art images that have been crafted by the poet herself. Those images complement more than illustrate the poetry, and each image stands by itself in strong style. But it is the poetry, dedicated to Oxley's daughter and other women, that burnishes the pain and growth and triumph of a woman, perhaps a kind of Everywoman.  Now available to purchase! 
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The Thing Itself: A superb poetry and photography collection. Through a collaboration of talent and friendship, poet Terry Lucas and photographer Gary Topper present a unique and creative perception of the things of the world. Lucas's poetry and Topper's photography not only complement each other but also join in a unity quite beyond their mere sum. Available to purchase! 
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Nostos: Vol. IV, The "poetry in science" issue!
Poetry by Jane Hirshfield, Sam Illingworth, Tayve Neese, Shelley Chesley, Shutta Crum, Lucille Lang Day, Kate Peper, Catharine Clark Sayles, David Watts, and others. Fiction by Jane Shlensky. Artwork by Markos Kay, Jan Kriwol, Bobbe Besold, and Zina Deretsky.
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By Meryl Natchez:  Catwalk … an enticing, beautiful collection of poetry by Meryl Natchez. Jericho Brown comments, "What I love about [the poems] is how much of the world — how much of a life — Natchez conjures in the space of a few lines. … This is a brilliant book." David St. John says, "There is an enviable muscle to these lyrical meditations...." Lynn Emanuel writes, "The things of and in these poems carry all we know of joy and sorrow." Kirkus Reviews says, "A collection of verse explores the strange contours of modern existence....[with] masterful control of content and form. Outstanding poetic musings that strike at the very core of human connections and contradictions."— A Starred Review.  NOW Catwalk has been selected by the editors of Kirkus Review as an Indie Best Book of the Month for August. Be sure to order your copy now. Please use the 'Bookstore' menu tab at the top of the page.

A Kirkus Review "Best Indie Book of the Year"!

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Available: the literary journal Nostos, (Volume III, Number 2), our "Loss" issue. This issue explores the nature of loss  … its experience, its anticipation, its sting, its devastation, its aftermath. Poets Troy Jollimore, Terry Lucas, Rebecca Foust, Gail Entrekin, David Watts, Margaret Stawowy, Kirsten Jones Neff, Sian Killingsworth, and Nathaniel Tarn contribute extraordinary poetry. Nathaniel Tarn has offered seven remarkable poems honoring Forrest Gander's Pulitzer Prize winning collection Be With. Essayists John Marmysz and Sheila Bannon wrangle with the very nature of loss. Heather Altfeld provides a short story that has been called "a story for the New Yorker." And moving and evocative art is presented by June Yokell. Find it online here, at Copperfield's Books in San Rafael and Larkspur, CA, or at Rebound Books in San Rafael.

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Also Available: PENUMBRA...  Lisa Rappoport has created an extraordinary collection of poems. Fenton Johnson says, "Penumbra is an entirely seductive collection — enchanting, tender, troubling, poignant …." Stephen Kessler describes her poems as "mournful, reflective, confessional, fabulist, wryly philosophical…." And Troy Jollimore observes that "Lisa Rappoport's poems invite readers to enter a realm of grace and intimacy …."  Penumbra is available for purchase. Please use the "Bookstore" menu tab at the top of this page.

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About Longship Press

Longship Press is a small-press publishing company based in Marin County, California. Its aim is to give voice to writers and canvas to artists. Providing the printed page to hold, to mark, to crease, and to carry is its aesthetic. The principal editor is Lawrence Tjernell. Requests for submissions will be announced periodically on this site.

Longship Press is the publisher of Nostos: Poetry, Fiction, and Art, a literary journal published now once each year, in the fall.

Nostos is Available!

Issue 8: The Ode

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Sharon Olds, Karen Poppy, Joan Baranow, Troy Jollimore, Joanne Esser, and others on the theme of "The Ode." Art by Kate Peper and June Yokell.

Issue 7: Transition

Alicia Ostriker, Rebecca Foust, Sian Killingsworth, Walker Abel, Scott Jones, Joseph Zaccardi, Lee Doyle, and others on the theme of "transition/ metamorphosis."  Art by Christina Altfeld.

Vol. IV: Poetry of Science

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Jane Hirshfield, David Rollison, Wilda Morris, Barry Roth, and others on the theme of poetry of science. Art by Markos Kay, Jan Kriwol, Bobbe Beshold, and Zina Deretsky.

Vol. III, No. 2: Loss

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Terry Lucas, Rebecca Foust, Troy Jollimoe, Heather Altfeld, Nathaniel Tarn and others on the theme of loss. Art by June Yokell.

Vol. II, No. 2: Familial

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Louise Glück, Heather Altfeld, Meryl Natchez, and others, on the theme of family. Art by Lorna Stevens.

Vol. III, No. 1: Eastern Wind

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Robert Hass, Joseph Zacardi, Amanda Moore, and others on the theme of Eastern Wind. Art by Debra DiBlasi and CiCi Chao.

Vol. I, No. 1: Homecoming

B. H. Fairchild, Rebecca Foust, Jane Shlensky and others on the theme of Homecoming. Art by Lorna Stevens.

Vol. II, No. 1: Elegy

Meryl Natchez, Lisa Rappoport, Roy Mash, and others on the theme of Elegy. Art by Owen Brown and Emily Wolahan.

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