Sarabande Books

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Sarabande Books
Founded 1994
Founder Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Louisville, Kentucky
Distribution Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Publication types Books
Official website

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]

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 Kyle Minor,[11] Ralph Angel,[12] Mark Jarman,[13] Cleopatra Mathis,[14] Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, Gerald Stern, Sallie Bingham, Alice Fulton, Cate Marvin, Rick Barot, Deborah Tall, Ann Townsend, James Kimbrell, Alyce Miller, Joan Silber,[1] Brian Leung, Lia Purpura, Brenda Miller, and Edith Pearlman.[1][citation needed]

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][citation needed]


  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 (4-1-2007). "Louisville publisher spreads the poetic word". Louisville Courier Journal. Retrieved 9 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ CLMP Newswire Archives
  7. ^ Sarabande Books Website > General Guidelines
  8. ^ Andrew, Nin (6-4-2011). "Meet the Press: Nin Andrews interviews Sarah Gorham of Sarabande Books". The Best American Poetry. Retrieved 9 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  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
  11. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (2013-08-28). "How to make sure a book has a shot at getting noticed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Muske Dukes, Carol (2002-01-27). "Poets' Corner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sarabande Books, Inc". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Book of Dog". Publisher's Weekly. 2012-11-26. 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
  17. ^ "Sarabande Books Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction". PEN America. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Lee Brewer, Robert (2013). 2014 Writer's Market (93 ed.). Writer's Digest. ISBN 1599637502. 

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