Elisa Orzac Shoenberger Has Published The Everleigh Poems: The Butterflies of the Second City

Prolific Press Inc., a US based publisher known for publishing fine works by lesser-known writers, has awarded Shoenberger a full publishing contract to release The Everleigh Poems: The Butterflies of the Second City in chapbook format.
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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - May 25, 2018 - PRLog -- Press Release

Prolific Press has published The Everleigh Poems: The Butterflies of the Second City by Elisa Orzac Shoenberger

The Everleigh Poems: The Butterflies of the Second City is another release by the acclaimed publishing house, Prolific Press. After scouring hundreds of manuscripts by both professional and aspiring authors, Shoenberger has been awarded a prestigious contract for inclusion in the Prolific Press International Chapbook Series. Copies are already available at the Prolific Press bookstore.

The Everleigh Poems are a series of poems from the perspectives of the infamous prostitutes or "butterflies" of the Everleigh Club in turn of the century Chicago. The madam sisters, Minna and Ada Everleigh, decided they wanted to open a different kind of brothel in 1900. They opened a luxurious mansion with a gold plated piano. They believed in elevating the oldest professional, notably treating their prostitutes well. Minna Eveleigh allegedly explained a bit more crudely, "You have the whole night before you and one $50 client is more desirable than five $10 ones. Less wear and tear." They had rules: no stealing, no drugs, and no illness. Allegedly, the phrase "get laid" comes from their name, Everleigh.

Each poem is from the perspective of a different butterfly. The poems reveal their motivations, their demons, their delights, and life stories. The poems are loosely based on the history as discussed by Karen Abbott in her fabulous Sin in the Second City. Princes, politicians, and even the grand Midwest poet, Edward Lee Masters, alike visited at the house. They were targeted in anti-vice efforts due to their popularity and their temerity in publishing advertisements for the club and closed their doors in 1911.

Shoenberger says she was inspired by Midwestern poet Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology, where each poem is from the perspective of a dead person in a cemetery. The structure was a huge influence on this collection. (Masters is also mentioned in one of the poems since he visited the Everleigh Club).

About the poet: Elisa Shoenberger is a Chicago based writer. She has a BA in Latin American History from the University of Chicago, a MA in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA in Marketing and Operations Management from Loyola University Chicago. She has written for the Ozy, the Billfold, iExplore, City Creatures blog for the Center for Humans and Nature, Love TV, the Reset, Sonderers, Rebellious Magazine, vis a tergo, and Our Urban Times. She is a regular contributor of Book Riot. She is the co-editor and co-founder of the literary journal, The Antelope Magazine. She writes a travel and art blog called Not Without My Bowler Hat. In her spare time, she plays alto saxophone, travels, stiltwalks, and makes cheese.

The Everleigh Poems: The Butterflies of the Second City by Elisa Orzac Shoenberger can be purchased at the Prolific Press Bookstore (http://ProlificPress.com/bookstore), ISBN: 978-1-63275-131-7

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