About Noemi Press


Founded in 2002, Noemi Press is a 501(c)(3) literary arts organization based in Blacksburg, Virginia, dedicated to publishing and promoting the work of emerging and established authors and artists.

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Carmen Giménez Smith


Carmen Giménez Smith, a 2019 Guggenheim fellow, is the author of seven books including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and most recently, Cruel Futures published by City Lights. She was awarded an American Book Award for Bring Down the Little Birds and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection Goodbye, Flicker. She also co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath Press, 2014). She is a co-director for CantoMundo, publisher of Noemi Press, and a Professor of English at Virginia Tech. With Steph Burt, she is poetry editor of The Nation. Her next poetry collection, Be Recorder, will be published by Graywolf Press in August of 2019.

Sarah Gzemski

Managing Editor

Sarah Gzemski is a poet living and working in Tucson, AZ. She is the Managing Editor of Noemi Press and the Publicity & Publications Coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She edits books of poetry and designs book covers and interiors. She embroiders. Her mixed-genre chapbook, Centralia, is available from Porkbelly Press. Her work has appeared in SRPR, Bone Bouquet, Four Chambers, and Coldfront, among others.  


Suzi F. Garcia

Executive Editor

Suzi F. Garcia has an MFA in Creative Writing with minors in Screen Cultures and Gender Studies. Suzi is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Macondista, and a board member for the Latinx Caucus. Her writing has been featured or is forthcoming from the Offing, Vinyl, Fence Magazine, and more. She has presented at PCA/ACA, AWP, and Console-ing Passions, among other national conferences. Find her at www.suzifgarcia.com or on Twitter at @SuziG.

Diana Arterian

Poetry Editor

Diana Arterian is the author of the poetry collection Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press), Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse), and co-editor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet). Her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo, and her poetry, essays, and translations have been featured in Asymptote, BOMBDenver QuarterlyLos Angeles Review of BooksThe New York Times, and The Poetry Foundation website, among others. Diana holds a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she was a Russell Fellow, and an MFA in poetry from CalArts, where she was a Beutner Fellow. Born and raised in Arizona, she currently resides in Los Angeles.

J. Michael Martinez

Poetry Editor

J. Michael Martinez received the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets for his first book, Heredities. His latest, In the Garden of the Bridehouse, is available from the University of Arizona Press. He is a Poetry Editor of Noemi Press and his writings are anthologized in Ahsahta Press’ The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral, Rescue Press’ The New Census: 40 American Poets, and Counterpath Press’ Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing.

Emily Kiernan

Prose Editor
Emily Kiernan is the author of a novel, Great Divide (Unsolicited Press, 2014). She writes about islands, vaudeville, implacable but unjustified feelings of abandonment, The West, and places that aren’t the way she remembered them. Her short fiction has appeared in Pank, The Collagist, Monkeybicycle, decomP, The Good Men Project, Dark Sky, Redivider, JMWW, and other journals. She resides in Berkeley, California with her man and her dog. More information can be found at emilykiernan.com.

Emily Alex

Fiction Editor

Emily Alex holds an MFA in Fiction from New Mexico State University, where she served as Managing Editor for Puerto del Sol. She is now a Fiction Editor at The Rupture. You can find her work in the Heavy Feather Review, The Offing, Juked, Denver Quarterly, Full Stop, and The Collagist. She lives in New York City.

Mirna Palacio Ornelas

Assistant Editor

Mirna Palacio Ornelas is a queer immigrant WOC studying to get her MFA in Poetry. She grew up in Ciudad Juarez, Chih, y se perdió somewhere in Indianapolis, IN. Pero good thing que ya se puso las pilas and is now doing some working and writing (and some fighting).

Anthony Cody

Webmaster & Assistant Editor

Anthony Cody is the author of Borderland Apocrypha (forthcoming from Omnidawn, April 2020), winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Contest. He is a CantoMundo fellow from Fresno, California whose poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, The Boiler, among other journals. Anthony co-edited How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. As an MFA candidate at Fresno State, he serves as a fellow in the Laureate Lab Visual Wordist Studio created by Juan Felipe Herrera. He is the communications manager for CantoMundo.

Evan Lavender-Smith

Founding Editor
Evan Lavender-Smith was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended the University of California at Berkeley and New Mexico State University. He is the author of From Old Notebooks (Dzanc Books, 2012) and Avatar (Six Gallery Press, 2011) as well as the founding editor of Noemi Press. His writing has appeared in many journals and magazines, including The White ReviewCourt GreenFenceThe Modern ReviewThe Evergreen Review, Post RoadThe Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly. Evan is Assistant Professor of English at Virginia Tech University.



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Recent Reviews and News

2017 Winners of the Noemi Press Book Award for Prose

The editors of Noemi Press are excited to announce the winners and finalists for the 2017 Noemi Press Award in Prose. Winner: The Itch by Kate Colby Finalists Lyrebird by Meredith Clark Fluid States by Heidi Czerwiec Beast Grief by Marie Conlan Echo Park by Ryan Ridge...