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 …

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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 …

Poet and artist Etel Adnan
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Laura Sydell of NPR on Premonition and other Etel Adnan news

Thanks to Laura Sydell, Digital Culture Correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio), for her thoughtful remarks: Etel Adnan’s aptly named Premonition is a wizened work that finds simple beauty in “a beloved face” and more than words can say “in another tempest, this one in me.” The poem is like waking from …