BkMk Press Books



By Bojan Louis

  It takes only the ring of the opening poems in Currents to realize this book does exactly what one hopes a first book will do, bring alive a new, original voice.  It’s a voice Bojan Louis not only sustains, but b...

Feet of the Messenger


By H. C. Palmer

  Between the horrors of the Vietnam War and the pacific silences of the Kansas prairie, H. C. Palmer honors both the beauty of the English language and the ancient powers of poetry to speak experience without diminishing it. Seldom h...

All That Held Us


By Henrietta Goodman

Available Soon In this collection of linked sonnets, a young woman wrestles with the expectations of her repressive upbringing and Southern culture. Raised by a jaded and critical mother and haunted by an absent father, she constru...

Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child


By Mia Leonin

Available for pre-order. Publication: April 1, 2018 Color illustrations by Nereida García Ferraz   Fable of the Pack-Saddle Child, an illustrated book-length poem for adult...

The World Is One Place

Native American Poets Visit the Middle East

By Diane Glancy, Linda Rodriguez, editors

  Jim Barnes • Kimberly Blaeser • Trevino L. Brings Plenty • Natalie Diaz • Diane Glancy • Joy Harjo • Allison Hedge Coke • Travis Hedge Coke • Linda Hogan • LeAnne Howe • Bojan Lou...

The Red Hijab

By Bonnie Bolling

Poetry. Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by H. L. Hix.   Featured on The Rumpus...



By Robert Stewart

  These poems are moving, experienced, and, in their own hardbitten earthy way, pretty elegant. I love the way Stewart’s affection for his subject, his genuine sweetness, keeps being close-shaved by a tough, realistic sense of l...


Seven Poems

By Robert Stewart

Published by Woods Colt Press (BkMk Press distributor) In these seven poems the ovum...

One Blackbird at a Time


By Wendy Barker

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Alice Friman  featured on Poetry Dail...

There Is Not Fashion to It

Selected Poems

By Thomas McAfee

Edited by Ted Schaefer, Tricia Schaefer, Kay Callison, Jerry Dethrow, and Greg Michalson Though he is best remembered as one of Missouri's leading authors in the 20th century, one who helped launch the...

Quiet City: Poems

By Susan Aizenberg

  Featured in Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry  Read the review in...

Border States

By Jane Hoogestraat

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Luis J. Rodriguez Featured on Writer's Almanac, ...

Beauty Mark

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry selected by Kevin Prufer

By Suzanne Cleary

  Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, winner Paterson Poetry Prize, citat...

Last Lambs


By Bill Bauer

  Finalist, Eric Hoffer Award Reviewed in ...

The Library of Dreams

New & Selected Poems 1965-2013

By Howard Schwartz

  Reviewed in ...

Trouble Behind Glass Doors


By Walter Bargen; Mike Sleadd (cover art)

  “Trouble” is organized into three sections: the first considers the poet’s varying and ambiguous role as laureate, the second contemplates and illustrates and ludicrous nature of the phrase & whole facts,...

It Must Be Time for Something


By Crystal MacLean Field

Latest Chapbook from BkMk Press:  It Must Be Time for Something by Crystal MacLean Field.  Av...

In Someone Else's House


By Christian Barter

  Maine Literary Awards, winner, poetry Featured on PBS News Hour Weekly Poem, Verse Daily...

Axis Mundi


By Karen Holmberg


Secret Wounds


By Richard M. Berlin

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Gary Young Winner, USABookNews.com Best Book ...



By Megan Harlan

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Sidney Wade Winner, USABookNews.com Best Book Award ...

Tongue of War

From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki

By Tony Barnstone

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by B.H Fairchild Silver Award, Independent Pusblisher Book Awards...

Cleaning a Rainbow


By Gary Gildner

In this engaging collection, Gildner observes the endangered wonders of the natural world amid the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho where he lives. He also considers life through the eyes of his young daughter, and he remembers his own parents, refle...

Concise Biography of Original Sin, A


By John Samuel Tieman

  Winner, USABookNews.com Best Book Awards 1st runner up, Eric Hoffer Award   These poems exp...

Days Like This Are Necessary

New & Selected Poems

By Walter Bargen

  Honorable Mention, Eric Hoffer Award Days Like This Are Necessary" includes new poems as well as highlights from the 13-book career of Walter Bargen, first poet laureat...

Airs & Voices


By Bonnell, Paula

   Winner of John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Mark Jarman    Book Description Publication Date: Jun...

Kansas City Literary Events

Arlin Buyert & Arts in Prison

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Overland Park, Kan.


New Letters on the Air Archive Audio on The Paris Review Podcast

The Paris Review’s podcast for Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, will feature John Ashbery reading his poem “Soonest Mended,” from a 1986 New Letters on the Air program. More information and links to The Paris Review Podcast here.


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

Jamaica KincaidJim ShepardGloria Vando & Anika ParisLuis Alberto Urrea, and Alex George, normally $7.99 per episode, this cd collection comes with over $15.00 in savings. Downloads of these programs have been reduced and are available through our archives.