Annual Call for Submissions: November 1, 2023 – February 1, 2024

  Sixteen Rivers Press invites Northern California authors to submit book-length poetry manuscripts between November 1, 2023 and February 1, 2024. All manuscripts will be read blind, and typically one or two manuscripts are selected for publication. The winner/s will be announced on the press’s website during Summer 2024. Selected manuscripts will be scheduled for publication in…Read More

The Art of Translation, Nov 6, 2022 at Dominican University

Join us for an afternoon of readings and conversation about poetry and translation with Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder, Terry Ehret, Marjorie Agosin, Celeste Kostopoulos-Cooperman, and Nancy Morales. Go to our Events page and sign up on Eventbrite.

Maya Khosla’s All the Fires of Wind and Light selected for 2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award

PEN Oakland, called “The Blue Collar PEN” by The New York Times, is honoring Maya Khosla’s All the Fires of Wind and Light with the Josephine Miles Literary Award. PEN Oakland’s annual awards ceremony is scheduled to take place online via the Oakland Public Library Rockridge Branch on December 5, 2020, from 2PM-5PM PST. The…Read More

Submission period now open through Feb. 1, 2021

We invite authors to submit book-length poetry manuscripts between November 1, 2020 and February 1, 2021.Selected manuscripts will be scheduled for publication in Spring 2023. Please read our Submission Guidelines for details.

Sixteen Rivers Press Announces Our Newest Authors

Sixteen Rivers Press is delighted to welcome new author-members Camille Norton and Maya Khosla, whose poetry collections will be published in 2019, along with Rain, Like a Thief, a second collection by press member Barbara Swift Brauer. Norton’s manuscript—A Folio for the Dark—and Khosla’s—Unknown World on Fire—were chosen in our 2016–17 open-submission call for full-length manuscripts…Read More

Publish with Sixteen Rivers Press

Sixteen Rivers Press invites Northern California authors to submit book-length poetry manuscripts between November 1, 2024, and February 1, 2025. We look forward to reading your work.

Poems from In Search of Landscape by Helen Wickes

All Must Go for Sale Real Cheap One guy’s work from fifty years back, these unframed watercolors of a white farmhouse, here gabled, here by the sea, next, on a mesa, or in a valley– at least a hundred of the same house– assaulted by weather, birds, eucalyptus; this one with purple wisteria almost lets…Read More

Poems from World as You Left It by Helen Wickes

Listening to Seamus Heaney Read His Translation of Beowulf While at the Gym on the Elliptical Machine Quite Early on a Monday Morning ~ by Helen Wickes The badass dragon’s done for, collapsed, out of form, out of life, a grand deflation. The tatted homey next over, huge headphones, loud on his cell; I evil-eye…Read More

Poems from The Opposite of Clairvoyance by Gillian Wegener

Reflection So you have trouble shifting, have trouble, are troubled, you can’t quite manage how to make the leap, even if it is not a leap really, but just a step, or not even that, maybe a sitting up rather than a lying down. Yes, if you have trouble because you imagined her face so…Read More

Poems from In the Body of Our Lives by Jeanne Wagner

My mother was like the bees because she needed a lavish taste on her tongue, a daily tipple of amber and gold to waft her into the sky, a soluble heat trickling down her throat. Who could blame her for starting out each morning with a swig of something furious in her belly, for days…Read More

Poems from Falling World by Lynn Lyman Trombetta

View from the Headland: Hare Creek Beach, Mendocino Except for the gulls, which lift in languid curves from the sand and swing back down, they are the only ones on the beach, this teenage couple cutting their afternoon classes. She is ten feet ahead of him, her shoes already off, thrown down. Her long skirt…Read More