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  • Listen to the Codex Release

    Listen to the Codex_Poems by Cindy RinneYak Press is pleased to announce the release of Listen to the Codex by Cindy Rinne, the newest addition to the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series. A well-known poet who lives and writes about San Bernardino, California and environs, this is Cindy’s second chapbook, and her fourth book of poetry.

    We’re so happy to welcome Cindy to the Native Blossoms family, that we’re offering free shipping on pre-orders of her chapbook through July 16, 2017! To pre-order a copy for yourself, click here. Pre-orders will be fulfilled on July 17, 2017, one week before the official launch, which will be held at Skylight Books!

    If you’d like to join us to celebrate the release of Listen to the Codex, please join us for the official book launch at Skylight Books on Sunday, July 23, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 PM. Cindy Rinne will read, and will also be joined by special guest readers from the Native Blossoms Series, Nancy Carroll and Melisa Malvin-Middleton.

    As part of the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, Cindy’s chapbook features a constraint poem “that takes the botanical name of a wildflower or other flora native to the poet’s locale as its title.” Cindy has chosen to write about Black Sage, which is featured prominently on the book’s cover. Guests who purchase the book at the event will be entered to win some special “black sage” prize giveaways!

    Here are the details:


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  • Hover the Bones Release

    Hover the Bones -- Poems by Melisa Malvin-MiddletonYak Press is very pleased to announce the release of Hover the Bones by Melissa Malvin-Middleton. This lovely collection is the fourth chapbook in the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series, and as such, completes the first “quartet.” A second quartet is forthcoming.

    We’re so excited, we’re offering free shipping on pre-orders of the book through February 18, 2017! To pre-order your copy, click here. Pre-orders will be fulfilled starting February 11, 2017, one week before the official release.

    If you’d like to join us in celebrating the release of Hover the Bones, we’re hosting a poetry reading featuring the books’ author, Melisa Malvin-Middleton, along with the other poets from the Native Blossoms series and some special guest poets at Neutra Institute in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM. Here are the details:










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  • “Guerilla” Activities for Poetry Month

    Mary Oliver quote Another poetry month has rolled around, prompting the ever-present question: how can we get poetry into the hands of the people who need it most? “Bread in the pockets of the hungry,” as Mary Oliver put it, poems are as essential to our welfare as breathing. In chatting about this with Yak Press poet Brian Sonia-Wallace, who makes his living putting poems into the pockets of the hungry every day, the topic turned quickly to ideas of “guerilla” poetry activities. “Ever heard of yarn bombing?” I wondered, aloud, “We could try poem bombing.” I recalled a story I’d heard of a woman who printed up poems on slips of paper and stuffed them into the pockets of all the garments in a thrift store, for example. Then, there was the person who made up flyers, sort of like the kind you’d use to advertise a lost pet, (“Seen this poem?”) and plastered every lamp post, bus bench, and shop window within a ten-block radius.

    We quickly realized, however, that since Brian plans to write poems from the steps of L.A. City Hall to share with passersby, the term poem “bombing” might not be the best choice of words. That it could warrant undesirable attention from the mayor’s security detail. That the NSA might not be too keen on the concept. Literary terrorists? Bad-ass, yes, but unlikely to secure arts funding.don't_let_poetry_die

    But, the Academy of American Poets has already come up with another “guerilla” way to share poems: Poem in Your Pocket day, which happens Thursday, April 21 this year. The idea is to carry a poem in your pocket all day, and to share it randomly with whomever you encounter. Say, the cashier at the grocery store. Or, the person pumping gas next to you. Or your teachers. Or students. Anyone who’s hungry.

    Here’s a “pocket” poem from Pressed Against All That Nothing by Cody Deitz that we invite you to carry around and share. You can also download a print copy here: HABIT OF THE WORLD_Pocket Poem

    For more “bread” for the “pockets of the hungry,” check out our poetry catalog.

    HABIT OF THE WORLD_Pocket Poem


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  • We’re Going to AWP!

    We’re really excited to be a first-time exhibitor at #AWP16! Held this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from March 30 – April 2, 2016, The Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference really is, to put it bluntly, HUGE! With over 13,000 registered attendees, and hundreds of exhibitors, it’s kind of overwhelming! Drop in to chat with us at space 2144 and enter to win free books! We hope to see you there!

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  • Pressed Against All That Nothing – New Release

    NB logo_webYak Press is very pleased to announce its latest release with the publication of the third title in the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series: Pressed Against All That Nothing by Cody Deitz. The collection navigates landscapes — both internal and external, physical and metaphysical  — as it chronicles a brother’s battle with addiction. The poems are poignant and stirring, and we find ourselves captured almost as if we’ve been overtaken by a flash flood, moved along with Deitz’ current of emotion, at once overwhelmed and hopeful, and carried through from the opening piece (offered below) to the final poem.


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  • The Poetry Circus

    MENUCome one! Come all! To the 2nd Poetry Circus at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, slated for Saturday, September 19th from 5:30 to 9:30 PM. This event is FREE, fun for the whole family, and open to the public! Featuring Luis J. Rodriguez, poet laureate of Los Angeles, an incredible lineup of 33 poets will read from their work—it’s a poetry ride! There will be haiku balloons, crafts for kids, a book fair, literary organizations, circus performers and free carousel rides. If you’ve ever wanted the chance to run away with the circus, this is it!


    Yak Press is very pleased to announce the publication Poetry Circus_Coverof The Poetry Circus Chapbook, a collection which offers one poem by each of the 33 poets/writers/performance artists destined to take us along on that  poetry ride that is The Poetry Circus. Many of the poems are circus-themed, and all of them intoxicating. Available for purchase at the event, The Poetry Circus Chapbook will also serve as a “program” to guide the audience members through the evening’s progression of an astounding number of poets-as-circus-acts while they whirl through wild readings that promise to make all of our heads spin!


    Here’s a map to help you find your way to the Poetry Circus:

    MAP_PCSaturday, September 19, 2015
    5:30 to 9:30 PM
    Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round
    4730 Crystal Springs Drive
    Los Angeles, CA   90027

  • Events and Appearances
  • Night Walks Launch Party

    2014-04-13 Nancy Reading
    Nancy Carroll reads from Night Walks, her new chapbook.


    On Saturday, April 13, 2014, we held our first Native Blossoms Chapbook Series poetry reading and open mic to celebrate the launch of Night Walks by Nancy Carroll.


    2014-04-13 Anne Reading
    Anne Yale introduces the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series.



    Held at the Republic of Pie in NoHo, the reading was a blast!



    Sophia Petkovic rocks the house!
    Sophia Petkovic rocks the house!


    Ulrica Bell reads fantastic new work during the Open Mic.
    Ulrica Bell reads fantastic new work during the Open Mic.

    Everyone had such a great time!






    We definitely plan to continue.

    Night Walks by Nancy Carroll
    Night Walks by Nancy Carroll
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  • New Chapbook Series Due Soon!

    We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new poetry chapbook series to our catalogue of offerings: the Native Blossoms Chapbook Series. The series presents the work of contemporary poets, and each chapbook  features at least one poem that takes the botanical name of a wildflower (or other flora) native to the poet’s locale as its title. Four short collections will be chosen for publication each year. Due in April 2014, (in honor of Poetry Month) Series One, Number 1, Night Walks by Nancy Carroll launches the series.

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  • We Have A Winner!

    We’re pleased to announce that Jessica De La Torre of St. Paul the Apostle School in Los Angeles, CA, won our Valentine’s Day Crossword Puzzle Contest drawing!! As the prize winner, Jessica is the recipient of The Baker’s Dozen, 13 Giant Crossword Puzzles, which we hope she and her students will have loads of fun solving. Yaktastic! Congratulations, Jessica! Enjoy!!

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  • We had fun at NCTE 2012

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) — November 15 – 18, 2012 in the Marquee Ballroom of the MGM Grand in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada! We enjoyed yakking,  playing games, and giving away prizes. Look here for blog updates soon!