Omnidawn books have been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Boston Review, Chicago Review, American Book Review, The Village Voice, The Midwest Book Review, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Pleiades, Rain Taxi, HOW2, The New Review of Literature, Small Press Traffic Newsletter, Electronic Poetry Review, Interim, and ARC (Canada's National Poetry Magazine). In 2005, Martha Ronk's In a landscape of having to repeat, published by Omnidawn, won the 15th Annual PEN USA Award in Poetry. In 2003, Lyn Hejinian's The Fatalist, published by Omnidawn, was chosen as one of The Village Voice's "Our 25 Favorite Books of 2003" (December 10-16, 2003, page 51) and was also mentioned in Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of 2003" section (November 17, 2003, page 36).
Omnidawn Publishing was founded by wife and husband team Rusty Morrison and Ken Keegan to create books that are most closely aligned with each author's vision, and to provide an interactive and rewarding publishing experience for poets and writers. We encourage authors to participate at every point in the decision making process of book design and book production, and thus far all have taken an active part, deciding on or providing cover art and assisting in the design of the interior of the books. Omnidawn has been publishing poetry since 2001, with Fabulist and New Fabulist Fiction added in 2006.
Rusty Morrison's manuscript the true keeps calm biding its story won The Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by Peter Gizzi, and will be published in Jan 2008 by Ahsahta. This manuscript also won the 2007 Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, selected by Susan Howe. Rusty Morrison's first poetry collection, Whethering, won the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing 2004), selected by Forrest Gander. She has been a recipient of the Cecil Hemley (2006), and Robert H. Winner (2003) Memorial Awards from The Poetry Society of America. She has also been a co-winner of the Five Fingers Review Poetry Contest (2003). Her poems, essays, or reviews have appeared in Boston Review, Chicago Review, Coconut, Colorado Review, Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature, Denver Quarterly, Eleven Eleven, First Intensity, The Modern Review, New American Writing, Parthenon West, Tinfish, Verse, VOLT, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor for Poetry Flash and co-publisher of Omnidawn.
Ken Keegan has a background in theater, graphic design, desktop publishing, and the founding, management of, and consultation for, non-profit organizations.
Rebecca Stoddard joined Omnidawn in 2006 as Assistant Editor. Her poems have appeared in journals such as: Tinfish, New American Writing, WebConjunctions, The Modern Review, etc. Her chapbook, home(?) was published by Noemi Press in 2004. She has been the recipient of scholarships, acted as assisting editor for several small presses/publications and curated a reading series. She received her MFA from University of San Francisco. Rebecca also works as a reference librarian.