JackLeg is a literary press dedicated to the writers we serve and the readers we cherish. We publish all forms of literature, including poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and plays. We use an environmentally sustainable publishing model and a rigorous editorial process to bring the best new and familiar voices into the literary world.
This is a new-century work, a voicing of Barbara Cully's tidal sense of the temporal, her premonitory stillness, written by desert and sea-light, inscribing the endurance of loss, the necessity of vigilance. Her images are beautiful and precise, her sensibility profound.
Maureen Seaton's subject is womanhood-an experience she presents as, by turns, a liturgically voluptuous sacrament and the kind of party that prompts the neighbors to call the cops. Her poems always make me feel lucky in my gender, doubly lucky in loving women.
Identities and realities sweep over us in Meagan Lehr’s exciting debut collection of poetry, reminding me of Virginia Woolf’s waves of language, except that Lehr’s monologues are sparer, more enigmatic. Patches of conversation, reminiscence, and conjecture hang in the air tantalizingly, as time itself does in these sea-crossings....One thing’s for certain: this is exciting poetry.
Alaska native Caroline Goodwin’s first poetry book, Trapline (Jackleg Press), is set at the edge–of the sea, the swamp, the wilderness.....Goodwin will connect what you see to the human you through a hand, a thigh, a boot. What you discover will be big and beautiful and brutal. I didn’t get a free book for recommending Goodwin’s poetry; I simply bought her book and fell in love with the poems.
From the author of the celebrated novel Pink, which was included in Curve magazine’s top 150 lesbian-written novels, Jennifer Harris’s new book [This is How I Dream It] is a lyrical compilation of stories, poems and anecdotes that explore and meditate on themes such as love and longing—you know, the easy stuff of life. A very powerful collection." published at AfterEllen.com
…a heady meld of light and lyric. cin salach illustrates the mastery that long ago established her as one of Chicago's most iconic literary and performance voices. These unflinching stanzas fling open doors to the restless landscape where the heart does its astounding work. We've waited much too long for this. But it's everything we've waited for.