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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.
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Luther Hughes is a Seattle native and author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the Founding Editor of The Shade Journal, Executive Editor for the The Offing, and is 1/3 of The Poet Salon podcast. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, The Seattle Times, New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. You can follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.
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.
Managing Editor, YesYes Books
Devi Gonzales is a queer, transfemme Latinx poet and performing artist from Santa Cruz, California. They attended George Washington University where they studied English and Creative Writing and were involved in organizing multiple weekly poetry events. They currently live in Portland, Oregon.
Senior Editor of Operations, YesYes Books
Cole Hildebrand is a senior editor at YesYes Books. He received his B.A. in English at Lewis & Clark College and is currently pursuing an M.A. in English and American Literature at NYU.
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Amber Rambharose writes poetry and prose online and on paper. Her poetry and lyric essays appear in The Adroit Journal, Linebreak, PANK, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere. She works in digital media in NYC and is the Creative Director of Social Media at YesYes Books.
Luis F. Ramos
Luis F. Ramos is an aspiring novelist, lover of literature and all things sci fi. He received a BA in English Literature from San Francisco State University. He currently lives in Portland where he hopes to pursue a degree in Publishing.
Senior Editor, Book Development
Stevie Edwards is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muzzle Magazine and senior editor in book development at YesYes Books. Her first book, Good Grief (Write Bloody, 2012), received the Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze in Poetry and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her second book, Humanly, was released in 2015 by Small Doggies Press, and her chapbook, Sadness Workshop, is forthcoming from Button Poetry. She has an M.F.A. in poetry from Cornell University and is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at University of North Texas. Her writing is published and forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares Blog, Redivider, 32 Poems, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Rattle, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.
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.
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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/.
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.
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.