Flowers & Cream

Flowers & Cream is a small press / independent poetry publishing imprint founded by Sonic Youth songwriter Thurston Moore. The press aims to feature work of young, emerging poets steeped in contemporary poetic practice and investigation/illumination.

Living betwixt Northampton, Massachusetts and New York City, Thurston Moore has been involved with editing the Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal since early 2000. His own verse has been published in various anthologies and by a number of imprints since Water Row Press first presented Alabama Wildman, a collection of scattered writings from the 1970s and 80s. He has been on faculty at the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University.

Moore will be joined by Elaine Kahn as the assistant poetry editor and business facilitator of Flowers & Cream Press. Elaine is a poet and songwriter with work published by Glass Eye Books, Big Baby Books, Ecstatic Peace Library, as well as being featured widely in various journals. She has worked as an intern for Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, CA and as the Poetry Buyer for City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and currently resides in Northampton, MA.

Flowers & Cream recognizes the diversity of resonance in the contemporary poetry scene, a community charmed with reference to earlier schools, waves, gestures, pronouncements, and inks all with eyes both forward and askance.

Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan (born 1972 in Chicago, Illinois) is a poet and teacher. He grew up in New York City, where he currently resides with his wife, poet Karen Weiser. From 2003 to 2007, he served as artistic director at the St. Mark's Poetry Project. He is a co-chair of the writing program at the Bard College summer MFA program and a professor at Wesleyan University. His newest work, which is a book-length poem called Notes From Irrelevance, was released in September, 2011, through Wave Books.

John Coletti

John Coletti is the author of Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs, 2005), Same Enemy Rainbow (fewer & further, 2008), and Mum Halo (Rust Buckle Books, 2010) which is available at He recently finished serving as editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.

Ben Estes & Elaine Kahn

Ben Estes is the author of the chapbooks Lamp like l’map (Factory Hollow Press) and Cymbals (The Song Cave). He has been educated by the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Iowa, and is currently enrolled in the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With Alan Felsenthal he is the editor and publisher of The Song Cave (a series of singular things) and the journal Sea Ranch. He currently lives in Northampton, MA.

Elaine Kahn is the author of the chapbook Customer (Ecstatic Peace Library, 2010). She is the assistant editor of Flowers & Cream Press and co-curates the LOOT performance series at Flying Object. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Agriculture Reader, Elimae, NOÖ Journal, La Petite Zine, Supermachine and Jubilat. Elaine also performs music under the name Horsebladder.

Thurston Moore / Samara Lubelski duo

Thurston Moore is a founding member of NYC weird rock group Sonic Youth. He also releases records and publishes books under the Ecstatic Peace rubric. His writing has been published through various small presses.

Samara Lubelski is a musician, native New Yorker, solo recording artist. She has played with MV/EE, White Out, Metal Mountains a.o. She has recorded with Thurston Moore for his ‘Trees Outside The Academy’ and ‘Demolished Thoughts’.