Plain View Press out of Austin, Texas has been around almost 40 years. It describes itself as an “issue based literary publishing house.” It is, in fact, a progressive and feminist press that has published about 350 titles over the decades from both domestic and international writers.
Recent popular titles have included Layla by Celine Keating, a book selected by both Poets and Writers and the Huffington Post as a must-read book.
I have always loved their vivid and colorful book covers and have to confess I bought a number of them over the years in complete defiance of the adage not to judge books in that manner.
No brief description of the press can avoid mentioning the indomitable Susan Bright, both poet and publisher. Although Susan has passed on at a too-early age to the next world, she has left her poems, and a vibrant press and author community behind as a legacy to us all.
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In the name of transparency I am proud to find myself amongst the ranks of Plain View Press authors.
Thanks in advance, Sandra Gail Plain View Press is an indepndent, literary publishing house, 35 years old, has published many eminent writers in America and around the world. We are issue-based meaning we look for eloquent writing which explores important world issues -- gender, peace and justice, environmental sense, personal growth. Since most funding for literature in America and elsewhere is local or regional, we work with writers once we have accepted a manuscript, to find funding. We collaborate with our writers at every stage of production and distribution.
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George Keithley (is)~ precise and evocative; and I like the fact that he knows the American experience...a western writer who doesn’t write Westerns.
Keithley’s talent is remarkable...
Not only is George Keithley one of North America’s most soulful writers, he is exquisitely imaginative.
So stunning...So rare in this day of atrophied emotion and numbed feeling.
Keithley explores many themes: the transitoriness of life, the predatory nature of man and animal, the all—encompassing finality of death, and the ability, distinctly human, of transcendence.
222 pages, $19.95
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Susan Bright is a poet and the publisher of Plain View Press. Author of fourteen collections of poetry, she has won the Austin Book Awards for "Far Side of the Word," "Tirades And Evidence Of Grace" and "House of the Mother." She was a consulting editor for this collection and contributed the cover photograph, text photographs and a series of revision exercises for fiction writing in the "Essential Beginnings" section of the book.
Plain View Press is a community of hundreds of writers all over the US and world who help each other set up events and who gather for local and regional fairs and events. The first step with us is editorial. Our standards are very high. We get as many as 5 queries a day and publish less than 60 titles a year.