Who We Are

We are a husband and wife team seeking to publish the best poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, drama, and art that we can find. 

Ruth J. Heflin is the author of Pitiless Bronze: A Postpatriarchal Examination of Prepatriarchal Cultures and of I Remain Alive: A Sioux Literary Renaissance (her doctoral dissertation and, later, her first scholarly book), the young adult novel Yonni Hale and the Cosmic Wind, and Time Coven, a collection of short fiction. In addition, she has written two screenplays, Mrs. Nash and Dr. Cooper's Finishing School for Incels. She is also currently writing two novels and another scholarly book, a critical edition of Charles Eastman's Red Hunters and the Animal People, noting ecological changes in the real places described in his book over the last 135 years. As a graduate student, Ruth worked for the Kansas Quarterly, Touchstone magazine, and the Midland Review.

 James P. Cooper is the author of Listening for Low Tide. He served as a poetry editor for Cimarron Review from 1995-1998 while earning his PhD. Afterwards, from 1999 to 2004, he read and selected full-length poetry manuscripts for Bluestem Press. He has maintained his blog RedMoonCafe.blogspot for nearly seventeen years . Nominated for a Pushcart prize and Best of the Net by Apple Valley Review, he has published other poems in both regional and national journals, such as Abandoned Mine, Indiana Review, Connecticut Review, Gulf Coast, Red Rock Review, Flint Hills Review, Dragon Poet Review, Poetica Review, New Note Poetry, Thorny Locust, The Project for a New Mythology, and Any Key Review. His chapbook, Listening for Low Tide, is available through Amazon.

Together, we have more than 60 years of teaching college-level writing and literature courses and have worked for many different literary magazines for over 13 years.

After talking about starting our own literary press for the last two decades, we finallly decided to start one when COVID hit, but we did not take on this decision lightly. Our goal is to innovate literary magazines in several ways, such as by creating a magazine that features drama, both one-act plays and short screenplays, and by producing large magazines. We pride ourselves on the beauty and substantial nature of each magazine, which we have decided deserve to be 8.5x11 inches in size and at least 200 pages long, all while printed on bright white quality paper to showcase the colorful artworks we select, so that we now produce magazines that would grace any coffee table or attract readers in any physicians' or dentists' office.

You may have noticed that we have combined our last names by alternating letters to create the name--Choeofpleirn Press. It is simply pronounced, "chuf-plern."