Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press


We are small but formidable! In fact, it’s just me here: d. ellis phelps.

While I do sometimes solicit the help of fellow poets & writers to curate the work I do, I am the managing editor of the press and of fws: journal of literature & art.

The press has published one novel, my own: Making Room for George (2016).

I love to help give good writing a home and to help others, especially women-writers achieve their publishing goals.

I am primarily a poet but I have written and published essays, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and several newspaper columns (that dates me!) plus this blog (go home on the menu to view my most recent posts & check out the sidebar to view what I write about). Here’s my CV in case you’d like to see it…

& here is a much shorter bio:

d. ellis phelps’ poetry, art, and essays appear most recently or are forthcoming in Texas Poetry Calendar 2020; The Amethyst Review; The Enchantment of the Ordinary; The Larger Geometry:  poems for peace; Poets & Dreamers:  Dreamers and Displaced Issue; Voices de La Luna; & The Main Street Rag, among othersShe is the author of what holds her a book of ecstatic poetry (forthcoming 2019, Main Street Rag); Making Room for George, a novel and of the blog formidableWoman.  Anthologies for which she has served as managing editor include The Larger Geometry:  poems for peace (2018), Texas Hills:  an anthology of place (working title, forthcoming, Fall 2019) and enskyment: an anthology of poetry (forthcoming, Spring 2020).

From 2016-2019, Ms. Phelps has served as the Animating Director of the San Antonio peaceCenter’s reading series, poets for peace, a quarterly gathering of poets and musicians celebrating and promoting peace.

Further Ms. Phelps has taught fine arts to students of all ages since she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1974.  She has taught as Writers in Communities faculty for Gemini Ink, a San Antonio, Texas literary organization.  From February through June 2019, she is teaching a series of workshops on The Art of Writing for the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, Texas.

Currently, we are seeking submissions of poetry about vultures or poems that mention vultures. This work grew out of a recent reading of a local poetry group in which several poems read gave the vulture, aka the “peace eagle” a mention. Many of us exclaimed, “Wow! So vultures are a thing?” Yes. They are and many poets mention them. I’ll bet you have too.

On those great sails; how beautiful he looked, veering away in the
over the precipice. I tell you solemnly
That I was sorry to have disappointed him. To be eaten by that beak
become part of him, to share those wings and those eyes–
What a sublime end of one’s body, what an enskyment; what a life
after death.

~from “Vulture” by Robinson Jeffers

So, I decided to make an anthology happen. The working title is enskyment after the above quoted Robinson Jeffers poem, “Vulture.”

We also seek submissions of poetry, photography, visual art and creative non-fiction to the fws: journal of literature & art year round.

Words matter! Send us yours.