Ralph Cissne is an award-winning poet, short story writer and author

Prudence in Hollywood

And Other Stories by Ralph Cissne

“I went to the gynecologist last week, which isn’t all that unusual except I’m a man. Prudence insisted I go.” So begins the title story of this collection exploring the matrix of modern American relationships.

Advance Praise for Prudence in Hollywood:

“…funny, poignant, and perfectly wistful about the search for love. Like your favorite song, their musical language resonates long after you’ve done reading.”

– Diana Wagman, author of Life #6

“I adore these stories, a rare glimpse into Hollywood at the end of the twentieth century––before Instagram and the Kardashians––a time of innocence and true love and longing. They made me feel glad to be alive and hopeful for our future.”

– Jamie Cat Callan, author of Parisian Charm School

Angel City Singles

A Novel by Ralph Cissne

Hollywood, 1987. A couple meet in a stand-up comedy workshop.
What more can possibly go wrong?

A Hollywood love story filled with suspense, passion and humor, Angel City Singles unfolds in the aftermath of the 1987 Black Monday economic crash as loner David Bishop struggles with the transcendent possibilities for love and understanding.

Don’t Be Shy

Poetry of a Single Life
Ralph Cissne

In the late 1980s, the vibrant Los Angeles poetry scene gave voice to a new wave of writers and spoken word artists. The essence of Don’t Be Shy represents…

Claim to Fame

A Story of New Hollywood
Ralph Cissne

Everyone holds the secret desire to be famous, right? In Hollywood your body is your business, your ticket to fame, but you have to want it. Personal trainer to the stars Sid Sherwood is passionate.

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