How do I run Cross+Roads Press? I try to keep it as simple as possible. It’s a 500 pound bear that will eat you alive if you let it. Sometimes the bear eats you. Sometimes you teach him to dance. You’ve got to learn to dance with the bear. Norbert Blei

Late in 1994, writer Norbert Blei (Ellison Bay, Wisconsin) launched his own small press, Cross+Roads Press, dedicated primarily to publishing first chapbooks (small paperbacks, 5 1ó2 x 8 1ó2 inches) for writers of record (with previous publication of poetry, short stories, novel excerpts, etc.) who still await their first book in print. The press was established in the honored tradition of helping other writers gain a literary foothold.

Alice D’Alessio | A Blessing of Trees

“Wise, beautiful, and thrillingly passionate, the poems in Alice D’Alessio’s debut chapbook compose a psalter of praise to the “dark pillars” and “bold mentors” – the “pious monks” – we live among…” (Kelly Cherry)

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(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 2004

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Sue Wentz | The Bluff

prose / novella | 2003

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Don Olsen | A Butterfly Sleeps on the Temple Bell

A Butterfly Sleeps on the Temple Bell: A Reminiscence on the Ox Head Press, 1966-2000 – Don Olsen

prose | poetry | 2003

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Marian Ritzer | An Evening on Mildred Street

Poems by Marian Ritzer. “Highly Recommended” – WORMWOOD REVIEW

(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1995

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Paul Schroeder | The Thought Museum

Poem-essay by Paul Schroeder. “Highly Recommended” – WORMWOOD REVIEW

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Dave Etter | I Want To Talk About You

Poems by Dave Etter. A CROSS+ROADS PRESS CLASSIC selection #1. (“A lively little collection by a well-known Midwestern poet, but with a different emphasis from earlier work. Etter fans will be pleased to see the same warmth and power as ever.” – MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE) Limited Supply.

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Bill Stipe | Eye Dea

The Autobiography of an Invisible Artist by Bill Stipe. (“Highly Recommended” – WORMWOOD REVIEW. “It’s an intriguing work, one that will tickle the imagination of readers the first time and many times after.” – Harris/ADVOCATE)

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Pedro D. Villarreal | A Fire on the Waters of Doubt

Poems by Pedro D. Villarreal. “Highly recommended” – WORMWOOD REVIEW

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Emmett Johns | I Thought You Were the Picture

The Sketchbooks of Emmett Johns. (“Much of the book is about the creative process… But, struggles or no, Johns has one brief message: ‘Damn! It’s great fun being an artist!’” – Chan Harris/ADVOCATE)

(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1996

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Mariann Ritzer | Once I Loved Him Madly

Short fictions by Mariann Ritzer. (“Ritzer has an unerring feel for the human conditions, particularly man-woman relationships… another gem from a highly skilled writer.” – Chan Harris/ADVOCATE) Very few copies.

(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1996

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DyAnne Korda | Finding the Lost Woman

A Poet’s Journal by DyAnne Korda. A unique journal into the life of a poet and the spirited creative process. Highly recommended for student writers, poets, and writers who are stuck, looking for new directions. (“She does not write because she wants to. She writes because she has to.” – Chan Harris/ADVOCATE) A few OUT OF PRINT titles from the Cross+Roads Press Archives are still available.

(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1996

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Don Skiles | The James Dean Jacket Story

A Cross+Roads Press Classic #2. One of the best and most unique short story writers in the country who published his first book of stories, MISS AMERICA, with Marion Boyars, Boston/London. A few OUT OF PRINT titles from the Cross+Roads Press Archives are still available.

(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1997

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Donna Balfe | The Last Housewife in America

“…another in the series that will appeal particularly to women… Donna Balfe takes readers through a year of moods, challenges and reflections.” – Harris/ADVOCATE

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(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1997

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Philip Bryant | Blue Island

“The black experiences in Chicago comes through with spirit… Aunt Janey… gives the lad much of his fire. She’s a black Auntie Mame, and the poet soaks it all in.” – Harris/ADVOCATE

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Michael Koehler | Tangletown

“Koehler’s poetry is the narrative voice of someone who has seen the underbelly of life… has compassion for others whose lives balance a precarious line.” – Gary Busha/WOLFSONG

(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1997

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Tom Montag | Ben Zen, The Ox of Paradox

A Cross+Roads Press Classic #3. (“Ben Zen = sartori.” –N.B.) Limited supply.

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(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 1999

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Jackie Langetieg | White Shoulders

“…a beautiful work… all the complexity of mother-daughter in a condensed, original way”-Barbara Vroman

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(out of print) limited number of archived copies only. | 2000

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Al DeGenova and Charlie Rossiter | Back Beat

By Beat & jazz inspired poets (hell-bent and holy heir apparents of the live word) Al DeGenova and Charlie Rossiter, writing in time-present their story & poems.

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Emily Rose | Cigarette Love Songs and Nicotine Kisses

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Susan O’Leary | Breath Taking

poetry | 2005

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David Pichaske | The Father Poems

poetry | 2005

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Frances May | The Rain Barrel

prose | poetry | 2005

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Curt Johnson | Salud

selected writings | 2007

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Ralph Murre | Crude Red Boat

poetry | 2007

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Mariann Ritzer | On Writing Erotica

Mariann Ritzer chapbooks How To Fall Out of Love (Wolfsong Publications) and Once I loved Him Madly (Cross+Roads Press) ranked in the top ten in Pippistrelle Best of Small Press Awards. Her essay “On Writing Erotica” won first place in WRWA’s Jade Ring Contest 2000. Her short fiction “Good Friday” also earned WRWA’s Jade Ring in 1999. She has published in Verve, Other Voices, Rhino, Earth’s Daughters, The Great Lakes Poetry Project, Lonesome Traveller Press, Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar and others. She lives in Hartland, Wisconsin and teaches creative writing at Waukesha County Technical College.

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Edith Nash | Practice The Here and Now

Edith Nash is a retired educator who spends most of her time writing poems, short essays and letters to the editor. She was co-founder and director of Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, a parent-owned school of the liberal establishment. Edith is involved in statewide and local Democratic campaigns and has had a lifelong involvement with Native American Issues. She lives in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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Robert Bly | Call and Answer

poems

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Chris Halla | Crow

poems

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Susan O’Leary | Little Bits of Truth

Women in the Beat, by teacher/writer/student – practitioner of Eastern ways, Susan O’Leary. A meditative memorandum (truth and beauty) to the soul of Beat women presented by Cross+Roads in it’s first Broadside Beat #1.

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Arthur and Evelyn Knudsen | A Gleam Across the Wave

Biography | 2006

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D.L. Snyder | Our Lady of Seven Sorrows and Other Stories

2002

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Don Skiles | Obscurity

Don Skiles lives and works in San Francisco. He teaches at Chabot College in Hayward, CA. His first book of fiction, MISS AMERICA AND OTHER STORIES, was nominated for the Hemingway Prize. Cross+Roads Press published his book of stories, THE JAMES DEAN JACKET STORY in its American Classics series in 1997. His stories, poems, and reviews have appeared over the last twenty years in a wide rage of magazines, newspapers, and journals. He is currently working on a novel set in Western Pennsylvania in the 1950’s, entitled FOOTBALL.

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Monique Semoné Ferrell | Black Body Parts

Monique Semoné Ferrell is a lover of words. Currently she is lecturer at Oklahoma State University.

poetry | 2002

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