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:

American Civil Liberty Union
Black Art Futures Fund
Black Lives Matter
Boston Immigration Justice Accompaniment Network
Canary Coalition
Dakota Access Pipeline Fund
Doctors Without Borders
Durham Literacy Council
EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute
Environmental Defense Fund
First Nations Development Institute
Freedom House
National Immigration Law Center
Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Planned Parenthood
Raleigh PACT(Police Accountability Community Task Force)
Song(LGBTQ and prisoner activism)
Syrian Refugee Relief
Tampire Task Force
Watershed Assoc. of the Tuskasegee River
Women’s Theater Festival

Our Recent Books

Arc - Arc is a curated chapbook of poems representing the career of Eavan Boland, Ireland's most important and internationally acclaimed contemporary poet. A work of collectible book art, Arc is printed…
God Shattered - Debra Kaufman - Crows and mirrors, shadows and mothers. Moving seamlessly between lyric and persona and always telling a piece of a larger story, God Shattered offers poems that are…
Trawling the Silences - Kathryn Stripling Byer - When she died suddenly from lymphoma in June 2017, Kathryn Stripling Byer had just completed her 7th, and what would be her last, collection of poetry,…
Ache - Elise Hempel - "Elise Hempel’s Ache tells of the devastating disconnect between the desire to communicate and the inability to do so due to intervening time, distance, reticence, and technology.…