Slate Roof Press


Slate Roof Press is a member-run press established in 2004 and committed to publishing Massachusetts and regional poets as well as poetry nationwide in alternate years of our chapbook contest. Check out our annual contest. We publish limited edition, art-quality chapbooks, which are designed by the poets and printed by member and master printer Ed Rayher. We pay careful attention to typography, paper choice, binding, and cover art.

Members, including Slate Roof Press contest winners, are involved in all aspects of the publishing process, from concept to marketing. We publish an average of two chapbooks per year, and our print run is 350 copies. All profits return to the press, and poets retain copyright.

We are committed to making our books accessible to print-impaired individuals, including people who are blind and visually impaired, learning disabled, or disabled in ways that make turning the pages of a book difficult. For help in accessing our site, contact:



Membership requires a three-year work commitment, with an average of 8-10 hours of work per month, including a monthly business meeting. Typical member tasks include reviewing manuscripts, managing consignment accounts and mailing lists, assembling books, editing and design, accounting, promotion, and readings, which are essential to book sales.

At Slate Roof, we follow a consensus model of decision making. Copies of both the Membership Agreement and the Author's Contract are available for review, and details on our contest can be found on our Contest page.

If you have questions, please contact us.

mccOur work this year is made possible in part by grants from the Greenfield, Montague, and Orange Local Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We thank them for their generosity.


Janet MacFadyen


Jim Bell, Trish Crapo, Abbot Cutler, Amanda Doster, Susan Middleton, Susie Patlove, Dennis Pollock, Janine Roberts, Paula Sayword, Cindy Snow, Catherine (Kate) Stearns, Art Stein


Patty Crane
Stan Crapo
Prudence Grand
Patricia Lee Lewis
John MacDonald

Thank you for your generous donations!

Many thanks to the following donors who contributed to our Indiegogo campaign!

Peter M. Booth
Janet Bowdan
Pamela Breslin
Jarrett Byrnes
Max Coats
Jean D'Amico
Andrew Dick
Jesse Edgerton & Meredith Doster
Carol Friedman
Eileen Gloster
Miriam Goldstein
Frances Hamburg
Amanda Henry
Lydia Ievins
John Kurkjian
Gian Lombardo
Gregory Machlin
David P. Miller
Samantha Musher
Helen A. Olshever
Susie Patlove
Maxine Phillips
Edith Robbins
B. Jean Rosiello
John Schmidt
Dr. Molly Scott
Myra Shapiro
Margaret Smith
Ellen Sweeney
Hilde Weisert