Keystone Series is open

We are (very) open: if you’re a poet with Pennsylvania connections, please send your manuscript to the Keystone Chapbook Series, our longest-running imprint. Co-editors Steve Bellin-Oka and Ron Mohring are looking forward to reading your work. We’ll consider chapbook manuscripts through July 15. Full guidelines are here.

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June news & previews

We’re pretty stoked that the Seven Kitchens Giving Month June fundraising drive has generated such a great response–we’re three-quarters to our ISBN Fund Goal and it’s not even June yet! Thanks so much for your support.

June also means that we’ll be reading manuscripts for the Keystone Chapbook Series, for poets with a Pennsylvania connection. This is the series that launched Seven Kitchens Press back in 2007 with Harry Humes’ Underground Singing. The newest title, Erin Murphy’s Remorse Code, is out now, and two more titles are scheduled to drop this summer: Deborah Burnham’s Among the Other Dead and William Varner’s Leaving Erebus. 

Finally, look for an announcement soon about our very new, and very queer, anthology series, co-edited by Terry Kirts. This project has been years in the planning, and we’re so excited to launch it this summer!

Summer Kitchen Series titles

For the sixth volume of our hot, limited-edition Summer Kitchen Series, we’re proud to announce the following selections, slated for publication (if we can keep up this pretty crazy production schedule) this July:

  • Jill McCabe Johnson, Pendulum
  • Alyse Bensel, Lies to Tell the Body
  • Beverly Voigt, Woman of Salt
  • Scott Honeycutt, Twelve Miles North of the Ohio River
  • Jacob Budenz, Pastel Witcheries

Please join us in congratulating these poets! 

ISBNs and June fundraising

After lengthy discussion with several poets and small-press publishers, we’ve decided to return to using ISBNs for all our open-run chapbooks. This means that all Seven Kitchens chapbooks, unless published in a limited print run (no reprint option) will receive ISBN numbers. The Summer Kitchen Series, for example, is limited to a 49-copy print run and will not have ISBNs, but almost every other title we’ve published since 2007 will be assigned an ISBN. (It’s worth noting that 40 titles were already assigned ISBNs upon publication.)

Chapbooks with ISBNs are more easily sold and distributed to bookstores; moreover, they help authors meet eligibility criteria when applying for certain grants and awards. We’re in favor of helping our authors as much as we can. 

From our very start in 2007, Seven Kitchens has operated on a tiny budget; as soon as we were able to jettison the reading-fee model, we did so gladly, but extras like ISBNs became prohibitively costly as we eked along for a few more years. Our operating budget is funded entirely by chapbook sales and by the generous donations, large and small, from our supporters. We are nearly halfway toward our goal of $575 to purchase a block of one hundred ISBNs–enough for every eligible chapbook in print plus a surplus to carry us through the next two years–and hope to reach this goal by the end of June. To that end, we are designating June as Seven Kitchens Giving Month:

  • $1 from everyone who reads this post would surpass our goal!
  • Give $5 and receive a public thank you on our Giving Month page.
  • Give $10 and receive a complimentary chapbook from our ReBound Series (your choice) as well as a thank you on our Giving Month page.
  • Give $15 and receive as your complimentary chapbook any title we’ve published during 2018 (your choice), as well as a thank you on our Giving Month page.
  • Give $25 and receive any two titles from our Editor’s Series (your choice) as well as a thank you on our Giving Month page. 
  • If you wish to make an anonymous gift, we’re fine with that, too. 

We hope that you’ll consider making a donation to support the press and our goal. Truly, no amount is too small. We’re so thankful to the folks who have donated this spring to support the press and the Robin Becker Series, and to everyone who purchases our chapbooks. Thank you for helping to keep small press literature alive and well!

–Ron Mohring, for the editors

 

New release: David J. Bauman | Angels & Adultery

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We’re so proud to announce the publication of Angels & Adultery by David J. Bauman, selected by Nickole Brown as Number 17 in the Robin Becker Series. 

Read more about David’s chapbook here.

Becker Series closes today

This is the last day to send in your chapbook for the Robin Becker Series. I will be checking remotely (currently on vacation), so it may be an extra day before all entries are posted.

Chapbook orders (thank you!) will be filled when I return home this weekend. I’m trying to stay off the interwebs as much as possible until then.

–Ron

New release: Wayne Johns | The Exclusion Zone

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We’re so happy to announce the release of the newest title in the Rane Arroyo Series: The Exclusion Zone, by Wayne Johns. Thanks to Paul Bilger for once again providing such gorgeous cover art. 

Get yours here!