CavanKerry Press

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Creative Nonfiction
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, Feminist, Healing/Health, LGBTQ Voices, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry
Representative Authors: 
Robert Cording, Mary Ruefle, Ross Gay, Catherine Doty, Jack Wiler, Andrea Carter Brown, Sondra Gash
Book Types: 
Essay collections, Memoir, Poetry collections
Paperback, E-book
Reading Period: 
Aug 1 to Aug 31
Temporarily closed to submissions
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Publishes Through Contests Only: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Titles per Year: 
6 to 10
The Chicago Distribution Center at the University of Chicago Press

Editorial Focus

CavanKerry Press seeks materials from the broadest range of writers, including people of color and people with disabilities. They are partial to the writer whose distinct voice is emotionally accessible and daring. They discourage victim-ridden, pedagogic, politically preachy, or sentimental material. CKP does not publish self-help, how-to, romance or sci-fi. For more info, see

Tips From the Editor

Please review guidelines before submitting manuscripts. Familiarize yourself with some of CavanKerry’s work. You can find a sample of the quality of our authors and the type of work we publish over at

Most of all, we want to connect to you through your writing—to step into your world and understand its shape and the experiences which have made it that way. The most successful manuscripts will not be buried in layers of allusion, but will be welcome and illuminating, revealing something true and unobscured about the life that led the poems within to be crafted.

Contact Information

Gabriel Cleveland, Director and Managing Editor
5 Horizon Road
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
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Last updated: Feb 22, 2024