Keibooks is a small press owned and operated by the sailor-poet, M. Kei. It publishes tanka poetry journals, anthologies, and collections via a combination of print-on-demand (POD) and ebook technologies.
Best known as the publisher of Atlas Poetica : A Journal of World Tanka, it also publishes other tanka books, such as Bright Stars, An Organic Tanka Anthology, Fire Pearls, Catzilla, Slow Motion, and Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4. Back issues of the journal are available to read for free online while the ‘Buy Keibooks’ link takes you to our catalog.
In addition to the print items, the web site hosts Special Features of 25 tanka poems, one each by 25 authors, to showcase a particular aspect of tanka poetry. These do not appear in print, but are permanently hosted on the web site to read for free. Topics as varied as Romanian poets, birds, social realism, and tanka for children have been published on the site. Many of the Special Features are edited by guest editors, such as Patricia Prime, Angela Leuck, Vasile Moldovan, Bob Lucky, Sonam Chhoki, Janick Belleau, Đ. V. Rožić, Kala Ramesh, Magdelena Dale, and others.
Originally publishing M. Kei’s collections of poetry, such as January, A Tanka Diary, in 2014 Keibooks began publishing tanka books by select poets, including the inaugural book, Joy McCall’s acclaimed circling smoke, scattered bones, followed by more books from McCall, as well as other well-known tanka poets such as Sanford Goldstein.
Keibooks also publishes Kei’s novels, Pirates of the Narrow Seas and Fire Dragon, both of which feature gay protagonists. Frustrated by the limitations of mainstream publishing, Kei chose to publish with his own small press so that he could have total artistic control and reap the benefits of doing his own marketing. Consistency received excellent reviews, Kei’s novels offer exciting adventures with well-developed characters.
About Atlas Poetica
About M. Kei