Golden Antelope Press
Golden Antelope Press is a small press operated in conjunction with, or spun off from, its sister presses, the more scholarly Blazing Sapphire and Naciketas Presses. The focus of this press is creative works of fiction and poetry. So far we have published thirty-one books, with another three in the pipeline. We try to do about six books per year, and have had to turn down many worthwhile projects.
In 2018 for the first time we had to stop accepting submissions for several months while we sorted through the wealth and chose our sapphires and diamonds. We reopened submissions on January 1, 2019, but after receiving 30 manuscripts in ten weeks, we decided on another hiatus-until September 1. Another 30 have gathered since then, so we're closing submissions on November 30 until early March, 2020. Please see our submission guidelines if you'd like to send us a sample.
We were busy in 2019. Holly Day's vibrant and vulnerable poetry collection, Into the Cracks, was released on May 6. We're also excited to have published the debut novel of Jerry Burger, whose textbooks on social psychology are widely taught. The subtle characters in The Shadows of 1915 live with the long-term effects of a terrible trauma--some with generosity, others having developed a taste for anger and a habit of bitterness. It's beautifully written and was released in July. John Young's engaging When the Coin Is in the Air was released on July 18 and has been doing well. The author's son Nick Young did its cover. The Last Skipjack, Mary Fox's canny study of two alert and intelligent girls growing up in a highly segregated Maryland town during the 1950s and 60s, came out on August 16. Mark Guerin's deeply human and ultimately hopeful novel, You Can See More From Up Here, earned impressive pre-publication reviews before its official release on October 1. Geoffrey Craig's second Golden Antelope novel, a piece of historical fiction titled Shakespeare's Younger Sister, features William's clever and independent sister Constance. The term wasn't around in 1596, but we'd call her bisexual. Patricia Averbach's unusually perceptive study of the long-term effects of a countercultural upbringing, Resurrecting Rain, is ready to go with ARCs in reviewers' hands and blurbers gathering, but Pat's waiting until February, 2020, for the official release. Check out the pages of the authors to find out more about them. All of our books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and can be ordered from any independent bookstore.
Just released (January 2020) is Bob Mielke's Calling Planet Earth: Close Encounters with Sun Ra, a two-part book which includes Mielke's scholarly study of the musician, Sun Ra, and a play which dramatizes the musician's unique perspective. Also just released is Monica Barron's lovely collection of poems, Prairie Architecture. We've signed two new poets as well. James Fowler, author of The Pain Trader, is a wonderfully sensitive Ozark poet. Raya Tuffaha, a Palestinian American, is the youngest person we've ever chosen--a remarkably gifted student who codes political and personal struggles in metaphors which at times become allegories. Hopeful and aware, To All the Yellow Flowers amazes us.
Golden Antelope Press started in 2004 with a novella by the editor's mother, Vivian Delmonico: I'll Be Seeing You, then did a more substantial novel of hers, Myra Lost and Found in 2011. Ting Tang Tales (humorous short stories) by D.R. Singh came out in 2008, Wandering Eyes (poetry) by Aileen Gallagher in 2009. In 2015 we had three publications: In Short, A Memory of the Other on a Good Day, love poetry by Allison Cundiff and Steven Schreiner, Always the Wanderer (novel) by George Koors, and A History of Tree Roots (poems) by Phil Howerton. In 2016 Cundiff's second book of poetry--Otherings--followed.
We had a banner year in 2017, with eight books completed. (Betsy retired from Truman and got more fully involved.) Poetry collections that year included the engaging You Know the Ones by Dave Malone, and the deeply resonant Live Free or Croak by the Ozark poet/songwriter Larry S Rogers. We published two collections of short stories--the sly yet charming Get Back, by Don Tassone, and the more surreal Anklet and Other Stories by Shome Dasgupta. A delightful new novel, Single in Southeast Texas by Gretchen Johnson, raised a fascinating set of questions. Don Tassone's hard-edged yet ultimately hopeful Drive was released that September, his second Golden Antelope publication. Steven Wineman's astonishingly empathetic The Therapy Journal came out with all its royalties earmarked as donations to three shelters for victims of abuse. And Lisa Brognano's novel, In the Interest of Faye, a cheerful romp through the world of a young art gallery curator, was released in time for Christmas that year.
2018 was equally busy. We acquired three interns, amazing students from Truman State University, during the spring semester. They helped work on veteran journalist Patricia Watts' uncanny morality tale, The Frayer, which came out in mid-February. Craig Albin's wonderful book of Ozark poems was released in April. Don Tassone's collection of "appetizers, entrees, and desserts" titled Small Bites, hit the stores on June 4. Geoffrey Craig's wise and wonderful The One-Eyed Man and Other Stories came out in September, and Nancy Minor's beautiful, meditative, heart-opening Malheur August was released in mid-October. Jack Powers' poetry collection, Everybody's Vaguely Familiar, has been garnering praise since December--for its humor, its precision, and its empathy.
The name of the press, Golden Antelope, is a reference to one of the great Indian epics, the Ramayana. The pursuit of a beautiful golden antelope drew the hero, Rama, away from his lovely wife Sita, and allowed the villain to kidnap her. Their long separation drives the epic. Sanskrit tradition attributes the birth of poetry to the author of the Ramayana; he'd been living in the forest performing austerities when, one day, he came across a dead bird and her mate. (A sage and his wife had taken bird form, and a hunter had killed her.) The sadness Valmiki shared with the transformed lovers was further transformed into an aesthetic response--compassion--when he spoke the world's first verse about them.
Neal and Elizabeth (Betsy) Delmonico are the owners and operators of this press. Betsy is the primary editor and proofreader; Neal created Golden Antelope as a "sister press" to Blazing Sapphire Press, which does works from and about India, including bilingual Sanskrit classics, and to Naciketas Press, which does non-fiction. Graphic design is admirably accomplished by Russell (Rusty) Nelson, professor of graphic design at Truman State University. Dave Malone turns most of our books into ebooks. Many of our scholar and writer friends help us out by evaluating manuscript submissions, proofreading, and offering generally sound and sagacious advice.