About Big Yes Press: Book Publishers of Poetry

BIG YES PRESS is a multi-format independent publisher. We are fair producers of fabulous books by terrific poets and authors. Big Yes Press was founded to support diversity and integrity within the poetry community.

About Big Yes Press

BYP: building presence.

Big Yes Press is a not-for-profit book producer formed in 2012 when three California writers said Yes!  Big Yes!  BYP is a print-run press committed to writing that speaks for the human experience with compelling voice and craft.   

BYP is honored to share the recognition received by our poets. Three — Dian Sousa of San Luis Obispo, Enid Osborn of Santa Barbara, and Caroline Goodwin of San Mateo — have served as California county poet laureates. Caroline Goodwin was selected for and served as a William Stegner fellow at Stanford University. Lauren Henley’second poetry book, Starshine Road, received the 2017 Perugia Press Prize. Paula Lowe’s book, MOO, was a finalist for the International Book Award in Poetry, 2015. Sylvia Alcon’s poem, Turning, is in production as a choral composition in 2018. Jonathan Maule was the winner of the 2014 Academy of American Poets Contest at Cal Poly University.

BYP: working together.

The small staff at BYP is a grateful group of volunteer writers and editors who steer the publishing process.  We take our time.  One book at a time. Welcome.

BYP's core editors are Paula C. Lowe and Sylvia Alcon.  Multi-award book authors, Kevin Clark and Jack Remick  serve as advisers and friends of the press.  Other poets may come in to help on specific volumes. BYP's book designer is Sylvia Aranda of Oakland, California.  Print runs are produced by Kansas City Book Manufacturing.  Distribution is through Amazon, select independent bookstores and the author/poet's events and efforts.   All BYP books are submitted for awards and reviews.

BYP is a proud member of Community for Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP). Read more about CLMP at https://www.clmp.org/about/what-we-believe/

Poets & Writers.

BYP is a nimble little press with an attentive editorial process. 

BYP poets and writers are urban and rural.  Of desert. In Alaska. Traffic warriors. Emerging.  Or established. Edgy.  Going deeper.  We look for those who are writing on the shoulders of lived experience, those who are brave and don't look away.

All BYP poets and writers give readers something of the human experience we would miss without their noticing and giving words to it.

BYP considers it a privilege to be inside an author's work. We give each book care and attention from manuscript to printed page to electronic media. If you are interested in BYP’s publishing and submission process, please see our submission/contact page for details. 


BYP seeks to provide you with outstanding poetry and stories! 

All BYP books are available for purchase directly from BYP poets, writers, Amazon, select independent book stores and libraries, and at poet and writer events.  

BYP authors make 100% of the profits from the sale of their books.  Use the contact information on this website or go to amazon.com or find a select local bookstore. 

Buy poetry. Buy from poets.

Buy story.  Buy from story telling writers.

Keep the written word alive by directly supporting the people who write!