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Robert McDowell, co-founder (with Lysa McDowell & Mark Jarman) and publisher of Oregon’s Story Line Press for 22 years (1984-2006), has created and launched a new Oregon literary publishing company, Homestead Lighthouse Press. The press, a 501(c)(3) corporation, will guide trailblazing global poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction into print.

HLP will also champion educational literary programs in rural and traditionally underserved areas and offer community programs in writing, writing as spiritual practice, gender enlightenment, mentor/apprentice relationships, rites of passage and the rights of marginalized people worldwide.  

The name Homestead Lighthouse Press honors the work, lives and legacies of two literary geniuses and guiding spirits, Emily Dickinson and Virginia Woolf. Homestead celebrates Dickinson’s Homeplace in Amherst, Massachusetts, while Lighthouse honors Woolf’s iconic metaphor at the heart of her brilliant novel, To the Lighthouse.

“Writers, activists, and readers will discover a safe haven and unwavering advocacy at Homestead Lighthouse Press,” says McDowell, who is also a poet, author ghostwriter and writing mentor. Over the course of his career at Story Line Press, he selected and guided into print more than 300 books by Pulitzer Prize winners, A Nobel Laureate, five U.S. Poet Laureates, writers in mid-career and beginning writers. The press discovered and championed many Oregon and Northwest authors, several of whom went on to win Oregon Book Awards.

Stanford University has just announced its acquisition of the complete Story Line Press archive.

For more information, contact:

Robert McDowell






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Alissa Lukara’s Novel Takes Readers on a Quest to Heal Ancestral Trauma’s Impact on Future Generations

What if the trauma of ancestors we have never met through can still haunt our lives today? The field of epigenetics reveals how these past traumas are passed on to future generations in the DNA. The new novel, Secrets of the Trees by Alissa Lukara, explores one woman’s quest to heal the impact of this phenomenon in a story set in Latvia in 2003, thirteen years after the nonviolent Singing Revolution freed the country from fifty years of Soviet rule.

Nikkie, a twenty-two-year-old dancer performing at the Hollywood Bowl, is about to become a star. Instead, she’s sent reeling by the vision of a girl and her parents being shot in a forest in 1940s Latvia. Knowing she will not be able to dance again until she solves the mystery of the vision, she goes on a quest to Latvia, the land of her ancestors, to uncover the secrets hidden in the trees of her vision and to find the father she has never met.

The world-famous Latvian Song and Dance Festival is about to take place. Latvia is in the midst of a renaissance but also living in the shadow of the residual trauma from Soviet oppression. Nikkie discovers the Latvians’ mystical soul connection to nature and trees and the unifying power of their mass choir singing and dancing. She confronts how her ancestors’ resilience in the face of challenge has shaped her own life and how helping the dead of her vision could heal them and free her to fulfill her own dreams.

Alissa Lukara is a first generation American. Her family escaped Latvia during WWII to avoid deportation to Siberia and were refugees for five years. She traveled there three times to research this novel. Her memoir, Riding Grace: A Triumph of the Soul (Silver Light Publications), was called by the Midwest Book Review “a transcendental story about the immeasurable powers of redemption and compassion.” Night Dancin’ (Ballantine Books), her pop culture overview of New York City discoes, is now a collector’s item. She has been a professional writer and writing coach for more than thirty years. She blogs at Transformationalwriters.com, teaches workshops and speak on writing as a transformational journey.

Contact: Robert McDowell




Secrets of the Trees by Alissa Lukara • October 23, 2019 • Novel • Trade Paper • $17.95 • ISBN: 978-1-950475-03-2 • 334 Pages


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Dennis Sampson’s poems since the early Eighties stand with the greatest poems of his generation.

Selected Poems collects the best of Dennis Sampson’s poetry from seven previous volumes.

Sampson has long been considered a cherished poet’s poet by his peers. One could add ‘a poetry reader’s poet’ to this rare accolade. It fits because Dennis Sampson has always been the most voracious of poetry readers and talkers. His beloved, wholly assimilated influences include Dante and Theodore Roethke, William Blake and Delmore Schwartz, Elizabeth Bishop and D. H. Lawrence among others.

A fierce practitioner and teacher of the art of poetry, Sampson has always lived an independent, rigorous life of principle as he has come to believe in it. Poetry first, Poetry last & Poetry in between might well be his motto. Poetry is his life and his life, in all its strange guises and mazy motions, is in the poetry.

“In an era of handsomely written books of poetry largely about their own skill with language, it’s more than breathtaking to encounter a poet who writes for the most basic reason: because he has to.”  --Philip Levine

Sampson was born and raised in South Dakota. His previous volumes of poetry include The Double Genesis, Forgiveness, Constant Longing, Needlegrass, For my Father Falling Asleep at Saint Mary’s Hospital, Within the Shadow of a Man, and The Lunatic in the Trees.

The recipient of grants from The Virginia Council on the Arts and The North Carolina Arts Council, Sampson’s poems have appeared in such magazines as The American Scholar, The Ohio Review, The Hudson Review and many others. He has taught as Writer-in-Residence at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, as the Visiting Poet in the M.F.A Program in Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington, and at Wake Forest University. He lives in North Carolina.

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Selected Poems by Dennis Sampson • October 21, 2019 • Poetry • Hardcover • $24.95 • ISBN: 978-1-950475-00-1 • Trade Paper -$16.95 • ISBN: 978-1-950475-01-8 • 124 Pages



This is Carol Alena Aronoff’s seventh book of poems and it could not possibly arrive at a better time. As people around the world seek to discover the new normal, the poems here open windows and doors into meditation and the lasting beauty of the natural world. 

As the poet Robert McDowell writes in the Foreword, “The Gift of Not Finding: Poems for Meditation by Carol Alena Aronoff embodies stillness. Perhaps this is the secret goal of all poetry when it is most fit in consciousness and memory. For what does one desire more than peace and the absence of worry and speculation it brings? Poetry that achieves and evokes stillness—dare I say ‘perfect’ stillness—is a gift that allows one to breathe deeply and be love.”

Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D., is a psychologist, teacher and writer who co-founded SAGE, a psycho-spiritual program for elders; helped guide a Tibetan Buddhist Center for seven years; Taught Eastern Spirituality and Practices, Imagery, Meditation and Women’s Health at San Francisco State University for fourteen years. She guided Healing in Nature retreats in Hawaii and the Southwest and had a counseling practice for many years in Marin County. 

Aronoff co-authored Practical Buddhism: The Kagyu Path with Ole Nydahl in 1989 and edited five books and four meditation booklets on Tibetan Buddhism. Dr. Aronoff is the author of the textbook, Compassionate Healing: Eastern Perspectives.

Her poems have appeared in dozens of magazines, journals and anthologies.

Contact: Emily Stephen


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The Gift of Not Finding by Carol Alena Aronoff, Ph.D. • August 15, 2020 • Poetry • Trade Paper • $16.95 •

ISBN: 978-1-950475-05-6 • 110 Pages

E-book ISBN: 978-1-950475-06-3

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Karen Poppy’s poems in Every Possible Thing push the envelope between Here and the Somewhere Else we will all be going to. Philosophically intelligent, metaphorically magical,gender-evolved, Poppy lyrically navigates readers through unexpected explorations and surprising breakthroughs. Along the way, she earns our trust and we double back to re-read poems while getting to the end and wanting more. This chapbook whets the appetite at the beginning of what promises to be a memorable journey in poetry. Karen Poppy is a poet to watch and savor. 




“In Every Possible Thing, Karen Poppy’s imagery soars and her unique vision leads us into a world of literary allusions, of life’s glory, of the earth, of water and waves, of suicide and the harshness of life and death. Exquisitely written, with attention to the smallest detail, to the vastness of mythology, these elegant poems compel the reader to turn the page in order to be richly rewarded by these tender pieces. Haunting, bewitching, evocative, her poems are often other-worldly. In the title poem, hands become “Silver-skinned gloves” and the speaker urges the beloved to “Wear me like finery.” These are poems of the heart-breaking beauty of landscape where no subject is too small, such as the creation of a grain of sand. Her soaring imagery and unique vision propel the reader along, gorgeous poem following gorgeous poem. Skillfully written, always engaging, we need Poppy’s poems of discovery, philosophy, other worlds, spirit, and more.”

​​​​​​​--Virginia Chase Sutton, winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize for What Brings You to Del Amo




Karen Poppy has published poems in The Cortland Review (Best of the Net Nomination), Naugatuck River Review (Finalist in 11th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest), The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, ArLiJo, and Wallace Stevens Journal, among others. In addition to this chapbook published by Homestead Lighthouse Press, she has another chapbook, CRACK OPEN/EMERGENCY, published by Finishing Line Press. An attorney licensed in California and Texas, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contact: Emily Stephen


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Every Possible Thing, a Chapbook of Poems by Karen Poppy • October 1, 2020 • Poetry • Paper • $10.00 •

ISBN: 978-1-950475-07-0 • Kindle -$2.99 • 32 Pages

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Shai Har-El is a poet of love, spirituality and mysticism.


Har-El’s poems follow the arc of his extraordinary life, beginning with growing up in Israel, blossoming in a multi-faceted love for and intimacy with a Beloved, the central figure of the poet’s life for more than fifty years (the poet’s late wife, Rosie), expanding into questions of global oneness and harmony, experiencing spiritual awakening and illumination and ending where life in this realm concludes, in death and grieving. 


Readers of all ages and nationalities will identify with Har-El’s lyricism and clear-eyed presentation of all he sees and feels. The diligence of his spiritual practice and long odyssey waft through the poems like the susurrus in dancing trees. The epic love story at the heart of this collection is poignant, empathetic and inspiring, transcending time “like a petalled rose emerging from one stem offering its sweet fragrance and infinite beauty to humanity.”



Watch an interview with Shai Har-El about his poetry here.


Contact the author directly at Shaiharel@comcast.net


Dr. Shai Har-El is a scholar, educator, rabbi, writer, poet, activist, and businessman. He was born and raised in Israel, where he served in the Israeli army and participated in the Six Day War (1967), the War of Attrition (1969-70), and the Yom Kippur War (1973). In Illinois he manages his full-service financial consulting firm, Har-El Financial Group (visit

www.HarelFinancial.com), and directs the Middle East Peace Network (MEPN), an ambitious, global private diplomacy organization (www.MEPNetwork.org). He also gives lectures and workshops, and writes essays on current Middle East affairs and a variety of religious themes.Har-El holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University, and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.


He is the author of Struggle for Domination in the Middle East: The Ottoman-Mamluk War, 1485-1491 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1995); Where Islam and Judaism Join Together: A Perspective on Reconciliation (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2014); and In Search for Israeli-Palestinian Peace: An Urgent Call for a New Approach to Middle East Peace (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). The last two books are the fruits of his peace advocacy and activism under MEPN.


Har-El’s Discover the Jewel of Wisdom: Eight Paths to Powerful Living, is the result of years of investment in studying, exploring, experiencing, and teaching self-mastery. It is a “living laboratory” report of his personal discoveries while plowing the “fields” of life and his spiritual journey toward rabbinic ordination. His anthology, Many Ways to Courting God: Selected Spiritual Writings, and his daily spiritual guide, Daily Spiritual Affirmations for Powerful Living, were assembled as companion books.

Contact: Emily Stephen


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Riding The Waves of Bliss: Seasons of Life Poems by Shai Har-El • October 25, 2020 • Poetry • Paper • $16.00 • 

ISBN: 978-1-950475-08-7 • E-book -$2.99 • ISBN: 978-1-950475-09-4 •134 Pages


Homestead Lighthouse Press is proud to announce that Carol Alena Aronoff, author of our just-released poetry collection, THE GIFT OF NOT FINDING: Poems for Meditation is a Poetry New Mexico Finalist for the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards for 2020 for her previous collection, Tapestry of Secrets published by Finishing Line Press.


HLP congratulates the author and Finishing Line Press!

If you'd like to check out Carol's most recent collection of poetry The Gift of Not Finding: Poems for Meditation, click here.

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