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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, The American Book Award, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Milt Kessler Award, Eric Hoffer Award, John C. Zacharis Award, and Devil’s Kitchen Reading Prize. Our titles have also been included in numerous finalist standings and best book lists such as the Lamba Award for Transgender Poetry, Believer Book Award, Balcones Poetry Prize, Norma Farber First Book Award, CLMP Firecracker Award, Julie Suk Award, Publisher's Weekly Best Debuts of the Year, Boston Globe Best Poetry Books of the Year.
With books that are as beautiful to hold as they are to read, YesYes Books engages an international community of writers, artists, and readers.
Publisher, YesYes Books
Coeditor in Chief, Vinyl
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.
Senior Editor, Book Development
Stevie Edwards holds a PhD in creative writing from University of North Texas and an MFA in poetry from Cornell University. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, BOAAT, and elsewhere. She is a Lecturer at Clemson University and author of Sadness Workshop (Button Poetry, 2018), Humanly (Small Doggies Press, 2015), and Good Grief (Write Bloody Publishing, 2012). She is the Senior Editor in Book Development at YesYes Books and served as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Muzzle Magazine from 2010-2020.
Managing Editor, YesYes Books
Cole Hildebrand is Managing Editor at YesYes Books. He has a B.A. in English from Lewis & Clark College and an M.A. in English and American Literature from NYU.
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.
Events Coordinator, YesYes Books
Amie Zimmerman lives in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been published, or is forthcoming, in Sixth Finch, DIAGRAM, West Branch, Puerto del Sol, Salt Hill, and Heavy Feather Review, among others. She has two chapbooks, Oyster (REALITY BEACH) and Compliance (Essay Press), and is events coordinator for YesYes Books. You can find more info at amiezimmerman.site.
Editors at Vinyl Poetry & Prose
Phillip B. Williams
Coeditor In Chief, Vinyl
Editor at Large, YesYes Books
Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the full-length poetry collection Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2015). Phillip is currently the Emory University Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry and will be a visiting professor in English at Bennington College for 2016-17. He is the Coeditor in Chief of the online journal Vinyl.
Assistant Editor, Vinyl
Hari Ziyad is an artist, writer and the editor-in-chief of the literary and media publication RaceBaitR. They received their BFA from New York University, where they concentrated on Film and Television and Psychology. Their work is informed by their passion for storytelling and wrestling with identity as a Black, non-binary child of Muslim and Hindu parents while growing up in Cleveland, OH. Their writing has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, The Feminist Wire, and in the peer-reviewed journal Critical Ethnic Studies (upcoming 2017). They are also Deputy Editor for Black Youth Project, an Assistant Editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose, and writer for AFROPUNK.
YYB & Vinyl Social Media, Facebook
Alexis Smithers (Lex Lee) is a black nonbinary autistic writer and editor. Contributing writer to the lifestyle magazine, Autostraddle, they are a 2015 Pink Door Fellow, 2016 LAMBDA Literary Young Adult Fiction Emerging Writer, and 2018 Words, Beats, and Life Poetry Feature. You can learn more about the at their website, https://youhavethewritetoremember.net/.
Assistant Editor, Vinyl
Carly Schweppe is a writer living in Chicago, IL. She received her B.A. at Hope College and currently works in arts administration in the city. Her poetry and prose can be found in Hobart, Word Riot, and elsewhere.