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 2019, Kenning Editions will publish four titles. In February come Kevin Killian’s selected plays, Stage Fright, and Craig Dworkin’s The Pine-Woods Notebook. In mid-March Kenning Editions will publish Grenade in Mouth: Some Poems of Miyó Vestrini, edited by Faride Mereb, and translated by Anne Boyer and Cassandra Gillig. The Chilean Flag by Elvira Hernández, translated by Alec Schumacher, and Devin King’s The Grand Complication will follow in summer.
Our most recent titles include El Texto Sucio / The Dirty Text by Soleida Rios (translated by Barbara Jamison and Olivia Lott) and Juana I by Ana Arzoumanian (translated by Gabriel Amor). Of the latter, The Kenyon Review writes:
Arzoumanian resuscitates, and complicates, this centuries-old gendered power struggle with an immediacy that feels unsettlingly familiar to the masculine anxieties we witness in our present. Juana’s voice reads as contemporary, urgent, sexual, and tragic, sculpted by Amor into an English that prompts us to pause and marvel, Oh! That’s how translation should be—that’s what translation can do.
Here is an interview between author and translator.
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 series of nonfiction chapbooks published nine titles, including essays by Brandon Brown, Janelle Rebel, Andrew Durbin, and Cassandra Troyan, most of which remain available to download freely from the website.
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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