Porkbelly Press is an independent (small) chapbook press based in Porkopolis (Cincinnati, Ohio), where pigs fly. We’re a queer-friendly, feminist press open to all, and encourage works from poets & writers all along the identity spectrum. Our chapbooks & zines are printed in small & open edition, and Sugared Water & anthologies in collectible limited edition. All of our titles are bound by hand.
We consider works ranging from literary to genre work, with a preference for speculative fiction and fabulism. Fairy tales make our little gold hearts go pitty-pat. (Hey, our logo is a flying pig!)
If you’re into things with attitude, with beauty, and a sense of humor, you’ve definitely come to the right place.
If you’re looking for some email contact info, we’re gmail people: porkbellypress
No hate speech.
Nicci Mechler, Editor, Designer & Artist
Nicci splits her time between exploring, telling tales, and painting girls with inky tattoos. Her most recent work appears in mags such as Booth, Lines+Stars, & Arroyo Literary Review. Deep in Flesh, her chapbook, and in these cups, a collaborative chap (both poetry), are forthcoming (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with a pack of roomies & rescue animals specializing in troublemaking and joy. Nicci’s been editing lit. mags for over 15 years and holds a BFA in Studio Art and MA in English. More on her publications and very recent works can be found on her blog.
Ashley Blake, Assistant Editor
Ashley is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing. While a fiction writer by nature and run-away imagination, she does have a soft spot for poetry. She adores works that are both surreal and playful in language, with just a hint of magic for taste. Ashley is also a poetry editor for Sugared Water.
We make our home in Cincinnati, Ohio, not too far from the banks of a pretty fantastic river. Back in the days when the fathom was where it’s at, and people yelled stuff like, “by the mark twain!” (even Mark Twain himself), our architecturally-gorgeous (and besotted of beer) little burg ferried out a whole heap pork belly. We were big on pig. You can still see the evidence in 1) the city’s consumption of breakfast sausages (like goetta), and 2) the pig art and statuary all around town.
Naturally, we took that delicious callback to days gone by and smashed it into a press name; pork belly became Porkbelly and a press was born. In the words of one delightful Irishman, our “rather portly winged pig [is] a symbol of hope if I ever saw one.” Well, yes. Hope and bacon.
Brick & Mortar
You can find Porkbelly Press offerings at the following brick & mortar locations, along with loads of other treasures:
Spork Press: 2229 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop: 126A Front Street (next to Superfine) in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn
The Nearsighted Narwhal: 2610A 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406 (a magical-looking place with demos & workshops!)
Poets/Writers talking about Porkbelly Press
Interviews with the Editor(s)
12 or 20 (small press) questions – rob mclennan’s blog (Canada) – 22 MAR 2015
Wanna Hold Hands and Come Along? – Laura Madeline Wiseman’s blog – 7 JAN 2015