Up and coming

We have secured the rights to Barlow Adams’ Appalachian Alchemy, due out in September:


Life is different in Beattyville, Kentucky, a never-was town, one of the poorest in the state. Most people born there, along the shores of the Kentucky River, die on those same banks. For Marshall Merrick, called “Book” by just about everyone he knows, reading is an escape, and a salvation. Beckoned away from his tiny town by the allure of the world he has read about, his desire to escape his circumstances is warred upon by poverty and his obligations to the tribal lifestyle that would label him a traitor for his ambition.




We are actively seeking submissions for a fall issue of Delphinium, due out in September. This is an unthemed issue and we need art, poetry, and fiction. 20170616_225552

As well, we are in need of fiction or nonfictional narratives about recovery for our themed Winter Issue of Delphinium, Joy of Recovery.

Proceeds from Delphinium benefit literacy programs. Proceeds from the Winter issue will benefit recovery programs.

delphin cover3Please give the gift of Delphinium in two ways –

buy it for a friend, and you give to people in need.







Done and Done

Delphinium’s First issue is born! 

Share far and wide because we’ve decided to share the proceeds –

we will be giving some of the proceeds to literacy programs.

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Order your copies – buy a gift – give a chance to someone to learn to read or write!

Valerie Cooper is our Cover Artist for this issue. Beautiful Photograph. Cassie Cocoran is our featured artist in this issue.

Authors include Noreen Lace, Kenneth Weene, Virginia Davis, Stephen Raulli,  Jessica Mehta, Valerie Cooper, Sarah Bigham, Persis Karim, Katherine Howd Machan, Lynne Johnson, Joseph Milosch, Jo Rousseau.

New Releases

We welcome Noreen Lace’s Namas-Cray to the world. Namas-Cray is available on Amazon and has already received a five star review!

What a great collection of short stories! A great, light and easy read. I definitely recommend this book.” Gary Kohler – Amazon Review.





We are proud to announce the upcoming release of the first edition of Delphinium, A journal of Art and Literature.

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Delphinium will feature writing by established, brilliant authors such as:

Jessica Tyner Mehta ,  a Cherokee author and poet. Headshot Mehta


Persis Karim: poet, editor, and professor at San Jose State University.

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And Lynne Johnson, who was inspired by her African American Literature class, and the spiritual “Go Down Moses.”



We are very excited about this upcoming release!  July 1st, ladies and gentlemen! In honor of the 4th of July! 

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Call for submissions – updated

We have two calls today:

1.We are presently looking for short stories, poetry, and art for our first issue of Delphinium due out in July.

  •  Literary fiction that is well written. Language should be beautiful. Wording should be precise. There is no word limit. We do not accept genre pieces.
  • Poetry, any style, any length.
  • Art, black and white, for the interior.
  • Deadline is June 1st. We’ve updated this date – spread the word, more time to submit!

2. An annual book of celebration. The series will contain essays and narratives that celebrate some aspect of life – teachers, animals, the sky. However, it’s not random.

Our first selection celebrates Recovery. We are looking for true stories, memories or essays, experimental styles are acceptable, of recovering. Think of recovering as a broad topic, but the pieces should be about recovering from a major life event, alcohol or drug use, divorce or death, etc.


All submissions should be typed, double spaced, 12 point times new roman or similar with one inch margins. They should be in English. They should represent your finest polished work. Email submissions to Readlipspress at  In your subject lines add either “Delphinium” or “Recovery.” Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Spread the word, ladies and gentlemen!

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