Coming Soon From Cajun Mutt Press

Keep your eyes peeled for our next book, Bone Talking by Will Mayo, set to be released September 21st.!!

This one is a little smaller than our normal 100+ page collections; 57 poems/74 pages total. A mixture of prose and poetry that ends with its title poem, “Bone Talking.”

Write On!

Available September 21st.

C.M.P. Featured Writers, August 2021

Cajun Mutt Press Aug. 2021

August, the tail end of summer’s flame. Just before fall brings out death’s beautiful colors and the icy winter creeps in. These next few months are my favorite time of the year. Plus, they get bonus points for being so close to Halloween.

Speaking of Halloween, I was thinking of doing a little CMP zine experiment for October. The minimum page count for KDP is 24 pages so I’d need around 30 poems. Keep it small, and around $5 or so. I was even thinking 5×8 instead of 6×9. I think that would look cool. Anyone interested can shoot an email including one short poem and bio to with Halloween Zine as the subject. It doesn’t HAVE to be ABOUT the holiday, just something creepy in general will do. I’d prefer if it didn’t rhyme. If I get enough submissions I’ll put something together for y’all and make a post about it with all the details later.

If you’d like to submit for a regular weekly featured writer spot, CMP is always open for submissions. Send 1-3 poems along with a bio and author photo to the same email address as above. I have one spot left to fill in October, then I’ll be reading for November.

Manuscript submissions are CLOSED but will reopen in 2022. Keep your eyes peeled for our next book release to be announced soon. In the meantime, you can grab a copy of our three 2021 releases by following the links below. I’ve also included a link to all of our available titles.

A Screaming Place
by Brian Rihlmann

I Hear Your Music Playing Night and Day
by Dave O’Leary

Oracles from a Strange Fire
by Merritt Waldon & Ron Whitehead


Below you’ll find this month’s kick-ass lineup. And as always, enormous thanks to the writers and readers. Without you, Cajun Mutt Press wouldn’t exist. Love y’all.

Write On,
Cajun Mutt Press

CMP Featured Writers, Aug 2021

by Robert Cooperman

My parents had some sex and here I am
by Gale Acuff

this digital wasteland
by J.J. Campbell

Giving The Bard His Due
by Will Mayo

by Aimee Nicole

Dance of the Damned
by Lynn White

by Sanjeev Sethi

A dying glitter God
by Carrie Magness Randa

Another look at loneliness due
by el gallo sabio

Down Below
by John Drudge

All the roads which lead to roam
by Wilfred Hildonen

by A.P. Lewis

chris and his fucking fuel jet kicks
by Adam Johnson

A Screaming Place by Brian Rihlmann

Now Available From Cajun Mutt Press :

A Screaming Place by Brian Rihlmann

Brian Rihlmann is a working-class poet born and raised in New Jersey. His raw, pull no punch style is well represented in this collection of poetry. Full of heartfelt agonies, sarcastic humor, honest and gut-wrenching poems. This book will not disappoint.

Coming Soon From Cajun Mutt Press

A Screaming Place by Brian Rihlmann will be available on July 15th, keep your eyes peeled!

Class consciousness is, and has been, the white elephant in American academic poetry, where presenting a middle-class version of life is an obligation if one wants invitations to almost anything on the highway where niceness meets success. In A Screaming Place, Brian Rihlmann establishes a position, a self, from which to speak his poems as a working-class person, from that perspective. The voice is often angry, sarcastic, and stark. I know that voice; I heard it where I grew up. Like the characters in Bukowski’s poems, Rihlmann’s characters are often at war with the futility of their existence, with Rihlmann’s sex no more redemptive than Bukowski’s, just as desperate and futile. No niceness here. No transcendence. And no exit. Rihlmann has not sacrificed his class. He refuses to be pushed around by the academics’ mind-numbing false consciousness. This courage, and Rihlmann’s astonishing discernment, make his poems sure things.
—Don Winter

Brian Rihlmann is the real deal. I’ve followed his short and prolific career with great admiration and respect. He delivers courageous poems that are experienced gladiators of the human condition– they are vivid, humble, wise and they never waste your time. The beauty of it, for me as a poet in recovery, is the hope his poems paint for me, unpretentious and always there at midnight with a nice juicy story from the past to heal me from terminal uniqueness. Brian Rihlmann’s poems certainly have a strength that can bench press a dozen of my poems with just one stanza while it rescues them from a house that’s burning down. They all pump with the heart of a brave, dirty, soulful and ordinary humanity that hits the mark every time–beyond our shared experiences with addiction, superb and honest lines abound with a grace who know how to raise eyebrows with a knowing smirk that announces the arrival of more bullshit to let go of. He’s one of the most promising new voices in poetry–he embraces the dark with a humor that truly gets it with a warmth you can feel and that doesn’t fake it because he’s starting to make it. He keeps it real and I need that, and so do many others need that and most importantly, poetry needs that.
—Kevin Ridgeway, author of Too Young to Know (Stubborn Mule Press)