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During 2015, the Silver Birch Press blog featured 10 poetry and prose series. Many thanks to all who participated. All told, our 2015 writing prompts generated 965 poems and stories — the vast majority written specifically for our series. Amazing!

IAM WAITING Poetry Series (Dec. 1, 2014 – Jan. 31, 2015): 137 participants

WHERE I LIVE Poetry & Photography Series (Feb. 1 – March 31, 2015): 132 participants

ME, AS A CHILD Poetry Series (April 1 – May 31, 2015): 175 participants

ALL ABOUT MY NAME Poetry Series (June 1 – July 18, 2015): 160 participants

MY PERFECT VACATION Poetry & Prose Series (July 19 – Aug. 21, 2015): 71 participants

MY METAMORPHOSIS Poetry & Prose Series (Aug. 22 – Sept. 15, 2015): 52 participants

MY SWEET WORD Poetry & Prose Series (Sept. 16 – Oct. 31, 2015): 98 participants

WHEN I HEAR THAT SONG Poetry & Prose Series (Nov. 1 – 23, 2015): 47 participants

LOOKS LIKE ME EKPHRASTIC Poetry Series (Nov. 24 – Dec. 4, 2015): 23 participants

ME, DURING THE HOLIDAYS Poetry & Prose Series (Dec. 5, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016): 70 participants

On the second birthday of the Silver Birch Press blog — June 24, 2014 — we’d like to thank our visitors for spending time with us. A sincere thank you to our valued guests from 182 geographic designations around the world (shown in the shaded areas on the map below).


On June 24, 2014, we’ll celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Silver Birch Press blog. Thank you for your visits during the past years! This week, we passed a new milestone: 1,000 followers!

Our 1,000th follower is hesterglockpress, an independent publisher in the United Kingdom run by author Paul Hawkins, whose work appeared in the Silver Birch Press Noir Erasure Poetry Anthology (December 2013). We are pleased to report that we are now following hesterglockpress. Great site, Paul!

To commemorate our latest milestone, we asked our 1,000th follower Paul Hawkins to pick any book from the offerings featured at — and he selected our May 2013 release BULL: The Journey of a Freedom Icon, poems by Salinas, California, poet laureate James Golden. The book is on its way, Paul. Thank you for following the Silver Birch Press blog and for contributing your poetry to our collections.

If you’d like to follow the Silver Birch Press blog, see the middle left-hand portion of our site — under the button that reads “older posts.” Thanks in advance for your follow!

Silver Birch Press is pleased to announce the May 22, 2014 release of Black Shroud with Rainbow Fringes: Poems 2010-2013 by Paul Nebenzahl.

“In this impressive gathering of fifty poems, Nebenzahl discovers long-lost relatives that were displaced from World War II and the Holocaust. In this unearthing, Nebenzahl finds himself questioning his past and present to imagine a new future in elegiac dimensions. These expressions intertwine and mediate language as a process for divinity, humor, and truth. The poetry excavates with humanity the trauma of the unexplained and the mystery of creative response as an authentic gesture from the human hand and heart that is writing.” KAREN FINLEY

“Look for the rainbow fringes. At such bright speculative mind-trip edges in these poems, one finds polka dots and moonbeams, the summer of hate, dad’s whiskey spittle on the lapel of a National Guardsman, poems written on A&P bags, Mingus, ice and madness, Freaky Jerry, red diaperism, fly-or-die panic, and people miraculously wearing love like heaven. The whole book is a dreamarium. In a world of jingles written like lead bullets, Paul Nebenzahl’s poems stand generously to oppose them.” AL FILREIS, Kelly Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, author of Wallace Stevens & the Actual World.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Paul Nebenzahl is a writer, musician, and painter who lives in Evanston, Illinois, and Sleepy Hollow, New York. As a performing multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Paul has created works for film and television, and has performed extensively in theater, stage, and club settings. In 2012, Paul’s poem “Gusen Station” was published in English, Italian and German by the International Committee for Mauthausen and Gusen. His poem “Charles Bukowski” appears in the Silver Birch Press Bukowski Anthology (2013) and “Here’s to the Singer of Songs” is featured in the Silver Birch Press Summer Anthology (2013).

Find Black Shroud with Rainbow Fringes: Poems 2010-2013 by Paul Nebenzahl at

Cover art by Paul Nebenzahl

During 2013, Silver Birch Press published a range of posts — about authors, books, movies, writing, poetry, and prose — for a total of 1,299 blog entries.

Here are our top posts of 2013 — with a special thank you to W.H. Auden, e.e. cummings, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carolyn Miller, Robert Phillips, Shel Silverstein (many times over!), Gary Snyder, Rabindranath Tagore, and Alfred Lord Tennyson for bringing thousands of visitors to the Silver Birch Press Blog.

  1. What type of car did Gatsby drive? (May 17, 2013)
  2. The Night Mail, poem by W.H. Auden (July 16, 2013)
  3. Night of the Summer Solstice, poem by Carolyn Miller (March 27, 2013)
  4. Happy Birthday, poem and drawing by Shel Silverstein (June 24, 2013)
  5. It’s Hot, poem and drawing by Shel Silverstein (August 30, 2013)
  6. The Oak, poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (April 15, 2013)
  7. The Oak and the Rose, poem by Shel Silverstein (April 15, 2013)
  8. Running on Empty, poem by Robert Phillips (September 6, 2013)
  9. Palm Tree, poem by Rabindranath Tagore (October 17, 2013)
  10. Writer Waiting, poem and drawing by Shel Silverstein (January 22, 2013)
  11. Magpie’s Song, poem by Gary Snyder (February 26, 2013)
  12. who knows if the moon’s, poem by e.e. cummings (August 21, 2013)


We’d like to ring out 2013 by thanking our visitors from around the world for spending time during the past year with the Silver Birch Press blog!

Thank you to our visitors from 170 geographic designations (listed in order of number of visits): 

United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Germany,  India,  Netherlands, Italy, Brazil,  Spain, Poland, Philippines, Mexico, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Pakistan, Ireland, Taiwan, Russian Federation, Singapore, Romania, Czech Republic, Argentina, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa, Finland, Israel, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Serbia, Malaysia, Croatia, Slovakia, Thailand, Colombia, Chile, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Georgia, Slovenia, Malta, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Latvia, Viet Nam, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Albania, Qatar, Estonia, Armenia, Macedonia (the Former Yugoslav Republic), Bangladesh, Panama, Moldova, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Morocco, Bahrain, Iceland, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Guatemala, Mauritius, Honduras, Palestinian Territory—Occupied, American Samoa, Jamaica, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Maldives, Macao, Montenegro, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, China, Paraguay, Myanmar, Cambodia, Barbados, Haiti, El Salvador, Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Oman, Guam, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, Bhutan, Federated States of Micronesia, Nicaragua, Kyrgyzstan, Bermuda, Greenland, Mozambique, Grenada, Réunion, Martinique, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam,  Guyana, Guernsey, Syrian Arab Republic, Virgin Islands, Aruba, Suriname, Ghana, Guadeloupe, New Caledonia, Congo, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Comoros, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mayotte, Zambia, Uzbekistan, Gibraltar, Equatorial Guinea, Solomon Islands, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Vatican City, Faroe Islands, Malawi, Senegal, Liechtenstein, Rwanda, Andorra, Isle of Man


Silver Birch Press began in July 2011, and during the past two and a half years has published a range of books, including anthologies, dramatic works, memoirs, novels, poetry, and short stories.

In 2013, we published a dozen titles from established as well as emerging writers. A thank you to our authors as well as everyone who purchased a Silver Birch Press book during the past year.

A complete list of our releases (along with links) is available at (Note: If you are located outside the U.S., our titles are available at, and other international Amazon sites.)


Noir Erasure Poetry Anthology (December 2013)

Bukowski Anthology (August 2013)

Summer Anthology (June 2013)

Green Anthology (March 2013)

Phoenix by Philippa Mayall (June 2013)

Debt by Rachel Carey (February 2013)

The Wolf Yearling by Jeffrey C. Alfier (May 2013)

Ransack and Dance by Chris Forhan (July 2013)

Coffee House Confessions by Ellaraine Lockie (February 2013)

New and Selected Poems by Gerald Locklin (April 2013)

Romancing Gravity by Daniel Romo (May 2013)

Everything Is Epic by Michael C. Keith (April 2013)

If you are on Facebook, please visit Silver Birch Press at this link and “like” our page. Thank you!


If you received an gift card for Christmas, we would be honored if you would consider a Silver Birch Press book for your purchase. A complete list of our releases (along with links) is available at Links are also included below. This small, independent press thanks you for your consideration!  (Note: If you are located outside the U.S., our titles are available at, and other international Amazon sites.)

Noir Erasure Poetry Anthology

Bukowski Anthology

Summer Anthology

Green Anthology

Silver Anthology

Jezebel’s Got the Blues…by Merrill Farnsworth

Phoenix by Philippa Mayall

Operators and Things by Barbara O’Brien

Charles Bukowski Epic Glottis by Joan Jobe Smith

Debt by Rachel Carey

The Furthest Palm by Rodger Jacobs

The Therapist by Sandylee Maccoby

The Wolf Yearling by Jeffrey C. Alfier

Ransack and Dance by Chris Forhan

Coffee House Confessions by Ellaraine Lockie

New and Selected Poems by Gerald Locklin

Romancing Gravity by Daniel Romo

Everything Is Epic by Michael C. Keith


As editor of the Silver Birch Press blog I try to keep a low profile, but today I’m honored to announce that a 2,000-word excerpt entitled “Windy City Sinners” from my upcoming novel of the same name appears in the just-released Chicago Quarterly Review — find the table of contents at

Edited by Syed Afzal Haider and Elizabeth McKenzie, the edition features writers with Chicago connections — in my case, it’s where I was born and raised and where I’ve set several novels. The Chicago Issue (Vol. 17/2014) — which includes short stories, novel excerpts, essays, and interviews from a range of authors — is available at

Thank you, Chicago Quarterly Review!