A History of Zero & Alter Fictions

Martin Nakell


ISBN 978-1-947980-68-6    320 pages        $18.00


The Library of Thomas Rivka is an impressive and incredibly engaging book! Nakell’s fiction is an equal complement to his poetry.

    Robert Creeley


Nakell has achieved something that is nearly impossible and would likely be disastrous if undertaken by a less skilled writer…to create a unique and ground-breaking work of literature…celebrating…every Human’s primal urge to create something from nothing.

    Angela Genusa, Mad Hatter’s Review


Like Calvino’s Marco Polo waanderingwandering to the invisible cities of the imaginary Mongol Empire, our Monk discovers that every amazing place he goes is only and always a gateway to the next amazing place. Nakell has succeeded in getting closer to, as Henry Miller put it, “the heart of the truth, which I suppose is the ultimate aim of the writer, in the measure that he ceases to struggle.”

    Stuart Metranga, The Believer

Martin Nakell is the author of 18 books—fiction & poetry; the winner of numerous grants & awards (NEA, Gertrude Stein, Fine Arts Work Center, et alia.); he has read from his work and presented his multi-media productions nationally and internationally; he is on the National Board of &NOW. Nakell earned a Doctor of Arts degree at SUNY Albany, and now teaches at Chapman University in Orange, California and is Affiliate Professor at Haifa University, Haifa, Israel. He has developed and written about two theories of literary (& art) composition: Chaos Theory and Radical Communion, both of which envision the creative act as a special form of communication of the whole. He lives in the village of Orange [the Democratic 46th Congressional District of the finally liberalizing and growingly aware Orange County] with his wife, the novelist Rebecca Goodman.