Along with the Editor in Chief, I founded Mason Jar Press in 2014. Since then, I have published 14 books in multiple literary styles, from poetry anthologies, straight literary fiction, experimental prose forms, to memoir and science fiction.
I am immersed in the entire process, beginning with reading and choosing submissions, to developing over months and years fully-realized works and finishing with the proofing and copy-editing phase. It is a deeply satisfying and rewarding position, one I treasure and maintain intense enthusiasm for.
How to Sit, a memoir when viewed in its entirety, plays with the line between fiction and nonfiction as it explores adolescence, identity, grief, and the transition between girlhood and womanhood for a young black woman seeking to ground herself when all she wants is to pretend her world is fantasy. "A vibrant collection merging story and essay, fact and fiction, Coleman reveals a self more cl... read more
...and Other Disasters, the smart and moving collection of short fiction and poetry from acclaimed author Malka Older, examines otherness, identity and compassion across a spectrum of possible existence. In stories about an AI built for empathy, a corps of fighting midwives traveling to a new planet, and a young anthropologist who returns to study the cultures of a dying Earth, Older's charact... read more
"Danny Caine's Continental Breakfast portrays suburban life in the Midwest with humor, pathos, and tender care. Populating chain restaurants, deserted shopping malls, and family Passover dinners, the characters of the poems narrate an experience that, while familiar to many, doesn't often make it into the pages of poetry collections. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll raise your can of Bud Lite.... read more
Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was (edited by dave ring, Mason Jar Press, August 2018) explores the edges of urban fantasy through queer narratives in the tradition of Swords of the Rainbow (Alyson Publications, 1996) and Bending the Landscape (Overlook Books, 1997). This collection contains ten of those edges, each one bright and gleaming, from Claire Rudy Foster's story ... read more
What makes a pink-haired queer raise his hand to enlist in the military just as the nation is charging into war? In his memoir, Out of Step, Anthony Moll tells the story of a working-class bisexual boy running off to join the army in the midst of two wars and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. Set against the backdrop of hypermasculinity and sexual secrecy, Moll weaves a queer coming-of-age stor... read more
Erin Dorney's debut, I Am Not Famous Anymore, is a collection of erasure poems sourced from media interviews with Shia LaBeouf. Erasure is a form of poetry created by erasing words from an existing text and framing the result on the page as a poem. The poems in I Am Not Famous Anymore are sourced from interviews published in Rolling Stone, Dazed, GQ, The Guardian, The New York Times, Playboy, ... read more
The Brides have chosen you to attend Count Drogado's endless bacchanal. You are broken, homeless, maimed. Why did they choose you? What power do they hold? Can you escape the Count, escape the Brides, escape the endless fate that follows, collecting coins from the dead one at a time? The madness of the Bong-Ripping Brides lies within.
The Black Ladies Brunch Collective's Poetry Anthology, Not Without Our Laughter, (Mason Jar Press, 2017) is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes's novel Not Without Laughter. It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is cru... read more
Michelle Junot has kept notes on her phone for years-what to pick up at the store, work-out logs, prayers, hopes, thoughts on life and death-all the while creating a snapshot of her life with an honesty that only occurs when not paying attention. In Notes From My Phone* (Mason Jar Press, 2016), Junot opens up her phone and her life to you. This collection of essays, to-do lists, vignettes, rem... read more
The Avenue is a new, bi-annual literary journal with a mid-Atlantic geographical focus. For this issue, the editors requested that readers and writers consider the myriad realities of Woman and to then write with Woman in mind. The volume, Woman, is the final result and contains fiction, poetry and nonfiction that define the indefinable: Woman.
E is for Evil contains twenty-six individual stories which each shine a different light on the multi-faceted idea that is evil. Running the gamut from lyrical fantasy to gritty horror in these stories possessed toys, hellish bureaucrats, scientists with questionable morals, abusive partners and even lingerie sellers all take their turn in the spotlight.Featuring fresh new stories from Michael ... read more
I Don't Want To Be Your Bridesmaid is the debut memoir collection by Adina Ferguson. Ferguson's honest, witty and rhythmic style defines the voice of a 20-something introvert who's single, shy and so over being a bridesmaid. This humorous memoir collection stumbles over everything from femininity, race, daddy issues, relationship woes, family misfortune and much more. I Don't Want To Be Your B... read more
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I have 10+ years' experience working on children's and YA writing at UK publishers including Hachette and HarperCollins.
Hands-on, collaborative editor with 16+ years' experience (12 at Penguin Random House CA) with historical, women's, mystery fiction and more