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ANNOUNCEMENT: After the summer 2017 edition is out, we will no longer be able to provide physical copies of the journal to contributors. We will provide electronic copies and plan to reduce the price of the physical journal. We are also giving away chapbooks to buyers. We will provide physical copies to subscribers, so if you are not a subscriber please subscribe below! More on this change in the coming days! Keep an eye out.

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This Green Life is a tour de force from Lyn Coffin’s previous collections. This stunning collection also includes new work never before published. This volume includes poetry from Human Trappings, The Poetry of Wickedness, Crystals of the Unforeseen, East and West, Joseph Brodsky Was Joseph Brodsky, A Marriage Without Consummation, and new poetry. It also includes the never before published “Rodin’s Girl Friend.”

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“In this new genre of ‘Flash Wisdom’ this book takes us gently and boldly into everyday life to scrutinize the beliefs we work out of, often with a touch of ironic humor that leads us to laugh at our foibles and brings us into a deeper understanding of what salvation might mean today.” — Dr. Mary Madec [Ireland]

We accept ten or fewer manuscripts for publication a year. Harbinger Asylum is a quarterly journal with a strong faith in community kinship, and we might have one of the highest rates of acceptance in the literary community. I would say, roughly 60 percent of submissions.


For manuscript review, please direct inquiries to:

For submissions to our literary journal Harbinger Asylum address Dustin Pickering:

Z. M. Wise, Assistant Editor:

Subscriptions are $35! Make checks payable to

Transcendent Zero Press.

Mailing address: Transcendent Zero Press, 16429 El Camino Real Apt. 7, Houston, TX 77062


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There is a two dollar internet processing fee added.

For the visual experience, interviews with our crew and exciting outtakes, see Z.M. Wise’s youtube channel here:

You can also watch events and performances at Dustin Pickering’s youtube:

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The Daunting Ephemeral by Dustin Pickering,

founder of Transcendent Zero Press

“Literature is a branch of art that uses writing– based on particulars– to grasp meaningful general subject matter. It reaches a broad scope of topics and styles, and seeks to encompass universal themes. It uses direct means to enrapture the imagination and sometimes to moralize about life and human behavior. Literature engages the reader with a unique perspective and often attempts to make the reader pause and reflect.”

–Dustin D. Pickering, founder

Transcendent Zero Press began in a small apartment in Houston, Texas. Its first steps were taken as a poetry and arts magazine called Harbinger Asylum in the month of September 2010. This has long been a dream of founder Dustin Pickering. When Pickering met Z. M. Wise, an aspiring poet, at Barnes and Noble he shared the most recent issue of Harbinger Asylum with him. Nothing was expected of the exchange. When a local poet could not make a featured reading at Coffee Oasis (later to become Soho, and even later to shut down completely), Pickering invited Wise to substitute. Dustin has always believed in the underdog who wants to put his foot in the door, but is either too intimidated or shy. The relationship between Wise and Pickering has developed into one of professional mutual advantage, one of Wise becoming partners in the business.

Z. M. Wise has emerged as a talented young voice in the Houston arts community, a respected partner in business and adventurer for the magazine, and a good confidante for important decisions. Transcendent Zero Press is seeking artists for publication, wordsmiths and also painters and artists of images. We have ideas for our community of poets. We wish to bless them with honorable, rich words from international as well as local writers. We are seeking to increase exposure to the Houston arts scene, and keep it fresh. If you would like to be considered for our publication or for manuscript review, you will find our contact emails above.  Please see our archives for samples of writing published in Harbinger Asylum.

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9 comments on “Front Page

  1. Woo! I like the new style of Harbinger Asylum magazine!! Wish you success!! P.S. Black background suits duh! 🙂 The blue colour though hm perhaps needs some change.. Something hm like not plain colour but with some details or slight sketches on it and could be a darker colour mixed with a bright one.. Maybe black with fuchsia lines or yellow poetical sketches, letters, lines etc. =)


    • You can purchase the book by clicking on the image of it. The link was probably broken if you have already tried. Clicking the image will take you to the Amazon page to place the order. Thank you for your interest in TZPress and t. kilgore splake. I am sure you will appreciate the collection!


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