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 during 2020. 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 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, are listed on Duotrope, and publish calls on Entropy’s and Allison Joseph’s Creative Writers Opportunities blog. We regularly attend AWP and have a Milk & Cake Press table there. 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. She is a native of Oxford, Ohio. A graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, she holds a BFA in theatre arts, and she is currently pursuing a degree in English literature at Miami University.

Jonathon Scharf designed the Milk & Cake Press logo and designs covers for the collections.  He is a northern Californian, 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 intern 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 currently serves as a student editor.