Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Of Cabbages & Kings

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:

Omega Cottonwood Press will bring out three of my books in 2013:

MARCELLA, a reprint of my debut novel originally published by Charterhouse Books, New York, in 1973. The novel describes a young girl's struggle with sexuality and morality. It is the only novel written in English to use female masturbation as its main theme. Gloria Steinem called it "an important part of truth-telling by and for women." Quartet in London published MARCELLA in paperback. Excerpts appeared in MS. magazine, POL in Australia and a newspaper serial in Denmark.

PRICKSONGS: TART POEMS OF THE SIXTIES a collection of poems I wrote during the libidinous days of the 1960s. Make Love, Not War advised the slogan, and I did. My steamy poems are as crazy, diverse, risque, and turbulent as The Sixties were. They will sweep you back to a decade when gaudily painted Flower Power buses roamed the streets, when mini skirts, bell-bottoms, and love beads adorned bodies, when The Pill and sexual liberation were new.

MAS - TUR - BA - TION a reprint of my booklet on a subject that Sigmund Freud called inexhaustible and Mark Twain couldn't resist ridiculing.

Another Marilyn Coffey book from Omega Cottonwood Press:

THE BATTLE OF ORLEANS: AN ILLUSTRATED DOCUMENTARY OF THE MARCELLA MARATHON cancelled in Orleans, Nebraska, due to its controversial nature.

A Marilyn June Coffey book from "out West" Press:

MAIL-ORDER KID: AN ORPHAN TRAIN RIDER'S STORY looks at the orphan train movement through the eyes of one small child who yearns to know her "real" mother, survives a tortured childhood, and ultimately, as an adult, comes to terms with her past, her faith, and herself.

"Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
"Of cabbages--and kings--

In October, I'll participate in a marathon and in panel discussions.

October 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Swanson Branch, Omaha Public Library (9101 Dodge Road, lower level meeting room) a Banned Book panel discussion with librarian Verda Bialac, Great Plains writer Marilyn Coffey, UNO professor Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier, author/columnist Rainbow Rowell, and author, UNL professor Timothy Schaffert. Sally Deskins will moderate.

October 6, 1-6 p.m., FREE, Benson Library, 6015 Binney St., Omaha, NE 68104, LES FEMMES FOLLES will honor MARCELLA with a MARATHON READING. I'll open the reading. 

 Oct 20, "The Lit Fest Guide to Etiquette for Women Writers," I'll be on a panel tentatively titled "Women Writers Behaving Badly."

"And why the sea is boiling hot--
"And whether pigs have wings."

Two magazines will feature my work.

"Her Body's Song" a description of Marcella's first orgasm, will be reprinted by C.L.A.P.: CREATIVE LADIES ARE POWERFUL, a progressive quarterly zine out of Minneapolis that celebrates women in all their various forms of creative living.

Blogger Georgia Platts will publish an interview with me in MS. magazine's blog.

Poetry courtesy of 
Lewis Carroll's
Through the Looking-Glass 
and What Alice Found There