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.

Robin Becker titles selected: Hikari, Kraines, Charis-Molling

We are thrilled to announce the newest selections for our Robin Becker Series. Our series editor, Steve Bellin-Oka, and his editorial assistants, Halsey Heyer and Rocky Halpern, have selected three manuscripts for publication. Hearty congratulations to Nora Hikari, for Girl 2.0; Dan Kraines, for Licht; and Erica Charis-Molling, for How We Burn. Their chapbooks will be published this coming winter in hand-sewn editions of 100 copies, and each poet will receive 25 copies plus 10 review copies.

We hope you will support these poets by purchasing and reading their work. Review copies will be available; please email sevenkitchenspress@gmail.com for details.

We will again read manuscripts for the Robin Becker Series from April 1 – May 15 of 2022.

June is Giving Month

We had such success in June 2018 with raising ISBN funds (thank you). Three years later, it’s time to do it again. Our goal is $575 to purchase a new block of one hundred ISBNs, which will take us to our 275th title! (If you can’t imagine 275 chapbooks, believe me when I say that fifteen years ago, I couldn’t imagine ever publishing 160 titles.)

June 27 update: We are halfway to our goal! We so appreciate your generous support. Thank you.

It’s easy to donate by Paypal–just follow this link and choose your level from the drop-down menu. If you’d rather not use Paypal, just email us at SevenKitchensPress AT gmail DOT com.


$5 donation: Thank you so much!


$10 donation includes your choice of any chapbook from our ReBound Series.


$15 donation includes your choice of any of our 2021 chapbook titles.


$25 includes your choice of any two titles from our Editor’s Series. 


$50 includes all the above plus a signed, handwritten poem by Ron Mohring.


If you wish to make an anonymous gift, we’re fine with that; just let us know. 


Thanks so much for your support!

Keystone Chapbook Series is open

Our longest-running series, devoted to poets with a Pennsylvania connection, is now open. The Keystone Chapbook Series continues to honor our roots as a Pennsylvania-born literary press and to showcase a diverse range of Pennsylvania poets. As always, we are eager to read traditionally marginalized voices. We are proud to publish work by both new and established writers.

Manuscripts are considered annually from June 1 – July 15. This year’s readers will be announced soon. Full guidelines may be found here.