Announcing the A.V. Christie Chapbook Series

We are thrilled to announce the first of two new chapbook series launching this year, both for women writers.

The A.V. Christie Chapbook Series seeks original, unpublished poetry manuscripts by women writers over the age of 50. This series honors the vision of poet & teacher A.V. Christie and is being launched in 2022 thanks to the generous donations of A.V.’s friends and colleagues. We are especially proud to offer this series in her memory as part of our long-term commitment to publish women and other traditionally underrepresented voices, with the goal of making them a significant majority of our catalog.

Manuscripts will be considered annually during the month of February. This year, Nathalie Anderson will serve as the final judge. Full guidelines are available here.

Iris McCloughan, Bones to Peaches (Robin Becker Series)

We’re pretty thrilled to offer our 15th title of 2021: Bones to Peaches by Iris McCloughan was selected as Number 23 in our Robin Becker Series. (Look for four more Robin Becker Series titles in 2022!) Please take a moment to check out a sample poem and read more about Iris and their work here.

Summer Kitchen Series is open

We’re kicking off the new year and throwing open the window for entries to our limited-edition Summer Kitchen Series: now through January 31, send us your poetry manuscripts. Previous poets selected for this series include Crystal Boson, Mary Meriam, Ed Madden, Guillermo Castro, and Steve Bellin-Oka–see the full list and complete guidelines here.

New title release: Lisa Hammond, Lily Watch

We’re thrilled to release the fourth and final chapbook in our not-quite-on-schedule Summer Kitchen Series: Lily Watch by Lisa Hammond is now available!

The Summer Kitchen Series features limited-edition titles: only 24 of the 49 copies produced of each title will be sold by the press; the other copies go directly to the poets.

Please join us in celebrating Lisa’s new work!

Pushcart nominations

We are so proud of all our poets, and though we’d love to bring many more readers to every one of them, we have selected the following poems for this year’s Pushcart nominations:

  • Ed Madden, “Gold,” from Sebastian
  • Pamela L. Sumners, “(Supposing) My Mother Was a Blue Heron,” from Finding Helen
  • Deborah Fries, “Half of a Golden Hurt,” from Having Visions Again
  • Gail Griffin, “Marvels,” from Virginals
  • Darius Atefat-Peckham, “Here’s a Love Poem for Navid the Wrestler,” from How Many Love Poems
  • Iris McCloughan, “Promissory,” from Bones to Peaches

Thank you for your amazing work.

Arroyo Series closed

Thanks to all for the strongest response we’ve had yet: 110 manuscripts were received for this year’s Rane Arroyo Series and have been logged in. If you don’t see your title listed, please email sevenkitchenspress at gmail dot com. We’ll roll up our sleeves and start reading!

In 2022, we will change the reading period for all series from six weeks to one month in order to accommodate something new (to be announced). Please remember to check guidelines here on our site and not from other sources, which may or may not update regularly.

Keystone Series selections

We are happy to announce our selections for the Keystone Chapbook Series: Lie Low, Goaded Lamb by Ellen McGrath Smith and Home Altar by Janine Certo. Other manuscripts noted for exceptional merit were The Needles Road by Lee Peterson, Erasing the Book of Pregnancy by Heather Lanier, and The Grieving Bone by Kelly McQuain.

Ellen McGrath Smith’s second chapbook, Scatter, Feed, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2014, and her full-length collection, Nobody’s Jackknife, appeared in 2015 from West End Press. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program.

Janine Certo is the author of In the Corner of the Living (Main Street Rag, 2017) and Elixir (forthcoming, New American Press & Bordighera Press). She is currently an associate professor of poetry and teacher education in the College of Education at Michigan State University.

Please join us in congratulating these poets and their work!

New titles released: Claeys/Goepfert, DiPietro, Morris

We’re very happy to release three chapbooks this weekend from our long-delayed Summer Kitchen Series: This Hard Business of Living by Patrice Boyer Claeys and Gail Goepfert, And Walk Through by Anthony DiPietro, and Abide by Ellen Birkett Morris are now available as #1, #2, and #3 in Volume 9 of our series. The 4th title, Lily Watch by Lisa Hammond, will be released the first week of November.

These are limited-edition titles: only 24 of the 49 copies produced of each title will be sold by the press; the other copies go directly to the poets.

Please join us in celebrating these poets and their work!

New title released: Darius Atefat-Peckham, How Many Love Poems [Editor’s Series]

Please join us in celebrating the release of our newest chapbook: How Many Love Poems is Darius Atefat-Peckham’s debut collection and the third title in Volume Five of our Editor’s Series. Read a sample poem and order your copy here.

New title released: Gail Griffin, Virginals [Editor’s Series]

Please join us in celebrating the release of our newest chapbook: Virginals: A Book of Elizabethan Interiors by Gail Griffin is the second title in Volume Five of our Editor’s Series. Read a sample poem and order Gail’s chapbook here.