Sibling Rivalry Press
“. . . It’s intellectual and moral and political and sexual and sensual . . .” – Adrienne Rich
Founded in 2010, Sibling Rivalry Press is an independent publishing house based in Little Rock, Arkansas. We are the publisher of Lambda Literary Award Winner and Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry Finalist He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices by Stephen S. Mills, and Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Poetry and Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry Finalist The Talking Day by Michael Klein. We’re home to Assaracus, the world’s only print journal of gay male poetry and one of Library Journal‘s “Best New Magazines,” Jonathan, our journal of gay fiction, and Adrienne, our poetry journal of queer women. The American Library Association has honored nine of our titles (including two top-10 favorites) on its annual list of recommended LGBT reading. While we champion our LGBTIQ authors and artists, and while we’ve been very fortunate in our successes in LGBTIQ publishing, we are an inclusive publishing house and welcome all authors, artists, and readers regardless of sexual orientation or identity. We publish work we love. Merit trumps category.
Our purpose is best defined by the incomparable Adrienne Rich, who said to Michael Klein in a 1999 interview:
“There’s a lot of what I would call comfortable poetry around. But then there is all this other stuff going on — which is wilder, which is bristling; it’s juicier, it’s everything that you would want. And it’s not comfortable. That’s the kind of poetry that interests me — a field of energy. It’s intellectual and moral and political and sexual and sensual — all of that fermenting together. It can speak to people who have themselves felt like monsters and say: you are not alone, this is not monstrous. It can disturb and enrapture.”
The mission of our press, therefore, is to publish work that disturbs and enraptures.
We also operate the Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to organize, support, and promote literary events, readings, conferences, and workshops; support small presses; support small press authors; preserve small press publications of historical value; and support literary projects that give people permission to be, with an emphasis on (but not exclusive to) LGBTQ-oriented projects. Learn more about the Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation at http://www.srpfoundation.org.
A REASON TO SMILE
(2014 Open submission selections):
COMING FALL 2015:
Sibling Rivalry Press
Bryan Borland & Seth Pennington, Publishers
Valerie Wetlaufer, Editor, Adrienne
Joseph Harker, Editor, Assaracus
Raymond Luczak, Editor, Jonathan
Sarah Rawlinson, Associate Editor
PO Box 26147
Little Rock, AR 72221
*Header Art by Seth Ruggles Hiler.