Fomite

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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.

Where to find Fomite online

Fugitive Dreams: Chronicles of Occupation and Resistance
Pre-release—available October 4, 2022. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,170. Language: English. Published by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Literature
Fugitive Dreams is a personal documentary depicting the last half-century of the Palestinian experience through the life of Sameer, who finds his way to America from the “wrong” side of the border.
Auras
Pre-release—available September 6, 2022. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The twelve stories that make up Auras span time from the 1940’s to the present day, They cover ground from New England to the Midwest to the South. But in another respect, all of these stories live in the same place, asking a different version of the same question: Is it possible to fix broken things?
Midstream
Pre-release—available August 23, 2022. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,080. Language: English. Published by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
It’s 1974, and America is restless, with the Vietnam War winding to a close, and feminists marching in the streets. Polly Wainwright respects the protesters’ demands for equal pay, but now nearing middle age, won’t risk her security. Her job, picture editor at a prestigious publisher, is too good to lose. Polly is comfortable with her life. Still, she’d once dreamed of making documentary films.
Silent Acts of Public Indiscretion
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,550. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Fierce, haunted, urgent, these are poems that could only have been written in the 21st Century, Catastrophe is already around us and more may lie ahead, but here are offerings of stars, coffee, memories, paintings, and words that stubbornly keep dancing on the edge. —Joyce Johnson
Whatever Befalls: Poems from Dietenbronn Neurological Clinic
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » German
Johannes Hösle (1929-2017) wrote these poems in 1977, during a stay in the specialist clinic for neurology in Dietenbronn, Germany.   He selected thirty-one poems for the collection, one for each day he spent at the clinic. This is a dual language German/English edition. The collection was published in 2019 as a German/Italian dual language edition: Album aus Dietenbronn: Album da Dietenbronn.
The Showcase
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,460. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Most of my life has become wrapped up in stories, and I sometimes get a case of vertigo when I’m put on the spot and have to tell the unvarnished truth. The Showcase aspires to tell the truth about a particular time and place—Philadelphia in the 1980s—by unraveling the intimate lives of ordinary individuals coming of age in the decade when America was transformed into a less hopeful place.
Blind Insights into the Writing Process
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,540. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Oedipus’s vision starts blind. A book on writing suggesting anything else is imposed, a handbook of techniques unlike these epigrams and prose poems that are beyond the writer, just as the creative process is, if they are honest, beyond anyone. Blind Insights is a book of sightings outside the terrestrial landscape of everyday vision that as rich as it is often gets in the way of true access.
How They Became Birds
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,470. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
How They Became Birds collects three short novels about growing up. In all three stories memory, longing, and violence intersect to create unusual and honest portraits of youth in extremis.
Sugaring Down
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 123,910. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sugaring Down burrows below the surface of sixties counterculture and the New Left to explore the contradictions and passions that lead to the implosion of the protagonists’ dreams, and their turns down two very different paths.
The Door-Man
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,090. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In 1917, during reservoir construction in Gilboa NY, a young paleontologist, Miss Winifred Goldring, identified fossils from an ancient forest. A mix of fact and fiction, The Door-Man follows three generations of families who share a deep wound from Gilboa's last days. The story is told by Winifred's grandson, a disaffected NYC doorman working near the Central Park Reservoir in 1993.
Geographies of the Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,410. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Sarah Macmillan always puts her family first, but as she ages, she can’t quite stretch her arms wide enough to hold on to everyone: her career-minded and inattentive younger sister, Glennie; their grandparents, who are slowly fading; or the late-in-life pregnancy Sarah desperately wanted. But it’s her tumultuous relationship with Glennie that gives Sarah the greatest worry.
The Sock in Karl Kerstensen's Shoe
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,280. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The characters of all these 22 stories are different, but they all have one thing in common - a sock in the shoe. The stories are told in the voice of the small but great person, the voice of the lost person, the voice of the emigrant, the homeless, the traveler, or the voice of the businessman, who feels something strange rubbing the tip of his toe....
The Least of It
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,620. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Spanning a single day in Mexico City, The Least of It is a story of jealousy and deception, of innocence and complicity, of the role of one man in the betrayal and destruction of another.
Bad Days on the Batsto
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,460. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
These are normal lives. Children swallow teeth. Husbands masturbate into toilets. A Black man does field training with a white militia in the Pine Barrens. People protest the carceral system and loathe their siblings all the while. Teenagers sealcoat suburban driveways. Salt therapy sessions culminate in paranoid mental breakdowns. This is normal. This is how we live.
Owmapow Rides Again
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,700. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2022 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Dr. Owen Brownstone, aka Owmapow, is a good-hearted fellow, a biology professor, a rescuer of oceanic fauna, a devoted brother, a teacher of science writing, and a wannabe fictioneer. Unfortunately, he is also an individual who is almost always disadvantaged by the courses of action in which he or his associates engage. As such, Owmapow is all of us.
Into This Wild Abyss
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 155,190. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Flights of fancy offer Bonbon, a troubled teenager, an escape from the domestic oppression of her daily existence and an entrance into a universe of make-believe, which eventually turns nightmarish. Is she daydreaming, or is this real? A new interpretation of "there's no place like home," is this story, at once epic and intimate, a surreal political fable in the guise of a Grimm fairytale?
Blown Away/Soffiati via
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » Italian, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Blown Away is a collection of ethereal declarations and fragmented utterances echoing in the chambers of the skull and the depths of the belly. vito m. bonito’s collection, first published in Italian and now translated into English by Allison Grimaldi Donahue.
Sunken Boulevards
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,730. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
An intense exploration of cultural displacement, Sunken Boulevards evokes an ebullient dreamscape where here and there, past and now, self and other collide within the poignant synchronicity of memory and longing.
The Poetry of Awakening: An Anthology of Spiritual Chinese Poetry
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 12,480. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » Ancient Poetry
…An anthology of Chinese poetry from the Tang Dynasty, including poems from the Buddhist and Daoist traditions, that explore the experience of spiritual awakening.
Out of Place
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,590. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A research institute in the Mojave Desert falls under suspicion in the aftermath of 9/11. With skeptical eye and fearless ear to the ground, Diane Lefer explores the human cost of the security state. In a novel spanning cultures and continents, an international cast of richly imagined characters have in common an unease that may well be true of most of us: feeling–or being seen as–out of place.
Arrivals and Departures
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,930. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Eight years after poet Philip Ramp left America for Greece, he returned for a visit. Everything looked different to him, in a way that he knew he wouldn’t have seen if he had been living there. Arrivals and Departures is based on that experience, with arriving and departing switching roles in the poems, depending on mood and place.
How Hamisu Survived Bad Kidneys and a Bad Son-in-Law: Stories from Nigeria
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 46,310. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The daughter of a slain U.S. reporter travels to war-torn Syria to shoot a documentary on her father’s last days. A boy still reeling from the aftershocks of a genocide recovers in time to help his tribe survive yet another wave of attack. These and many more stories, set in third-world countries where the stress levels are high will take you on revelatory journeys into human character.
Once Was Lost
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,100. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
Once Was Lost reflects Dante's Paradiso in finding the terminus of a journey through the moral universe. It is set on a North Atlantic Beach at sunrise, eating a breakfast of fried clams among the many spirits, living and dead, famous and obscure, human and other, animate and inanimate, who have blessed our lives.
Tramping Solo
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 10,550. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Fred Rosenblum is not going to let us off easy. He’s the anti-romantic — a blue-collar poet and bus driver’s son with an affinity for the Beats’ drug-induced poetic style. He saw combat in Vietnam, returned home and took to the road, destined for Alaska — Tom Sexton, former Poet Laureate of Alaska whose latest collection is entitled Cummiskey Alley
Permeable Boundaries
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,280. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
In these stories, the protagonists find themselves living outside cultural mores and expectations as they confront the central questions of their lives. In doing so, they undergo a range of moral and psychological transformations. The search for a home often preoccupies them, whether this home is a true place or a place within.
The Violet Needle: Stories from Iran
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 36,850. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
“How many days of your life so far have spent thinking about impossible matters:? Maybe it is an impossible matter — thinking about impossible matters, or that the earth — with no shrinking — passes through the eye of a needle — without the needle dilating. Or let’s think about someone who is walking while he is standing.”
Desert Memory
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,890. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » Latin American Poetry, Poetry » Female authors
Winner of the Efráin Huerta National Poetry Prize, Desert Memory is a distillation of memories and emotions, images and experiences transformed into poetry. Exploring and evoking the deserts of Chihuahua, where she was born, Jeannette L. Clariond uses a mix of personal and Aztec mythology to recreate and relive her childhood, until memory itself is emptied.
A Different Kind of War: Uneasy Encounters in Mexico and Central America
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 83,470. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Political
Families fleeing the violence of Honduras. Mexican reporters covering gang conflict in Juarez. Children living off the refuse of a landfill. Informed by grief and anger and told in varied and distinctive voices, A Different Kind of War offers a sensitive exploration of men and women connected by courage, resilience, and the need for human connection.
Trotsky’s Sink: Ninety-Eight Short Essays about Literature
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,240. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Essay » Literature
Initially conceived of as a literary correspondence between them, authors George Ovitt and Peter Nash set out to chronicle their reading experiences in a series of short essays about the literature they love. Ultimately, in just over five years, they wrote more than 350 such essays, their favorite of which they’ve assembled in this collection.
Drinking the River
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 13,040. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
There is elemental life in these poems, intimate moments when it seems our remove from the natural world — fatal to it — can be bridged. It is the poetry of that connection in daily life and the imagination. The great rivers flood, a blue wasp sails elegantly through the house. Suddenly a copperhead lies snake-thick across the hiker’s trail.
The Hands of Pianists
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,040. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Hands of Pianists' narrator is a neurotic freelance writer who aims to prove that pianos kill elite pianists. His investigations centre on the violent deaths at 31 of three great pianists, his detective work taking him from Melbourne to Geelong and Sydney, to the south of France, London, Sussex and the Czech Republic.
The Saint I Ain’t
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sinners, saints and saviors collide in Bobby Johnston’s stories, which chronicle the savagery and poetry of oppressive Catholic upbringing in 1970s Rust-Belt America. Johnston weaves landscapes of transgression and absolution, humor and resilience into his sharp-eyed tapestry of recall.
Ladolescenza e- la notte/Adolescence and Night
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,410. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » Italian, Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
In Adolescence and Night, Luigi Fontanella entrusts his imagination with wresting the years of his youth from an inevitable destiny of oblivion. His poetic idiom combines sharp terseness and a metaphysical dimension, where simple occurrences of a faraway time and place come alive again and transcend their historical specificity to assume universal significance.
The Topography of Hidden Stories
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,450. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2021 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The characters in Julia MacDonnell’s first collection, The Topography of Hidden Stories, grapple with doubt and disquiet in their search for love and connection, for their own place in the world, and create a shining tapestry of women’s lives in the late 20th and the early 21st centuries.
Proceedings of the Hebrew Free Burial Society for Indigent Jews on Staten Island
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Alan N. Krieger died at age 70, at the Morningside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Pelham Parkway, Bronx, NY. According to his Advanced Directives, he was to be buried at The Hebrew Free Burial Society for Indigent Jews, Staten Island, NY, along with his euthanized cat, in positions found in the sarcophagus of Amenhotep II.
Visitors Entrance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
I am constantly amazed by the elegance and surprising disturbance in language and syntax that thrills me in Goldensohn’s work, like Melville’s “happy toothache”—there are live roots in these lovely, sometimes painful moments, which almost violently win my attention. — Norman Dubie, author of The Quotations of Bone, winner of the 2016 Griffin International Poetry Prize
Dear Mr. Thoreau
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,090. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Dear Mr. Thoreau is a work of epistolary fiction involving Henry David Thoreau, his real-life friends and family and the fictional Mary Bright and hers.
Uncertain Harvest
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 139,060. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A reporter stumbles on a plot by an international corporation to use genetic technology to monopolize the world's food production and destroy ecosystems. His pursuit of the truth leads him on a vigorous and life-threatening search across the globe.
Scratch the Itchy Teeth
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 166,760. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This collection of literary, fantastical stories is a mad amalgam of fairytale and magic realism, a ruby slipper escape from real life for the fiction reader.
Sphyxia
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,730. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Trey Burnes grew up above a funeral home run by his strange and sometimes frightening parents. Now 17, he’s locked up on an adolescent psychiatric ward, where he tries to remember an often traumatic past—including, perhaps, an attempt on his life.
Hinterland
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,280. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Nicholas Giovanni’s life revolves around his five-year old daughter Kate. When he isn’t driving his taxi, he is taking care of her and her mother Kathleen, who’s last involuntary admission to hospital was while pregnant. Kate’s life is shattered by her mother’s desertion. To find Kate and to keep Ina in his life, there are truths he must face, if it’s not too late.
One to Speak & One to Hear
Price: Free! Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The words you are about to read suggest, eternal love can live, even thrive after death beyond physical space and time, and so hearts that were once connected can remain so, for no boundaries exist to keep them apart.
Zombie Power Plant
Price: Free! Words: 15,460. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: 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.
Derail This Train Wreck
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 167,510. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An upside-down funnel, Derail this Train Wreck’s focus broadens throughout. Fleeing to Washington, our hero becomes enmeshed with four soldiers – a crusading private, a soul-sick Special Ops sergeant, a femme fatale major and the corrupt general she seeks to bring to heel – as he's pursued by the End-Times cult that dominates the halls of power.
The Penseés of Alan Kreiger by Alan Krieger
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,610. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
After having had more than his say in Golem Song, and The Prison Notebooks of Alan Krieger (Terrorist), Alan has pushed into line again to make sure that these distillates of wisdom would not be lost in the après-moi deluge of Monsieur Tromp. Krieger adopts the format of Pascal’s masterwork to lead the reader through selected complexities of twenty-first century life.
Things I Want You to Do
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,390. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In these nine linked stories, all of them set in Burlington, Vermont, Marquess continues to explore the lives of Ruth, Mac, and Harper, who were featured in his previous book, Badtime Stories.
Alfabestiario
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » Italian, Poetry » American poetry » General
Animals have always understood that mankind is not fully at home in the world. Bestiaries, hoping to teach, send out warnings. This one, of course, aims at doing the same.
AlphaBetaBestiario
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 5,090. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » European poetry » Italian, Poetry » American poetry » General
Animals have always understood that mankind is not fully at home in the world. Bestiaries, hoping to teach, send out warnings. This one, of course, aims at doing the same.
Semitones
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,500. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General, Essay » Literature
Suite for Three Voices is a dance of prose genres, teeming with intense human life in all its humor and sorrow. By frozen waterfalls and neglected graveyards, along highways at noon and rivers at dusk, in the sound of bluegrass, Beethoven, and Emily Dickinson, the essays and fiction in this collection offer moments of vision and aspire to the condition of music.
Snake In The Spine, Wolf In The Heart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,810. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2020 by Fomite. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
This is a book of political poems. It deals with distortions of consciousness and feeling in response to our past hundred years and more of war, horror, our history and nightmares, confusion and occasional visions of peace, inner and outer.
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