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 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. Two other books, Pitiless Bronze: How the Illiad Symbolizes the Rise of Androcentrism and a critical edition of Charles Eastman's Red Hunters and the Animal People, are currently in process. As a graduate student, Ruth worked for both the Kansas Quarterly and Touchstone magazine.

James P. Cooper 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, which is known internationally for its annual listing of jazz releases, for nearly fifteen years now. Poems of his have been published in both regional and national journals, such as Indiana Review, Connecticut Review, Gulf Coast, Apple Valley Review, Red Rock Review, Flint Hills Review, Thorny Locust, The Project for a New Mythology, Dragon Poet Review, and Any Key Review. His book of poems is currently seeking a publisher.

Together, we have more than 60 years of teaching college-level writing and literature courses.

You may have noticed that we have combined our last names by alternating letters to create the name--Choeofpleirn Press.