Deborah Fruchey

Author & Editor

Forthcoming from Last Laugh Productions in 2021!

Fans of Maria Rosales have had to wait a long time for her second book. But here it is at last, the culmination of 18 years of continuous poetry writing. Here is the young girl, third child of seven in a complicated family. Here is the young bride and the mother and grandmother. Here is the sharp observer of world affairs and the visionary. By turns timely and tender, this book is well worth waiting for!

All Your Questions


Can be answered

by a madman in a laundromat.


Somewhere, as you breathe in,

a child steps into the path of a stray bullet.


Somewhere, as you breathe out,

another will learn to tie his shoes.

Forthcoming in 2020 by Zeitgeist Press!

Like the ghostly ballet of the early morning fog tip-toeing through the mail-drop of a used bookstore in the Mission district, Bana Witt’s poems tend to sneak up on you.  Like the colorful parrots on Telegraph Hill, they carry an element of surprise.  Savor the ode to to a canine pet-extraordinaire and the funereal pilgrimage to a reggae star’s homeland and her elegies to friends fallen by the wayside but still lingering in memory.     
    —Paul Aloogian, author of Pomegranate Wine (isitas Press, 2020); co-author of the anthology, Armenian Town (Word Dancer Press, 2001)


Bana Witt was born in the sunstroked Central Valley of California where she grew up eating grapes, riding horses and swimming.  She went with her San Francisco-born father to the larger art exhibits in the City from the time she could walk. She’s been called ‘Boswell to the generation of the damned’ and ‘Poet Laureate of the Sex Positive Feminist Movement.’ 

This is her fourth volume of poetry. Edited by Deborah Fruchey. From Zeitgeist Press.



Armageddon Bootcamp by Maria Rosales

Hollow Quills & Jackal Fur by Bana Witt

The long awaited full length volume of poetry

Rudy Jon Tanner is known and loved by Bay Area poetry audiences from as far back as the Old Spaghetti Factory readings in North Beach.  This is his third book, and should cement his position as a uniquely important voice continuing the great Bay Area poetic tradition.


Rudy Jon Tanner studied piano and 20th century composing at Oklahoma City University, where he also began writing poetry. He moved to California in 1980. He attended the Old Spaghetti Factory readings in North Beach, where he became friends with Julia Vinograd, along with her many friends, who just happened to have a very natural talent for stunning poetry. He has published two chapbooks, Picasso’s Monkey (Paul Landry) and The Accidental Beacons of Things Worn Away (Deep Forest Press). He continues to compose. This is his first full-length collection. Edited by Deborah Fruchey. From Zeitgeist Press.


Tributes to Julia Vinograd from her contemporaries

Produced in the year following her death, these are pieces of love & memory from her peers & friends: Becky Bishop White, Bobby Coleman, Bruce Isaacson, Bucky Sinister, Cassandra Dallet, Charlene Moskal, Clive Matson, David Gollub, David Lerner, Deborah Fruchey, Eliot Schain, Fred Dodsworth, Giovanna Capone, Glenn Ingersoll, Hew Wolff, Jack Foley, Jack Hirschman, James Norman, Jan Steckel, Jeffrey Grossman, Jodi Mae Floatingclouds, John Rowe, Joie Cook, Judy Wells, Katharine Harer, Kathleen Wood, Kimi Sugioka, Lisa Yount, Maureen Hurley, Neeli Cherkovski, Paul Corman Roberts, Richard Loranger, Rudy Jon Tanner, Sherna Shalit, Tom Odegard, Vampyre Mike Kassel


Deborah Fruchey edited this collection, which was produced by Bruce Isaacson of Zeitgeist Press, a press which Julia & Bruce founded together back in the days of the wild "Babarian Movement," named after the untethered poetry gatherings that met in the Cafe Babar on Thursday nights in San Francisco in the 1980s and 90s.

A Vampyre Mike Treasury!

Vampyre Mike, aka Michael Alan Kassel, was one of the stars of the poetic explosion called "The Babarian Movement" in San Francisco in the 1980s and 90s. They were named after their meeting place, the Cafe Babar in the Mission District. Here at last is a treasure trove of Vampyre Mike's unpublished works - cartoons, plays, poems, songs, flyers and posters of the era, and even an unfinished novel. This is what Vampyre Mike fans have been waiting for!

Michael Kassel wrote, published and performed enthusiastically in the San Francisco poetry and music scene for decades. He died in 2008, and will be mourned by many women and several cats. This is his second posthumous collection. Lovingly edited over a period of 10 years by Deborah Fruchey. Published by Last Laugh Productions,

Once upon a time

Once upon a time, when the skies were so blue, brutally streaming into the white powder of shriveled clouds and kissing mountain ridges with a roaring sound of winds, in that time and place live a family of three innkeepers , an old man with two sons , which one of them was a young artist who become a real hero , as a native of his regular village near the lake and many ponds around the huge charming forest along side . Through circumstances he has got into the horrible story which would test him out and make him well known through decades . He has made his life brightly visible through the goodness of his heart when the world around him was in deep darkness … written by the composer of a ballet suite for this story, and edited by Deborah Fruchey

Personal color therapy for the layman

Did you know that each color relates to a part of your body and a set of personality characteristics? That too much or too little of a color can be connected with particular health problems? Most people don't realize that we can work with these colors in many easy ways to improve ourselves and make our lives better. Here for the first time is a thorough guide to integrating color into your personal work of self healing and spiritual evolution. You may also wish to try the "Colors of Sound" CD that was written for this album by Robert Hamaker. It provides musical meditations on the frequency of each color covered in the book. By Jean Luo. Edited by Deborah Fruchey