Golden Antelope Press
Golden Antelope Press is a small press operated in conjunction with, or spun off from, its sister presses, the more scholarly Blazing Sapphire and Naciketas Presses. The focus of this press is creative works of fiction and poetry. So far we have published thirteen books. We started in 2004 with a novella by the editor's mother, Vivian Delmonico: I'll Be Seeing You, then did a more substantial novel of hers, Myra Lost and Found in 2011. Ting Tang Tales (humorous short stories) by D.R. Singh came out in 2008, Wandering Eyes (poetry) by Aileen Gallagher in 2009. In 2015 we had three publications: In Short, A Memory of the Other on a Good Day, love poetry by Allison Cundiff and Steven Schreiner, Always the Wanderer (novel) by George Koors, and A History of Tree Roots (poems) by Phil Howerton. In 2016 Cundiff's second book of poetry--Otherings--followed.
This year, 2017, has been a banner year for Golden Antelope, with five books completed and three more due out before Christmas. Poetry collections newly available include the engaging You Know the Ones by Dave Malone, and the deeply resonant Live Free or Croak by the Ozark poet/songwriter Larry S Rogers. We have two new collections of short stories--the sly yet charming Get Back, by Don Tassone, and the more surreal Anklet and Other Stories by Shome Dasgupta. A deilghtful new novel, Single in Southeast Texas by Gretchen Johnson, raises a fascinating set of questions. Check out the pages of the authors to find out more about them. All of our books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
The three Golden Antelope novels in production right now are (September/October) an astonishingly empathetic Therapy Journal by Steve Wineman; (October) Don Tassone's hard-edged yet ultimately hopeful Drive: and (November) The Undoer, an uncanny morality tale by veteran journalist Patricia Watts. Keep an eye out for those.
We are always on the lookout for promising manuscripts. Please see our submission guidelines if you are interested in submitting a piece of writing.
The name of the press, Golden Antelope, is a reference to one of the great Indian epics, the Ramayana (Sanskrit). It was a beautiful golden antelope the pursuit of which drew the great hero Rama away from his lovely wife Sita and allowed Ravana, the villain of the epic, to kidnap Sita. Thus begins the dramatic conflict that drives of epic to its conclusion many thousands of words later. The Sanskrit tradition of literary criticism attributes the birth of poetry to the author of the Ramayana, the great Valmiki. Valmiki lived in the forest performing austerities for sins and offenses committed in his youth. One day he came across a sad scene in which a sage's wife had been killed by a hunter while the sage and she, who had taken the forms of curlew birds, were in the midst of making love. The sadness of the separation of the lovers was transformed into the aesthetic feeling of compassion (karuna) when Valmiki wrote a verse describing the event. Learn more about this vision of the origin and purpose of poetry and art in the article on this site "The Birth of Poetry."
Neal and Elizabeth (Betsy) Delmonico are the owners and operators of this press. Betsy, now retired from Truman State University, is the press's primary editor and proofreader. Graphic design is admirably accomplished by Russell (Rusty) Nelson, professor of graphic design at Truman State University. Many of our scholar and writer friends help us out by evaluating manuscript submissions, proofreading, and offering generally sound and sagacious advice.