Founded in 2003, Steel Toe Books publishes
one to three single-author poetry collections per year. Steel Toe Books is affiliated with Western Kentucky University.
Our authors have been featured on Garrison Keillor's radio program, "The Writer's Almanac," on Ted Kooser's newsletter, "American Life in Poetry," as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.
Our books have been reviewed in fine publications such as Harriet, The Briar Cliff Review, The Comstock Review, Cranky, Diner, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Midwest Book Review, New Orleans Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, Review Revue, Rhino, Small Press Review, and Verse.
Our books are professionally designed and printed. We read unsolicited submissions during advertised open reading periods only. Check the "Submit" page for updates.
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We encourage our authors to give readings. Our authors may post upcoming readings on our Facebook page. Join our Facebook page by liking us.
January 2, 2016
Results of Fall 2015 Open Reading Period
Steel Toe Books received 108 manuscripts during its fall 2015 open reading period. We are grateful to everyone who submitted, for giving us a chance to read your manuscripts, and for supporting our press by buying books by our authors.
We have just made a verbal agreement with Chrys Tobey of Portland, Oregon to publish her first full-length poetry collection, A Woman is a Woman is a Woman is a Woman.
-Click here to read the full press release.
Publication of Basic Disaster Supplies Kit by Marci Rae Johnson
We are pleased to announce that the wait is over for our newest title. "This collection transitions from uproarious hilarity to poignant contemplation and back again, ultimately leaving the reader aware of human frailty and the questionable state of the universe. Replete with astonishment and wit, Johnson's Basic Disaster Supplies Kit delivers one revelation after the next."--Mary Biddinger
Find out more here.