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YesYes Books has been publishing provocative collections of poetry, fiction, and experimental art since 2011. We look for work that acknowledges and celebrates our passionate, complex, and boundless natures.
In recent years, YYB titles have received national awards including the Lambda Award for Gay Poetry, Lambda Award for Bisexual Poetry, American Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Milt Kessler Award, Eric Hoffer Award, John C. Zacharis Award, Julie Suk Award, CLMP Firecracker Award, and Devil’s Kitchen Reading Prize. Our titles have also been included in numerous finalist/semifinalist standings and best book lists such as the National Book
award Longlist, the Lamba Award for Transgender Poetry, Believer Book Award, Balcones Poetry Prize, Norma Farber First Book Award, Publisher's Weekly Best Debuts of the Year, Boston Globe Best Poetry Books of the Year and many others.
With books that are as beautiful to hold as they are to read, YesYes Books engages an international community of writers, artists, and readers.
KMA Sullivan is the author of two poetry collections: Inclined to Riot (forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press) and Necessary Fire, winner of the St Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2015). Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, diode, The Rumpus, Forklift, Ohio, The Nervous Breakdown, Gertrude, and elsewhere. She has been awarded residencies in creative nonfiction and poetry at Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Summer Literary Seminars. KMA is coeditor in chief of Vinyl and the founder and publisher of YesYes Books.
Alban Fischer is the author of the poetry collection Fake Moon (The Magnificent Field, 2020) and is the founding editor of Trnsfr. He has designed over 300 books and worked with more than sixty organizations, including 826CHI, Alice James Books, The Believer, Bellevue Literary Press, Coffee House Press, Columbia University Press, Faceout Studio, Open Letter Books, Turtle Point Press, and Verso. His work has been selected for AIGA and Design Observer's 50 Books/50 Covers, was included in the 2018 AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, and has been recognized by The Book Cover Archive, The Casual Optimist, and Spine Magazine. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he serves as Designer for YesYes Books and as Art Director of Sarabande Books. You can find his work online at albanfischerdesign.com.
Editor, Book Development
Gale Thompson is the author of Helen or My Hunger (YesYes Books, 2020), Soldier On (Tupelo Press, 2015), and two chapbooks. Her poetry and prose has appeared in American Poetry Review, Tin House Online, jubilat, and Mississippi Review, among others. A winner of the Poetry Society of America's 2022 Emily Dickinson Award, Gale has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She is founding editor of Jellyfish Poetry and co-host of the arts advice podcast Now That We’re Friends. Gale lives in the mountains of North Georgia, where she directs the Creative Writing program at Young Harris College.
Joanna Acevedo (she/they) is the Pushcart nominated author of the poetry collection The Pathophysiology of Longing (Black Centipede Press, 2020) and the short story collection Unsaid Things (Flexible Press, 2021). Her work has been seen across the web and in print, including in Hobart Pulp, The Bookends Review, and the Write Launch. She is a Guest Editor at the Masters Review, Associate Poetry Editor at West Trade Review, Reviews Editor for Great Lakes Review, and received her MFA in Fiction from New York University in 2021. She is supported by Creatives Rebuild New York: Guaranteed Income For Artists.
Karah Kemmerly is a queer writer and fiber artist who grew up in northern California and completed her MFA at Oregon State University. Her poems appear in HAD, Breakwater Review, and Redivider, and her debut chapbook, warm-blooded, is forthcoming from Ethel in Fall 2023. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches at the community college and makes zines with Conjunction Press. You can find more info about her at karahkemmerly.com.
A. Tony Jerome
A.Tony Jerome (they/them) is a black autistic writer, student, and teacher. A 2016 LAMBDA Literary Young Adult Fiction Fellow, their work can be found in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic, Freezeray Poetry, and is forthcoming in Baffling Magazine. They are a 2021-22 Afro Urban Arts Lit From the Black! Technical Theatre Fellow, 2021 Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference Founder’s Scholarship Winner, and 2021 Words Beats & Life Summer Poetry Teacher. They are currently a staff writer for Autostraddle and one of the interviewers for Goat Vibes and Ent.’s Black Sapphic Series. You can find them yelling about various things @ATonyJerome1 and on their site at youhavethewritetoremember.net.
Jill Kolongowski is a nonfiction writer and professor living in Northern California. She is the author of a collection of essays called Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me (Ulysses Press, 2017). Other essays are published in Brevity, Sweet: A Literary Confection, River Teeth, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Saint Mary’s College of California. Jill has received fellowships to attend the DISQUIET International Literary Program, Lit Camp, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essays have won Sundog Lit’s First Annual Contest series and the Diana Woods Memorial Prize in Creative Nonfiction at Lunch Ticket. She is at work on a new essay collection about anxiety and disaster.
Devin Devine is a poet, editor, comedian, and performer living in Portland, Oregon. They studied poetry and theatre performance at Gonzaga University. Devin is a former organizer for Spokane Poetry Slam and was a member of Spokane’s 2015, 2017, and 2018 National Poetry Slam teams. They laugh and write their way through issues of queerness, mental health, sexuality, recovery, and love. Devin is the author of various self-published chapbooks such as Fuck Your Darlings, as well as the co-author of self-published crime noir series Kiss the Messenger. Their debut poetry collection, Drinking to Sainthood, was published by Game Over Books in November 2021.