Compilation Chapbook

THE Press Compilation Chapbook (ISBN-13 978-0-9820020-0-1  ISBN-10 0-9820020-0-9 ) features writing by Michael S. Begnal, Cindy Childress, Monica Drake, Pete Freas, Jeff Hewitt and Cesca Janece Waterfield.


Michael S. Begnal is the author of three poetry collections: Ancestor Worship (Salmon, 2007), Mercury, the Dime (Six Gallery Press, 2005), and The Lakes of Coma (Six Gallery Press, 2003). He is published in the anthologies Breaking the Skin: New Irish Poetry (Black Mountain Press, 2002), Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007 (Salmon, 2007), and, in the Irish language, Go Nuige Seo (Coiscéim, 2004, 2005). He is also included in the essay collection, Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde under “Post-” Conditions (Litteraria Pragensia, 2006), and edited Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy (Arlen House, 2006). Begnal was formerly the editor of the Galway, Ireland-based literary magazine, The Burning Bush (1998-2004).

Cindy Childress has a Ph. D. in English with creative writing emphasis from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and her poetry was recently published in The Louisiana Review, The Dead Mule, Conversation Poetry Quarterly, and the Spinster's Press anthology, Women. Period., amongst others. She teaches creative writing to children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and blogs for Fringe Magazine.


Monica Drake has an MFA from the University of Arizona and teaches at the Pacific NW College of Art. She is a contributor of reviews and articles to The Oregonian, The Stranger, and the Portland Mercury and her fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Review, Threepenny Review, The Insomniac Reader, and others. She has been the recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts Award, the Alligator Juniper Prize in Fiction, and a Millay Colony Fellowship, and was a Tennessee Williams scholar at Sewanee Writers Workshop. Her debut novel, Clown Girl, is published by Hawthorne Books.

Pete Freas is an editor of Skipping Stones. He is actively involved with Chesapeake Bay Poets and is a leader of the Hampton Roads, Virginia literature community.

Jeff Hewitt is a founding member of Norfolk, Virginia's Slam Poetry scene of the early 90's. His most recent book, "and girls are made of stone and silent gardens" is available at

Cesca Janece Waterfield is the author of Bartab: An Afterhours Ballad (Two-Handed Engine Press 2010), a collection of short fiction and poetry. Her poetry was recently published in Metabolism, Blue Collar Review, and Powhatan Review and her short fiction has been published in RVA Magazine. She is a songwriter and journalist living in Richmond, Virginia.