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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.

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.

Robin Becker Series: new titles selected: Kindig, Blevins, Hershman

We are proud to announce the selection of the next three titles in the Robin Becker Chapbook Series: all the catholic gods by Patrick Kindig, A Season for Speaking by Alison Blevins, and Permanent and Wonderful Storage by Alec Hershman will appear this winter. Please join us in congratulating these wonderful poets.

It was such a pleasure to read such a brilliant range of work. Thank you, thank you, for continuing to make this such a diverse and enduring series.

New release: JeFF Stumpo | Against Itself Cannot Stand

AICS_cover frontJeFF Stumpo is a brilliant poet, and we’re thrilled to release his newest chapbook, Against Itself Cannot Stand, as number 5 in the third volume of our Editor’s Series. Follow this link to read a sample poem and order your copy!

Summer Kitchen Series #3: Steve Bellin-Oka | Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station

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We are closing out August with the remaining three titles in our limited-edition Summer Kitchen Series. Announcing Number 3 in this year’s series, Dead Letter Office at North Atlantic Station by Steve Bellin-Oka. Only 24 copies will be sold by the press; the author gets the other 25.

Order yours here!

 

ReBound Series is open

We are currently accepting submissions for the ReBound Series, which brings a wider readership to out-of-print chapbooks by printing them in snazzy, new, editions. Anyone may nominate an out-of-print chapbook, and you also have the opportunity to write an introductory preface to the new edition. Full guidelines are here. You can also browse (and order!) any of the titles in this important series. 

Liz Ahl book launch: 9/15, Plymouth NH

Ahl_Home Economics_web 96dpiIf you’re in the area of Plymouth, New Hampshire this Thursday, 9/15, why not help support the launch of Liz Ahl’s new chapbook, Home Economics, at the Silver Center for the Arts? The event kicks off at 7 pm, and Liz will be happy to sign copies of her chapbook.

If you’re not in the area, you can still buy a copy here. Fair warning: the first print run is almost gone!

Taverna book launch: Pittsburgh, 9/3/16

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If you’re in Pittsburgh this weekend, please consider Alison Taverna’s book launch of What Hollywood Taught Me: Saturday, September 3, 7pm at James Simons Studio. If you’re not in Pittsburgh, you can still support WHTM by purchasing your copy here!