Reading window has shifted: Allison Joseph Series

Because we received no manuscripts through May 30 of this year, we have shifted the reading period to November. We hope that this will provide sufficient time to better spread the word and generate interest in this series. The first two selected chapbooks are scheduled for publication this September. We are very open to dialogue about this series and are actively looking for ways to better promote it. If you are interested in being a series reader or have any comments or suggestions, please write to us at sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com.

New chapbook release: Carolyn Oliver, Night Ocean [Rane Arroyo Series]

Our fourth title of the year is Carolyn Oliver’s Night Oceanselected as Number 17 in our Rane Arroyo Series. Please join us in welcoming Carolyn to the Seven Kitchens family.

Allison Joseph Series selections: Martinez-Cruz, Charles

We’re thrilled to announce the selection of two manuscripts for publication in our Allison Joseph Chapbook Series: Allison Joseph has selected Other Bombs by Paloma Martinez-Cruz of Columbus, Ohio and Wordsongs for Grandmas by Asani Charles of Dallas, Texas. Both chapbooks will be published in summer of 2023.

Please join us in congratulating these poets and their work!

Call for manuscripts: The Allison Joseph Series

We welcome poetry manuscripts during the month of May November for our annual Allison Joseph Series for BIPOC women writers. Two manuscripts will be selected for publication. A $10 donation entitles you to a title in this series. 

Our congratulations to the poets selected by Allison Joseph for publication this summer:

  • Paloma Martinez-Cruz, for Other Bombs
  • Asani Charles, for Wordsongs for Grandmas

Find full guidelines here.

New chapbook release: Yakov Azriel, Shadow in the Closet [Robin Becker Series]

Our third title of the year is Yakov Azriel’s Shadow in the Closeta compelling sequence of formal sonnets selected by series editor Steve Bellin-Oka as Number 28 in our Robin Becker Series. Some of these poems originally appeared in Mark Ward’s journal Impossible Archetype. We are so happy to publish the entire collection. Please join us in welcoming Yakov to the Seven Kitchens family.

We’re here, we’re queer, and we want your poems

We welcome poetry manuscripts during the month of April for our annual Robin Becker Series for LGBTQ+ writers. Two manuscripts will be selected for publication by series editor Steve Bellin-Oka. A $10 donation entitles you to any of the titles in this series listed below. Find full guidelines here.

  • RJ Gibson, Scavenge
  • Christina Hutchins, Radiantly We Inhabit the Air
  • Ellen Goldberg, Each Perfect One
  • David J Daniels, indecency
  • Sarah B. Wiseman, Portraits
  • Doug Paul Case, Something to Hide My Face In
  • Ed Madden, So they can sing
  • Mary Ann Davis, Portrait of a Voice
  • Hannah Larrabee, Murmuration
  • Chris Philpot, The Way to the Citadel
  • Alec Hershman, Permanent and Wonderful Storage
  • Allison Blevins, A Season for Speaking
  • Yakov Azriel, Shadow in the Closet
  • Jamie Swanson, You May Unravel [forthcoming]

Call for manuscripts: the A.V. Christie Series

We welcome poetry manuscripts during the month of February for our annual A.V. Christie Series for women-identifying writers over the age of 50. Two manuscripts will be selected for publication. A $10 donation entitles you to either title in this series, or a copy of A.V. Christie’s The Wonders–or you may opt to receive one of the new titles when they are released this summer. Find full guidelines here.

New chapbook release: Cynthia Rausch Allar, Deviant [Editor’s Series]

Our second title of the new year is Cynthia Rausch Allar’s Deviant, Number 8 in Volume 5 of our Editor’s Series. This manuscript was a strong contender in our Robin Becker Series a while back, and we are so happy to bring it into print at last. Please join us in welcoming Cynthia to the Seven Kitchens family.

New chapbook release: Ellen McGrath Smith, Lie Low, Goaded Lamb [Keystone Series]

Our first chapbook of 2023 is Lie Low, Goaded Lamb, a delightfully inventive collection by Ellen McGrath Smith, selected as Number 23 in our Keystone Chapbook Series. Each poem borrows its title from a Shakespeare sonnet, and the first letters of the words in each title map the sequence of words in each line of the poems. Contemporary, sure-footed, and full of surprising leaps and juxtapositions, these poems deliver over and over. Featuring amazing cover art by Angie Reed Garner, this is Ellen’s second chapbook with Seven Kitchens Press, and we are delighted to present it to you.