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