Editor: Thurston Moore

Flowers & Cream is a small press / independent POETRY publishing imprint founded by Sonic Youth songwriter Thurston Moore. The press aims to feature work of young, emerging poets steeped in contemporary poetic practice and investigation/illumination.

The books will be a uniform series of silver dressed card covers with consistent cut size and interior printing, all perfect-bound and manufactured utilizing local book designers and binders from the environs of Western Massachusetts. Each edition will be in a run of 200 copies with 50 numbered and signed by the author and 26 lettered and signed by the author and editor.

The first book published is The Strings of Walnetto Arrangements by Ben Estes. Forthcoming titles will be a collaborative book from Anselm Berrigan and John Coletti and a new title from Dana Ward. The press hopes to publish, at the very least, four titles annually.

Living betwixt Northampton, Massachusetts and New York City, Thurston Moore has been involved with editing the Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal since early 2000. His own verse has been published in various anthologies and by a number of imprints since Water Row Press first presented Alabama Wildman, a collection of scattered writings from the 1970s and 80s. He has been on faculty at the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University.

Moore will be joined by Elaine Kahn as the assistant poetry editor and business facilitator of Flowers & Cream Press.  Elaine is a poet and songwriter with work published by Glass Eye Books, Big Baby Books, Ecstatic Peace Library, as well as being featured widely in various journals.  She has worked as an intern for Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, CA and as the Poetry Buyer for City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently resides in Northampton, MA.

Flowers & Cream recognizes the diversity of resonance in the contemporary poetry scene, a community charmed with reference to earlier schools, waves, gestures, pronouncements, and inks all with eyes both forward and askance.


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