Kelsey Street Press 40th anniversary: Hazel White and Sabrina Dalla Valle
Berkeley-based Kelsey Street Press was founded in 1974 to address the marginalization of women writers by small press and mainstream publishers. From the beginning, the press linked its editorial policy to a poetics of allowance that encouraged women to write directly from their own creative imperatives. Other founding goals were to publish a list that reflected the cultural variety in this country and to publish first books by unvetted writers. In the 1980s, Kelsey instituted a series of cross-genre collaborative works between poets and visual artists. A nonprofit organization, Kelsey Street Press is supported by private foundations, government agencies and its readers.