Author Archives: Seven Kitchens Press

Review: Julie Swarstad Johnson’s Orchard Light

Thanks to Katy Giebenhain and Bridge Eight for this appreciation of Julie Swarstad Johnson’s Orchard Light (Keystone Chapbook Series).

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Review: Rogan Kelly’s Demolition in the Tropics

Thanks to Hillary Leftwich and Heavy Feather Review for this appreciation of Rogan Kelly’s Demolition in the Tropics.

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Summer Kitchen Series–we’re opening the window on February 1

Once again, we will open the submission window for our Summer Kitchen Series from February 1 through February 14. From these manuscripts, we will select up to two titles for this year’s series, to be pubished (when else?) this coming summer. Full guidelines can be found here. We look forward to reading your work!

New title forthcoming: Jeff Hardin, Generosity for a Later Generation

We’re happy to announce the next title forthcoming in our Editor’s Series: Jeff Hardin’s Generosity for a Later Generation will be out in January, and you can pre-order a copy now. (Our 2021 subscribers are all set to receive the first copies off the press).

Here’s a preview of the cover featuring an image by John P. Sercel:

Robin Becker Series: Iris McCloughan, Brad Richard

Please join us in congratulating poets Iris McCloughan and Brad Richard, whose manuscripts have been selected for publication in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series.

Iris McCloughan is a trans* writer, performer, and artist in New York. They are the author of the chapbooks No Harbor, selected by L + S Press as the winner of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Series, and Triptych, forthcoming from Greying Ghost. They were the winner of the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from American Poetry Review, and their poems have appeared in jukedGertrudeQueen Mob’s Teahouse, and elsewhere. Their chapbook, Bones to Peaches, will be published as Number 23 in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series.

Brad Richard is the author of four collections of poetry: Habitations, Motion Studies (winner of the 2010 Washington Prize, finalist for the 2012 Thom Gunn Award), Butcher’s Sugar, and Parasite Kingdom (winner of the 2018 Tenth Gate Prize). His poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals, induding American Letters & Commentary, Barrow Street, The Cortland Review, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Green Mountains Review, The Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Okey-Panky, Sakura Review, and Xavier Review. 2015 Louisiana Artist of the Year and 2002 winner of the Poets & Writers Writers Exchange Award in Poetry, he taught creative writing to talented high school students in New Orleans for twenty-eight years. A faculty member of the Kenyon Review Summer Workshops and an independent teacher and editor, he lives and writes in New Orleans. Brad’s chapbook, In Place, will be published as Number 24 in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series.

Looking forward, looking back

As I work to unpack the last few boxes in my tiny study (the new center of operations for Seven Kitchens Press), it’s heartening to glance around and see our many chapbooks arranged in their various stages of completion, nested alphabetically by author in their cubbies. I’d love to do more to promote their fine work. Perhaps you have a little time to help? Write a review, or conduct an interview? Host an online reading? Most of our titles are still in print. Please reach out if you’re interested.

We’re looking for a new editor for the Robin Becker Series. Many thanks to Crystal Boson for her work in this series. As I look ahead at our fifteenth year, I’ve bolstered my determination to pull back a bit, just enough to get some of my own writing done. By year’s end, I hope to have full editorial teams in place for the Becker, Arroyo, and Keystone series. If you are a poet wishing to champion more women’s voices, more work by marginalized writers, work by POC and writers across the gender spectrum, please reach out.

In case you missed it, here are our nominations for this year’s Pushcart Prizes, in order of the chapbooks’ publication:

2021 marks our fifteenth year, notwithstanding some bumps and a hiatus or two along the way. We’ve brought out over 150 chapbooks, most still in print. If you’d like to see Seven Kitchens Press continue our commitment to championing the best and most diverse voices we can find, please consider buying a chapbook or two, or make a donation (we’ll soon announce our 15:15 drive). There’s also a few 2021 subscription packages left. And if you’re a poet, please send us your best work when our series open this year (check the guidelines section).

Finally, and foremost, thank you to everyone who has supported our little press. The vast majority of operations is done by one person (me), though I like to think always that we’re all connected in this endeavor.

2021 Subscription package

We are excited to offer a new option for ordering Seven Kitchen Press chapbooks. Several folks have requested the option of subscribing, and so we’re going to offer a limited number of 2021 subscription packages.

Your subscription gets you one copy of every title we publish in 2021: chapbooks in the Keystone Series, Editor’s Series, Robin Becker Series, Rane Arroyo Series, ReBound Series, and Summer Kitchen Series–that’s a minimum of 15 titles in 2021 (we published 15 chapbooks in 2020 and 22 in 2019, and we’re on track to publish about 20 next year). The subscription price includes free shipping within the US (international orders can be expensive so we generally waive minimal extra shipping but do charge actual shipping rates when necessary). The more chapbooks we publish, the more you save!

Click here to purchase your 2021 subscription for only $125 and help support our small press!

Brief hiatus

Seven Kitchens Press will be on a brief hiatus for the rest of September. The hubby and I are buying our first house together, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to juggle packing and other preparations with the daily attention the press requires. Please know that I will continue to take and ship orders as quickly as I can, as well as continuing all other operational duties–it will just take more time than usual to respond.

New release: Summer Kitchen Series: Ortega, Balwit, Julius, Epp

We’re stoked to release this year’s titles in the Summer Kitchen Series: Don’t Ask Why by Michelle Ortega, Rubbing Shoulders with the Greats by Devon Balwit, Death Salon by Robert Julius, and Nothing but time by Joanne Epp. Each title is limited to 49 copies: 25 go to the author and 24 are sold to fund this series. Order yours now!

New release: Don Hogle, Madagascar [Keystone Series]

Hogle_Madagascar_webWe’re so happy to announce the release of the newest title in our Keystone Chapbook Series: Madagascar by Don Hogle, selected by series editors Steve Bellin-Oka & Ron Mohring. The official publication date for this chapbook is August 21, but you can order now! Cover image by Ron Mohring.