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Crossley Simmons

Poetry by Crossley Simmons

Continuing our series featuring writing by the 2017 Firsts! contest finalists, this week we’re pleased to present poetry by Crossley Simmons. These poem/images are excerpts from her finalist manuscript A COMING OF AGE SCOOP NECK TEE: POEMS FOR (UN)DRESSING.                       …

Taeyin ChoGlueck

Poetry by Taeyin ChoGlueck

Our series featuring writing by Firsts! contest finalists continues with poetry by Taeyin ChoGlueck. Her manuscript 집:jib was selected by judge Bhanu Kapil as the runner-up in our 2017 contest.   excerpts from jib     Cow beside itself on the white kitchen floor.   The outsideperson whistling outside his …

heidi reszies

Poetry by Heidi Reszies

We are pleased to present the first in a series of blog posts featuring work by our 2017 Firsts! contest finalists. This week, excerpts from two poems by Heidi Reszies.   [from a body invariably]     In driving rain   the river swells to touch                           lingulate leaves tonguing …

7 Days and Nights in the Desert (Tracing the Origin)

Kelsey Street Press and First Books

Kelsey Street Press has had the good fortune to publish powerful first books by many amazing authors, including Bhanu Kapil’s The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers and Myung Mi Kim’s Under Flag, as well as early titles by writers such as Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Renee Gladman, and Elizabeth Robinson. The press has …

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 …