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 eighteen books. We 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.
The past year, 2017, was a banner year for Golden Antelope, with eight books completed. Poetry collections newly available include 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 have two new 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, raises a fascinating set of questions. Don Tassone's hard-edged yet ultimately hopeful Drive was released on September 22. And Steven Wineman's astonishingly empathetic The Therapy Journal came out on Oct. 23. Lisa Brognano's novel, In the Interest of Faye, was released on Dec. 14.
This year has been busy. Veteran journalist Patricia Watts' uncanny morality tale, The Frayer, came out in mid-February. Craig Albin's wonderful book of genuinely Ozark poems came out this month. 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 Golden Antelope work closest to completion right now is Don Tassone's collection of "appetizers, entrees, and desserts" titled Small Bites, which should be out on June 1. Geoffrey Craig's The One-Eyed Man and Other Stories and Nancy Minor's Malheur August will follow. Bob Mielke's Jazz From Saturn and Rebel Nuns: Two History Plays has taken longer than expected, but should be out this summer.
We are always on the lookout for promising manuscripts. Please see our submission guidelines if you are interested in submitting a piece of writing.
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.