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 two major publications: Juana 1 by Ana Arzoumanian (translated by Gabriel Amor) and El Texto Sucio / The Dirty Text by Soleida Rios (translated by Barbara Jamison). 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 an important Cuban poet whose work is prized by many but circulated very little among English language readers. El Texto Sucio will be the first full-length book of her poetry to be published in the United States. These two books are edited by the new Chief Editor of Kenning Editions, Daniel Borzutzky.
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
The press has also co-curated and sponsored the First and Second Annual Festival of Poets Theater in Chicago (December 2016 and 2017). Among the authors and performers represented by the festival these first two iterations are: Jennifer Tamayo, Ingrid Becker and Hannah Brooks-Motl, The Living Theatre, Josh Rios and Anthony Romero, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Carla Harryman, Kevin Killian, Dodie Bellamy, Kathy Acker and Richard Foreman, Amiri Baraka, and Kevin B. Lee.
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
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. Supporter levels:
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