A 501c3 non-profit, independent literary publisher founded in 1998, Kenning Editions began as a “newsletter” in the small press “little magazine” tradition. Since 2005 Kenning has published paperback books explicitly involved in a negotiation between political commitment and aesthetic quality. Work of this kind variously proves that “experimental” is not a stylistic feature or set of effects, but that risk and deliberation are mutually ramifying forces.
In 2015-2016, Kenning Editions will publish Dolores Dorantes’ Style (translated by Jen Hofer) and Joshua Corey’s new translation of Francis Ponge’s classic Le Parti pris des choses. Ongoing is a series of ten chapbooks of nonfiction writing, entitled Ordinance, which is available exclusively through the press. Ordinance essays are commissioned, the books are handmade and perfectbound, and the series covers areas such as contemporary poetics, philosophy, politics, and technology. Authors include Daniel Borzutzky, Cassandra Troyan, Andrew Durbin, and Julietta Cheung.
Kenning Editions has published first books by Trisha Low, K. Silem Mohammad and Jesse Seldess; the first full-length translations into English of Dolores Dorantes and Jean-Marie Gleize; The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater, the first collection of its kind anywhere; Hannah Weiner’s Open House, which introduced this extraordinary poet and artist to many, while practically discovering the full scope of her work; and the “audio edition” of the Kenning newsletter which, in 2000, presaged resources like PennSound.
Kenning Editions is a small press with a regular staff of one individual, who relies on the input of many, and now also your tax-deductible monetary contributions to continue. Consider becoming a supporter of Kenning Editions. Just click “donate” and enter the amount you would like to give. Premium levels begin at $10.00 and all supporters receive acknowledgement by name in a forthcoming title. All levels at $35.00 and above receive a subscription to the Ordinance series, which runs through 2016. Click here to learn more about the options.