Kelsey Street Press: A Berkeley, California poetry press publishing collaborations between women poets and artists


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


In January 2015, Kelsey Street Press will have an open reading period for woman-identified authors who have already published two or more books of poetry. Submissions will open on January 1st and close on January 31st at midnight PST. Read full details and guidelines.


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 (see the November 2014 issue of our newsletter for more information about these projects).

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

Nests & Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets

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

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Rings cover

Rings by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
2014, 128 pages, $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-932716-83-5


Rings, the winner of our 2014 Firsts! Contest, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly:

Wagner's debut collection is an astounding, labyrinthine, and primordial environment where language is a refreshingly bewildering, alien thing: "few could see the trees/ for the fringe, the forest for its foreign language." These poems are wild creatures sprawling into one another in a loose alphabetic form that is powerfully exercised, technically masterful, and encyclopedic in its scope. The book moves like a single complex organism with a multiplicity of curious voices . . . Wagner documents voraciously so that, like our ancestor's cave paintings, we can clearly see ourselves, our world, and our imperfections.

Read more praise for Rings.
Read an excerpt from Rings on the KSP blog.



New poetry by Denise Leto, Lisa Donovan, Marjorie Stein, and nico peck; guest blogger Susan Gevirtz writes about "Embodiment, Gender and Experimental Writing."


Hear Sabrina Dalla Valle read from 7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin) in our online Audio Catalog.