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Small Press Spotlight: Rose Metal Press

I had the pleasure of interviewing Abby and Kathleen at Rose Metal Press for this week's Small Press Spotlight. Now in it's fifth year, Rose Metal Press publishes an interesting variety with their few books per year. Stay tuned for my discussion of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (coming soon)!

Our interview was conducted via email and here is what we discussed:

Tell us a little bit about your press and its mission.

Founded by Abby Beckel and Kathleen Rooney in Boston in January of 2006, Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of work in hybrid genres, specializing in the publication of short short, flash, and micro-fiction; prose poetry, novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.

How many books do you publish per year, on average?

We do two full-length paperback books and one limited edition chapbook with letterpress covers annually. The full-length books are generally the result of either an open reading period or a query that we have received and accepted, and the chapbook is always the winner of our annual short short chapbook contest. Last year’s winner, How Some People Like Their Eggs by Sean Lovelace, just won a place in the New England Bookshow for design. This year’s chapbook contest reading period will run from October 15 to December 1 and will be judged by Kim Chinquee. More details on the contest and how to submit can be found here:

What's the best way to keep in touch with Rose Metal Press and your new titles?

The best way to keep up with us is through our website: and our blog: And you can always email us at rosemetalpress[at]gmail[dot]com

Are there any current or forthcoming titles that you would like to mention that you feel particularly represent the best of your press and its work?

We love to talk about all of our books, but we’ll limit it to the recent and almost-out releases, starting with The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry edited by Gary L. McDowell and F. Daniel Rzicznek. Part anthology and part critical study, it was just released in April and is the companion book to The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction edited by Tara L. Masih (which just won a bronze in the Foreword Book of the Year Awards in the writing category). Next up we’ve got Mary Hamilton’s We Know What We Are, winner of our fourth annual short short chapbook contest selected by Dinty W. Moore, which is slated for a July release. And after that, in September, we’ve got Color Plates, a museum of short fictions very loosely based on Impressionist paintings, by Adam Golaski. We also have a subscription program where participants can get all three of the books that we publish each year as soon as they come out. More details subscribing can be found here:

What else is happening at Rose Metal Press right now?

Adam Golaski, author of Color Plates, is embarking on an ambitious and adventuresome multi-city book tour this fall that will take him to independent bookstores in such exotic locales as Iowa City, Chicago, New York City, and Portland, Maine, among others. You can find out when he’ll be reading in a city near you on our news page at:

***My sincere thanks to the ladies at Rose Metal Press for taking the time to share a little about their work here at The Lit Witch. Be sure to stop by their web site and check out their blog!  This article originally appeared on The Lit Wtich: A Book Blog.


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