Deborah L. Fruchey

Author, Editor, Publisher

New from Steve Arntson! First time in print!

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“Steve Arntson is our own Mt. Vesuvius of imagery, flowing over with perceptions, energy, and feeling. He begins “Slip into madness / like hand into the glove…” and so inserts us into his lava flow of experience with his well-tuned musical ear and bubbling imagination. Steve Artnson’s Gypsy and other poems is a great read!” 

 — Bruce Isaacson, 1rst Poet Laureate of Las Vegas; publisher, Zeitgeist Press


" I had always loved “Gypsy”, and longed to see it in print, and as a publisher I deplored how little of Steve’s decades of poetry were available. I finally asked if I could make a volume of the work of his I had on hand, and was so excited when he agreed. Except for a mini-volume of 8 tiny pages which came out of Mel C. Thompson Publishing in the early 90s, this is the first volume of Steve’s poetry to see formal print." — from the Foreward



"Maria writes characters who invite us to laugh and to empathize: the little girl who uses her bus fare to buy toast and beans, planning to make her treat last “by eatin’ the beans one at a time but usually I’m too hungry by then. I eat it fast and then have to walk all the way home”; the child left on the wrong side of the road because “someone’s hand didn’t reach for me, and the necklace of siblings, a ragged chain of skinny arms, lurched across with one missing link”; the woman of a certain age asking her mirror “Who stole my mojo?…but there’s no reply from the haggard face staring back.”

Maria offers us the consolation she finds in the natural world: “The setting sun cast a sepia glow over the thatch of the house ahead, and even the lilacs stopped insisting they were blue and violet, displaying yellowed halos.” She conjures spirits––of people”––and of places.

And she lays bare for us what drives her writing: “It’s going to be ok. You will tell and admit everything. You think it really matters only to you. Those involved are dead and gone, or disinterested. But there are others who will benefit. They are sitting somewhere right now, alone and fretful. Perhaps they are cutting themselves, or purging after eating, or worried that he might hit them again. They may believe that light will never come. They may feel the pull of the river. You cannot know. Write it down. Write down the bones of it. The gristle and the marrow.


— Laura Wine Paster, from the Introduction    BUY A COPY

Armageddon Bootcamp & other poems

 Armageddon Bootcamp is the perfect collection for the times we are living in. The poems in this book are the quintessential survival guide and teach us how to “make room for loss”.  In this book, Rosales imbues the essential elements of family, history, travel and memory to find the strength to navigate hard times. There are a number of ekphrastic poems which add to the overall backdrop of being both “bereft and exhilarated” all at once.  The work in this collection takes the reader to see sisters across a stone circle, wildfire, confessions, metal beds in rows, flash floods, chapped hands and a Madonna statue found in the ruins. The poet helps us find who we are, amidst those ashes. As the reader absorbs these indelible works of art, they will know that “silence may be necessary. or not”, but either way, they will be changed.  In each line, each stanza, and each metaphor, one will close these pages and will understand what it means to feel “like a shaman, thanking the sacrifice”
—Connie Post, author of Floodwater, winner of the Lyrebird Award, and Prime Meridian,  finalist in the Best Book Awards

The poems in this collection sing like “one voice split into so many bodies,” praising the full arc of human experience, from the abandoned child who wonders “Why was I with orphans when they were not dead?” to the wanderer who learns “The stones talk. / They tell me / that after all I belong.” Maria Rosales takes you on a journey from innocence to wisdom, from rebellion to acceptance, from holding on tightly to graciously letting go, all the while inviting you to turn “honeycomb /eyes to witness / your myriad selves.”

—Cheryl Dumesnil, author of Showtime at the Ministry of Lost Causes   BUY A COPY

Hollow Quills and Jackal Fur

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.




by Maria E. Rosales

by Bana Witt

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

If Thirst is Proof of Water

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.


Rudy Jon Tanner

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.     BUY A COPY

Bat Flower: poems, plays, & other perversions

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,    BUY A COPY

A charming fairytale

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, Ven Olac, and edited by Deborah Fruchey     BUY A COPY

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     BUY A COPY

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