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.
Kenning Editions is one of the few publishing outlets keeping alive innovative and experimental writing that originates under, and responds to, the multiple indices of empire.—Tyrone Williams
In 2017, Kenning Editions plans three major publications, including Juana 1 by Ana Arzoumanian (translated by Gabriel Amor) and El Texto Sucio / The Dirty Text by Soleida Rios (translated by Barbara Jamison). These two books are edited by the new Chief Editor of Kenning Editions, Daniel Borzutzky. Ana Arzoumanian is a lawyer and psychoanalyst born and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Inspired by the tale of Juana the Mad, Queen of Spain, Juana 1 was adapted for the stage by Román Caracciolo, as La que necesita una boca. Soleida Rios is among the most important yet least known Afra-Hispanic writers. Half of that is about to change. Rios edited an anthology of Cuban women poets and artists which has become a touchstone of 20th century Cuban culture and will appear in 2018 from Wings Press. Her 1999 book El Texto Sucio will be the first full-length book of her own poetry to be published in the United States. The third book this season will be The Selected Poems of Miyó Vestrini, edited by Faride Mereb and translated by Anne Boyer and Cassandra Gillig. Selected Poems of Miyó Vestrini introduces to Anglophone readers the work of one of the vanguard voices of Venezuelan poetry with texts that cover three decades: from the year 1960 to 1990. The book offers a broader spectrum of her poems than previously compiled, including previously unpublished texts alongside her best known and most important works. Vestrini was born in France in 1938, emigrated to Venezuela at the age of 9, was a member of the Apocalipsis literary group, a journalist, and a poet of “militant death.” She died by suicide in 1991. Kenning Editions will also co-curate and sponsor Chicago’s Third Annual Festival of Poets Theater (with Green Lantern Press and Sector 2337) in December 2017, including an online-only evening of presentations marking its first virtual, international showcase.
2015-2016 saw the publication of Dolores Dorantes’ Style (bilingual, translated by Jen Hofer) and Joshua Corey’s new translation of Francis Ponge’s classic Le Parti pris des choses. The Ordinance chapbook series of nonfiction writing ended with ten titles in all.
Kenning Editions — which has published some of the most exciting and exacting poetic prose so far this century — now doubles down with its invigorating and provocative new Ordinance series, dealing out a straight flush of surprise, challenge interest, instruction, and fun in equal measures. I’ve rarely felt so lucky. —Craig Dworkin
Kenning Editions has published first books of poetry by Trisha Low, K. Silem Mohammad, and Jesse Seldess; novels by Pamela Lu and Tan Lin, and the first full-length translation into English of Jean-Marie Gleize; as well as Hannah Weiner’s Open House, which introduced this extraordinary poet and artist to many, while practically discovering the full scope of her work. In 2000, the “audio edition” of the Kenning newsletter presaged resources like PennSound; and in the 1990s the newsletter offered the first glimpses of Lyn Hejinian’s “Happily” and Jackson Mac Low’s “Forties.” Kenning takes a broad, international view, in addition to publishing fiction, nonfiction, drama, and the occasional artist’s book or printed object.
Kenning Editions is not just a publishing house (though it does that with exceptional clarity and vigor); it has become a platform upon which poetic discourse and the writers that attend it are given a chance to spread out, experiment, and collaborate in community. As such it provides a unique and interactive space for artistic development.—Caroline Picard
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