YAK Press (2012 – 2020) is a small, independent press devoted to word art. We adore gabfests and wordplay. Some of our publications have included:
NATIVE BLOSSOMS CHAPBOOK SERIES
The Native Blossoms Chapbook Series embraces poetry of place, exploring connections to the natural landscape, the untamed, the indigenous. Each chapbook, while utilizing themes and concepts that comprise the contemporary American lyric, 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. As Joy Harjo encourages, “See those sensitive hills? They need to be talked to, sung to. . . .”
Series One, released in 2014, includes No.1: Night Walks by Nancy Carroll, and No.2: Liturgy of Small Feathers by Anne Yale. Series Two includes No.1: Pressed Against All That Nothing by Cody Deitz, and No.2: Hover the Bones by Melisa Malvin-Middleton.
Series Three, No.1, Listen to the Codex by Cindy Rinne, was released in July, 2017, followed by No. 2, Tumbleweed: Against All Odds by CLS Ferguson. Series Three, No. 3, Mother Stump by Alexandra Donovan, was released to a very warm reception in August, 2018. Series Three, No. 4, Lovelier Than Dirt by Deborah Blakely Averill, was released posthumously in early 2019.