Deborah L. Fruchey

Author, Editor, Publisher

the newest book

available at Amazon!

The very first full length printed book of poems from the brilliant Steve Arntson!



Coming Soon! "Embodied" by Jan Dederick

"Jan Dederick demonstrates through her mature and satisfying poetry, in language lyric and logical, her ability to say the unsayable, to exist and yet remain unsaid, in fresh, literary ways.  For instance, she draws the reader in by being deadly serious and funny at the same time. Her humor tempers the profound as in the poem “Leave it Alone” where she repeats the line “I never had a foreskin but I had a son” and shocks the reader from smile to surprise and back again.

"This impactful collection begs to be read again and again, befitting the behemoth task of investigating the wonder and mystery of the physical and energetic body, and understanding more each time."


— Eileen Malone, Founder/Director, The Soul-Making Keats Competition

"I so enjoyed these poems.  The words flow like in a river, changing tempo unexpectedly. They are like pieces of music in the way they enter the heart right away.

I find that every word is like a part of a mosaic, it fits exactly where it is, and so you can forget the words and see the image as it develops. I love the wild and free spirit, the sense of humor. I laughed out loud a few times; and some of them moved me to tears.  Brilliant work."
—Anja Troje, MD, PhD, RP Hom 

available now!

From Benicia Literary Arts. This volume includes all the pieces that appeared in the column "Going the Distance" in the Benicia Herald between April 1 to November 1 in 2020. A Community Journal of the first Pandemic year.

Contact Mary Susan Gast at for copies!


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