Lit House Press

Lit House Press is the mothership for Extract(s) as well as the imprint for the Extract(s) annual anthology and a beautiful collections of prose and poetry. You can find out more at the Lit House Press site.

Our current catalog features the following titles:

naghosts_front_coverA Pocket Guide to North American Ghosts, Joe Kapitan
Winner of our inaugural prose chapbook contest

“Joe Kapitan fills these short pieces with myth, architecture, fairy tale, hope love, loss, and the spaces in between these states of longing. He fills them up with so much poetry–yet grounds them so neatly, stakes them down, really–that they don’t float away like you might expect. These are weighty dreams–heavy ghosts, indeed.” ~ Amber Sparks, author of May We Shed These Human Bodies

Joe Kapitan is an architect-turning-writer from northern Ohio. He lives with his wife and two children in a brick house surrounded by pines, a day’s march south of Cleveland. With the authorization of no one, he began writing short fiction in 2009 during lunch hours at work. Since then, over fifty of his pieces have been published, both online (Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, [PANK], elimae, Emprise Review and others) and in print (The Cincinnati Review, A cappella Zoo, Bluestem and Midwestern Gothic). Joe’s short story “War Crumbs” recently appeared in the anthology BESTIARY: The Best of the Inaugural Demi-Decade of A Cappella ZooA Pocket Guide to North American Ghosts is his first published collection.  Read an excerpt

Cover Image: “Miner,” by Stacy Esch

Placemats, Kenneth Pobo
Winner of our inaugural poetry chapbook contest

“Jorie Graham rightly observed that “For every lie we’re told by advertisers and politicians, we need one poem to balance it.” Kenneth Pobo’s poems explore a variety of sociopolitical topics: global warming, the exploitation of the poor, and the disappearance of the natural world. Like Ginsberg, Pobo turns the commercial and political market of lies upside down in order to see just how absurd those lies really are and how they deceive the public. Without being sentimental or didactic, Pobo reminds us, as all good poets do, what it means to have a social conscience. Localized and exiled, Placemats  is charged with an illuminating, enigmatic glow.”~ Jacqueline Marcus, author of Close to the Shore and editor of FORPOETRY.COM/ENVIRONMENTALPRESS.COM

Ken Pobo has published four poetry collections and sixteen chapbooks.  His work has appeared in: Indiana Review, Nimrod, Mudfish, The Fiddlehead, Hawaii Review, and elsewhere.  He teaches creative writing and English at Widener University in Pennsylvania.  He enjoys gardening, surrealism, cats, and sixties pop music.  Catch his radio show, “Obscure Oldies,” on Saturdays from 6-8:30 P.M. at

Read an excerpt

bod_front_coverBearers of Distance: Poems by Runners, Martin Elwell, Jenn Monroe eds.
A collection of running-inspired poems written by runners. Half of all profits benefit The One Fund.
Read excerpts here

2 Responses to “Lit House Press”
  1. joseph reich says:

    aww shucks any chance consider a damn fine chap at the present time?

    all my best,


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