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Fomite is a post-capitalist operation in which the authors get almost all profits, and Fomite gets little or nothing beyond expenses. We have no plans to "make money" with the press, only to serve the writing community by bringing out high-level literary work and making it available.

Fomite uses print on demand (POD) and e-book technology to publish novels, short story collections, poetry and selected non-fiction works.

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Damage Control
Pre-release—available September 15, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 112,990. Language: English. Published by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Doug Merit’s middle name is damage control. Working in public relations for GE, he’s ready for any challenge: a teenaged son who still plays with trains, a thirteen-year-old daughter who hasn’t spoken to him in six months, a first-grader who is a little too devoted to animal rights, and a wife who just might have whispered a month or two ago she didn’t love him. No problem! He’s got it covered.
Conspiracy Theory: A Philosophical Defense
Price: Free! Words: 6,950. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Loisaida
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,660. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
In this coming of age story, family saga, and tale of urban politics, Dan Chodorkoff explores the "principle of hope”, and examines how memory and imagination inform social change.
Little Steel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Sue D. Burton's Little Steel is a poem of praise and lament. It praises two steelworkers who took a stand during an infamous 1937 strike at Republic Steel in Burton's hometown, Massillon, Ohio. It laments the refusal of others to take a stand against injustice or violence, in the community, in the family.
The Melancholy Of A Life As The Joy Of Living It Slowly Chills
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 27,330. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Reflections on life...
Vietnumb
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The primary focus of Vietnumb is to convey the need to break the cycle of violence, this culture of war that we seem destined to repeat, ad infinitum, ad nauseam. A gritty narrative in verse, Vietnumb is a recollection of my time as a nineteen year old field marine in "the unpopular war" — a period that continues to plague me in the onerous aftermath of its wake.
Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,240. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Political
While Sgt. Francis D. Sommer was fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, his father stood on a street corner in Kansas City with an antiwar sign. Losing Francis: Essays on the Wars at Home reconciles that seeming contrast in a courageous dive into the personal cost of America's wars.
Vanishing Acts
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 88,820. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Vanishing Acts is the story of three generations of a troubled family, in the shadow of the Vietnam War to the 21st century perils of climate change, set in a Hawaii that is both fantastical and gritty in its portrayal of life down under the tropical dream.
This Far Isn't Far Enough
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,120. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this beautifully written collection of fourteen stories, characters seek to reset their lives knocked sideways by failure, betrayal, or chance, only to be ensnared by pasts they can’t escape. Haunting and deeply moving, This Far Isn’t Far Enough demonstrates Lynn Sloan’s penetrating understanding of loss, endurance, and the undefeated spirit.
Skywreck Afternoons - Part 1
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 170,510. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2018 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Skywreck Afternoons Part 1 is a tale of murder love drugs and friendship set in a fictional place called Jersey-land and that takes place in in the memories of the ever present that keep showing up in the head of some guy talking without thinking about it.
Untimely RIPped
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,490. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Think of this as my brain singing...because Marvin Herkimer hangs from a school tie fastened to the top bunk. I rolled out of bed and it was over. Laxed out you might think. Or desperation drunk. My lacrosse bros of Poncy Prep will think a hardcorebadass whittled to suicide by some babe putdown. But no. None of those. It was just easy.
Time's Betrayal
Price: $14.95 USD. Words: 478,890. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Tapping into spy thriller territory, and the KGB penetration of American secrets by Kim Philby and the Cambridge Five, the narrative unfolds through a series of engrossing, if agonizing, love stories that cross the boundaries of generations in ways both profoundly unsettling and deeply moving.
3 Warnings
Price: Free! Words: 5,940. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Political, Essay » Political
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite would like to step outside its normal literary publishing practice, and add to its offerings a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Voyeur in Tangier
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,010. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
It’s 1974 and Anthropologist Liora Womack has gone to Morocco to take back her life. A prison camp is a lot more than barbwire and guards. The Nazi Colonel who had imprisoned her so long ago was living in Tangier, an old man but not too old. She was ready to face him now, to say what needed to be said for so many, many years.
Skating on the Vertical
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,940. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jan English Leary’s writing deftly offers insight into the disappointments and beauty of human love. In her new collection of sixteen stories, Skating on the Vertical, Leary writes about individuals who face the challenges of infertility and parenting, estrangement and intimacy, illness and recovery, loss and redemption. The characters emerge, sometimes broken, sometimes stronger, always changed.
Parsimony
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,400. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Parsimony is a novel about fathers and sons. t the heart of this experience is David's reckoning, just after 9/11, with his own life and career, and with his family's radically left-wing past—with his Stalinist grandfather and with his bitter, politically disillusioned father, a Trotsky scholar and retired professor of history.
Americans and other stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 113,720. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this collection of 26 stories, the author of The Other Shore and Death offers a wide selection of his absorbing short fiction, ranging from the realistic to the surreal and wildly satiric.
Kafka's Roach: The Life and Times of Gregor Samsa
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 250,780. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
As World War I began, Gregor Samsa, a good man turned-roach, burst into the world. In Kafka’s Roach, Estrin (along with the Samsa’s housemaid) has rescued Gregor from his dusty death under a couch in Prague, schooled him at a Viennese sideshow, and impelled him over the Atlantic to take a crucial role in American history in the twenties, thirties and forties.
To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,580. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In these ten elegantly written short stories, Caitlin Hamilton Summie takes readers from WWII Kansas City to the quiet of rural Minnesota and to its pulsing Twin Cities, each time navigating the geography of tender hearts, loss, and family bonds. Deeply moving and memorable, To Lay To Rest Our Ghosts examines the importance of family, the need for home, and the hope of reconciliation.
To Join the Lost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,280. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Is Hell the same place in 2005 that it was in 1300? To Join the Lost, the first of a three part transformation of the Divine Comedy, revisits the terriotory of Dante's Inferno. The contemporary torments of contemporary sinners case vivid light on the changing character and eternal nature of evil.
#Triggerwarning
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,940. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When a college dean’s affair with a student goes viral, two feminist students decide to take vengeance on the school by taking a hostage, and barricading themselves in the administration building. #triggerwarning is a raucous trip through gender politics and academia told from various perspectives, including those of campus buildings.
Hawk on Wire
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,890. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Hawk on Wire is a record of ecological disaster caused by global heating, and informed prophecy of what will happen unless humanity changes from coal and tar sands oil to renewable energy in the next five years from 2017 to 2022.  The book includes a series of imagined ghosts speaking about climate change, including Martha, the last passenger pigeon who died 1914.
You Want Holocaust With That?
Price: Free! Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
In the Town of Joy and Peace
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,090. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Women of action and obstinacy live and struggle with brutality, humor, tenderness and frustration in Radomir, Bulgaria, the Town of Joy and Peace. All inhabit a society where lowness, trickery, networking and criminality rule at numerous levels. They face the devil’s temptations: sex, alcohol, prostitution, and petty robbery. Yet these women do not lose face or hope. They struggle.
What She Was Saying
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 42,940. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In these powerful stories, What She Was Saying softens the already thin line between hope and hopelessness, between perseverance and despair, between what can and cannot be said. A finalist for several awards, What She Was Saying gives voice to the lives we all need to hear.
Secession: Plan “V” Toward a 2nd Vermont Republic (2VR)
Price: Free! Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Political science
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
In the Wake of Our Vows
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,840. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Set years after tossed bouquets and tiered wedding cakes, these stories explore happy marriages, broken marriages, and those still hanging in the balance. All of the characters declared the same vows, to have and to hold. Yet each takes a unique approach to coping with the inevitable difference all couples confront—between the world we live in and the world which we were promised.
Cautionary Chronicles: An Illustrated Compendium of Human Striving
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,270. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Postcard parables are short stories that conveniently fit on the flip sides of picture post- cards. A standard U.S. postcard measures only 51⁄2"×31⁄2", but ever since I got hold of a really teeny typewriter, I've managed to squeeze up to 450 words of crucial exposition into one story. Besides the stories that are represented here, you can find oodles more on my website.
Riot
Price: Free! Words: 130. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Marx
Price: Free! Words: 9,340. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Economic policy
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
(S)election - Sortition, the democratic alternative
Price: Free! Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Masculinity: Stalled Males and the Emergence of Donald Trump
Price: Free! Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Theatrum Mundi
Price: Free! Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Reality: Simulations - the Analytical Audacity of Jean Baudrillard
Price: Free! Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Public affairs
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Death Penalty: Two Essays
Price: Free! Words: 6,810. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Social policy
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Palestine Path: Palestine’s Struggle for Liberation after U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334
Price: Free! Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Social policy
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Waste
Price: Free! Words: 6,030. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Social policy
Given the exigencies of the time, Fomite offers a series of bound pamphlets on urgent political, social, cultural, and organizing issues from a radical, anti-capitalist viewpoint.
Dispatches from Everest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The lyrical poems in Dispatches from Everest attempt to probe the thoughts and experiences of George Leigh Mallory on his third and final expedition to Everest. They are meditations on what may have passed through the senses of the great mountaineer, particularly after the fall, as the storm clouds closed in and his family and the living world seemed farther away than ever.
Miriam’s Book: A Poem
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 18,250. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2017 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Miriam’s Book is about a young Jewish woman’s traumatic experiences in WW2 and subsequently her child’s exposure to her post-traumatic stress disorder. While much of this narrative poem or verse novella is based on historical events, the fictional parts and the dislocations of syntax and temporal sequence aim to convey the terrifying uncertainty and disorientation suffered by victims of war.
During This, Our Nadir
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,740. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
When Walter Ratliff is released from jail on the eve of the biggest hurricane to ever make landfall in New York City, he returns to his apartment to find Cordelia, the love of his life, has abandoned him, and returned to their hometown of Acheron, Vermont. Walter's past threatens to disrupt not just his tenuous relationship with Cordelia, but his sense of home, family, and stability as well.
Hyde
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 56,710. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Hyde lives! (It’s only the well-meaning Jekyll who is dead.) Cloak and cudgel discarded, he is now a suitably smooth operator. But as Mike Tyson observes in the epigraph, “Everybody’s got a plan until he gets punched in the mouth.”
The Fall of Athens
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,610. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Political, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
This collection of poetry and prose about Greece reflects the bleak state of present-day Athens and reminds the reader that there is nothing new about Greece’s suffering. This eclectic compilation of poetry, prose, translation, memoir, and songs captures the enigmatic, hybrid nature of Greece, a country that has always had the ability to create extraordinary beauty out of suffering.
Among the Lost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 39,110. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Among the Lost, set in the modern American rust belt, is a meditation drawn from Dante’s Purgatorio. To Dante, Purgatory was the mountain where souls not damned went after death to cleanse themselves of sin in preparation for entering Paradise. What are we preparing ourselves for, having lost the fear of hell and the hope of heaven, in the course of our daily urban existence?
Father Figure
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,330. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Imagine a boy born in the last year of World War II to parents who before the war were the darlings of their town. The father - a four-letter man at the state university, his spirited, beautiful bride had matched him stride for stride. The son knows his parents through the stories he has heard about them and as embittered post-war casualties. How to reconcile those two versions of his parents?
Boom-shacka-lacka
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 47,910. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Boom-shacka-lacka is a collection of stories that includes a fictional interview with an aging snow sculptor, poetic meditations on Harold and the Purple Crayon and the drama of the night the Harlem Globetrotters actually lost a game.
Born Speaking Lies
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 143,670. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
New York mobster Billy the Kid gets a chance to escape the violent world of 1990s Brooklyn after being shot and left for dead in a Pennsylvania forest . Billy tries to disappear into small town life with Lora, a woman who finds him bleeding by the side of the road, but his desire for revenge and his rapidly deteriorating health drives him toward a bloody confrontation with his former friends.
A Day in the Life
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,060. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
As reclusive Professor Emeritus George Gordon Bombazine rises at dawn on his seventieth birthday, he plans to kill himself that night. He knows precisely the time and place he'll suicide, yet hopes that something might happen today to make him want to go on living. As the day progresses, things do happen—sex, love, friendship, forgiveness. But do they happen in time, and will they be enough?
The Three Lives of Jonathan Force
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 207,190. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Out of his unpromising cultural background, Jonathan Force manages to establish an Archimedean point outside of culture from which to view contemporary life. He becomes a psychologist, a critic and pundit whose published books—Force Fields, Reasonable Force, Uses of Force—strike such surprising and resonant notes thathe public has come to think with his ideas rather than about them.
Shadowboxing With Bukowski
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 77,420. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Shadowboxing with Bukowski tells the tale of Nicholas Kastinovich, a young bookseller who struggles to keep his bookstore afloat in San Pedro, CA, ostracized by fellow business owners, in a marriage on the rocks, in a town where Charles Bukowski dwells. Pushed to the edge by many things, includin the curmudgeonly ghost of the former owner, he fights the noble battle against mediocrity and apathy.
Off To The Next Wherever
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,560. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2016 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The stories in Off To The Next Wherever examine desires to know those greener pastures, that comfort zone, a lasting sense of rootedness and belonging just around the next bend. They speak of wanderlust as solace, of place as identity, grounded in the question of how to live beyond mere survival as we make tracks inward or else try to escape from ourselves.
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