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About Kenning Editions
KENNING EDITIONS was founded in 1998 to publish KENNING: A NEWSLETTER OF CONTEMPORARY POETRY, POETICS, AND NONFICTION WRITING (ISSN 1526-3428).
The newsletter sought to represent non-hierarchically three generations of writers working under radical modernist impulses; to challenge them to publish under the rubric of "progressive social discourse," in exploration of Williams’ statement regarding finding (or not) “the news” in poems, “men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there”; and to transgress geographic and linguistic boundaries.
In thirteen issues, the newsletter featured work by authors such as Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Barbara Guest, Lyn Hejinian, Jackson Mac Low, Nathaniel Mackey, K. Silem Mohammad, Sawako Nakayasu, Leslie Scalapino, Juliana Spahr, and Brian Kim Stefans. It also published symposia, chapbook editions, and more than one broadside insert.
In 2006, KENNING EDITIONS devoted itself exclusively to publishing high-quality trade paperback volumes of new and archival writing by authors whose work reflects the diversity and innovation for which the newsletter came to stand.
“... seeks to explore the human elements at play in an ambient universe.”Sueyeun Juliette Lee
“... Lu's love song to the independent artist...”Cooper Berkmoyer
Kevin Killian and David Brazil, Editors
...the largest and most comprehensive anthology of its kind...
“...an alchemical poetry that transforms the materials of everyday life...”Charles Bernstein
“...I'll find out fifteen years from now exactly what Luoma is doing in these poems...”Jordan Davis
“...what a pleasure and what an honest reckoning ...”Steve Benson
Amber DiPietra and Denise Leto
“A beautiful, difficult book that mimics the experience of writing itself...”Kristen Stone
“Here is the world, of words, in miniature...”Craig Dworkin
“...they are magnificent...”Ron Silliman
Patrick F. Durgin, Editor
sound works by three generations of innovative poets and musicians
including Leslie Scalapino's book-length poem Way
Hannah Weiner archival recordings & more