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Indie Spotlight: Year-end Wrap-up

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Now we’re in the midst of the holidays, it's a terrific time to turn your attention toward independent presses, whether you’re purchasing gifts or considering where to make your year-end donations. With the tightest of budgets and smallest of staffs, independent presses annually produce ambitious books that may not

Indie Spotlight: Piscataqua Press

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Piscataqua Press is a unique publishing project operating out of RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. For Ploughshares, Tom Holbrook shares his motivation for beginning the press, how selections are made, and what he thinks are the editorial responsibilities of working with “pay to publish” titles.

Indie Spotlight: Islandport Press

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After sixteen years, Islandport has more than a hundred titles in print, all of which are carefully designed and handsomely produced. For Ploughshares, publisher Dean Lunt shares the inspiration behind Islandport Press, the qualities specific to an Islandport author, and what readers and writers can look for in the

Indie Spotlight: Seven Kitchens Press

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Poet Ron Mohring began Seven Kitchens Press in the fall of 2007, and to date the press has produced more than 75 poetry chapbooks through a range of contests and series. Their Robin Becker Chapbook Prize invites manuscripts from writers identifying as LGBTQ, and the Keystone Chapbook Prize (currently

Indie Spotlight: Burnside Review Press

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Founder and editor Sid Miller shares with Ploughshares readers the history behind Burnside Review Press, how he finds his authors, and what keeps the press and review going after ten plus years.

Indie Spotlight: BkMk Press

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In 1971, BkMk Press was founded by Dan Jaffe, English professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Roy Fox, head librarian of the Johnson County Library system in Kansas.

Indie Spotlight: Press 53

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Press 53, based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was founded in 2005 by Kevin Morgan Watson as a publisher of short fiction and poetry. Although they put out a smattering of memoirs and novels for a short time, in 2011 they narrowed their focus to publish only poetry, short fiction,

Indie Spotlight: Bellevue Literary Press

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  Bellevue Literary Press was founded in 2005 by Erika Goldman and Jerome Lowenstein, author, M.D., and Professor at New York University School of Medicine, where he also began the Program for Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education. Bellevue is currently headed by publisher and editorial director Erika Goldman, who

Indie Spotlight: Canarium Books

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With assistance from the University of Michigan, Canarium Books formed in 2008 out of the journal The Canary, which had been founded by writers Joshua Edwards, Anthony Robinson, and Nick Twemlow. Now based in Marfa, Texas under the collective editorship of Joshua Edwards, Nick Twemlow, Robyn Schiff, and Lynn

Indie Spotlight: Sarabande Books

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  Founded in 1994 in Louisville, Kentucky by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner, Sarabande Books began with a mission to publish and distribute with “diligence and integrity” books of poetry, short fiction and essays. Their first two titles appeared 20 years ago as winners of the Mary McCarthy Prize