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Welcome to the CLMP Directory of independent literary publishers, a digital resource and offspring of CLMP’s former annual print directory.

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Gunpowder Press
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  • Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
    Gunpowder Press was founded in 2014 by David Starkey, a Santa Barbara poet laureate, with the intention of publishing the first books of two superb poets: Chryss Yost and David Case. Chryss Yost, poet laureate of Santa Barbara from 2013-2015, has been writing for decades, and her first full-length collection showcases the best of her finely crafted, wide-ranging work. David Case, who died unexpectedly in 2011 at the age of 49, was an equally gifted poet. Wry, erudite, haunted, he produced a body of work that deserves the broadest possible readership. Yost joined as Co-editor in 2015 and is the chief designer of all Gunpowder books. As each new title appears, Gunpowder Press remains small but vibrant, fully committed to every book we publish.
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  • Primary editor/Contact person
    David Starkey
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  • Focus
    We are committed to publishing the work of poets from Coastal California and from throughout North America.
  • Submissions policy
    Gunpowder Press is not accepting unsolicited manuscripts at this time. Gunpowder encourages submissions to the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize from December 1 – April 30 each year. Santa Barbara-area poets are invited to submit individual poems to the Shoreline Voices Project. See the Shoreline Voices Project page for guidelines and upcoming projects.
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  • Titles in Print
    Burning Down Disneyland by Kurt Olsson, Raft of Days by Catherine Abbey Hodges, Unfinished City by Nan Cohen, and others
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