Mistakes with Strangers, the new chapbook by Jeff Oaks, is officially published today! Number 7 in Volume Two of our Editor’s Series and hot on the heels of A.V. Christie’s The Wonders, which came out July 1, we (I) are (am) folding, cutting, and sewing a big ol’ batch of preordered copies–thank you, everyone!–and will have all those out by this weekend. Then it’s a merry-go-round assembly of several titles by Steven Alvarez, Christina Pacosz, Kevin McLellan, Christina Hutchins, Will Woolfitt, Dave Bonta, Heather Burns, Jeffery Ethan Lee. . . you get the picture: we need volunteers/ interns/ elves. If anyone knows anyone in the area who’d like to help assemble chapbooks and talk poetry, drop me a line (ron dot mohring at gmail dot com). And thank you, thank you all, for helping Seven Kitchens hang together through seven years and sixty (!) chapbooks.
We’re very happy to announce the July release of two new titles in our Editor’s Series: The Wonders by A.V. Christie, and Mistakes with Strangers by Jeff Oaks. The Wonders is scheduled for release on July 1, and Mistakes with Strangers will be released on July 15. Links to preorder your copies will be up on this site by Sunday evening, June 22. Please join us in congratulating these fine poets on their new books, and be sure to preorder your copy: pages are being printed today and the first batches of chapbooks will be shipped on the release dates.
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.
TONIGHT: Tuesday, Sept 28, 8-9 pm: Jeff Oaks & Stacey Waite will read their poems at Sphinx Cafe, 401 Atwood St in Pittsburgh. We wish we could be there to cheer on two of our favorite poets!
Thanks again to all the good folks at this year’s Small Press Festival in Pittsburgh, who made our first public foray into the Small Press Wonder Tent so effortless and enjoyable. I bopped down to Carlisle to pick up Kari Larsen and we zipped over to Pittsburgh via the the tollway through the first blush of early-autumn foliage. It was great to browse and chat with the other vendors/writers/artists and to get such a positive response to our catalog. The overwhelming “I-must-pick-this-up-and-check-it-out” title was Terry Kirts’ To the Refrigerator Gods. We set up next to David McNamara’s fabulous sunnyoutside table and enjoyed two days of friendly, engaging, and helpful bookchat (as well as a bit of Red Sox/DamnYankees banter). I met Noel Sloboda, whose poems I first encountered back when I was on staff at West Branch; had a lovely meeting & chat with Karen Weyant & her partner; finally met the awesome RJ Gibson; and got to hang out & have breakfast with the delightful Jeff Oaks. So many beautiful books–I wanted one of each! Already looking forward to doing this again next year.