It’s our last call roundup for the Keystone Chapbook Series by poets with a Pennsylvania connection. Our first and oldest series was launched in 2007 with the publication of Underground Singing by Harry Humes. Series editors Steve Bellin-Oka and Ron Mohring are especially looking for work by marginalized voices. The annual reading period runs June 1 through July 15. Full guidelines are here.
Ahhh! We’re so grateful to Sarah Giragosian and Green Mountains Review for this review of Alyse Knorr’s chapbook, Ballast. Check it out!
We are stoked to announce the lineup for Volume 8 of our limited-edition Summer Kitchen Series. Each title appears in an edition of only 49 copies: each author gets 25, and the remaining 24 copies are sold to fund the series. These can go quickly–sometimes within 24 hours!–so stay tuned for the publication announcement (we hope to bring out all four titles in August).
- 8.01: Don’t Ask Why by Michelle Ortega of Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
- 8.02: Rubbing Shoulders with the Greats by Devon Balwit of Portland, Oregon.
- 8.03: Death Salon by Robert Julius of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- 8.04: Nothing But Time by Joanne Epp of Winnepeg, Manitoba.
Please join us in welcoming these poets to Seven Kitchens Press!
Ron Mohring’s Amateur Grief was originally selected by Maureen Seaton as the winner of the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Prize and published by Thorngate Road in 1998. Out of print for 20 years, we are releasing Ron’s first chapbook in a new edition as Number 11 in our ReBound Series. This chapbook is a distilled chronicle of living with, caring for, and ultimately losing a loved partner to AIDS. All sales help support the ReBound Series, created in 2010 to bring out-of-print chapbooks into vibrant new editions.
More information here.
The initial print run of Daniel Barnum’s Names for Animals has officially sold out. All copies have been mailed as of today.
We will offer a second printing of 80 copies late in June. Thank you for your overwhelming support for this poet and their marvelous work.
For the month of June, Seven Kitchens Press will donate 10% of all sales to the Center for Racial Justice. Thank you to Daniel Barnum for directing our attention to this resource.
Please feel free to donate directly by following this link: https://www.classy.org/give/59790/#!/donation/checkout
Susan Austin’s The Disappearing Word was selected by Ron Mohring as Number 9 in Volume Four of our Editor’s Series. These poems chart the struggle of accommodating unexpected illness and its challenges not only to the physical body but to identity itself. Available now.
We are now reading manuscripts for the Keystone Chapbook Series. Seven Kitchens Press began in 2007 with our first chapbooks in the Keystone Series, Underground Singing by Harry Humes and Still by Deborah Burnham. There are now 21 titles in the series, celebrating poets with a Pennsylvania connection. Will yours be next?
Julie Swarstad Johnson’s Orchard Light was selected by series editors Steve Bellin-Oka and Ron Mohring as Number 20 in our Keystone Chapbook Series. Set against the backdrop of Gettysburg and other historical sites, and drawing from extensive on-site research, these poems explore the challenges of faith endured by a family torn by the American Civil War. Available now.
Mark Ward’s Carcass is the second of four chapbooks we’re releasing in May. Number 10 in Volume 4 of our Editor’s Series. Seth Pennington writes that these poems create “a kind of erotic violence that takes the experience of reading and makes it something like edging . . .” Eric Norris calls it “a spooky book that takes place in a weird landscape of horror and strange humanity.” Liz Quirke says Carcass is ” a collection humming with moments of quiet fury.” And D.A. Powell calls these poems “Exciting, mysterious, seductive, frightening.” Available now.