February 2019 Book List

February’s ENVELIT package will feature these books:

Bonus items will be added before the envelopes ship, including some mini-chaps from Beautiful Blasphemy.  🙂  The deadline to subscribe and get this shipment is midnight (eastern US time) February 1st.  Don’t miss out!

December 2018 Book List

Apologies for the delay getting this announced. Vertigo’s been a bit tied up with production (page layouts, editing, proofreading, printing, binding, gluing, etc.) of a full-length anthology and time got away from him. We also had a book in mind for this month that we were hoping to have as an Envelit premiere, but that title won’t be ready in time, so that switched some things around. (We still plan to include that book in a shipment next year.) We should be back on schedule for February’s shipment. (The titles have already been picked out. No, we won’t reveal them just yet, just in case availability becomes an issue.)

Give Life Back to Me” by Casey Krysztofik (2018, Writing Knights Press)
Throwback Thursdays” by Margie Shaheed (2018, NightBallet Press)
Booking Rooms in the Kuiper Belt” by Kenneth Pobo (2015, Urban Farmhouse Press)

“Poems From My Lips” by Ayla Atash (2018, Beautiful Blasphemy)
“Taking It All In” by Connie Kopko Kramer (2018, Beautiful Blasphemy)
“Memory Care” by Lennart Lundh (2018, Beautiful Blasphemy)
SDA Art Tract #3 – Steven B. Smith (2014, Society for the Dissemination of Art)

October 2018 Book List

Here’s the books that will be in October’s Envelit package!

There may still be a few more bonus items added before the packages go to the post office.  If you don’t want to miss out, order your subscription before midnight Eastern US time the night of October 1st!

(* = bonus item)

August 2018 BONUS Content List

We now know what bonus items will be in this month’s ENVELIT shipments.  From Crisis Chronicles Press, we have “The Black Between Stars” by Elliot Nicely, from the NineSense chapbook series.  Each package will contain a CD from Rebel Salmon Records (randomly selected).  There’s an SDA Art Tract, “Rendezvous” by Dianne Borsenik.  Writing Knights supplied us with some promotional buttons for Azriel Johnson’s Dragon’s Bane series.  Last but not least, our subscribers will be the first to get their hands on one of the new Poet’s Haven t-shirts.  This is all in addition to the five previously announced books!

August 2018 Book List

August is almost here, and that means it is time for the next ENVELIT shipment!

Each of our shipments have had something of a theme linking the books.  We’re not naming the themes, as we’d like you to discover the connections yourself, but this next package includes some titles that will make it a bit more obvious.  😉

We’re not sure what all the bonus items will be this time around, but there will be a few awesome additions included in the package.

This sound like a splendid deal for just $25.99?  You’ve still got time to subscribe and get this package!  The deadline is this Wednesday, August 1st, at 11:59 PM Eastern US time.

Changes to How Envelit Works

Now that two shipments have gone out and we’ve had time to see what kind of problems we’re encountering, it is time to announce two big changes to how Envelit will work in the future.

1) We will now announce the books that will be in the next shipment during the week BEFORE the subscription deadline.  Bonus items may still be up in the air, but the main book titles will be made public while there’s still time to sign up.

2) Shipping…  Okay, so, when we were getting ready to launch Envelit, Vertigo put some random books in a package and went to the post office to find out how much it would cost to ship to various places.  We used those price quotes as the basis for offering the shipping prices we’ve had up until now.  Unfortunately, six days after we were given those quotes, the United States Postal Service TRIPLED the prices for international mail.  When the first shipment went out, we were shocked to find that instead of costing around $8 to mail envelopes to our subscribers in Europe as we were quoted in January, it now cost $23.50.  (April’s shipments were also two ounces lighter than the sample package, so this wasn’t a matter of weight.)  The costs to Canada and Mexico also skyrocketed, while Media Mail’s price inside the US stayed roughly the same.  As the ship date for June’s packages approached, we tried to find another, less expensive way to mail books overseas, but to no avail.  So, it is with heavy hearts that we announce that from here on, shipping for all subscribers outside of the United States will be $23 per package.

June 2018 Envelit Book List

Please excuse the slight late-ish-ness of this post.  We’re still figuring out the timing on some things, and I had some personal happenings that kept me from having everything wrapped up here when I planned to.  This is the list of books that will be in June’s Envelit shipment:

  • Little Epiphanies by Allison Joseph (NightBallet Press, 2018, $5)
  • I am a Terrorist by Sarah Frances Moran (Weasel Press, 2018, $8)
  • Roundabout Directions to Lincoln Center by Renée K. Nicholson (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2014, $15.95)

We’ll also have two bonus items from Writing Knights Press: Aayla K’s Unrepentant Perdition FourPlay and the Grand Tournament III Anthology.  (Yes, a 72 page, square-bound anthology is being considered a bonus item in this shipment.)

Please help us spread the word about what Envelit offers!  We would like to see the number of subscribers double between each of the next five shipments.  The ad campaigns we’ve run on various social media sites haven’t garnered enough subscribers to merit continuing them.  We will be looking for other places to advertise this program, but the fact is that the best advertising will always be word-of-mouth.  Please help Envelit keep growing by telling your friends, both real and online, about us!  #ENVELIT

April 2018 Book List

Welcome to ENVELIT!

It feels like we’ve been waiting years since the site launched, but it has only been two months.  We are pleased to announce the contents of our inaugural shipment!


“Fully Formed”
          by Alexis-Rueal

(Writing Knights Press, 2018, $10.00)
Alexis-Rueal was born in Kentucky, raised in Marion, Ohio, and has been a fixture in the Columbus, Ohio poetry scene since 2011.  She has authored the chapbooks “Letter to 20” (The Poet’s Haven, 2013) and “According to the Results” (Writing Knights, 2014), and performed at festivals and venues throughout Ohio and Kentucky.  She was a member of The Women of Appalachia: Women Speak project in 2016-17.  Her first full-length collection, “I Speak Hick,” was published by Writing Knights Press in 2016.  When not writing and performing, she ballroom dances and spends time with her family.

          Here resides wonder,
          here, our hope lives on.
          Here, a cherished sight.
          Here, we love the light.

“To Breathe I’m Too Thin”
          by Dalton Day

(Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016, $6.00)
Dalton Day is a writer currently living between North Carolina, Georgia, & Texas. He has a dog named Dot.

You reach inside my chest to grab my heart, but it isn’t there. You reach further & further until you’re completely inside me. It is snowing. It looks like the sky is shedding her feathers. In front of you is a frozen lake. It spreads so far you think it might be an ocean.

“How to Cook a Ghost”
          by Logan February

(Glass Poetry Press, 2017, $8.50)
Logan February is a happy-ish Nigerian owl who likes pizza & typewriters. His work has appeared in “(b)OINK,” “Wildness,” “Vagabond City,” and more.

          Take this goose
               and soak it in palm wine
          Bring to a slow
          until it starts to fall
                  a p a r t
          Butter is useful
              but it is a
              bad sign
          means you are weak
          have        still
               not moved on
          The capacity to be
              is never more apparent
          than when
               you are calling the wrong
          Hold head
          over steam
              try to breathe out
               make do with all of this
              The feathers are completely
                            useless if you
                   have nowhere to go
               Holding up your palms
          is equivalent
          to frying a bird over a candle
                when there is a bonfire

“Ungrateful – A Paper Daughter”
          by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen

(The Poet’s Haven, 2017, $8.00)
Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen was made in Hong Kong and exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee.  Lucy is a dyslexic actor, writer, filmmaker, trainer, and transracial adoptee advocate who happens to love dim sum, Yorkshire pudding, and a nice cuppa of cha.  She trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, and is the first British East Asian actress to graduate from a recognized UK drama school.  Lucy is very outspoken on the matter of transracial adoption, giving talks, lectures, and public presentations on what it means to be transracially adopted.

          …A mask that colours everyone’s thoughts
          Shading assumptions
          I suppose

          Too English to be Chinese
          Too Chinese to be English

          I suppose

          I was neither
          Clinging to the fringes
          Looking in from the outside…


“Desperate Seeker” by Gary Beck
Writing Knights FourPlay: four pages, four poems.
“Phoenix” by Jen Pezzo POSTER
A limited-edition 11″x17″ poster printed by The Poet’s Haven exclusively for Envelit subscribers featuring a poem and artwork by Jen Pezzo!

Please help us spread the word about what we offer!  When your package arrives, take a photo and post it to social media with the hash-tag #ENVELIT.  Let your friends know about this awesome program.  The more subscribers we get, the more we’ll be able to include in future shipments!

One Week Away!

We’re one week away from the deadline to subscribe and get Envelit’s first shipment!

There’s been some minor changes to how this works. The deadline to open a subscription will now be the 1st of the month the shipment goes out, instead of the final day of the prior month. This is because when a renewal date doesn’t exist (ie: February 31st), PayPal will renew the subscription on the 1st of the following month (ie: March 1st). We have also decided to announce the titles in upcoming shipments on the 2nd or 3rd instead of the 1st, as subscriber numbers may force changes in the books we planed to include when quantities of a title are limited. To compensate for this, we have also pushed the deadline to request a substitution to the 8th. Additionally, we are now able to offer subscriptions with annual billing at a slight discount.

Welcome to Envelit!

Welcome to Envelit! This blog is where we will post the contents of each shipment, on the first of the month the shipment goes out. Stay tuned, the first shipment is in April!