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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