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Call for submissions: the Homage Series: Cavafy

Seven Kitchens Press seeks poems for its new Homage Series, annual anthologies celebrating the works of great LGBTQ poets. Our inaugural volume will focus on the Alexandrian poet C. P. Cavafy, known for his frank, unapologetic erotics and intimate evocations of Alexandria’s Hellenic past.

Submissions are open to all LGBTQ poets writing in English. 

Poems should not simply refer to the life and/or subject matter of the poet’s work but should evoke the style, language, voice, and aesthetic of the poet’s work as contributors interpret it. 

Poets may submit up to 3 poems. Previously published poems considered. Submit all poems in a single Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) in an attachment to homageserieseditor@gmail.com. In the body of your message, please include a brief bio and a 2-3 sentence description of your approach to the chosen poet’s work.

Series editors: Terry Kirts and Ron Mohring.

Deadline: October 15, 2018.

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Final call for Keystone manuscripts

We’ve been reading some terrific poems submitted for this year’s Keystone Chapbook Series. Just a reminder that we are still accepting manuscripts through July 15 (Sunday), so get off that fence if you’ve been thinking about sending your chapbook. No reading fee. Full guidelines here. Send your best work!

Summer Kitchen cover reveal: Volume 6

Feast your eyes on the fresh, new covers for this year’s Summer Kitchen Series! These hot, limited-edition chapbooks will be out in just a few weeks, and they’re expected to sell out fast. Please welcome to the Seven Kitchens family (left to right) Jill McCabe Johnson [Pendulum], Alyse Bensel [Lies to Tell the Body], Beverly Voigt [Woman of Salt], Scott Honeycutt [Twelve Miles North of the Ohio River], and Jacob Budenz [Pastel Witcheries]. 
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Author news: Casey Charles: Zicatela

Congratulations to Casey Charles, whose new book of poetry, Zicatelahas just been released by FootHills Publishing in their Montana Poets Series. 

Casey’s chapbook, Blood Workwas published in 2012 as part of our Summer Kitchen Series.

Casey’s novel, The Monkey Cageswas recently published by Lethe Press.

Robin Becker Series: new titles selected: Kindig, Blevins, Hershman

We are proud to announce the selection of the next three titles in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series: all the catholic gods by Patrick Kindig, A Season for Speaking by Alison Blevins, and Permanent and Wonderful Storage by Alec Hershman will appear this winter. Please join us in congratulating these wonderful poets.

It was such a pleasure to read such a brilliant range of work. Thank you, thank you, for continuing to make this such a diverse and enduring series.

June is Giving Month

The Seven Kitchens Giving Month June fundraising drive officially launches today. Thanks to some generous and early support, we are three-quarters to our ISBN Fund Goal! Please visit the link above and chip in what you can; there are some sweet chapbook rewards plus our bottomless well of gratitude.

UPDATE: Thanks to your generous donations, we reached our goal and have purchased a block of ISBNs! We’re so grateful, and this is going to mean so much to our poets!

Keystone Series is open

We are (very) open: if you’re a poet with Pennsylvania connections, please send your manuscript to the Keystone Chapbook Series, our longest-running imprint. Co-editors Steve Bellin-Oka and Ron Mohring are looking forward to reading your work. We’ll consider chapbook manuscripts through July 15. Full guidelines are here.