Publisher's description: Slate Roof Press is an independent, member-run press established in 2004 and known for our limited edition, art-quality chapbooks. We publish a wide range of emotionally rich, vibrant poetry through our annual contest for poets in Massachusetts, regionally, and nationwide, who become working members of the press. Members, including Slate Roof Press contest winners, are involved in all aspects of the publishing process, from concept to marketing. Poets design their own books with member and master printer Ed Rayher. In designing the books, we pay careful attention to typography, paper choice, binding, and cover art. The poetry we publish offers strong, fresh language with an uncommon perspective. Our authors have won multiple awards and been widely published.
The quality of our books as artifacts draws people in, and the poetry keeps them reading. Small Ceremonies, by Cynthia Snow, was described by Patrick Donnelly as “work[ing] a kind of sympathetic magic, telling stories of everyday encounters in ways that reveal their essential strangeness.” Martin Espada said of From the Other Room, by Anna M. Warrock, “Warrock speaks the language of grief with eloquence and courage. In spare, precise, achingly lyrical verse, she faces her ghosts.” And Janet MacFadyen’s In the Provincelands, was called by poet Pamela Stewart “precise and vibrant, [with] a strong interior music.”