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Blue Light Press is dedicated to the publication of poetry, fiction and flash fiction that is imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest, and pushes the language to a deeper level of insight. We are all poets and artists, and our books are respected for their vision, language and artistic design. As a cooperative press, we rely on the poets we publish to actively promote their books, send out review copies, and set up readings at bookstores, universities, and reading series. We use print on demand technology to save trees and partner with 1st World Publishing to produce and distribute books. Our contracts are author-friendly, with poets receiving a 30% royalty on book profits.

Diane Frank, Chief Editor, is an award-winning poet and author of eight books of poems, two novels, and a photo memoir of her 400 mile trek in the Nepal Himalayas, Letters from a Sacred Mountain Place. Her new book of poems, While Listening to the Enigma Variations, was published in 2021 by Glass Lyre Press. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Diane lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. She performs with the Golden Gate Symphony.

Melanie Gendron, our book designer, is a multi-talented painter and graphic artist, book designer and poet. Nationally known and respected for her visionary art, she is also creator of the Gendron Tarot. Inspired by many cultures, Melanie’s prizewinning artwork is widely exhibited in public and private collections. In her words: “I seek to express realms beyond surface perception, to provide a bridge between what is seen and unseen. Living art breathes through the symbiotic relationship of artist and observer, through awareness shared. I explore invisible subtleties inherent in physical manifestation, drawn by the infinite source of creation to express Itself.”

Erik Ievins is our web designer.  Along with being an engineer, programmer, fine-tuning expert, and proof reader extraordinaire, Erik is also a musician. Dancers, poets, and musicians have long welcomed his expressive voice on cello. Classically trained since he was old enough to hold a bow, Erik joined professional symphony and pops orchestras while he was still in high school. He also enjoys improvising for songwriters in the recording studio. When collaborating with poets, Erik expresses the emotions of the poem through music. And if you like dance music, don't miss StringFire!

Poets in the Blue Light Press publishing group include Diane Frank, Chief Editor; with Stewart Florsheim, Scott Caputo, Kirston Koths, Alice Rogoff, Lynne Barnes, Louise Nayer and Elinor Gale on our Editorial Board. Our books are distributed by Ingram, Amazon.com, and 1st World Publishing.


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