Kelsey Street Press: A Berkeley, California poetry press publishing experimental writing by women and non-binary authors



COMING SOON:
NEW AND SELECTED POEMS OF CECILIA VICUÑA
EDITED BY ROSA ALCALÁ

With translations by Rosa Alcalá, Esther Allen, Suzanne Jill Levine, Edwin Morgan,
Urayoán Noel, James O'Hern, Anne Twitty, Eliot Weinberger & Christopher Winks

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Cecilia Vicuna has embodied a life of political and social activism through poetry, visual art, film and performance. New and Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuna is a telling of old cultures, modern nation states and lives in exile. Rodrigo Toscano calls Vicuna's poetry "the outer out, beyond nation states, passed 'inter state' affairs, in other words, close in, as close as we get to our fair planet's sources, and to each other." In this bilingual collection, Vicuna and her translator, Rosa Alcala, are artist witnesses to a natural world that is a storehouse of sacred words, seeds, threads and songs. Present everywhere, they are sources for a rebalancing in human relationships and for new forms of grace and healing. In Vicuna's vision, art is life and intimacy with it is transformative.

New and Selected Poems of Cecilia Vicuña
by Cecilia Vicuña & edited and translated by Rosa Alcalá with additional translations by Esther Allen, Suzanne Jill Levine, Edwin Morgan, Urayoán Noel, James O'Hern, Anne Twitty, Eliot Weinberger & Christopher Winks
396 pages
Price to be announced May 2018;
Advance order requests to info@kelseyst.com will receive a 25% discount
ISBN: 978-0-932-71687-3



ANNOUNCING TWO FORTHCOMING TITLES

Judge Bhanu Kapil selected Andrea Abi-Karam's EXTRATRANSMISSION as the winner of our 2017 FIRSTS! Contest. We are also thrilled to announce that KSP will publish Metta Sama's second full-length book Swing at your own risk. Read more about these authors, as well as other KSP news, in our May newsletter!

 



NOW AVAILABLE:
RECOMBINANT BY CHING-IN CHEN

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Can a poetry seek to examine the erasure and reconstruction of a community history? Ching-In Chen’s recombinant is a work of material critique, philosophically jarring in its use of syntax, sound, the erasures held in the stillness of its whitespace that again and again mimic a historical registry. Drafting and growing multiple discourses, this text urges the reader to investigate female and genderqueer lineages in the context of labor smuggling and trafficking. Its syntactical utterances create a music that is masterful in these poems’ fractured words and experimental representation of page and praxis. Voices from various communities interact with each other to create what Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan calls an assertion of diasporan realities where multi-directional, heterogeneous modes of representation challenge conventional representation via photographs; newspaper articles; maps; city directories; records of immigration, birth and death; as well as scholarly research and archaeological records. recombinant is a work of insistence, a refusal of erasure, a proof of shared memory through the rewriting and remixing of historical remnant.

recombinant
by Ching-In Chen
96 pages
$16.95
ISBN: 978-0-932-71686-6

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NOW AVAILABLE:
TELL ME EVERY ANCHOR EVERY ARROW

Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow by Steffi Drewes traces simultaneous trajectories on a map that takes shape in real time: relationships, conversations, dream worlds, daily minutiae, and natural phenomena shift against a vivid panorama, spanning subways, Pacific coastlines, and desert highways. Here, a horizon line is not merely a vista, but an urgent, incantatory text resonant with the textures of smoke curls, ant colonies, and stale gum. Together, these nautical odes, anti-pastoral narratives, philosophical inquiries, and epistolary postcards present a kaleidoscopic travelogue exploring human connection and self-determination.

Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow
by Steffi Drewes
2016, 86 pages
$16.95
ISBN: 978-0-932716-85-9

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NOW AVAILABLE!
DEUS EX MACHINA: A MELODRAMA

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Deus Ex Machina by Jennifer Pilch was selected by judge Myung Mi Kim as Winner of the 2015 Kelsey Street Press FIRSTS! Contest. In this series of first books by emerging writers, Kelsey Street Press continues to link its editorial policy of addressing the marginalization of women writers to a poetics of allowance that encourages women to write directly from their own creative imperatives.

Deus Ex Machina: A Melodrama
by Jennifer Pilch
112 pages, $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-932716-84-2

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NOW AVAILABLE
NESTS AND STRANGERS: ON ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN POETS

Kelsey Street Press is pleased to announce the publication of its first critical anthology.

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"What is an avant-garde Asian American Poetic?" Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets offers an investigation into the contextual identities of diaspora, sound, and the materiality of objectification found both in and on the body through the possibilities of language and page. Essayists Sarah Dowling, Merle Woo, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Dorothy Wang provide a critical framework on the life, works, politics, and poetics of Asian American poets Nellie Wong, Myung Mi Kim, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, and Bhanu Kapil, four authors whose bodies of work represent the full range of Asian American poetry written since the 1970s.

Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets
Edited with an introduction by Timothy Yu
Afterword by Mg Roberts
2015, 116 pages
$16.95
ISBN: 978-0-932716-81-1

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2015 FIRSTS! CONTEST WINNER

Judge Myung Mi Kim selected Deus Ex Machina by Jennifer Pilch as the winner of the 2015 FIRSTS! Contest. Kelsey Street Press will publish Deus Ex Machina later this year. Read more about our contest winner.

Thank you to everyone who submitted to the contest. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the excellent finalist manuscripts (in alphabetical order by author):

Thesaurus for Ceasing War by Kate Ingold
Bone Confetti by Muriel Leung
Instruction Manual for Little Beasts by tessa micaela
there are boxes and there is wanting by tessa micaela
Say by Sara Olivares
S AL T F LA T by Holly Simonsen


YEAR-END GIVING OPPORTUNITIES

Please consider making a tax-deductible, year-end donation to Kelsey Street Press. As a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers, all donations go directly toward the design, printing, and promotion of our titles.

We are currently fundraising for several specific projects to which you may designate your donation.

I would like to designate my tax-deductible donation to Kelsey Street Press in support of:

Cecilia Vicuña's Selected Poems, translated by Rosa Alcalá (forthcoming in 2017)

FIRSTS!, Kelsey Street's first-book series

Wherever funds are needed most

Or, send a check made out to "Kelsey Street Press” to our office:

Kelsey Street Press
2824 Kelsey Street
Berkeley, CA 94705

For inquiries regarding donations, please email info @ kelseyst.com (without the spaces).