I started this press because I personally write a lot of formal verse that I never publish since there's a resistance to it. I write both free and formal verse and love both. But I figured there were other poets, particularly other women poets, writing rhymed and metered work and either throwing it away or not doing anything with it. No Chair Press is a small solution to that problem.
What will I be looking for for No Chair Press? Well, chapbook manuscripts where the majority of the poems are rhymed and metered, say about 80 percent. I won't eliminate a book with a free verse poem in it, but more of the work in the collection should be formal than not (it should not be a manuscript with one lonely sonnet or villanelle in it).
I would love to see rhymed verse plays! Oddities of invented forms that use meter and rhyme as well. Purely syllabic work probably won't work for me--I want manuscripts that rhyme and scan.
Someone asked me where the name for the press came from--three sources: 1) my mother, who literally didn't have a chair of her own in my childhood home (my dad did), 2) the fact that there's been "no chair"--no press with this focus until now and 3) Allison spelled backwards is Nosilla. No silla=no chair (silla is Spanish for chair).
Thanks for your support for No Chair Press! Allison Joseph, Editor and Publisher