Kore Biters is a monthly interview series that highlights the writing and literary activism of women writers who are transgressive and transformative.

by Arisa White and Rosebud Ben-Oni

Mammoth & Moxie Rachel McKibbens

on Activism and Empathy

Change is in the air. Perhaps the change we sought back in 2008. The kind of change that requires things not going back to "normal." Because that would not only betray the poets we love and respect speaking out, but all of us. Rachel McKibbens is one of those poets who will not "let the living forget the dead," and we are so honored to have her as our next Kore Biter. see full interview here.

see Nov-Dec / Mettasphere with Metta Sáma

see October / Bitches' Brew with Erika L. Sánchez

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A Community Chorus for January 8th

Kore Press put a call out to the writing community in the weeks following the Tucson shooting on 1-8-11. US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and eighteen others were shot, and six people died (including federal District Court Chief Judge John Roll; Gabe Zimmerman, one of Rep. Giffords' beloved staffers; and nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green) during a constituent meeting held in a supermarket parking lot. A selection of the notes, reflections, poems, prose, letters, lyrics and visual works submitted to Kore in response can be seen here.


Notes From The Motherfield is a monthly curated column of fieldnotes and writings of various shapes and durations by motherwriters.

Living In-Between

by Shefali Milczarek-Desai

I was on the phone with my parents pronouncing my sons' Indian names with a Gujarati accent when my five-year old son loudly corrected me, "Mommy! It's not 'Saagr' it's 'Saww|ger'!"  His harsh American drawl accentuated and apparent in his corrections to my softly flowing Gujarati. I tried explaining that there were two ways to say his name - the American way daddy said it and the Indian way I said it. But he was furious. He angrily instructed me never to mispronounce his name again. SEE FULL ESSAY HERE

see October /Invisible Labors by Monica J. Casper HERE

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Roxane Gay to judge Kore's 2015

Short Fiction Award

February 14, 2015 deadline

contest details here
$1250 prize plus limited edition chapbook and e-publication

Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, West Branch, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times Book Review, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK. She is also the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and Hunger, forthcoming from Harper in 2016. See more at



Tracie Morris to judge Kore's 2015

First Book Award

April 30, 2015 deadline

contest open date to be announced

contest details here

$1500 prize plus trade book publication

Tracie Morris is a poet who has worked extensively as a page-based writer, sound poet, critic, scholar, bandleader, actor and multimedia performer. Her sound installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Ronald Feldman Gallery, The Silent Barn, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Drawing Center, The Gramsci Monument with Thomas Hirshhorn for the DIA Foundation and other galleries and museums. Tracie presents her work extensively as a poet, performer and scholar around the globe and has presented, performed and researched in almost 30 countries and 37 US States. Tracie is Professor and Coordinator of Performance Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. 

2014 First Book Award Winner

Monica Ong

"Silent Anatomies,"selected by Joy Harjo

due out March 1, 2015

Contest information here.


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Forthcoming March 2015

new poems by Laynie Browne

""The mysterious power of the scorpion, both animal and constellation, informs the complex emotions of wrenchingly ongoing departure in this beautiful collection of odes to distance, absence, connection, and memory. The scorpion is the "miniature vessel of time" that both poisons and heals: the gorgeous poetry around it is the "house of hope/constructed solely of words." In this world of departures, Browne allows us to "Say possibly nothing is forgotten."—Marcella Durand

$15.95, 7x7," 56 pgs, perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-888553-70-3



A poetic-visual hybrid by Monica Ong

2014 First Book Winner selected by Joy Harjo

" In her sardonic, thus melancholic, Silent Anatomies, Monica Ong brilliantly skews the marking of surfaces. Writing—yes—but also defacement/effacement, surgical incision, racism. With text, photography, collage, and illustration, she maps the twisting way of familial shame; dissects metaphor; and hawks (and hocks) “Ancient Chinese Secrets” as medicinal cakewalks (who’s selling what to whom?). Slippery."Douglas Kearney

$17.95, 7.5 x10," 96 pgs, perfect bound

ISBN 978-1-888553-69-7


January 2015

Kore Short Fiction Winners

A Parallel Life by Mary Byrne


To Boil Water by Myha T. Do



2014 Titles

The Bright Field of Everything

poems by Deborah Fries

". . .packed with the telling of life beloved and ironic,

full of ecstatic skepticism."---John Timpane

$14, 6x9," 64 pgs, perfect bound 


River Legs

poems by Jen McClanaghan

2013 First Book winner chosen by Nikky Finney

"River Legs is a powerful and haunting debut"---David Wojahn

$15.95, 6x9," 80 pgs, perfect bound 

This Coalition of Bones

poems by Cori A. Winrock

"Winrock's is an intense and compelling

voice. Tell your mama."

--Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

$15.95, 6x9," 88 pgs, perfect bound