Announcing A Close Reading Service for New Women Poets


A Close Reading Service

for New Women Poets


WHAT:           I will read five pages of your free verse or prose poetry, offer editing suggestions and possibly suggest poetry to read;

WHO:             new poets, not yet published with a press (chapbook or spine), who identify as women; must be avid readers of contemporary poetry;

HOW:             send poetry to; name a contemporary influence (poet, work of poetry);

WHEN:           anytime; work read on a first come first served basis, one poet per month;

WHERE:         wordwide;

WHY:             lack of chapbook submission by women; an attempt to encourage and mentor;

COST:             free.




If your work resonates with me, I’ll invite you to submit a chapbook (20 pages or fewer) for consideration to AngelHousePress, which publishes limited editions of 50 copies, no reprints. You receive 10 copies and can buy additional copies at half price.


You are under no obligation to submit a chapbook.


I reserve the right to suspend the service if I get overloaded, but wouldn’t that be great if that happened… I see this as a great opportunity for AngelHousePress to discover new writers and to share that discovery with the world.


Men, I adore you; you send queries, you send chapbook manuscripts; you are courageous. I appreciate your support of AngelHousePress and I hope that you continue to support the press with your work and by sharing our calls and information with others. The next open reading period will begin in autumn, 2016, and I encourage you to send queries at that time.



Last year, in response to our call for long poems and poetry series, out of thirty submissions/queries, only three were by women. I want AngelHousePress to be a place where all poets feel welcome to send work for consideration. This is an experiment to see if mentorship and encouragement will lead to more women sending work our way. Perhaps other presses could consider a similar idea or have other mentorship methods they would like to share.


AngelHousePress, together with its transgressive prose imprint, DevilHouse, publishes two to four chapbooks a year in the spring and fall. We also have an online essay series, host in April and in November. We publish raw talent, ragged edges and rebels. We are always interested in essays, rants, manifestos, interviews, reviews and poetic statements for the essay series. For more information on the press, please visit


In particular I’d love to read dark and playful work in unique voices. I enjoy work that engages with art, film, literature, music and the world. I tend to be less interested in polemic woe is me stuff. Specifics over abstracts, unless you have creative ways of being abstract. Emotion is good; Melodrama isn’t. It’s difficult to write an original unrequited love poem. I’m not interested in engaging with form poetry at this point, unless you’re breaking the rules. End rhyme mostly makes me shudder.



Amanda Earl is a Canadian poet, fiction writer and publisher. Her most recently published work includes Kiki (poetry book) (Chaudiere Books, 2014), Queen Christina (chapbook) (Ghost City Press, 2016), firstwalks of the year (In/Words Magazine, 2016) and poems in Arc Poetry, Matrix Magazine, the Windsor Review. Her poetry has also been published in American, Australian, British, and French publications on line and in print. Amanda is the managing editor of and the fallen angel of AngelHousePress. Her manuscripts have been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Innovative Poetry Award. She was inducted into the VERSeOttawa Hall of Honour in 2014. More information is available at

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