The Press

Milk and Cake Press seeks to publish an eclectic collection of poems. We love language, the sounds it creates, and the power of it to name and shape. We welcome work from a diverse range of poets, including women, people of color, and those who identify as LGBTQIA. We will make inclusive decisions about the poets and poems we publish.

No light verse or limericks, please. We are interested in reading most other forms and virtually any topic except for racist, sexist, homophobic, graphic, or violent work.

We welcome simultaneous submissions, but please let us know ASAP if you need to withdraw your work.

We plan to publish several full-length collections of poetry and chapbooks each year. While we do not at this time have the resources to pay our authors, we will provide each author with 25 copies of their book.

Milk and Cake is a family-run, all-volunteer nonprofit micro-press, with a DIY mentality: all editing, layout, design, distribution, promotion and marketing are done in-house. We are hands-on and collaborative in our approach to publishing, and will work with you closely to create the best book we can.

We are members of Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and are listed on Duotrope. We will submit a limited number of copies for review to journals.

Staff Members

Kim Jacobs-Beck, a native of the Detroit area now living near Cincinnati, is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. She is a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College. Her chapbook, Torch, was published by Wolfson Press in 2019. Some of her poems appear at Gyroscope ReviewJanuary Reviewroam literature, Peach Velvet MagPostcard Poems and Prose, SWWIM, Apple Valley Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Bright Sleep, and Rat’s Ass Review. Her website can be found at kimjacobsbeck.com

Dan Beck, Layout and Design Editor, has lived all over the Midwest, in California, and Japan. He is a high school physics teacher and has taught college physics, astronomy and as an exchange teacher in Japan. He serves as the press’ IT help desk.

Miranda Scharf serves as Poetry Editor and Social Media Manager. Miranda holds a BFA in theatre arts from The Theatre School at DePaul University,  and a BA in English literature from Miami University. 

Jonathon Scharf designed the Milk & Cake Press logo and designs covers for the collections.  He currently lives Albany, New York and has worked as a silkscreen artist and bartender. He studied marine science at College of the Redwoods and art at Mendocino College.

Heather Phillips, born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area, currently serves as an editor while pursuing a degree in English Literature at the University of Cincinnati. Some of her poetry and a short academic essay appear in East Fork: A Journal of the Arts, where she also served as a student editor.

Jasmine Warner is from Clermont County, Ohio. She is an editor and has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Cincinnati. Jasmine served as student editor of East Fork: A Journal of the Arts. 

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Milk & Cake Press

P.O. Box 13177

Hamilton, Oh 45013


General: milkandcakepress@gmail.com

Editor in Chief: kim@milkandcakepress.com