Kudzu Leaf Press (formerly Kudzu Editions) publishes poetry chapbooks and full-length poetry volumes. To date, manuscripts have been selected by invitation only. The press does not accept unsolicited manuscripts at this time.
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ABOUT OUR AUTHORS AND BOOKS
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CLIFFORD BROOKS was born in Athens, Georgia and currently lives in northwest Georgia. His first poetry collection, The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics, nominated for a Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry, was re-issued by Kudzu Leaf Press in August 2018. His second full-length poetry volume, Athena Departs: Gospel of a Man Apart, as well as a limited-edition poetry chapbook, Exiles of Eden, were published by Kudzu Leaf Press in 2017. Clifford is the founder of The Southern Collective Experience, a cooperative of writers, musicians and visual artists, which publishes the journal The Blue Mountain Review and hosts the radio show Dante’s Old South. He is on the faculty of The Company of Writers, which offers writers workshops as well as editing and manuscript review services.
Athena Departs: Gospel of a Man Apart by Clifford Brooks, November 2017, $14. “Clifford Brooks tells us early on, ‘I reflect on all the reasons / life refused to let me go.’ But his expansive poems are more than reflections, so much more. Brooks creates in his work places where the blues and philosophy both sing their songs of modern doubt and love . . . . In his vast and varied writings in Athena Departs, Clifford Brooks invites us to consider where are our voices in this world of problems and possibilities. He will keep singing strong and clear, hoping we find our notes and join the chorus.” — Jon Tribble, author of And There is Many a Good Thing
Exiles of Eden (limited-edition, 32-page chapbook) by Clifford Brooks, November 2017, $10. This limited-edition chapbook includes a selection of poems from Athena Departs: Gospel of a Man Apart as well as two new poems not collected elsewhere.
The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics by Clifford Brooks, Second Edition, August 2018. This first collection of poems by Clifford Brooks was first published in 2012 by John Gosslee Books. “Like Samuel Taylor Coleridge's mariner, we are in a maelstrom of many names. Cliff Brooks calls this maddening place Ignoracium and in The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics he gives us both a lexicon for exploring and finding a way out. The spirits of Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti are alive and restless here." — James Morrow
LEE PASSARELLA is a reviewer for Audiophile Audition, an online music magazine, and is a former senior literary editor for Atlanta Review. His poetry has appeared in Chelsea, Cream City Review, Louisville Review, The Formalist, Antietam Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Literary Review, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Cortland Review, and many other publications. His poetry books and chapbooks include Swallowed up in Victory (Burd Street Press, 2002), The Geometry of Loneliness (David Robert Books, 2006), Sight-Reading Schumann (Pudding House, 2007), Redemption (FutureCycle Press, 2014), and Magnetic North (Finishing Line Press, 2016).
“In the poetry of Lee Passarella, the world (as Yeats put it) ‘is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.’ Lee Passarella is a poet who pushes us to see better, to discover through the senses a redeeming power of perception.” — Stephen Bluestone, author of The Flagrant Dead
The limited-edition poetry chapbook Ghosts and Illegals by Lee Passarella will be published by Kudzu Leaf Pres in the fall of 2019.
PETER JUNKER was born in Akron, Ohio in 1962 and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He studied Hellenistic religions and philosophy at Arizona State and received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he served as assistant editor for poetry at The Iowa Review. After working as an editor for museum publications at The Art Institute of Chicago, he had a career in nonprofit development and corporate communications. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Julie Cannon, a psychotherapist and wellness coach.
Lunacy, It’s Called (limited-edition, staple-bound, 28-page chapbook) by Peter Junker, 2017, $10.00. Poet Melissa Range called Junker’s signature 10-line, 100-syllable poems “miracles of compression, both verbal and emotional.” Amy Greene said of his poetry, “The poems’ controlled structure attempts to bring a kind of order to the disorderly experience of living with mental illness, and their brevity breaks Junker’s message into doses small enough for the reader to take in, almost-but-not-always painlessly.”
His first full-length collection of poetry, Things Will Get Worse, will be released in the fall of 2019 by Kudzu Leaf Press. It will include all of the poems in his chapbook Lunacy, It’s Called.
ANTHONY HARRINGTON was born and raised in Philadelphia where he received a degree in Philosophy from St. Charles Seminary. He has made his home in the Atlanta area for the last four decades. His verse has appeared in Midwest Poetry Review, The Classical Outlook, Western Humanities Review, Light, The Saturday Review, and other magazines. Examples of his verse have been used in textbooks by Robert Wallace and Miller Williams as well as in The Random House Treasury of Light Verse. His poetry volumes include Tersery Versery (Hendricks Publishing, 1982), The Man in the Goodwill Bin (Tinhorn Press, 1987), and From the Attic: Selected Verse, 1965-2015 (Kudzu Editions, 2015).
From the Attic: Selected Verse, 1965-2015 by Anthony Harrington, Kudzu Editions, 2015. $12.95. "From the Attic is a generous selection of the best work of one of the most enjoyable poets in America. Anthony Harrington's light verse has been justly admired for its deft music and biting wit (sometimes directed at himself), but it's also a pleasure to meet deep, insightful, and moving poems in which his skill is no less evident." — X. J. KENNEDY, author of In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955-2007