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Fleur-de-Lis Press

The primary mission of the Fleur-de-Lis Press is to publish first books of authors who have appeared in The Louisville Review. The press currently has fourteen such books in print, described below.

Other books by Fleur-de-Lis are High Horse: Contemporary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University; Place Gives Rise to Spirit: Writers on Louisville, a book of essays and photographs about Louisville, and You Are Not Here by David Jauss, the winner of the 2002 Fleur-de-Lis Poetry Contest.

To order, send the appropriate amount for each book to

Fleur-de-Lis Press
c/o The Louisville Review
Spalding University
851 South Fourth Street
Louisville KY 40203

You can also call us at 502-873-4398
or reach us through email at
or fax us at 502-992-2409

Seeking the Other Side
Poems by Jane Olmsted (2012)
$16 softcover

"Never have words made pain more real nor death more absurd than in these existential, mystical poems by Jane Olmsted. This work will shine when all our eyes are closed because that is what happens when language arrives at Truth. These poems are rare and true and beautiful. Treasure them."

–Sena Jeter Naslund, Editor, Fleur-de-Lis Press

I know this hole, but how?/I have to kneel to look through," writes Jane Olmsted in her powerful collection, Seeking the Other Side. The "hole" quoted refers to the literal cavity that has caught her attention, yet Olmsted's looking at the negative space of a great loss, too—a loss that must be lived with, if not understood. This poet ruptures the cliche, asking "Would the glass remain half-full if a fist/ripped out the heart and settled/into that slippery absence?" There are no answers metaphor or pathetic fallacy can provide, only more thoughtfully shaped questioning, "habits of noticing," "strange pronunciations/of familiar places." Poems about memory, loss, and the self's adjustments are collected with poems about trees and the forms of trees, which provide arms and roots to what feels devastatingly vacant. In life as in thought, "there is cavity involved," yet, as this poet makes beautifully clear, there is form and shape and listening: "if you have no answer,/ go then to the lonely place—/I will meet you there.

–Lisa Williams, author of Gazelle in the House.

The Woman of La Mancha
by Karen Mann (2014)
$16 softcover

A rip-roaring, thumping good story, set in the time and place that gave birth to Don Quixote. Faithful to the spirit of those times and driven by a lively and beguiling central character, The Woman of La Mancha brings us the full sweep of human capability: generosity and tenderness, hope and persistence, brutality and treachery. Steeped in medieval roots, this tale poses modern questions about men and women: the suffering that springs from perversity and violation, the longing and loneliness that accompany young adulthood, and the rare and joyful flourishing of reciprocal love. This book will inspire and warm your heart.

–Eleanor Morse, author of White Dog Fell from the Sky and Chopin's Garden

Karen Mann’s take-off on Don Quixote is a marvelous creation all its own. While remaining faithful to the spirit and style of Cervantes’ masterpiece, Mann turns the narrative on its head. This Dulcinea—only one of her guises—is not only an object of romantic obsession, but also a picaresque figure in her own right, adventuring, learning, and loving in a perilous but enchanting world. Read The Woman of La Mancha to journey with this colorful heroine and others by way of a wondrous, delightful tale.

–Roy Hoffman, author of the novels Chicken Dreaming Corn and Come Landfall

The reader doesn’t have to be a Don Quixote scholar to enjoy—to love!—Karen Mann’s ingenious re-imagining of Cervantes’ classic. The Woman of La Mancha is a funny, lusty, and epic picaresque that examines identity, secret selves, and the ways in which our lives, often unwittingly, intertwine with history and shape the destinies of others. A provocative, rollicking novel.

–K. L. Cook, author of Love Songs for the Quarantined and The Girl from Charnelle

City of Brotherly Love
by Ned Bachus (2012)
$22 hardcover

Bachus's marvelous collection is more than just a portrait of Philadelphia. He approaches his city from so many directions, and his characters encompass so many layers of experience, that it is easy to forget that these were all the product of a single imagination. These are wise stories, beautifully crafted and full of heart.

-Simone Zelitch, author of Louisa.

In City of Brotherly Love, Ned Bachus takes us to a place that gives as much as it takes, with contemporary characters as rich as Philadelphia's history. Bakers, waitresses, pharmaceutical reps, and bass playing plumbers show us, not just what it’s like to be a Philadelphian, but what it means to be human. Bachus's writing perfectly captures the intricacies and contradictions of a city in search of itself. The stories in City of Brotherly Love create their own kind of beauty that, like the place they call home, is impossible to resist.

–Nate House, author of Float.

Surgeon Stories
by Daly Walker (2011)
$24 hardcover

This is among the best collections of stories I've encountered over the last decade or so--fiercely dramatic, immaculately composed, and so moving that even the most hardened heart must tremble. Treat yourself to the great beauty of Surgeon Stories

-Tim O'Brien, author of The Things We Carry
and July, July

With an insider's view of the medical profession, Daly Walker writes engaging stories, which often reveal their doctor-protagonists to be just as flawed and human as their patients. The result is an eye- opening collection of stories. --Billy Collins

-Billy Collins

The Ice Margin
by Marcia Dalton (2010)
$16 softcover

Marcia Dalton is a compelling storyteller and a perceptive chronicler of the human heart. She takes what, in the hands of a lesser writer, could easily become a “Cape Cod romance novel” and instead shapes it into a thoroughly satisfying and original work of art. Her evocation of the Cape landscape is the best I have read in years. In her skillful weaving of the ordinary and the transcendent, she convinces us that this is, in fact, the way we live.  There is much wisdom and pleasure in this book.

-Robert Finch, author of Death of a Hornet
and Other Cape Cod Stories

and editor of A Place Apart: A Cape Cod Reader

The Ice Margin is the story of Anna, a woman on the verge of quiet yet total change.  A surgical accident to her older daughter has shattered Anna’s life, leaving her with a daughter with a paralyzed body and a pre-school mind.  Shunned by city friends who don’t know how to help or don’t want to for long, Anna falls in love with a home she’s unexpectedly acquired from her husband’s side of the family.  In the wild beauty of Cape Cod, Anna finds herself relishing solitude, unconventional friendships, a rich inner life.  Whether she will actually allow herself to live the life she wants or slide back into a cold, unforgiving marriage haunts the pages of this riveting, beautiful novel. Her voice as gentle and natural as that of a friend, yet spiced with penetrating insight and gorgeous descriptions of place, Marcia Dalton is stimulating, comforting and irresistible to read.

-Julie Brickman,  author of What Birds Can Only Whisper

Window: Stories and Essays
by Nancy Jensen(2009)
$14 softcover

What is a window but a twoway device to relieve the opacity of a wall? Nancy Jensen's stories and essays allow readers to see into the rooms of her mind. Flung wide open, these pieces even serve as doors through which we can step inside, turn, and look out with the author at previously unviewed vistas. Whether looking inward or outward, Jensen's prose always illumines.

Like some windows, Jensen's book also serves as a mirror wherein our own features are reflected: how we struggle to define ourselves within our families, to inhabit our own bodies, to be known for who we are, to learn what we need about the illusions and insights, the generosity and selfishness of ourselves and others.

The words in Window are also those of a survivor and an explorer. Jensen has the honesty to confront what is difficult and cruel in the circumstances the world deals and in the viruses and hungers we harbor within. She has the courage to explore the unconventional whether the path leads to Asia, to Europe, or to the dark realm beyond the rational.

Readers will find Nancy Jensen's essays and stories invigorating, surprising, sometimes frightening, occasionally amusing, always revealing.

-Sena Jeter Naslund, Editor, Fleur-de-Lis Press

Remember Love
a book of stories by Jody Lisberger (2008)
$13 softcover

"Like the best of Anne Tyler, Jody Lisberger's stories mine the complicated private truths of seemingly comfortable American families with compassion, insight, and, above all, fearless honesty."

–Joan Leegant, author of An Hour in Paradise

Jody Lisberger gives us love stories for grown-ups–sharply written tales that reveal the emotional trapdoors... humor, cruelty, and resiliency of mature love."

–K. L. Cook, author of The Girl from Charnelle

Jody Lisberger's provocatively titled story collection will make readers wonder just how and when they should ‘remember love.' Not only the human content but the aesthetic of these accomplished stories make them worthy of profound attention.

-Sena Jeter Naslund, Editor, Fleur-de-Lis Press

The Moon with the Sun in Her Eye
a book of poems by Nana Lampton (2007)
$15 hardback

In The Moon with the Sun in Her Eye, Nana Lampton boldly explores the tension between the feminine moon and the masculine sun. Using the dual lenses of metaphor and image, she asks all of us, Why can't we see more clearly? and then shows us how. Through the moony imagination, we can apprehend the invisible and feel compassion beyond our usual limits.

Nana Lampton's poems respond to our local, global, and cosmic situations. Hers is an inclusive aesthetic, one that places what it is to be a human alive in our time among the plants, animals, rivers, mountains, continents, and cultures of our world.

With a mythic embodiment who might have leapt from the brain of William Blake, Nana's Potain Sieblung gives us a female figure both powerful and vulnerable, penetrant in her honest insights, bold enough to go where she needs to go, and brave enough to sweep us stunned gawkers along in her wake. Thanks be, for Nana Lampton's book of poems!

-Sena Jeter Naslund, Editor

Mirel's Daughter
a novel by Kay Gill (2006)
$20 hardback

Mirel's Daughter is the haunting story of a young girl who loses her family death by death in the pogrom massacres of Ukrainian Russia. In beautiful, vivid language, Kay Gill pieces together a story woven from fragments of her grandmother's history and the archives of history. Her discovery of how one intrepid mother taught her daughter the spirit of survival-that people are good if they are given the chance, is a tale that reads almost like a legend. Set historically just after WWI, when the Germans were withdrawing, the Communist revolution beginning and gangs of nationalist and tsarist 'bandits' rampaging through Jewish villages, Gill skillfully chronicles what it was like for the Jews of the Ukraine as they endured the prototype of the ethnic extermination to come. A valuable addition to the great witness literature of the twentieth century, Mirel's Daughter is a testament to the human spirit, for it shows how dehumanization and torture ultimately fail to stamp out the will to love and prevail.

-Julie Brickman
author of What Birds Can Only Whisper

The Triangle Pose
a novel by Mary Welp (2005)
$20 hardback

Mary Welp has not forgotten that literature started out as entertainment, and The Triangle Pose is a stunner, paced by dancing prose, quick wit, and characters who consistently
surprise the reader. Yet it is held together by utmost seriousness: a woman on her own dealing with the way we live now. In The Triangle Pose, I found a charming story, one that is still with me.

-Kirby Gann
Our Napoleon in Rags

Among the multiple pleasures of The Triangle Pose are a biting wit, a sharp eye and a smooth, engaging narrative, but larger than all of these are its characters: Anna Wallace, tart-tongued new mother and wavering wife, Jasper Clayquot, infuriatingly stubborn conservative political writer who is also Anna's surprisingly tender suitor, their spouses, friends and relatives. No matter how briefly on the page, even the minor characters are full-blooded, and Anna and Jasper, as they flirt with each other and disaster, come to seem not people we've read about, but ones we've lived with.

-Paul Griner

High Horse: Contemporary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University

High Horse: Contemporary Writing by the MFA Faculty of Spalding University (out of print)
Sena Jeter Naslund & Kathleen Driskell, eds. (2005)
$14 paperback

From all over the United States and several foreign countries, both students and faculty come to Spalding University's brief-residency MFA in Writing Program to study the writing of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for children, and playwriting & screenwriting. We invite you to enjoy the work of the Spalding faculty presented in the pages of High Horse.

It Was the Goodness of the Place

It Was the Goodness of the Place
by Lucinda Dixon Sullivan (2003)
$18 hardback

It Was The Goodness of the Place shimmers along humanity's fault lines with unerring wisdom, clarity, and grace. Lucinda Dixon Sullivan casts a steady, sure light onto the souls of her characters, revealing hardscrabble patches of pure terror but also verdant landscapes seeded with hope, decency, and redemption. This is a stunning debut.

-Connie May Fowler
When Katie Wakes and Before Women Had Wings

Lucinda Dixon Sullivan captures the time and place of this novel so brilliantly that I felt as if I had stepped back to mid-century and found a fully realized town called Milan, Kentucky. The plot never loosens its grip and the language is beautiful, tight and graceful. It Was the Goodness of the Place is a completely wonderful novel and Lucinda Dixon Sullivan is a stunning new voice.

-Silas House
A Parchment of Leaves

You Are Not Here by David Jauss

You Are Not Here by David Jauss
(2002), $10.00 (out of print)

Winner of the 2002 Fleur-de-Lis Poetry Contest

David Jauss's book of "night thoughts" is a meditation on mortality, and on the ways we transform the pain of our brevity into art. At the heart of You Are Not Here is a fierce elegaic sequence remembering a brilliant poet, Lynda Hull. Hers is a grievous, particular loss, but as any deep grief seems to do, it draws all losses unto itself, until the poem becomes what real elegies are: both a lamentation and a search for a way to move forward in a world where "without words there can be no return."

-Mark Doty

In the central elegy of this powerful and moving book, David Jauss finds a way of expressing and transcending his grief for the death of his friend and former student, the poet Lynda Hull, through the severe discipline of jazz improvisation, retelling and magnificently reinventing the great myths of hell. Compassion, humor, restless intelligence, and flawless technique come together brilliantly in You Are Not Here to create poems of real tenderness and classical restraint.
-Maura Stanton
Laughing Sickness: Poems, by Kathleen Driskell Laughing Sickness: Poems by Kathleen Driskell (1999), reprint 2005

Love poems, story poems, poems happy and sad and angry: Kathleen Driskell moves as gracefully from lyric to narrative, from mood to mood, as an attentive mother guarding her children's sleep. There is a calm vibrancy to this book; even its darkest pages pulse with compassion. Kathleen Driskell is a wonder. So is Laughing Sickness.
-Fred Chappell

The Real, True Angel: Stories, by Robin Lippincott

The Real, True Angel: Stories by Robin Lippincott
(1996, 1999)

Mr. Lippincott has a particular knack for the shorthand dialogue that develops between people who have been together for a long time, and he portrays the complicated bonds between friends and lovers without sentimentalizing them. . . . The Real, True Angel delivers many . . . tenderly molded flashes of truth.
-Lisa Jennifer Selzman,
The New York Times Book Review

In The Real, True Angel, Robin Lippincott displays sensuous virtuosity, erotic lyricism, and a language lushly textured, hauntingly precise. His stories are unflinchingly honest and aesthetically arresting; they enter lives at that threshold place where beauty and terror intersect, where flesh and spirit couple, each the fated shadow of the other.
-Melissa Pritchard,
The Instinct for Bliss

Silk Weather: Poems, by Alan Naslund

Silk Weather: Poems
by Alan Naslund (1999)

In Silk Weather, Alan Naslund charms with his craft but terrifies with his honesty. His graceful, almost courtly love sonnets contrast so strikingly with his bleak, contemporary meditations on loss and failure and compromise-meditations that will echo deeply for readers past their youth-that there seem to be two different sensibilities at work. But no, there's only one-a sensibility that powerfully unifies life experience and turns it into art.
-Richard Cecil
In Search of the Great Dead
Staying Found by Martha Christina
(1997, out of print)

The poems in Staying Found draw parallels and establish connections between two families--the one in which the poet was a child and the one in which she is a wife and mother. The voice is clear, unflinching, and mature; this is a solid first book.
-Maxine Kumin
Connecting the Dots

Place Gives Rise to Spirit: Writers on Louisville
(2000), $22

A book of essays by Louisville writers in celebration of Louisville. Includes essays by Bob Edwards, Lee Pennington, Sena Jeter Naslund, James Bickers, Grady Clay, Jerry Lee Rodgers, Dianne Aprile, Wade Hall, Maureen Morehead, Mary Lou Northern, Richard Taylor, Frederick Smock, and others. A photograph accompanies each essay. Photos by Thomas R. Oates, Sue Terry Driskell, David Garrison, Michael A. Fitch and Chris Higdon. Cover art by Robert Stagg. The proceeds from the sale of this book go to help the Kentucky Writers Coalition.


Please send the appropriate amount for each book,
to the following address:

Fleur-de-Lis Press
c/o The Louisville Review
Spalding University
851 South Fourth Street
Louisville KY 40203

Or call us at 502-873-4398
or reach us through email
Or fax 502-992-2409

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