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Our Paperback Books

The Literary House Press publishes a series of trade paperback anthologies, featuring work by emerging and established poets. Student interns have the opportunity to work on these projects, gaining professional training in the field of literary publishing.


On October 18, 2016, the Literary House Press will release its next poetry anthology, Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse! Please join us for our launch party at 4:30 p.m. at the Rose O’Neill Literary House, featuring readings by contributors James Arthur, James Allen Hall, Leslie Harrison, dawn lonsinger, and Dora Malech, as well as co-editor Lindsay Lusby. The reading will be followed by a book sale and signing as well as delicious refreshments.

Details: Poetry. With a tradition that can be traced to Pompeii, the genre of the still life or nature morte has most often been used since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as a vehicle for symbolism and metaphor, objects serving as stand-ins for philosophical ideas, religious principles, or moralizing messages. In Still Life with Poem, poets were asked to create (or to imagine) their own still lifes and to write poems in response to these thoughtful arrangements of things. And although still life paintings are often viewed as unmoving, quiet works of art, this anthology presents a collection of energetic, urgent voices; these poems speak to current events, the making of art, the domestic, the past, the body, faith, the environment, and the losses we all face. (ISBN 9780937692233)

Available for purchase in October 2016 at Small Press Distribution, Amazon, and select independent bookstores!

DOWNLOAD: Still Life with Poem Press Kit (PDF)



On October 7, 2014, we released our first trade paperback, The Book of Scented Things:100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume, the first in a new series of poetry anthologies. We held a book launch party to celebrate at the Rose O’Neill Literary House. We also co-hosted a second launch event on October 29 at the Arts Club of Washington.

Details: Poetry. What if 100 contemporary American poets were sent individually selected vials of perfume, fragrances chosen to reflect the authors’ voices, aesthetics, or writerly obsessions? What if each poet wrote something new in response? The Book of Scented Things collects the results of this strange, aromatic experiment: poems of longing and of childhood memory, poems of place and philosophy and politics, poems about the challenge of writing poems about perfume. This is an anthology whose words will linger on your pulse points long after even the base notes have faded. (ISBN 9780937692219)

Available for purchase at Small Press DistributionAmazon, and select independent bookstores!

DOWNLOAD: The Book of Scented Things Press Kit (PDF)



The back-inventory of the Literary House Press includes titles on the history and culture of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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Copies of LHP books may be ordered by contacting Lindsay Lusby:

Domestic shipping for Media Mail is $5 for the first item plus $1 for each additional item. Overnight is $15 for the first item plus $2 for each additional item. 2-day air is $12 for the first item plus $1 for each additional item. International shipping by special request.