Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell - Including a CD that spans his career, Starr's book reveals and interprets both Powell's aesthetic and ethical roots, and his unprecedented artistic methods.
One Hundred Years of Marriage (2nd Ed.) - In a series of interlocked stories, the author pierces the myths through four generations of one American family's mismatched marriages. Dark? Yes, but full of humor too.
She Can Find Her Way: Women Travelers at Their Best - Women from several generations tell true stories of their most memorable and challenging travel experiences. Read how they overcame adversity while traveling alone.
Ann Starr is the founder of Upper Hand Press and the author of Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell. Starr is also the author of the online Starr Review, in which she has presented and discussed contemporary fine art and music since 2011.
For twenty years, Starr was active as a fine artist who showed nationally. Her interests as a painter and book artist introduced her to the world of medical humanities, where she became a frequent lecturer in medical schools, medical humanities and art history conferences.
Motherhood and domesticity have been major influences on Starr's point of view, as have been opportunities to work in race relations and to travel, especially in England and Senegal.
Margaret Hawkins is a writer, critic and educator. She is the author of three novels: A Year of Cats and Dogs, How to Survive a Natural Disaster (both published by Permanent Press), and Lydia's Party (Viking Press, to be released by Penguin in paperback in 2015). She's also written a memoir: How We Got Barb Back: the Story of My Sister's Reawakening after 30 Years of Schizophrenia (Conari).
Hawkins wrote a column about art for the Chicago-Sun-Times for twenty years and currently teaches in the New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She received an MFA in painting from the University of North Carolina.
Maggie Kast's debut novel, A Free Unsullied Land, is forthcoming from Fomite Press on November 1, 2015. Her first book, The Crack between the Worlds: A Dancer's Memoir of Loss, Faith and Family, was published by Wipf and Stock. Maggie received an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has published fiction in The Sun, Nimrod, Rosebud, Paper Street and others. Her essays have appeared in America, Image, Writer's Chronicle and elsewhere, and a chapter of her memoir won a Literary Award from the Illinois Arts Council and a Pushcart nomination. An essay on symbols in Numero Cinq is currently available online by clicking here. Maggie understands that independent publishing has never been more important than it is today, and we are delighted she is a part of Upper Hand Press.
Web siteChristine Grimaldi is a writer in Washington, D.C. In 2014, she published a widely shared feature story in Slate on straight spouses--straight men and women who used to be married to gay partners. She has also written about the language of sexual assault for DAME Magazine; her tough-guy dad, "Brooklyn Tommy," for The Toast; schadenfreude for The Morning News; and on a range of topics for other publications. A complete list of her published work is available on her website. When Christine isn't writing, she edits nonfiction book proposals as well as nonfiction and fiction manuscripts. She has an MA in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Web siteAnna Sequoia is the author of ten non-fiction books, including the animal rights classic 67 Ways to Save the Animals (HarperPerennial), and the best-selling humor book, The Official J.A.P. Handbook (N.A.L.). Anna was a fiction reader for Atheneum Publishers and Charterhouse Books, a non-fiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly, and later reviewed both fiction and non-fiction for New Times magazine. A former co-chair of the Publishing Triangle, Anna was a charter member of the National Book Critics Circle. She was most recently Senior Creative Director for Product Promotion at Publishers Clearing House. Photo credit: Ray Ewing
Tina Tocco's work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Crab Creek Review, Harpur Palate, Passages North, Potomac Review, Portland Review, Fiction Fix, and other publications. She was a finalist in CALYX's 2013 Flash Fiction Contest and an honorable mention in the River Styx 2015 Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction Contest. Tina's poetry appears in the anthology Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana (Fordham University Press, 2008). She earned her MFA from Manhattanville College, where she was editor-in-chief of Inkwell. Tina spends a lot of her time writing for children, watching sci-fi and British dramas, and fantasizing about living in rural New England.
Upper Hand Press publishes books you'll find nowhere else. Our mission is not to cover the bases, but to explore the niches. Like you, we seek out authors compelled to write by the significance of their experience and questions. Our writers are people who have things they can't keep quiet about.
We believe that significant writers are people who work very hard to write, whatever their circumstances and whatever their educations. Hard work creates and burnishes authenticity, the fundamental in gaining the Upper Hand.
Upper Hand Press welcomes your submissions between OCTOBER 1 and MAY 1.
After May 1, 2016 submissions will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your enthusiasm—we need to catch up!
We are interested in most literary genres--fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children's and graphic books alike. CAVEAT: While we'll say that we aren't interested in sci-fi, romance, or fantasy, what does that mean? Only you, the writers, know what there is, and we don't. If you think you'll change our minds, show us what you think would shake us up. How can we exclude what we haven't imagined?
What should you know about us? We are indeed small, and we are very open-minded. Upper Hand Press is owned and funded by the publisher, Ann Starr (read her Starr Review blog), who is excited by the arts and artists.
We have assembled an excellent board of editors who do not cut corners. We do not have interns select what gets our attention. Every submission is read by the publisher.
Because Upper Hand is a small press and the publisher works on all aspects of the process personally, publishing with us requires an equal hands-on commitment from its authors. The Press does not have separate departments for separate tasks. If you submit here, you know that acceptance is the beginning of success, not the end.
Be sure to note the suggestions on our Submission Checklist. Note also that we accept only EXCLUSIVE SUBMISSIONS. If we have reason to believe that yours is a multiple submission, we will return it. We make every effort to inform you of our decision within three months.
Note also that we require two forms of submission, one on paper, and one digital.
If you think we are the publisher for you, Upper Hand Press looks forward to hearing from you!
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