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History

Muse-Pie Press began publishing in 1980 with the publication of Muse-Pie: A Journal of Poetry #1. As is the case with many small presses, publication ceased after Muse-Pie: A Journal of Poetry #2. However, the Journal's demise did not stop the efforts of Muse-Pie Press. Quite the opposite occurred over the years. Muse-Pie Press has since published 15 books of poetry and a broadside. At one point in Muse-Pie's early history, the press sponsored three poetry readings simultaneously, in Paterson, New Jersey at the old Question Mark Bar, in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and at the William Carlos Williams Center for the Performing Arts in Rutherford, New Jersey, where Muse-Pie's founder, R.G. Rader was Writer in Residence.

Muse-Pie Press has been known for the publication of award-winning poetry and poets and has developed a reputation for being open to all styles and genres of the poetic voice, including haiku, experimental work, and confessionalist, narrative, academic, philosophical, formalist, or other contemporary styles and genres. If it is good poetry, with technical proficiency and emotional appeal, Muse-Pie takes it seriously.

Given Muse-Pie's history and the wide range of activities the press has generated over the course of its history, we are proud to announce the revival of Muse-Pie Press after a 12 year hiatus from publishing and providing poetry activities in the North Jersey area.

This time around, Muse-Press will expand beyond the New Jersey area with the poets who we will include for publications, a new series of broadsides on essays on poetry and an international flavor with the introduction and expansion of our online journal, The Fib Review, a journal that highlights the new and exciting poetic form called the Fibonacci poem, made popular by Greg Pincus.

We will also continue to search for poets with a voice beyond the mundane and an ear for the rhythms and voices of tradition or the freedom to experiment with new forms, sounds, and voices, all of which understand metaphor and the elevation of language as centers of the poetic initiative.