Airlie Press is a growing family, a tribe of poets who ferret out new voices to add to the choir of sustaining voices we long to hear, and they’ve invited us to sit at their generous table and listen.

— Dorianne Laux, Advisory Board Member

Airlie Press produces one or two full-length volumes a year. All funds earned through book sales, subscription orders, and contributions are returned to Airlie Press for the creation of new books of poetry.

Our process involves the blind submission of a full-length manuscript of poetry during an annual open submission period, and an interview for our finalists with current press members. Of the submissions we receive, we evaluate manuscripts thoroughly and select the promising work by authors willing to collaborate with our consensus-based group. 

 Airlie Press meets in person every other month on Sunday afternoons to discuss and delegate current tasks pertaining to the preparation of manuscripts for book production. This involves careful editorial discussion of the selected manuscripts as well as a review of our production schedule. Tasks are delegated among members and decisions are made by consensus. Editorial communication continues beyond meetings for the purpose of sustaining a clear and inclusive process.  

Airlie Press is supported by individual book sales, by contributions to the press from its supporters, and by the donation of time by all the poet-editors of the press.

Advisory Board Members

Judith Barrington
Barbara Drake
Ruth Gundle
Dorianne Laux
Naomi Shihab Nye
Paulann Petersen
Martha Rhodes
Maxine Scates
Chase Twichell
Ingrid Wendt
Eleanor Wilner
John Witte

Current Members

Jon Boisvert
Karen McPherson
A. Molotkov
Tim Shaner
Kelly Terwilliger
Tim Whitsel

Members Emeriti

Deborah Akers
Chris Anderson
Cecelia Hagen
Donna Henderson*
Matri Lamb*
Stephanie Lenox
Annie Lighthart
Carter McKenzie*
Darlene Pagán
Anita Sullivan*
Dawn Diez Willis

* = Founding member

Our Mission

We are a nonprofit publishing collective dedicated to cultivating and sustaining fine contemporary poetry. We produce beautiful and compelling books by Pacific Northwest poets; our mission is to offer writers in the region a shared-work publishing alternative.

Distribution

Airlie Press titles are distributed through SPD.

Our Members

Founded in May 2007, Airlie Press consists of six to eight members, all active poets. Each member shares in the editorial and book production responsibilities of Airlie Press.

Invitation of New Members

Our process involves the submission of a full-length manuscript of poetry during an annual open submission period, and an interview with current collective members. Of the submissions we receive, we thoroughly review and select manuscripts by authors willing to work in our consensus-based collective. Our intention is to publish one or two new books of poetry a year. Learn more about how to submit a manuscript.

Editorial and Production Work

We meet in person once a month on Sunday afternoons to discuss and delegate current tasks pertaining to the preparation of manuscripts for book production. This involves careful editorial discussion of the selected manuscripts as well as a review of our production schedule. Tasks are delegated among all of the collective members and decisions are made by consensus. For more information about the role of the press in distribution, marketing, and publicity, click here.

Editorial communication continues beyond meetings for the purpose of sustaining a clear and inclusive consensus-based process.  Books may be purchased on our Titles page.

Means of Support

Airlie Press is supported by individual book sales, by contributions to the press from its supporters, and by the donation of time by all the poet-editors of the press.

“The news of Airlie Press is very encouraging. I have been hoping more poetry presses might spring up to serve the many deserving Oregon poets not presently served.”
– Erik Muller, publisher, Traprock Books.

Mailing List

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be notified of forthcoming books, calls for submission, and readings by Airlie poets, please click here.

Other Support

Airlie Press is delighted to accept supplemental support from donors who appreciate the quiet way that poetry does positive work in the world. Our order form includes a provision for this additional way to encourage poets and poetry to thrive in this region. We hold an annual fundraiser in the spring, but you may also make a donation year-round.

 

HOW WE SUPPORT OUR AUTHORS

When authors commit to a three-year term with Airlie Press, they gain valuable editorial experience and a nurturing community of skilled poets. Our press thrives on the gifts of time and talent of its members; here are just of a few of the ways we aim to return the favor.

Distribution

Airlie Press is committed to ensuring that its titles reach the widest audience possible. Our books are professionally designed, edited, and printed; authors receive 25 complimentary copies of their work and are able to purchase additional copies at wholesale prices. All titles are available to retailers through our national distributor, SPD. Titles are available online through the Airlie Press website and through Amazon.com. The press maintains individual contact with independent bookstores to make sure its titles are available for purchase throughout Oregon and Washington.

Marketing & Publicity

Airlie Press publishes an annual catalog and promotes new titles through the distribution of author press kits. New titles are celebrated through the creation of promotional bookmarks and letterpress broadsides. While our marketing budget is small, the press knows the value of attending literary events. Recently, we have had a presence regionally at Wordstock, Northwest Poets’ Concord, Oregon Poetry Association conferences, and Spokane’s Get Lit festival, and nationally at AWP. We promote our titles through periodic email updates to our list of supporters, through social media, and in print advertisements in literary publications, including CALYX, Poetry Northwest, and American Poetry Review.

Readings, Reviews, and Awards

The editorial staff oversee the submission of its titles to book competitions, including the Oregon Book Awards, and nominate titles for awards, such as the Pushcart Prize. Review copies are distributed widely, including Booklist (American Library Association), Library Journal, Library of Congress/Poetry and Literature Center, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Publishers Weekly. The press makes use of its extensive literary contacts to set up readings to promote the authors and their books.

Praise and Accolades

Airlie Press is a well-respected publisher, and its titles have received significant recognition, including finalist for the Oregon Book Award, finalist for the da Vinci Eye Award in Design, and short list for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, among others.

“Airlie Press is a growing family, a tribe of poets who ferret out new voices to add to the choir of sustaining voices we long to hear, and they’ve invited us to sit at their generous table and listen.”
– Dorianne Laux, Advisory Board Member

“The news of Airlie Press is very encouraging. I have been hoping more poetry presses might spring up to serve the many deserving Oregon poets not presently served.”
– Erik Muller, publisher, Traprock Books

What Our Authors Say

“After a sabbatical of intense mothering and teaching, I returned to poetry and wanted to know what was happening close to home. I soon found myself with a small armful of gorgeous books produced by the poets of Airlie Press who both write and work in the Willamette Valley. They were my neighbors of the heart, and I had never met them. I sent my manuscript to Airlie Press in great part for the chance to labor among them in the fields of poetry. And now, gratefully, I do.”
– Dawn Diez Willis, author of Still Life with Judas & Lightning

“I have become increasingly convinced of and committed to the idea that our literary communities must find ways to support and sustain themselves through collaborative effort, access and involvement. I have been inspired and heartened by Airlie’s initiative in creating a press that is run collectively by its authors and that offers a publishing venue for Northwest poets. The seven titles already in print have established Airlie’s reputation as a publisher of high-quality books of poetry, both in content and production. I am particularly enthusiastic about the fact that Airlie takes a consensus-based approach and involves its author-members in all stages of the editorial and book production process.”
– Karen McPherson, author of Skein of Light

“Poetry for me means more than just the writing of poetry—it also means engaging in the social, cultural, and economic aspects of the art. Along with the opportunity to see my manuscript published, I see working with Airlie Press as a chance not only to learn more about the publishing business in a collaborative setting, but also to get to know the region’s poetry community better.”
– Tim Shaner, author of Picture X

“When I first came to live in Oregon, I found roots everywhere: big roots tangled and swirling out of trees, tiny roots keeping ferns clutched high in the canopy, roots that burrowed out of cliff sides, far below the hidden branches they nourished. I was taken with them all, realizing that the sight of them captured what I was longing for myself: to find home ground, to dig and grow, to stay. It felt just right too that I wrote my first poem in Oregon, and that the others that followed over the years anchored my work gratefully here. When I read the words cultivating, sustaining, local, and habitat in the Airlie Press mission statement, I felt that same longing for rootedness, that sense that this collective could be beautiful home ground.”
– Annie Lighthart, author of Iron String

“I submitted [to Airlie Press] because I liked the idea of a collective, and the amount of say and support it would give me for my book. I’ve deepened some existing friendships and formed new ones, all through our mutual love of poetry and good books—what could be better than that?”
– Cecelia Hagen, author of Entering