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About West Philly Press

We started this venture in late 2015 as a vehicle to publish a collection of one writer’s poetry as an ebook, with a print edition following shortly afterward. Most of the contents of that book – oneironaught by Jon Drucker – came from works written for Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon. It was published under our original name, Silvertongue Press of West Philadelphia.

It might’ve ended there, but another Salon regular asked Jon to help format and publish their own ebook, and later asked him to be the publisher for both the ebook and print versions of Madam Jillinghoff’s Bedroom Rhymes in 2016-17. Soon afterward we were asked to bring Michelle Reale’s small but vital poetry chapbook, All These Things Were Real, into the world.

In September 2017 we published Jon’s second collection, Fierce Liquid, and realized that this venture wasn’t about to go away quietly. So in 2018 we incorporated as a Pennsylvania Limited Liability Corporation so we could make an honest business-spouse of ourselves. At this writing we have four books published, plus an assist on Mike Fiorito’s Call Me Guido for our press cousins press over at Ovunque Siamo.

In November 2019 we launched Rhapsody Hill Books, an imprint devoted to health and wellness from perspectives you probably won’t find in the mainstream (at least not yet). Our Winter/Spring 2020 calendar includes an anthology from Philadelphia’s own Erotic Literary Salon, and another collection from Jon Drucker. Beyond that we have a few more projects on the back burner (or maybe in the fermentation tank).


We’re always looking for new authors with Philly connections. If you have a book you want to publish or think you might want to get out into the world, contact us and we’ll talk about how we can turn your pile of words into a more coherent pile of words on a stack of dead trees and/or screenful of pixels with minimal startup costs. Email us at westphillypress@gmail.comNOTE: We do NOT accept unsolicited manuscripts under any circumstances.

What’s with the flowers?

We like ’em. Particularly Black-Eyed Susans and flowering prickly pears, which tend to appear on our logos and marketing materials, and especially the ones which bloom in West Philly.