About Us

Cloudbank Books was launched in 2000 with the publication of Millennial Spring: Eight New Oregon Poets, an anthology of contemporary verse, edited by Peter Sears and Michael Malan. Since then, the press has published nine other books of poetry. 

In 2009, the first issue of Cloudbank magazine was published. Issues are currently 96 pages, perfect-bound with color art on the cover. Two or three book reviews are included in each issue, along with at least 65 pages of poetry and short prose. We offer a prize of $200 for one poem or flash fiction in each issue. Contest entries receive a two-issue subscription. We also offer a prize for a full-length book manuscript. See Contest link for submission guidelines. 

About Cloudbank’s editors:

MichaelEditor Michael Malan’s new book of poems and flash fiction, Overland Park, was published by Blue Light Press in 2017. His work has been published in Epoch, Cincinnati Review, Tampa Review, Denver Quarterly, Potomac Review, Poetry East, Hayden’s Ferry Review, CutBank, Rhino, Bayou, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere. He was a finalist in the New Letters 2008 Literary Awards for Writers.


Associate Editor Linnea Nelson received her M.F.A. in poetry from Oregon State University in 2017. She served as an intern at Cloudbank while attending OSU. A graduate of North Dakota State University, she is a former Editor-in-Chief of NDSU’s literary journal, Northern Eclecta. Her poetry has appeared in San Pedro River Review, Gold Man Review, The Adirondack Review, Tule Review, and Tribeca Poetry Review, among other publications.


Former intern Ben Swimm received his M.F.A. in poetry. He was the poetry editor of OSU’s student-run literary journal, 45th Parallel. Ben’s poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Salamander, Cirque, and The Bear Review. He is currently the owner of Brown Dog Farm in Palmer, Alaska.




Peter SearsEditor Emeritus Peter Sears founded Cloudbank with Editor Michael Malan. His most recent book is Small Talk; his three other books of poetry are The Brink, Green Diver, and Tour. He received his M.F.A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and was the 1999 winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Contest. Peter served as Poet Laureate for the State of Oregon from 2014-2016.