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P.O. Box 1223
Madera, CA 93639

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New Book Projects Out This Fall/Winter

The Art of Healing

The Art of Healing
by Gail and Charles Enterkin

Gail and Charles are well known to Poetic Matrix Press. We have published 2 books by Gail and 1 by Charles. In this volume they alternate pieces exploring the very trying journey through Charles' cancer. Charles writes confronting this in himself and Gail writes as his spouse, love and caregiver. They both are gifted poets and through this writing they reveal the difficulties and extreme love that takes Charles to complete remission. To say this is beautiful is an understatement.

Composing Temple Sunrise

Overcoming Writer's block at Burning Man

by Hassan El-Tayyab

This is a memoir by musician Hassan and recounts his trip across the US looking for that elusive muse. He arrives in Berkeley and hooks up with a group creating a metal sculpture called Fishbug. They go to Burning Man in the Nevada dessert and here he writes the musical piece Temple Sunrise. Hassan is a musician singer/songwriter with his group America Nomad.

Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics

The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics
by Leroy Moore

Leroy is a black handicapped artist/activist who is committed to assisting other handicapped persons, whether black or not, to get a better shake in our contemporary society. He is committed to Hip Hop as a means of advancing this and lyrics and poetry are his showcase. This is a man on a mission.

Muir Ramble Route

Now is the time to get Peter and Donna Thomas' hiking guide, Muir Ramble Route. This is a detailed guide to John Muir's original walk from San Francisco to Yosemite in 1868. The Thomases have researched and written out this guide along with Muir's writings on this walk drawn from his various accounts. They also add their account as they walked in Muir's footsteps. Get this guide now and plan all or part of the hike, the best time is in mid to late spring when the wild flowers are blooming along the way.

Available from Bored Feet Press and from the publisher. Look for them at REI.

Muir Ramble Route

Muir Ramble Route

by Peter and Donna Thomas
187 pages, retail price $19.50
Maps, Photos, Drawings
ISBN 978-0-9724276-6-8

Nature Journal with John Muir
A companion book:
write your account of your own hike.
Nature Journal with John Muir

A Writing and Sketching Journal
edited by Bonnie Gisel
160 pages, retail price $16.00

He Named Me Malala

A new film about Malala is in theaters, He Named Me Malala, Directed by Davis Guggenheim. Check it out and check out our title.

by Lyn Lifshin
127 pages, price $17.00
ISBN 978-0-9860600-2-1

As most of us know by now Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani young woman who was shot by the Taliban in 2012, was chosen by the Norwegian Nobel Committee to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 along with Indian child advocate Kailash Satyarthi. Though her injuries were significant, she recovered and has become an even more powerful advocate for the rights of girls and all children to have a good education. Her voice has become even more important worldwide.

In 2014 our press had the great opportunity to publish Lyn Lifshin's beautiful tribute to Malala. In this tribute to Malala Yousafzai, Lyn uses her gift of poetry to take us through Malala's recent life experience, the attempted assassination by the Taliban and Malala's recovery. "This is not journalism, rather it is a work that is best suited for poetry, a deeply personal work where the poet reveals, through compassion and insight, some moments of revelation."

To assist Malala in her efforts on behalf of the girls of the world join the Malala Fund, co-founded by Malala and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, at

Poetic Matrix Press and Lyn Lifshin will donate a portion of the proceeds on the sale of Malala to the Malala Fund.

Our Hearts Go Out to Sandy and Dennis

Sandy and Dennis lost their home in the Valley Fire.

Our Press had the opportunity to publish Sandy Stillwell's volume of poetry In a Dress made of Butterflies in 2006. This volume is beautifully written and has allowed us to get to know Sandy and her husband Dennis over the years. We had the chance to visit with Sandy and Dennis at their lovely place in Cobb and see and hear about all they had done and had planned for their property in the hills.

Our heart goes out to Sandy and Dennis and all of the other folks who lost their homes in this most devastating fire. We want them all to know that we are there for them. At the recent Watershed event in Berkeley we were able to raise some small sum of money to assist Sandy and Dennis. If you would like to assist please contact John at

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