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 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.
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 December 2019 comes Jesse Seldess’ third full length collection, Several Rotations. In April 2020, Kenning Editions will publish a collection of Audre Lorde’s lectures, readings, and interviews given in Germany during the 1980s. Audre Lorde: Dream of Europe is edited by Mayra Rodríguez Castro and offers a certain, sometimes surprising curriculum for engaged poetics based on readings of American counter-culture. Later, look for new books by Devin King, Legna Rodriguez and Holly Melgard. Care of editor Daniel Borzutzky, Juan Luis Martinez’s The New Novel will appear before too long, also, the first translation into English of this influential and strange rupture in the generic edifice of poetry.
The previous season saw much lauded releases, including: Kevin Killian’s selected plays, Stage Fright; Grenade in Mouth: Some Poems of Miyó Vestrini, edited by Faride Mereb, and translated by Anne Boyer and Cassandra Gillig; and Craig Dworkin’s The Pine-Woods Notebook. September 2019 brings The Chilean Flag by Elvira Hernández, translated by Alec Schumacher, and with an introduction by Cecilia Vicuña. The Dirty Text by Afro-Cuban poet Soleida Rios (translated by Barbara Jamison and Olivia Lott) was named by Entropy one of the best works of fiction published in 2018. Juana I by Ana Arzoumanian (translated by Gabriel Amor) was released and we were able to bring Ana to the United States for her first ever readings in New York and Chicago.
Kenning Editions has published first books 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. The annual Festival of Poets Theater is in its fourth year and was founded and still co-sponsored by Kenning Editions. In 2010, The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945-1985 was released to great acclaim, and it remains a go-to resource for this fugitive genre.
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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