Keibooks is a small press owned and operated by the sailor-poet, M. Kei. It publishes tanka poetry journals, anthologies, and collections via a combination of print-on-demand (POD) and ebook technologies.
Best known as the publisher of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka, Keibooks also publishes other tanka books such as Stacking Stones, An Anthology of Short Tanka Sequences; Neon Graffiti : Tanka of Urban Life; Bright Stars, An Organic Tanka Anthology; Fire Pearls; Catzilla; Slow Motion; and Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4. Back issues of Atlas Poetica are available to read for free online while Shop at Keibooks takes you to our catalog.
In addition to the print items, the web site hosts Special Features of 25 tanka poems, one each by 25 authors, to showcase a particular aspect of tanka poetry. These do not appear in print, but are permanently hosted on the web site to read for free. Topics as varied as Romanian poets, birds, social realism, and tanka for children have been published on the site. Many of the Special Features are edited by guest editors. To find out how to submit a proposal, please visit How to Submit a Proposal for a Special Feature.
Originally publishing M. Kei’s collections of poetry, such as January, A Tanka Diary, in 2014 Keibooks began publishing tanka books by select poets, including the inaugural book, Joy McCall’s acclaimed circling smoke, scattered bones, as well as other tanka poets such as Sanford Goldstein and Debbie Strange.
Keibooks also publishes Kei’s novels, Pirates of the Narrow Seas and Fire Dragon, both of which feature gay protagonists. Frustrated by the limitations of mainstream publishing, Kei chose to publish with his own small press so that he could have total artistic control and reap the benefits of doing his own marketing. Consistently receiving excellent reviews, Kei’s novels offer exciting adventures with well-developed characters.
The beautiful image of an Atlas Moth in our banner was extracted and lovingly restored by Kira Nash from Surinaamsche vlinders : naar het leven geteekend = Papillons de Surinam dessinés d’après nature by Jan Sepp (1778-1853).
(Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp en zoon, 1848)
The Keibooks website was designed and implemented by Kira Nash. She can be found at kiakari.
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