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voss PHOTO: Poet Rachel Voss with her copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology in Astoria Park (Queens, New York) overlooking the East River/Triboro and Hell Gate bridges (not quite the Valley of Ashes and the Queensboro Bridge that Fitzgerald wrote about in The Great Gatsby — but not far).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rachel Voss is a high school English teacher and lives in Queens, New York. She graduated with a degree in creative writing and literature from SUNY Purchase College. Her work has appeared in Hanging Loose Magazine, WORK, Blast Furnace, The New Verse News, Newtown Literary, and Unsplendid, among others. She contributed her poem “Villanelle on a line from The Great Gatsby” to The Great Gatsby Anthology.

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PHOTOGRAPH: Still life with The Great Gatsby Anthology in the home of Catfish McDaris (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2015).


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Catfish McDaris’s most infamous chapbook is Prying with Jack Micheline and Charles Bukowski. During the past 25 years, he’s done over 20 chapbooks. An aging New Mexican living near Milwaukee, he has four walls, a ceiling, heat, food, a wife, a daughter, two cats, a typing machine, and a mailbox. His novel Naked Serial Killers in Volkswagens is forthcoming from Weekly Weird Monthly. His archives are held at Marquette University Archives (Catfish McDaris Collection).


PHOTO: Jennifer Finstrom reading The Great Gatsby Anthology while enjoying a view of Lake Michigan in her Chicago neighborhood, Edgewater. Jennifer contributed her poem “Almost Sonnet Written While Thinking About First Love, Greek Mythology, and The Great Gatsby” to the collection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Finstrom teaches in the First-Year Writing Program, tutors in writing, and facilitates a writing group, Writers Guild, at DePaul University. She has been the poetry editor of Eclectica Magazine since October 2005, and recent publications include Escape Into LifeNEATMidwestern Gothic, and YEW Journal, among others. She also has work forthcoming in the Silver Birch Press Alice in Wonderland Anthology

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A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. In the photograph, he is opening The Great Gatsby Anthology on his iPad Kindlle app in a jungle near his home on Java. “Jack” (as he is known to his friends) has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and in poetry. Snakes and Angels, a collection of his adaptations of classic Indonesian folk tales, won the 2009 Cervena Barva Press fiction chapbook contest; No Bones to Carry, a volume of his poetry, earned the 2007 New Sins Press Editors’ Choice Award. Penha edits The New Verse News, an online journal of current-events poetry.

PHOTO: James Penha reading the Kindle version of THE GREAT GATSBY ANTHOLOGY in Tangerang on Java in Indonesia. James contributed his poem “Nick Carraway Out in Three” to the collection.

gatsby cover June 2015

The month of June marks the 4th anniversary of Silver Birch Press — and the 3rd anniversary of our blog. Our first post on June 24, 2012 featured F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby — so it seems fitting to celebrate these milestones with our latest release: The Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry and prose inspired by The Great Gatsby. This is a unique collection of material that has NOT appeared on our blog. 

We issued a call for submissions on March 15, 2014 and received submissions of poetry and prose from people around the world. Over a year in the making, the collection features writing from 80 established and up-and-coming authors :

Katie Aliferis
E. Kristin Anderson
M. Ivana Trevisani Bach
Johannes S.H. Bjerg
Julie E. Bloemeke
Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier
Ed Bremson
Tanya Bryan
Ana Maria Caballero
Sam Cha
Jan Chronister
Maryann Corbett
Anthony Costello
Tasha Cotter
Helen Dallas
Tracy Davidson
Susan de Sola
Andrea Janelle Dickens
Michelle Donfrio
Jennifer Finstrom
Ashley Ford
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Shivapriya Ganapathy
Marielle Gauthier
Trina Gaynon
Gary Glauber
Douglas Goetsch
Lois Marie Harrod
Senna Heyatawin
Joanie Hieger Fritz Zosike
Shawn P. Hosking
Veronica Hosking
Mathias Jansson
Jen Cullerton Johnson
David M. Katz
Becca Klaver
Laurie Kolp
Linda Kraus
Jean L. Kreiling
Kathryn Kulpa
David W. Landrum
Samantha LeVan
Stefanie Lipsey
Caolan Madden
Shahé Mankerian
Marjorie Manwaring
John McCarthy
Catfish McDaris
George McKim
Sarah Fawn Montgomery
Christina Murphy
Leslie Nichols
Lewis Oakwood
Alysson B. Parker
Martha Patterson
James Penha,
David S. Pointer,
Christina M. Rau
Suzanne Rawlinson
Patrick T. Reardon
Marybeth Rua-Larsen
Shloka Shankar
Sheikha A.
Edward W.L. Smith
Matthew Oldham Smith
Sherry Steiner
Christine Stroud
Marianne Titiriga
Sally Toner
Lee Upton
Sylvia Riojas Vaughn
Melanie Villines
Rachel Voss
Alan Walowitz
Amy Schreibman Walter
Susannah White
Lin Whitehouse
Neal Whitman
Scott Wiggerman
Matthew Wilson
Theodora Ziolkowski

The Great Gatsby Anthology is available in paperback at — with a Kindle version coming soon.

gatsby cover June 2015 On March 15, 2014, Silver Birch Press issued a call for submissions for poetry and prose inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s masterpiece, The Great Gatsby — with a plan to issue the collection in April 2015 to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the novel’s publication. We intend to issue the book soon (but have to push our release date a bit due to factors beyond our control). Thanks to the authors from around the world who contributed their work to the collection. We’ll keep you posted on the spring release date. Stay tuned — and thanks for your patience.

Cover art by Erté

gatsby cover June 2015 In April 2015, Silver Birch Press will release The Great Gatsby Anthology, a collection of poetry and prose to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the novel’s 1925 publication. We issued our first call for submissions on March 15, 2014, and during the past four months we’ve received an outpouring of submissions from authors around the world — with contributors ranging from up-and-coming writers to those whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review.

The Great Gatsby Anthology is coming together — and we’ve decided to feature illustrations by renowned Art Deco artist Erté on the cover and inside the book. Our new cover appears above.

The deadline of September 1, 2014 is just six weeks away! If you’d like to submit, the guidelines are included below.

WHAT: Poetry, prose, paintings, drawings, photographs, and other work inspired by The Great Gatsby.

Poems (up to three — either original work or found/erasure poetry based on The Great Gatsby)
Short stories (up to 2,000 words)
Essays (up to 1,500 words)
Creative nonfiction (up to 2,000 words)
Short plays or screenplays (approximately 5 typed pages)
Other literary forms (up to 2,000 words)

TYPES OF VISUAL MATERIAL (send jpg files of approximately 1MB):

DEADLINE: September 1, 2014

RELEASE DATE: April 2015

HOW TO SUBMIT: Please email written entries as MSWord attachments and visual entries as a jpg attachments to along with your name, mailing address, email address, and one-paragraph bio. We also prefer entries that include a note that describes the creative process related to preparing the submission (why you created what you created, the choices you made, etc.).

PAYMENT: Each participant will receive a copy of The Great Gatsby Anthology.

by Allison Chaney

The great city

Left their bickerings

To taste the luscious feasts

Of golden prosperity

To drink the wine of May

To trod the highway exulted

Pure, brave and pink of cheek

SOURCE: “The Wine of May” by Allison Chaney is based on a page from F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s short story “May Day.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Allison Chaney is a Los Angeles native, working on her second master’s degree at Mount St. Mary’s College. After eight years of teaching high school, she decided to devote her life to a literary career. Currently, she spends her days revising her first novel, writing voraciously, and mentoring teen writers. Her recent publications include a poetry chapbook, Queen Me (Poehemian Press), and a short story, “Somerset” (Tiny Tales of Terror). Outside of writing and reading literature, Allison loves classic Hollywood films, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends. To learn more, visit her website.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I set out to find a May piece that spoke to me. I started with my bookshelves. Shocked I could not find at least my copy of Little Women, I continued exploring. I combed them with my eyes and fingers, once, then twice, then three times, nothing. At the end of this unsuccessful excavation, my eyes stopped on my collection of Fitzgerald works, and I remembered that I’d once read a story of his called “May Day.” I quickly typed in the title online and found a copy of it. I printed out three copies. The Great City instantly became the subject. I let my eyes fly to the words that wanted to join the city. Several versions came about — a funeral, a trodding of the poor, but in the end a story of peace came about. It is a brave thing for just one person to stand up for harmony, but the idea of all of us doing so in our great city spoke to me. I committed to my word choices, read them again and again. I erased by graying out the words around my selection, re-printing the page and then shading around the poem in harmony with its theme. I attempted a wine glass but it somehow came out looking like a chalice. I’d say think golden chalice of Arthurian legend perhaps. Drinking the springtime and its newness sounds like a good plan to me. A big thanks to Silver Birch Press for setting me on this task a few days ago and to Fitzgerald for having such a way with words. I had a lot of fun doing this.

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

So we beat on,
boats against the current,
borne back ceaselessly
into the past.

PHOTO: Jewelry-lovers can wear the last line of The Great Gatsby in a stunning brass cuff, available from Jezebel Charms, a British site that offers “charming literary creations.”

Before and After
by Katie Aliferis 

Long after the glitter has settled
Long after the gowns have ceased flowing
Long after the bubbles have popped in their glasses

Your heart still jumps at the click of heels on the
Marble floors, at the tone of a light giggle
At the mention of her name

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Katie Aliferis is a writer from San Francisco, California. Her poetry has been featured in Voices of Hellenism Project: Voices, 9 Muses News, Velvet Revolution Reading Series, and other literary journals and websites. When not writing, Katie can be found reading, traveling, and enjoying time with her friends and family. Follow Katie on Twitter: @KatieA_SF and visit her website

Illustration: Portrait of Daisy Buchanan (watercolor, 2011) by Hannah Haeun Kim, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

SOURCE: “Before and After” by Katie Aliferis will appear in the Silver Birch Press The Great Gatsby Anthology (April 2015).