“Hearing Loss” by Susanne Dyckman

Susanne Dyckman’s first full-length book of poetry, Equilibrium’s Form (Shearsman Books, 2006), was praised by D.A. Powell for “carefully balancing the quiet, arid world with the act of longing” and enacting “the inevitable feeling of absence.” This week, we’re pleased to share Dyckman’s poem “Hearing Loss,” an excerpt from a …

Contest judge Myung Mi Kim

Announcing the 2015 FIRSTS! Contest
judged by Myung Mi Kim

Reading Period: August 15–September 15, 2014 2015 Judge: Myung Mi Kim 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 …


an excerpt from Instruction Manual for Little Beasts by tessa micaela

tessa micaela’s manuscript there are boxes and there is wanting was a finalist in the Kelsey Street Press FIRSTS! contest. Vitally concerned with how we connect with one another, both intimately and socially, her poetry relentlessly explores the structure and experience of these interactions. We’re pleased to present the following …