Tom Hall, & The Captain of All These Men of Death

by Russell Hill.


ISBN 978-0-912887-25-8



Welcome to Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press, where we have been publishing the best literature we could find since 1996. Our other imprints include our mystery books, Caravel, and our non-fiction line, Aequitas. Also on this site you will find Empty Bowl Press, a Division of Pleasure Boat Studio. Click HERE to get a list of our authors.


Check out the YouTube video of Rita Miljo, the subject of an upcoming book we’re doing by Michael Blumenthal.

Wonderful reviews of Robert Sund’s Poems from Ish River Country on Robert’s page, here.

Click here to see a teaser for the movie (in the works) of Russell Hill’s Lord God Bird. Looks terrific.

See the NYTBR of 2/15/15 for a great review of James Anderson’s Never-Open Desert Diner! 

A couple strong reviews of 
 our Lawyer Poets book. Check out this one and another on the editor’s page, here.

Read the latest review of Bruce Berger’s END OF THE SHERRY here.

Read the latest review of Hannah Hess’s HONEST DECEPTIONS here.

Log into to see her poem-per-day exercise. 

Go to YouTube and search for “Deceptive Hannah” for a very interesting 8-minute piece on Hannah Hess’s wonderful novel, HONEST DECEPTIONS.

Read an excellent interview with Tim McNulty in the Oregonian by clicking here.

If you can read Italian, check out the article about Lucia Gazzino on her page herein.

Interview with James Elkins, editor of Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law. Click here.

Take a look at Linda Lappin’s fascinating commentary about her novel, Signatures in Stone. Click here to go to her author’s page. 

New review: Lucia Gazzino’s Alter Mundus, translated by Michael Daley. See it here.

Bruce Berger’s The End of the Sherry was an Indy Groundbreaking Book for February. Check out the review here.

Here’s a really fine essay by James Elkins, editor of LAWYER POETS, examining the question of WHY WRITE? Click Why_I_Write_Elkins.pdf

Our first YouTube video trailer is now released for the upcoming mystery Signatures in Stone, by Linda Lappin. It’s terrific. Take a look at 

Check out the new video of a reading by Ish River Poets. The video was done by pubiisher Jim Bodeen (Blue Begonia Press):

Now you can LISTEN to Frances Driscoll’s marvelous and powerful THE RAPE POEMS. Available on iTunes or by clicking here.

Check out this video of Mike O’Connor discussing his work. It’s part of a larger work by Sharon Robinson. Go to Mike’s site for more information.

 Listen to a great radio interview with Russell Conner (Toys from my Attic) on David Alpern’s FOR YOUR EARS ONLY program. (Note: Russell’s part starts at 35:04.)

Check out the video of Louis Phillips. The video is beautifully done by Louis’s son Ian.

 Here’s Jack’s video on writing: “Comma Comma Comma Quote.”

Read publisher Jack Estes’ opinion piece in PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:      “Books are not dead.”

The Never-Open Desert Diner

by James Anderson

$25 (hard copy only)

ISBN 978-0-912887-10-4

  House of Burnt Offerings, by Judith Skillman


ISBN 978-0-912887-3206

“Skillman creates wizardry with words, and as Skillman is a highly skilled poet, not just any words will do. Skillman bends and breaks standard syntax and meaning as she employs impressive vocabulary, narrative, and imagery for her own purposes, mining the hidden regions of dreams, myth, culture, and memory. She mixes a sliver of pain, a kernel of tenderness, a twist of satire, perversity, and bitterness, creating from it all a potent sauce of raw truth.” -  Ann Wehman


This is our idea of a pleasure boat. To find out how we got this name and what that has to do with publishing books, please click the red boat.
Headwaters: Poems and Field Notes,

by Saul Weisberg


ISBN 978-0-912887-15-9

The Juried Heart, by James Clarke





A Woman Writing: A Memoir in Essays  -

What writing about writing taught me about determination, persistence, and the ups and downs of choosing a writing life

by Mary Lou Sanelli


ISBN 978-0-912887-29-6


Glenolden Park

by Richard Lloyd

An Empty Bowl book


ISBN 978-0-912887-37-1


Sister Maple Syrup Eyes

by Ian Brennan


ISBN 978-0-912887-33-3


The Domain of Silence / The Domain of Absence: New & Selected Poems 1963-2015

by Louis Phillips


ISBN 978-0-912887-19-7

Available October 2015