Category Archives: Robin Becker Chapbook Series

9/05: D. Gilson’s Catch & Release

Save the date: D. Gilson’s anticipated debut chapbook, Catch & Release, will be out on September 5th. Look for more news soon, including a pre-order link. Meanwhile, click on the cover to get a nice big image of the gorgeous art, “Abandoned” by Tanya Camp.

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New Robin Becker title by Ellen Goldberg

We’re delighted to announce the publication of Ellen Goldberg’s Each Perfect One, selected by Judith Barrington as co-winner of the 2011 Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Full details are here!

Robin Becker Prize submissions open

We are now accepting submissions for the 5th annual Robin Becker Chapbook Prize. Manuscripts must be postmarked or e-mailed by April 15–but since the 15th falls on a Sunday this year, the 16th will be just fine. Please help spread the word, and please email us (sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com) if you’d like a postcard!

Robin Becker Prize co-winners: E Goldberg, D Gilson

Please join us in congratulating the co-winners of this year’s Robin Becker Chapbook Prize, selected by guest judge Judith Barrington:

Ellen Goldberg’s Turned Into Mattering is the winner among poets with previous book or chapbook publication; her chapbook will be published in March of 2012. The runner-up manuscript was “My Father’s House” by Ed Madden.

D Gilson’s Catch & Release is the winner among poets without previous book or chapbook publication; his chapbook will be published in April of 2012. The runner-up manuscript was “Rain Leaping Up When a Cab Goes Past” by David Eye.

Please stay tuned for more announcements as we finalize our 2012 schedule, including more titles in our Editor’s Series and the lineup for next year’s Summer Kitchen Series!

Update: Becker Prize status, new 2012 Editor’s Series titles

Hi, folks. Just a quick update today to let you know that the manuscripts have been narrowed down to twelve finalists for the Robin Becker Prize; we expect to name the co-winners sometime in October. (Yes, we’re running late this year, but things have been hopping around here.) All the finalists have been contacted as of Sept 20 and we’re just about to update the online manuscript log to reflect that status. Thanks again to everyone who supported this series for another year. Once the co-winners are selected, we’ll be e-mailing you to find out which title you’d like to receive.

Our thanks to everyone who ordered copies of Catherine Staples’ Never a Note Forfeit: the response was so overwhelming that we are still catching up with orders. Catherine’s chapbook went into a second printing on the day it was released, and a third printing the same month (July)! If you’ve not yet received your copy, please know that we’re working on it. And thanks so much for your patience and support.

We’re currently reading through the Keystone Chapbook entries and will post an update in the next couple of weeks.

Finally, we’re pretty much over the moon about two chapbooks we’ve just contracted to publish next fall in the Editor’s Series, both by poets in the Seven Kitchens family: The Vanishing of Camille Claudel by Erin M. Bertram, and Mistakes with Strangers by Jeff Oaks. Please join us in congratulating Erin and Jeff!

Over. The. Moon.

Scavenge hits third printing

Please join us in congratulating RJ Gibson, whose chapbook, Scavenge, is now in its third printing! Co-winner of the 2009 Robin Becker Prize, this title is one of our best sellers and absolutely deserves its ever-widening readership. We can’t wait till RJ has a full-length book, but till then, we wholeheartedly recommend this collection: 24 pages of smart, sharply observant poems whose titles alone–from “Coming from a Farm” and “Earthly Delights” to “Erotics” to “Ontology: Britney Spears”–let you know you’re in for an original treat. Congrats, RJ!

Robin Becker Chapbook – deadline extended

Well, it was bound to happen. Because your humble editor neglected to thoroughly proofread the posted guidelines, the deadline was listed as May 15. For this year only, we will therefore extend the submission deadline from April 15 to May 15. (You’re welcome.) For those of you scrambling to get manuscripts into the mail, relax.  For anyone who wants to take advantage of the (accidentally) extended deadline and submit a revised manuscript (not that there’s anything wrong with what you’ve already sent), that’s okay, too.