About Kelson Books

And I know. . . 
that a kelson of the creation is love.
—Walt Whitman

Kelson Books publishes nonfiction and poetry that responds to the contemporary world with creativity, truthtelling, and fierce kindness. We are interested in nature, politics, personal narrative. We publish voices that sound human, that are well-informed and crafty, and that help us all to be responsive to the paradox, humor, and wild pain and beauty of our shared life on this planet.

We are a small press. We seek projects we strongly believe in and which we can fully support (no author-subsidy publishing). I’m David Oates, writer and also founder and General Editor of Kelson Books (more about me at davidoates.info).

To prospective nonfiction authors:

We are highly selective: do not send us your manuscript! Look over our books. Buy one or two – make my day! If you see a kinship there, send a one-paragraph query to our email address. Put the words “Project Inquiry” in the subject line. Expect a response later. Sometimes a lot later.
At this time, we are looking at poetry by invitation only.


David Oates, General Editor
2033 SE Lincoln
Portland, OR 97214

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