Our Writers

Monique-Adelle Callahan D, a winner of our New Voices competition, performs her poetry in Boston, MA.

Our writers have presented their work throughout the United States, the Middle East, Asia, and the United Kingdom.

We do not ask our writers to pre-sell copies.  We send out review copies, enter our poets' books in award competitions, work hard to arrange readings and workshop opportunities for those we publish. We believe writers should spend their time writing, not marketing.


  • Enter our annual Chapbook, Full-length and New Voices contests.
  • Submit to our award-winning magazine, One.
  • Books you've published with another literary press are eligible for the annual $500 Julie Suk Award.


Submit Your Work


As a Community Active press, proceeds from our book sales go to support progressive individuals and groups working  for change in their communities.  This photo shows a  reading from Resisting Arrest: Poems to Stretch the Sky, edited by Tony Medina, at Potter's House in Washington D.C.

Jacar Press is a Community-Active Press. Proceeds from all sales of Resisting Arrest went to provide college scholarships to young women in D.C. and Atlanta.We also provide free workshops to under-served communities, including survivors of sexual assault and women in prison.

In our Community-Active role, we have purchased theater tickets for LGBTQ teens, donated books to summer teen programs,and paid fees for young activists to attend leadership training workshops and made direct donations to progressive groups.

Recent direct donations have been made to:

A Gathering of Tribes
American Civil Liberty Union
Black Art Futures Fund
Black Lives Matter
Boston Immigration Justice
Accompaniment Network
Canary Coalition
Childrens Justice
Camp(Highlander Center)
Dakota Access Pipeline Fund
Doctors Without Borders
Durham Literacy Council
EDWINS Leadership &
Restaurant Institute
Environmental Defense Fund

First Nations Development Institute
Freedom House
Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland
National Immigration Law Center
Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Planned Parenthood
Poets House
Raleigh PACT(Police Accountability Community Task Force)
Song(LGBTQ and prisoner activism)
Syrian Refugee Relief
Tampire Task Force
The Trevor Project
Watershed Assoc. of the Tuskasegee River
Women’s Theater Festival

Our Recent Books

Stillness in the Land of Speed - Violeta Orozco “Violeta Orozco offers a deep range of poetic sensibilities inside of plain talk and personal brown body politic. Stillness in the Land of Speed allows us to inhale…
Speak Now This Charm front cover Speak Now This Charm - Deborah Bogen BodiesI’ve been thinking about your body. And thebox they put it in. Wondering if you’re still inthere. If a hand under the lip of that box mightbe a…
The Dead Are Everywhere Telling Us Things The Dead Are Everywhere Telling Us Things - Sean Thomas Dougherty ISBN 978-0-9845740-3-2 “Raw and plainspoken, heartbreaking yet humorous, this book is free of even the slightest hint of poetry-posturing. ‘I learned how to take care / of…
The Opposite of Babel front cover The Opposite of Babel - Tina Kelley What if we all spoke the same language? What if making up words were an art form? Tina Kelley takes delight in new words that enfold meanings in…