BkMk Press Books

Garden Amid Fire, A


By Swan, Gladys

    Finalist, For the Eric Hoffer Award   Nine stories...skillfully track time's toll on the ability to live and love fully. -- Publishers Weekl...

Wayne's College of Beauty


By Swanger, David

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Colleen J. McElroy   ...

Necessary Lies


By Bakken, Kerry Neville

  Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Hilary Masters Winner, of the Devil's Kitchen Reading Prize ...

Fence Line


By Bauer, Curtis

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Christopher Buckley  Poetry. "FENCE LINE is a terrific first book by a young poet with a uniquevoi...

Book of the Rotten Daughter, The


By Friman, Alice

  Finalist, Georgia Author of the year   Poetry. Women's studies. Alice Friman's THE BOOK OF THE ROTTEN DAUGHTER contains "astonishing poems which fearlessly...

Beyond the Reach


By Cummins, Deborah

Poetry. "Cummins is a poet with both hands in plain sight. No manipulative literary affectations, no illustrations oftheory, no personal mission other than to address us directly, with clarity, authenticity, and above all, with generosity"--Ted Ko...

Circe, After Hours


By Kallet, Marilyn

Poetry. "Through vivid characters, she examines Jewish life in the American South, in New York, and in the death camps of Europe. She employs the historian's tools in 'speaking the past,' and then, through these poems, the past speaks to us"--Robi...

Logic of a Rose, The

Chicago Stories

By Lombardo, Billy

  Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Gladys Swan Finalist, Society of Midland Authors Prize   These moving yet ...



By Donaghy, Daniel

    Finalist, Paterson Poetry Prize   Streetfighting is a racy, sobering book about the vicissitudes of an urban childhood.  Every poem has the ring of authenticity—the obs...

Feast, The

Prose Poem Sequences

By Bargen, Walter

    Winner, John Gardner Award for Fiction   Poetry. Writer Debra Di Blasi calls The Feast, "a work of subversive genius, particularly relevant ...

I'll Never Leave You


By Francis, H.E.

    Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Diane Glancy   Review Fiction. This collection of short stories explores the inner lives of characters who ...

Lake Erie Blue


By Grimm, Susan

In Lake Erie Blue, Susan Grimm has created a vibrant and haunted city of desire lying along a great lake that ripples with mystery. She sings of the one place we know more and less about than any other: home....

Prayer Against Famine


By Knoepfle, John

Poetry. In this moving book of poems,John Knoepfle transforms a search for his Irish roots into a meditationon human suffering and survival. The whole book is a prayer againstfamine and the gratuitous cruelty inflicted on the innocent, both theIri...

Bed of Nails


By Tanner, Ron

  Winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction, Selected by Janet Burroway Winner, Towson Prize for Literature, Maryland   Fiction. "[...

Escape Artist


By Blackhawk, Terry

  Winner of the John Cia...

Difficult Women


By Duhrssen, Alfred

By difficult women, the writer doesn't mean hard to seduce but women who are bad tempered, quarrelsome, and treacherous. She: You made me this way. He: That's what a difficult wom...



By Mitchell, Roger

[Roger] Mitchell gives us a history of the Adirondacks, with the Indian languages, travelers' accounts, songs and dances, diaries, museum artifacts, and the poet's own deeply rooted personal experience. It is a book t...

Alibi Café, The


By Troy, Mary

    Finalist, William Rockhill Nelson Award   Fiction. "What virtually all the characters share is a profound sense of ironic detachment that ke...

Dissolving Island, The


By Rigsbee, David

Poetry. "The work of a raconteur of the spirit, a splendid storyteller with just enough jaunty language to make you feel you'd want to hear almost anything he had to say. He is elegiac and disciplined, rapturous and suspicious, but more than anyth...

Blue Beat Syncopation


By Banks, Stanley E.

Poetry. African American. "Along with his mentor Langston Hughes, Banks is one of the few po...


Poems and other Retina Prints

By Goldring, Elizabeth

When artist and poet Elizabeth Goldring found a way to use technology for visual art, the images she captured on her damaged retinas became "frozen traces of seeing, the memory of words that move and flow into meaning...

Kentucky Swami


By Skeen, Tim

  Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, Selected by Michael Burns   Poetry. "Tim Skeen's John Ciardi Prize-winning collection reveals a distanced compa...

In the Knees of the Gods


By Reeves, Trish

Poetry. Gay / Lesbian. "Compressed as these spare lyrics are, they open to an unmistakable amplitude: the life of feeling honored, observed, sung. "...luck could sing from every word on this page," Trish Reeves writes; these moving and genuine poe...

Father's Mechanical Universe


By Heller, Steve

In Father's Mechanical Universe, the American Dream is a quart low and the Kellerman family has to use all its ingenuity, wit and love to keep its motor running. Steve Heller has written a touching, elegiac book that ...

Playing the Word


By Jaffe, Dan

Poetry. "Dan Jaffe's celebration of jazz is so vivid and passionate I could hear the tunes and see the smoke. It was 3 a.m. and I had no thought of going home until the last note was played. This book is a great work of love" --James Tate. ...

Iris Rising


By Woessner, Warren

"In Woessner's world, it's the humans that often form the background to the nature that is so present and alive, you'll discover yourself looking around as if you've never been here before--a survivor who must learn to read the signs of birds, tre...

Kansas City Literary Events

Gabriel Tallent

Friday, September 22, 2017
Wichita, Kan.


BkMk Press Poetry and Fiction Contest Winners Announced

Find out who won the latest Ciardi Prize for Poetry and Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. You could be next! Click here for guidelines.


Clarion Awards Selection CD Special

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