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Shop Small - November 25, 2017

November 23, 2017


November 25 was Small Business Saturday, in time for the holiday season. But keep shopping small! 

Books are the appropriate, affordable gifts of literary art for Chanukah, Christmas. the winter solstice, and Kwanzaa.  Instead of a commercial offering at the local mall bookstore,  a more thoughtful gift would be a book from an independent press like Red Silk Press.

This year for ShopSmall 2017, Red Silk Press is having a 3-book sale!

For literary science fiction, pick up the collection Venusification
3 for $25.00

From the burgeoning field of Asian-American literature, get Red Silk Sari, poetry of the Indian-American experience.
3 for $25.00

And for a stirring account of the immigrant experience, read Promiseland, our newest offering.
3 for $35.00.

Presentation ideas:

1. If you belong to a book club, why not get everyone a copy of Red Silk Sari, Promiseland, or Venusification as the next reading selection?

2. Stuff a stocking with Red Silk Sari, Promiseland, or Venusification.

3. What about a book basket?

Promiseland - with a tin of Darjeeling tea and snacks of from a local Indian restaurant or snack shop (ask them about Indian tea nibbles).

Venusification - with popcorn, and a bottle of soda from a gourmet shop

Red Silk Sari - with a bottle of wine (I think they pair well!) or a box of chocolates

Get up, get out and #ShopSmall on Nov 25. Celebrate #SmallBizSat with us!

Red Silk Press at The BookLady Bookstore AND Decatur Book Festival 2017!

August 25, 2017

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Wonderful news - Red Silk Press is at The BookLady Bookstore AND Decatur Book Festival!

Both venues carry our titles Red Silk Sari, Venusification, and Promiseland.

If you’re visiting Savannah during Labor Day weekend, you MUST visit The BookLady Bookstore, a soothing well-stocked bookshop in a go-down (a few steps below street level) across from The DeSoto hotel on Liberty Street. Here’s a view inside:


If you stay through Sept 5 (the Tuesday after Labor Day Weekend you could see Joyce Maynard and Rosemary Daniell! Their event starts at 6:30 pm.

But if you’re headed to Atlanta - or even the Decatur Book Festival itself - you can buy these titles in the Emerging Writers tent. And we might find each other there - I’ll be around!



Promiseland on

November 11, 2016

Check out the lovely first chapter of Promiseland by my father Avinash Bagal on, the website for Khabar, the news magazine for Indians in the Atlanta area. In the website, click on the image of the magazine cover under the title Digital Issue. Type Bagal in the Search window on the upper left. Links will appear for each page of the piece.

And if you want more – we have it for $12.95 here on MDP as well as on Amazon.



Mason-Dixon Publishing at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair (Apr 4-5)

April 01, 2014




Joe’s family left Ohio for Buffalo, New York in the middle of his high school years. I can still remember one of his poems about cross-country skiing there. Joe and his wife lived in the area for years before moving back to Ohio nearer to her parents, but they regularly visit Joe’s family back in western New York. It was natural that Mason-Dixon Publishing would make an appearance at BSPBF, a regional independent press book fair in its eighth year.

Look for Joe at the Mason-Dixon Publishing press, where there will be copies of Venusification and Red Silk Sari.

Despite the “small” in its name, 2013 BSPBF hosted 125 vendors for nearly 4,500 attendees. This year they are aiming for 140 vendors and 5000 attendees, and authors and artists from across the country as well as from Montreal. Apparently, according the BSPBF press release, the fair has drawn the interest of AWP, the New York Arts Book Fair and MLA.

LIke many book fairs, concurrent events before, during, and after the actual fair days include poetry readings and open readings. Try to make to at least one of the open workshops in the different facets of printing - first come first seated, however.  Check out the schedule.

The main venue will be at the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), but auxiliary events will be held at the Western New York Book Arts Center.




Ujjvala’s Writing Goals for 2014

January 15, 2014

What are your writing goals?

In my corporate day job I will be setting my SMART goals for 2014. Writing goals are the means to keep writing, whether or not we are “inspired.”

What does SMART mean?
S – Specific
M- Measurable
A – Attainable
R- Reasonable

Max: 40 new poems, and 12 revisions (or some other combination totaling 52 by the end of the year.
Min: 25 new poems. 4 revisions                                                                
I am continuing to teach myself to write continually, so I focus on numbers rather than a perfect product.  IIf you think that you should learn to be more particular about your revisions. a goal could be to decide to revise a poem at least 15 times, which might force a poet to try different modes.  Because of work scheduling, this year I may not be able to rely on the daily poem production from NaPoWriMo in April.

100 submissions in 2014,and 50 will go to highly competitive literary journals, toward the final goal of 10 publications. I do think that getting publication credits is a numbers game, In four years, after submitting 112 poems to 46 venues, three of my poems have been either published or placed in competition.  However, I had intermittently submitted work in the past, so now I have eight poems out in the world.  Even though a successful poem is intended for an audience, we write for ourselves, not for publication. Publication is a resume for other opportunities in the writing world, such a grants, or for platform building toward a published collection of poetry.
Some of you may be aware of my continuing work on Devil’s Water, my nonfiction book about poisoning of drinking water in Bangladesh.  I am so stuck that I need to think more on my goal on this project. Another blog…..

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Red Silk Sari

Order a copy of our first book of poetry. These poems explore the complexities of being, Indian and American in experiences such as childbirth, death, love, and joy.

Venusification and Other Stories

Click this link to read "The Old Spaceman," an award winning story included in the book.These provocative short stories will challenge you, taking you to exotic places and times


Our latest offering! This memoir by Avinash Bagal is a story of the South Asian immigration experience from the early 1960s up to the collapse of the World Trade Center. .