Against the Grain Poetry Press is an innovative small independent poetry publisher dedicated to publishing challenging, well-crafted poetry. We love writing that is moving and provocative from strong, fresh, diverse voices.

We produce beautiful, starkly-designed, high quality books and pamphlets with high production values and an edgy appeal.

We have an annual submissions window for pamphlets selecting four of the best for publication.

Established in 2017 we work closely with our poets, launching their books at The Poetry Café, London or online during the pandemic.

We ran a poem competition in 2018 and 2019.

Poets for blog

Abegail Morley
Karen Dennison
Jessica Mookherjee

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New in the shop from Sarah Mnatzaganian and Joanna Nissel

Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter by Sarah Mnatzaganian and Guerilla Brightenings by Joanna Nissel will be launched in the spring. Both books are now available for pre-order from our shop. Sarah Mnatzaganian up in rural Wiltshire and in her late teens spent each summer with her father’s family in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem. She studied … Continue reading New in the shop from Sarah Mnatzaganian and Joanna Nissel

Sarah Mnatzagarian wins Spelt Poetry Competition

Congratulation to our 2022 poet, Sarah Mnatzagarian who wins the  Spelt Poetry Competition judged by Maggie Harris. We’re publishing Sarah’s pamphlet, Lemonade in the Armenian Quarter, next spring. Until then, here’s the star poem. Congratulations also to Rachel Davies and and Diana Cant who came second and third. Somerset soundtrack Jack-jack-jackdaws yack-yack everywhere and here’s … Continue reading Sarah Mnatzagarian wins Spelt Poetry Competition

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