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-two 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.
Golden Antelope had a banner year in 2017, with eight books completed. Poetry collections newly available 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 on September 22, 2017. Steven Wineman's astonishingly empathetic The Therapy Journal came out on Oct. 23. And Lisa Brognano's novel, In the Interest of Faye, was released shortly before Christmas that year.
2018 was equally busy. We acquired three interns, amazing students from Truman State University, during the spring semester. Veteran journalist Patricia Watts' uncanny morality tale, The Frayer, 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 Malheur August was released in mid-October. Jack Powers' poetry collection, Everybody's Vaguely Familiar, was officially released on Dec. 3. Check out the pages of the authors to find out more about them. All of our books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
By the end of 2018's summer we'd received 27 more submissions; we had to stop accepting new ones for the rest of the year, pausing from September through December while we sorted through the wealth and chose our sapphires and diamonds. We reopened submissions on January 1, but after receiving 30 more new manuscripts in the next two months, we decided on another hiatus--this one from March 8 until August 15. Please see our submission guidelines if you'd like to send us a sample.
We now have five new books forthcoming from the 2018 batch, and one so far from those received in 2019. Holly Day's vibrant and vulnerable poetry collection, Into the Cracks, is being typeset this week, with Mark Guerin's deeply human and ultimately hopeful novel, You Can See More From Up Here, next in the queue. John Young's engaging When the Coin Is in the Air should be out shortly after that, followed by Mary Fox's canny study of two alert and intelligent girls growing up in a highly segregated Maryland town during the 1950s. And then there's Geoffrey Craig's second Golden Antelope novel, a piece of historical fiction featuring Constance Shakespeare--William's clever bisexual sister.
We're excited to be publishing the debut novel of Jerry Burger, whose textbooks on social psychology are widely taught across the country. 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 over the next few weeks, we'll be sending out offers to publish four more of the most recent batch of manuscripts.
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.