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 excited to give you a sneak preview of 2019 BYP books. First! An anthology of poetry from all over the United States written by those who have read at The CORE poetry series in Orcutt, California over the past five years. Michael McLaughlin, host of the Live at the CORE, will serve as editor for this terrific collection. BYP is also expanding our focus beyond California to poetry from the Northwest and Northeast. An anthology of poems and short writings from fire survivors and witnesses is also in the works.

BYP is honored to share the recognition received by our poets, most current news first. Sylvia Alcon’s poem, Turning, premiers as a choral composition on December 2, 2018. Lauren Henley’second poetry book, Starshine Road, received the 2017 Perugia Press Prize. Three poets — Dian Sousa of San Luis Obispo, Enid Osborn of Santa Barbara, and Caroline Goodwin of San Mateo — are or have served as California County Poet Laureates. Caroline Goodwin was selected for and served as a William Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Paula Lowe’s book, MOO, was chosen as an International Book Award in Poetry finalist in 2015. Jonathan Maule was the winner of the 2014 Academy of American Poets Contest at Cal Poly University.

BYP: working together.

The small staff at Big Yes Pres is a grateful group of volunteer writers and editors who steer and fund the publishing process for each BYP title. Big Yes Press' core editors, press advisors, and book guest editors work to produce outstanding books in hand.

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.

Big Yes Press 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 looks for those who are 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.  

You should know that BYP authors retain their copyrights and keep 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!

We hope you will join BYP in celebrating the written word by directly supporting the people who write! Invite BYP writers to read and share with your community!