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.
Back in 2007, Seven Kitchens Press launched with a modest, hand-made chapbook: Harry Humes’ Underground Singing, selected by Jeff Mann for the inaugural Keystone Chapbook Prize. It’s a title that holds up well today, and we’re grateful to Harry for helping us lead off with such a memorable chapbook.
So it’s a huge thrill to release the 15th chapbook in the Keystone Series (and our 100th title!): Remorse Code, demi-sonnets by Erin Murphy. Thanks so much to Ellen McGrath Smith for selecting this title.
Please join us in congratulating Deborah Burnham and William Varner, whose manuscripts have been selected for the Keystone Chapbook Series!
Deborah’s previous chapbook, Still, was published as Number 2 in this series and we are delighted to publish more of her work. Her new chapbook, Among the Other Dead, will be Number 15 in the Keystone Series.
William Varner’s first chapbook, Leaving Erebus, will be Number 16 in the series. William grew up in York, PA, and now lives in Maine.
Both chapbooks will publish in summer of 2018.
Many thanks to this year’s judge, Marjorie Maddox, author of What She Was Saying (Fomite Press) and of the chapbook, Wives’ Tales (Seven Kitchens Press). And special thanks to Steve Bellin-Oka, who came aboard this year to serve as co-editor of this series.
Please welcome two new poets into the Keystone Chapbook Series: Eric Schwerer’s chapbook, Cruel Folklore, and Tammy Robacker’s collection, R, were both selected by Deirdre O’Connor as co-winners of the Keystone Chapbook Prize, and both have been released this month. Please click the titles to find out more and order your copies!
We’re delighted to announce the long-awaited release of Hayden Saunier’s new chapbook, Field Guide to the Underworld. Read a sample poem and order your copy here.
Please join us in welcoming Michael Hurley’s Wooden Boys to the world! Selected by Brent Goodman as Number 11 in the Keystone Chapbook Series, Michael’s collection officially launches on August 25. Here’s the shortlink.
Hot on the heels of Dave Bonta’s Breakdown: Banjo Poems is the tenth title in the Keystone Chapbook Series: The Salvager’s Arts, by William Kelley Woolfitt, selected by Sascha Feinstein. The official release date is September 28; please allow two weeks for delivery–I make each copy by hand, ya know. Orders are now being taken through Paypal or by query to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com. Please join us in congratulating Will!
We’re so very happy to bring out Dave Bonta’s new collection, Breakdown: Banjo Poems, Number Nine in the Keystone Chapbook Series, selected by Sascha Feinstein. We love, love the superb cover art by Steven Sherrill. Orders are now being taken through Paypal or by query to sevenkitchens at yahoo dot com. Please join us in congratulating Dave!
Among the titles currently in production and slated for release over the next few months is a re-boot of Lisa Sewell’s Long Corridor. The original was selected by G.C. Waldrep as co-winner of the 2008 Keystone Chapbook Prize. I’ve re-set the chapbook into a fresh, new edition that will come out on October 1. More information, including a link to order your copy, will be posted soon. Meanwhile, here’s a peek at the new cover:
We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and good wishes as we relocated–and rebooted–the press. Listed below, in alphabetical order by title, are the ten finalists for the 2012 Keystone Chapbook Prize. We expect a final decision from guest judge Brent Goodman within the next few weeks. Meanwhile, congratulations to the finalists and our deepest thanks to everyone who submitted work or ordered copies of our Keystone titles. The Keystone Series will resume in 2014; meanwhile, the winning titles from 2011–Dave Bonta’s Breakdown: Banjo Poems and William Woolfitt’s The Salvager’s Arts–are due to be released by summer’s end.
The 2012 finalists:
- Apocalypse at the County Fair
- Barking at the Storm
- Cartographies of Sleep
- Field Trip to the Underworld
- From the Colonies
- Plans Our Hands Made Without Us
- Recently Young in a People Gone Old
- The Tooth Maker’s Daughter
- Wooden Boys