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 twenty-nine books; two more are essentially done, with another two 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--this one until September 1. Please see our submission guidelines if you'd like to send us a sample.

We've been busy this year.  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; 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. 

Next up 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 in our pipeline are  Geoffrey Craig's second Golden Antelope novel, a piece of historical fiction featuring Constance Shakespeare--William's clever bisexual sister; Monica Barron's lovely collection of poems, Prairie Architecture; and Patricia Averbach's unusually perceptive study of the long-term effects of a countercultural upbringing, Resurrecting Rain.  (That sentence doesn't do the novel justice.) 

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.  Poetry collections 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 22, 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.  Check out the pages of the authors to find out more about them.  All of our books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  

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, now retired from Truman State University,  is the press's primary editor and proofreader.  Graphic design is admirably accomplished by Russell (Rusty) Nelson, professor of graphic design at Truman State University.  Many of our scholar and writer friends help us out by evaluating manuscript submissions, proofreading, and offering generally sound and sagacious advice.