Ovenbird Books

Creative Nonfiction for Discerning Readers

Statement & History

PLEASE NOTE: We are not accepting submissions at this time. Check back for details. We do expect to add titles, probably in 2015.


Ovenbird Books promotes innovative, imaginative, experimental works of creative nonfiction. Under her Judith Kitchen Select imprint, Judith Kitchen has, by invitation, asked three nonfiction writers to join her in this collective venture. The goal is to introduce readers to the many facets of nonfiction and to establish a standard of excellence. Designed to give distinctive voices a place in the growing tradition, this imprint is positioned in the new ground between self-publishing and a traditional press. The editor selects, assesses, and introduces; the author has freedom of design, promotion, and marketing. Books may be purchased individually or in combination. Collectively, they make a statement about the subtle experiments that continue to open new possibilities in the field of contemporary creative nonfiction.

In 1982, Judith Kitchen and Stan Sanvel Rubin founded State Street Press in order to publish chapbooks of poetry. Designed and printed at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, the chapbooks became a twenty-year project that included work by Linda Allardt, Bruce Bennett, Jan Beatty, Kevin Clark, Stephen Corey, B.H. Fairchild, Greg Glazner, Pamela Gross, William Kloefkorn, Dionisio Martinez, Jane Mead, Dennis Nurske, Nancy Simpson, Pamela Stewart, Deborah Tall, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Stuart Dybek, among others. Now, within the spirit of Robert Frost’s poem, they have used new technologies in order to promote a nonfiction series.

Judith Kitchen is the author of three collections of essays, most recently Half in Shade, Coffee House Press. She has also published a novel, a book of poetry, and a book on the work of William Stafford. In addition, she has edited three collections of short nonfiction pieces for W. W. Norton, In Short, In Brief, and Short Takes. Her awards include an NEA Fellowship, the S. Mariella Gable Award for a novel, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and two Pushcart Prizes in nonfiction. She has acted as a judge for the AWP Nonfiction Award, the Bush Foundation Fellowships, and the Pushcart Prize in poetry. She has been the regular reviewer of poetry for the Georgia Review for the past twenty-five years and is currently working on a volume of selected reviews, forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press.

Stan Sanvel Rubin was the Director of the Brockport Writers Forum and Videotape Library for over twenty years, then Director of the Rainier Writing Workshop, low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University for the past ten years. He has published four full-length collections of poems, the most recent of which is There. Here. from Lost Horse Press. His work has appeared in such magazines as AGNI online, The National Poetry review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, The Florida Review, Poetry Northwest, Willow Springs, and others. His awards include the Barrow Street Book Prize, judged by Donald Revell, and a Constance J. Saltonstall Foundation fellowship in poetry. His Poetry DNA blog is part of the ovenbirdbooks mission: meaningful conversation about contemporary literature.

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Ovenbird Books

An independent press dedicated to the publication of experimental literary nonfiction

Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers