Category Archives: Our Work


918studio press is preparing for its first 2017 release with local author, Mikes Bayles’, literary collage piece, Breakfast at the Good Hope Home, which follows a son visiting the nursing home where his father is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The book will be released at a launch party on Thursday, February 23rd, at 8 p.m. at Rozz-Tox (2108 3rd Avenue, Rock Island). The event is free, open to the public, and will feature readings from Breakfast and other local authors.

Mike Bayles, a lifelong Midwest resident, has lived in mid-sized cities, small towns and rural areas in Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. While spending summers at a cottage on a lake in Minnesota, he found a deep appreciation for nature. He enjoyed family life as an only child, but also enjoyed visiting aunts, uncles and cousins on their farms. He attended Iowa State University, and The University of Northern Iowa, where he received a B.A. in Sociology.

 To learn more about Mike, visit his website at To reserve your copy of Breakfast at the Good Hope Home, visit


Our Latest Book Releases December 7th

We are preparing for our first 2016 release with Illinois author, Tom McKay’s, short novel, Another Life, a story that explores what happens when the cute girl you had a crush on in high school returns to your life as your son’s future mother-in-law. Another Life, with cover art by Ingrid Kallick, will be introduced with a launch party hosted by Midwest Writing Center at the Rock Island Public Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th. Tom will read from the book and answer audience questions at 7 p.m. Refreshments will also be served at this free event open to the public.

We will be celebrating our next release in February, 2017, with Mike Bayles’ literary collage piece, Breakfast at the Good Hope Home, which follows a son visiting the nursing home where his father is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.  We are open to submissions of poetry collections (chapbook or full length) or prose (non-fiction or fiction, short story collections or novels) with strong geographic ties. Go here to read our submissions guidelines.
Tom McKay is an historian and museum consultant who lives in his hometown of Hampton, Illinois. His debut novel, West Fork, was published by East Hall Press at Augustana College in 2014. His short stories have appeared in the Wapsipinicon Almanac, Vermont Ink, Downstate Story, the Wisconsin River Valley Journal, the Book Rack Newsletter, and the Out Loud Anthology series of the Midwest Writing Center.

To learn more about Tom, visit his website at

Announcing Our 2016 Publication Selections

Tom and MikeWe are excited to announce our selections for 2016 publication. Another Life, a short novel by Tom McKay of Hampton, Illinois, is about what happens when a very attractive girl who you had a crush on in high school comes back into your life as your son’s future mother-in-law. Breakfast at the Good Hope Home is a literary collage work by Mike Bayles, of Davenport, Iowa, and shows a son struggling with his father’s final stages of Alzheimer’s. Both books are planned to be release later this fall. Please subscribe to get updates on these books as well as our next reading period.


We are under new ownership and ready to celebrate our first book launch, a new poetry collection by Trisha Georgiou. A Bizarre Sentence will be released December 9, 2015, at the Bettendorf Public Library’s Read Local event at 7 p.m. A Bizarre Sentence, with cover photo by Ciaran O’Sullivan and cover and interior design by Renee Busha of Sliced Moon Designs, is a chapbook of poems searching for, questioning, and observing life on this planet as we experience the human condition. Bizarre sentences, we live in and write about, are the purpose, the mission of Trisha’s book.

We are thrilled to be handling Trisha Georgiou’s latest collection, her fourth poetry book. A New Life and other poems of Living Passion (918studio, 2014) was received and accepted by His Holiness Pope Francis. It was also featured at the 23rd Annual Poets House Poetry Publication Showcase, New York, NY. Her other books include Quartered Enlightenment(PbPublications, 2013) and My Name is A (1999).

Trisha’s most recent freelance work has been published in Eastern Iowa Review and Midwest Writing Center’s blog; she’s also appeared on WVIK, Quad Cities’ NPR station on Art Talks, and Nurturing your Creative Spirit.

To learn more about Trisha, visit her website at To reserve your copy of A Bizarre Sentence, visit