Coming in 2012

It’s official now. We will be publishing two new books in 2012.

Tentatively scheduled for an April release is Navigation, a book of poetry by Brittney Corrigan which explores themes of family and navigating through life.

Scheduled for the fall is Vines Black Upon Black Leaves, a new book of poetry by RockerFeller Award recipient, Ralph Salisbury.

We will post more detailed information soon.

Bitten Dust by Ralph Salisbury coming in 2012

****   Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be publishing Ralph Salisbury’s novel, Bitten Dust.  Instead, we will be offering his book of poetry, Vines Black Upon Black Leaves.  



The Habit of Rainy Nights Press
Portland, Oregon


The Habit of Rainy Nights Press announced the Fall, 2012 publication of Bitten Dust, a novel by Ralph Salisbury.

Bitten Dust is a powerful anti-war story which follows the life of Lackey York, a mixed-blood Cherokee from his birth at the end of The Great War to the birth of his grandson at the beginning of Desert Storm.


Author Ralph Salisbury

Rockefeller recipient, Ralph Salisbury’s three books of short fiction and ten books of poems evoke his Cherokee-Shawnee-Irish-English-American heritage. His poem “In the Children’s Museum in Nashville” was published in the New Yorker, in 1960, and has attracted some attention as a precursor to the contemporary Native American literary movement.

In selecting his 2000 book RAINBOWS OF STONE as an Oregon Book Award finalist, Maxine Kumin wrote: “Nature in Ralph Salisbury’s conception is a Presence to be addressed…  His book deserves a broad audience.”

His most recent books are Blind Pumper at the Well, The Indian Who Bombed Berlin, and Light from a Bullet Hole, poems new and selected, nominated for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.

The Habit of Rainy Nights Press is an imprint of Elohi Gadugi, an Oregon nonprofit.
The purpose of Elohi Gadugi is promote Indigenous American literature, and to assist new writers who address important social and environmental issues in their work. Founding publishers are Duane Poncy, an enrolled citizen of The Cherokee Nation, and his wife, Patricia J. McLean.

For more information:
Duane Poncy, publisher


Readings@Milepost Five

October Reading and 2012 Publishing Announcements

Join us for an evening of poetry and prose at Eat.Art.Theater, Milepost 5’s fine café and performance venue. Featured readers will be Ralph Salisbury, Brittney Corrigan and Jay Thiemeyer.

Stay for open mic. Bring something to read.  Come early to sign up and enjoy a bite or brew from Eat.Art.Theater.

Tuesday. October 11,  7:30 pm
E.A.T., NE 81st and Oregon St.
Portland, Oregon


Author Ralph Salisbury

Ralph Salisbury’s thirteen books evoke his Cherokee-Shawnee-Irish-English-American heritage.  “In the Children’s Museum in Nashville” was published in the New Yorker, in 1960, and attracted attention as a precursor to the contemporary Native American literary movement. Rainbows of Stone was a 2000 Oregon Book Award finalist, and his 2009 Light from a Bullet Hole was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.


Poet Brittney Corrigan

Brittney Corrigan’s poems have appeared in The Texas Observer, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Borderlands, The Blue Mesa Review, Oregon Review, Manzanita Quarterly, and Hip Mama, among others. She is the poetry editor for the online literary journal Hyperlexia. To read more of Brittney’s work, visit her website at

Jay Thiemeyer

Jay Thiemeyer is the author of Marginal Notes.  Jay has been a long-time homeless advocate and co-host to KBOO radio’s “My Buckets Got a Hole In It.”  His poems have appeared in Burnside Cadillac, Street Roots, and The Portland Alliance. He will be freshly back from Mondragon Spain and hopes to have some pieces based on his experience there.

The Habit of Rainy Nights Press will announce its 2012 publishing selections tonight.