Author Archives: Seven Kitchens Press

Keystone Chapbook Series is now open

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?

Full guidelines are here.

New release: Julie Swarstad Johnson, Orchard Light [Keystone Series]

Johnson_Orchard Light_front cvrJulie 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.

New release: Mark Ward, Carcass (Editor’s Series)

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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.

New titles selected: Rane Arroyo Series: Sumners, Rahal, Siranian

We’re thrilled to announce the selection of three manuscripts for the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Series: from 109 entries, Dan Vera and Ron Mohring have selected Finding Helen by Pamela Sumners, No New Wilderness by Andrew Rahal, and She by Theadora Siranian. All three chapbooks will be published this summer. Please join us in congratulating these poets on their fine work.

The next reading period for the Rane Arroyo Series will be from October 1 – November 15, 2020.

New release: Jennifer Stewart Miller, The Strangers Burial Ground (Editor’s Series)

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We’re so pleased to present the first of four (!) chapbooks coming out this month, The  Strangers Burial Ground by Jennifer Stewart Miller. Number 8 in Volume 4 of our Editor’s Series, these poems interrogate the silences, omissions, and erasure of women found (and lost) from Massachusetts gravestones from the 17th through 19th centuries. What rises from this work is a chorus. 

Pair-up #5: Ellen McGrath Smith & William Kelley Woolfitt

Pair-ups: a special pairing of two titles from our backlist, these are limited in number and only available at this price while supplies are in stock. Catch up on some great chapbooks you may have missed. Free shipping on all Pair-up orders.

Pair-up #5 features Scatter, Feed by Ellen McGrath Smith & The Salvager’s Arts by William Kelley Woolfitt. Ellen is the author of Nobody’s Jackknife (West End Press, 2016); Scatter, Feed was selected for the second volume of our Editor’s Series in 2014. William’s chapbook was selected by Sascha Feinstein for our 2013 Keystone Chapbook Series; his other collections include Beauty Strip (Texas Review Press, 2014), Charles of the Desert (Paraclete Press, 2016), and, most recently, Spring Up Everlasting (Mercer University Press, 2020)Get both chapbooks now for only $10 with free shipping!

May fundraiser for Roebling Point Books and Coffee

RoeblingFor the month of May, Seven Kitchens Press will donate 10% of all sales to Roebling Point Books and Coffee, located just over the Roebling Bridge from Cincinnati in Covington, Kentucky. RoPoBoCo is a unique and treasured local bookshop and we want to do our part to help see them through the COVID-19 crisis. 

Please feel free to donate directly by following this link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ropoboco-loves-the-cov

Or reach out by phone and have their staff help you select the perfect book: (859) 992-9444.

You can also find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roeblingpointbooksandcoffee/


June 1 update: We’re happy to report that we were able to donate $93.00 for the month of May! Thanks for supporting Seven Kitchens and helping us to give back to our community.

New release: Ann Tweedy, Beleaguered Oases (ReBound Series)

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We’re delighted to announce the publication of Ann Tweedy’s Beleaguered Oases as the tenth chapbook in our ReBound Series.

Originally published in 2010, this title has been reset in a fresh, new edition with a stunning cover image by artist Matthew Brandt. Order yours here

Help support Small Press Distribution by buying chapbooks (it’s a win-win)

This week, when we saw the call for funds to support Small Press Distribution (SPD), it was easy to jump into action mode: we immediately pledged 100% of our sales–through this Saturday, 4/25–to this GoFundMe fundraiser:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-small-press-distribution-survive

Thanks to our dear readers and supporters, we (you!) have already raised just over $150 in support of SPD. 

You get the chapbooks you want (check out our Pair-ups for great limited-run deals) and together we help support small presses. Win-win. Thank you so much!

update, 4/26/2020: Together we raised $225 for this fundraiser, not counting the folks who let us know they’d made direct contributions to SPD. Readers rock! Thank you all so much.

Pair-up #4: Melissa Atkinson Mercer & Rogan Kelly

Pair-ups: a special pairing of two titles from our backlist, these are limited in number and only available at this price while supplies are in stock. Catch up on some great chapbooks you may have missed. Free shipping on all Pair-up orders.

Pair-up #4 features After the Miracle Season by Melissa Atkinson Mercer & Demolition in the Tropics by Rogan Kelly. Melissa is the author of Saint of Partial Apology (Five Oaks Press), Knock (Half Mystic Press), and five chapbooks: Ghost Exhibit (Glass Poetry Press), My Own Strange Beast (Porkbelly Press), Star-Blind in the Family of Fortune Keepers  (Hermeneutic Chaos Press–unavailable), and Storm Was Her Voice (dancing girl press); After the Miracle Season was selected for the third volume of our Editor’s Series. Rogan’s chapbook was selected for the fourth volume of our Editor’s Series; he is the founding editor of The Night Heron Barks: a sanctuary for poet & poemGet both chapbooks now for only $10 with free shipping!