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, 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 our first year. While we do not at this time have the resources to pay our authors, we will provide each author with 25 copies of his or her book.


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 ReviewPeach Velvet MagPostcard Poems and Prose, SWWIM, Apple Valley Review, Muddy River Poetry Review, Bright Sleep, and Rat’s Ass Review. Her poetry website is 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 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 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.