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.

We plan to publish one full-length collection of poetry, one chapbook and two broadsides during our first year.


Kim Jacobs-Beck, a native of the Detroit area now living near Cincinnati, is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. A professor of English at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, she has an MFA in poetry and a PhD in British Romanticism from Miami University. Her chapbook, Torch, is forthcoming from Wolfson Press. Some of her poems appear at Postcard Poems and Prose, SWWIM, Apple Valley Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Bright Sleep, and Rat’s Ass Review.

Dan Beck, layout and design editor, has lived all over the Midwest, in California and Japan. He is a high school physics teacher. Dan has a bachelor’s degrees from Beloit College and Cornell College (Iowa) and a master’s degree from Wright State University.

Miranda Scharf is assistant editor, and is a native of Oxford, Ohio. A graduate of DePaul University’s theatre school, she is currently pursing a degree in English at Miami University.

Jonathon Scharf designed the Milk & Cake Press logo and will design covers for the collections.  Born in Delaware, raised in Oxford, Ohio, and now living in northern California, he has studied marine science at College of the Redwoods and is currently studying art at Mendocino College.