Anthology Featuring Marginalized Voices from Lehigh Valley Debuts


EASTON, PA.— After six months of soft launch, Parisian Phoenix Publishing Company announces its sixth book, Not an Able-Bodied White Man with Money, an anthology featuring 15 marginalized voices from across the Lehigh Valley.

The anthology explores topics like disability, sexuality, socioeconomic status, mental health, and ethnicity in poetry, prose and art. The publishing company— led by publisher Angel Ackerman and art director Gayle Hendricks— hopes the volume will promote conversation, understanding and unity, goals in line with the Parisian Phoenix mission of highlighting unique voices and diverse perspectives.

The next book from Parisian Phoenix, released officially March 8, will be Charles Ticho’s memoir, Stops Along the Way. Ticho, a nonagenarian who recently relocated to the Lehigh Valley, experienced the Holocaust in Europe and made his way to the United States where he had a career in video production.

Parisian Phoenix will be attending the Mary Meuser Memorial Library Stick Figure Poetry Open Mic Thursday March 17 and April 21, hosting an event with its authors sometime this spring at Book and Puppet Company in downtown Easton, and will be offering a workshop through Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group June 25.

Representatives of the company plan to attend the Chester County Studio Tour May 14 in support of fine artist Heather Pasqualino Weirich, who graduated from Bangor Area High School, and provided the cover for Not an Able-Bodied White Man with Money. 

Parisian Phoenix titles also include:

  • Darrell Parry’s full length poetry manuscript, Twists: Gathered Ephemera, which offers a quirky, sardonic look at life.
  • Seneca Blue’s contemporary rom-com, Trapped, where a forty-something overweight resident of a dying steel town (modeled after Bethlehem, Pa.) falls in love with the trapper who removes the skunks from her backyard.
  • Angel Ackerman’s Fashion and Fiends series— the available volumes so far are Manipulations, Courting Apparitions, and Recovery— horror fiction meets chick lit, with a touch of paranormal Ackerman uses local settings in Easton and the Slate Belt while also capitalizing on her experiences and studies in Europe and Africa.

Information provided to TVL by:
Angel R. Ackerman, Publisher
Parisian Phoenix Publishing