We strive to make books that are a delight to read & to hold, bound by hand using traditional bookbinding methods. We work in small & open edition, favor quality materials, lightfast inks, & heavy papers. All of our titles are collated, trimmed, & sewn by our editor.
Porkbelly Press is an independent (micro) chapbook press based in Porkopolis (Cincinnati, Ohio), where pigs fly. We’re a queer-friendly, feminist press open to all; we encourage works from poets & writers all along the identity spectrum. In addition to chapbooks (& micros), we curate Sugared Water lit mag, as well as several themed anthologies printed in collectible limited edition. Our catalog is curated, but we have open calls for submission in January (chapbooks), July (micro chapbooks), and various times of the year for other projects such as broadsides & anthologies & zines & lit.
port of call
We make our home in Cincinnati, not too far from the banks of the winding Ohio River. Back in the days when the fathom was where it’s at, and people yelled stuff like, “by the mark twain!” (even Mark Twain himself), our architecturally-gorgeous (and besotted of beer) little burg ferried out a whole heap pork belly. We were big on pig. You can still see the evidence in 1) the city’s consumption of breakfast sausages (like goetta), and 2) the pig art and statuary all around town.
Naturally, we took that delicious callback to days gone by and smashed it into a press name; pork belly became Porkbelly and a press was born. In the words of one delightful Irishman, our “rather portly winged pig [is] a symbol of hope if I ever saw one.”
NICCI MECHLER, EDITOR
Nicci splits her time between exploring, spinning tales (sometimes yarn, poorly), bookbinding, & printmaking. Her work appears in mags such as Lines+Stars, Booth, Room, Still: The Journal, & Arroyo Literary Review. Her chapbooks include Deep in Flesh, & collaborative chapbooks in these cups & how wild & soft you are. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with a pack of rescue animals, & serves on the board of arts non-profit Tiger Lily Press. She the designer & in-house cover artist at Porkbelly. You can find her on IG: @wickedlittleheart & at thicketheart.com.
ASHLEY BLAKE, ASSISTANT EDITOR
Ashley is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing. While a fiction writer by nature and run-away imagination, she does have a soft spot for poetry. She adores works that are both surreal and playful in language, with just a hint of magic for taste. Ashley is also poetry editor for Sugared Water.