Zharmae Publishing Press signs author Neal Starkman


Spokane, WA — Zharmae Publishing Press has announced the signing of Neal Starkman to their Shannon & Elm Imprint. Mr. Starkman’s book, Dervishes, is currently in the editing process and will be launched sometime in early November of this year.

Dervishes is a literary fiction work focusing on the life, challenges and accomplishments of physicist Carolyn as she journeys through the predictable world of science and the inexplicable hemisphere of sexual identity in the 1970’s. This journey takes Carolyn from St. Cloud Minnesota to Seattle, Washington, from a lover named Philip to a lover named Stephanie. Treating serious, controversial, and poignant topics with wisdom, poise, and humor, Starkman’s Carolyn sorts out her place in the world. Mr. Starkman captures with almost impossible eloquence the complexities of being a lesbian and an academic in a formative time in the United States’ civil rights history.

About the Author:

Neal Starkman has been a writer all his life. He’s written or developed novels, short stories, political essays, educational programs, songs, scripts, books, games, simulations, workshops, flyers, jokes, slogans, bumper stickers, and even shopping lists. His Ph.D. dissertation explored why many people don’t complain—why they tolerate situations that they think are unfair or otherwise wrong. Neal has written for audiences ranging from kindergarteners to directors of information technology programs to parents to members of organizations of all kinds. Virtually all of his work has focused on making complex issues clear and engaging in an attempt to improve the human condition.

Neal is the owner of a company, Flashpoint Development, which specializes in innovative health education. He has helped to develop numerous materials in the field of health education, including comprehensive curricula in drug education, HIV/AIDS prevention, violence prevention, cancer, and peer helping. He has also written several books that promote Developmental Assets™ for young people.

About Shannon & Elm:

Shannon & Elm, an imprint of Zharmae Publishing Press, seeks unpublished writers with powerful voices who have something compelling to say. We seek to reinvent literary fiction, sometimes blurring the standard genre lines. We recognize it is the writing that lands a book in the lit-fiction category, even if the story centers on crime, religion, business, education, romance, war, or parenting. We seek writing that resonates universally in which the language itself elevates the reading experience.

Company: TZPP
Contact: Michael Conant
Phone: (646) – 300 – 1464
Email: michael[@]zharmae.com