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Vennel Press

Vennel Press was founded by Leona Medlin and Richard Price to publish Donny O'Rourke's first collection, Second Cities, published in 1991. This book of poems about Chicago heralded a witty, generous-spirited, supple poetry and quickly sold out. Encouraged by this success, Vennel invested in early books by W. N. Herbert, Elizabeth James, David Kinloch, and Peter McCarey, as well as collections by the founders themselves.

Each Vennel volume featured at least one illustration by an artist who has worked closely with the poet: they were beautiful objects as well as impressive collections.

Later the imprint Au Quai was established by Donny O'Rourke and Richard Price to publish work in translation. Vennel also acted as the distributor for the back catalogue of Southfields Press, including back issues of Southfields magazine.

Vennel and Au Quai were closed by Medlin and Price in the early years of the twenty first century. Leona has since started Mulfran Press.

A Gutter, An Alley, An Artery: Vennel Press, A Memoir


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