We’re so happy to announce the release of the newest title in our Keystone Chapbook Series: Madagascar by Don Hogle, selected by series editors Steve Bellin-Oka & Ron Mohring. The official publication date for this chapbook is August 21, but you can order now! Cover image by Ron Mohring.
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!
We’re now accepting pre-orders for Braids & Other Sestinas by Leonard Kress, which was selected by Betsy Sholl as co-winner of the 2010 Keystone Chapbook Prize. Copies should be ready to mail out by the first week of June; we’ll fill pre-orders first and then start sending out complimentary copies to the folks who entered a manuscript last year and have selected Braids as your preferred title. (The other co-winner, Never a Note Forfeit by Catherine Staples, is currently in production.)
Look for a fresh author page and ordering information under our “Our Books” tab; it should be up within 24 hours.
We’ve updated the “In production” tab to include new pages for Leonard Kress & Catherine Staples, whose Keystone Prize-winning chapbooks will come out in April & May. You can read a sample poem on each writer’s page. Stay tuned for the 2011 Summer Kitchen Series announcement–we’re just about to post these as well.
The results are in: this year’s guest judge, Betsy Sholl, has selected “Never a Note Forfeit,” by Catherine Staples, as the winning manuscript among writers with no previous chapbook publication for this year’s Keystone Prize. The runner-up manuscript was Jillian Barnett’s “You Don’t Need a Nose (and Other Things I’ve Learned).”
From the manuscripts by writers with previous chapbook or book publication, Betsy has selected “Braid & Other Sestinas” by Leonard Kress. The runner-up manuscript was “Appalachian Venus” by Melody Davis.
Leonard’s chapbook will be published in April 2011, and Catherine’s will be published in May 2011.
We want to thank everyone who submitted work, shared the word, and helped to make this the most successful year ever for the Keystone Series. With your support, Seven Kitchens continues to grow and uphold our commitment to publish strong, original poetry in handmade editions that our authors can be proud of. Special thanks to Betsy Sholl for serving as this year’s judge.
Next year’s Keystone Series has a new reading period: July 1 to August 15, 2011. Please mark your calendars!
Please drop by the Fiddler Crab Review to read Susan Jo Russell’s lovely review of Jeff Walt’s Soot, co-winner of last year’s Keystone Chapbook Prize. Our thanks to Emily and her fine staff of reviewers!
We’ve just learned that Katie Bode-Lang’s Spring Melt has won the 2010 New England Poetry Club’s Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize for a chapbook of poems published in the last two years. NEPC was founded by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, and Conrad Aiken in 1915. Katie has been invited to read on December 6 at Harvard. Please join us in congratulating Katie for this wonderful achievement.