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 17 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:

Editor Michael Malan’s new book of prose poems is Tarzan’s Jungle Plane, published this year by Blue Light Press. Overland Park, his book of poems and flash fiction, was published by Blue Light Press in 2017. His work has appeared recently in Grist, Washington Square, Tampa Review, Cincinnati Review, Poetry East, New American Writing, and Denver Quarterly.

Associate Editor Linnea Nelson earned an M.F.A. in poetry from Oregon State University in 2017. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rattle, Rappahannock Review, The Adirondack Review, San Pedro River Review, Tule Review, and Spectral Lines: Poems about Scientists from Alternating Current Press. Linnea lives in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with her husband.

Rachel Barton is a poet, writing coach, and editor. She is a member of the Calyx Editorial Collective, she edits her own Willawaw Journal, and she co-chairs Willamette Writers on the River. Find her poems in Oregon English Journal, Hubbub, Whale Road Review, Mom Egg Review, Cloudbank, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Out of the Woods, was released in 2017. Happiness Comes was released in 2018 by Dancing Girl Press.

Intern Natalia A. Pagan was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She is a poet who writes about her home-island, her mother, and colonialism and language. She earned a B.A. at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Poetry at Oregon State University. Her work has appeared in Revista Cruce and is forthcoming in Boricua en la Luna: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Voices.

Eloise Schultz comes to Cloudbank from Mount Desert Island, where she earned a degree in human ecology and served as an editor for Bateau magazine. She is now an MFA candidate in poetry at Oregon State University. Her writing can be found in Terrain.org and Under A Warm Green Linden.

Peter Sears

Editor 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.