Sarabande Books

Sarabande Books is an American not-for-profit literary press founded in 1994. It is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, with an office in New York City.[1] Sarabande publishes contemporary poetry and nonfiction. Sarabande is an influential[2] and nationally recognized literary press whose books have earned reviews in the New York Times.[3][4]

Sarabande Books
FounderSarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationLouisville, Kentucky
DistributionConsortium Book Sales & Distribution
Publication typesBooks

The press was co-founded by Sarah Gorham (President and Editor-in-Chief) and Jeffrey Skinner (Chair).[5] According to a CLMP Newswire interview, "The press was named after an Aztec mating dance that was later adopted and banned in Spain and finally made respectable in Britain. Its mission, according to Gorham, is to publish poetry and fiction and to disburse the works of its authors 'with diligence and creativity.' The press also serves as an educational resource to teachers and creative writing students."[6] The press publishes the winners of its national poetry and fiction competitions, as well as manuscripts accepted through general submission.[7][8][9]

Sarabande Books titles are distributed by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. The press has received grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts,[10] and private foundations.

Notable authors published by Sarabande Books include Ralph Angel,[11] Rick Barot, Frank Bidart, Sallie Bingham, Alice Fulton, Louise Glück, Mark Jarman,[12] James Kimbrell, Karen An-hwei Lee, Cate Marvin, Cleopatra Mathis,[13] Alyce Miller, Kyle Minor,[14] Edith Pearlman,[1] Kiki Petrosino, Lia Purpura, Joan Silber,[1] Gerald Stern, Deborah Tall, and Ann Townsend.

Authors have been recipients of many awards including the Whiting Foundation Award, the PEN USA Award in Poetry, the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Pushcart Prize, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Fellowships, and numerous other honors.[1][citation needed]

Sarabande Books titles have been reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly,[15] Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, The Nation, American Book Review, and many other publications.[16]

Awards given by Sarabande Books include the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction.[17][18]


In 2013, Sarabande Books was the inaugural winner of the AWP Small Press Publisher Award given by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs that "acknowledges the hard work, creativity, and innovation" of small presses and "their contributions to the literary landscape" of the US.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sarabande Books To Open NYC Office". Coldfront. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  2. ^ Lederer, Katy (2012-07-27). "A Guide for the Poet Within". New York Times. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ Hill, Sean Patrick (2012-10-10). "Louisville's Sarabande Books". Kentucky Monthly. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  4. ^ Weis, Natalie (2009-08-30). "Sarabande Books Celebrates 15 Years". The Highlander. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  5. ^ Adler, Andrew (April 1, 2007). "Louisville publisher spreads the poetic word". Louisville Courier Journal. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  6. ^ CLMP Newswire Archives Archived November 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Sarabande Books Website > General Guidelines Archived September 9, 2012, at
  8. ^ Andrew, Nin (June 4, 2011). "Meet the Press: Nin Andrews interviews Sarah Gorham of Sarabande Books". The Best American Poetry. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  9. ^ Day, Erin (2012-07-30). "Sarabande Books brings poets James Allen Hall and Ada Limon to 21c Reading Series [Books]". Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  10. ^ NEA: 2009 Grant Awards: Access to Artistic Excellence: Literature Archived 2009-05-07 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Muske Dukes, Carol (2002-01-27). "Poets' Corner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Sarabande Books, Inc". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Book of Dog". Publisher's Weekly. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  14. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (2013-08-28). "How to make sure a book has a shot at getting noticed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  15. ^ Publishers Weekly Fiction Reviews: Week of 6/25/2007 > Fragment of the Head of a Queen by Cate Marvin > Sarabande (Consortium, dist.), $13.95 (112p) ISBN 978-1-932511-51-2
  16. ^ Sarabande Books Website Archived 2012-09-09 at
  17. ^ "Sarabande Books: Morton and McCarthy Prizes". Poets and Writers. Retrieved November 20, 2018. Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a manuscript of at least 48 pages with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Ocean Vuong will judge. For the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, submit a manuscript of 150 to 250 pages of stories, novellas, or a short novel with a $29 entry fee by March 15. Aimee Bender will judge. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
  18. ^ Lee Brewer, Robert (2013). 2014 Writer's Market (93 ed.). Writer's Digest. ISBN 978-1599637501.
  19. ^ "AWP Small Press Publisher Award Winners". Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Retrieved 14 October 2020.

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