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Established in 2012 by four students in the poetry MFA program at Cornell University, 4th & Verse Books is a publishing collaborative that prioritizes the creative process. By working closely with our authors we seek to create and champion poetry books of the highest quality. We believe that innovation is the tradition in poetry. As an outlet for poets at the beginning of their careers, we encourage artistic exploration and support clarity and confidence in new voices.



Phone: 207-632-5066
Twitter: @fourthandverse
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Fourth and Verse Books
c/o Matthew Ritger
The English Department
Cornell University
250 Goldwin Smith Hall
Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853-3201


Stevie Edwards – Editorial and Publicity


Stevie Edwards is working toward completing an MFA in creative writing at Cornell University. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Good Grief, is forthcoming from Write Bloody Publishing in 2012. She is the editor-in-chief/founder of MUZZLE Magazine, an assistant editor of EPOCH, and a proud alumna of Chicago’s Real Talk Avenue. Her work has appeared in several literary journals, including RattleThieves JargonNight TrainPANK, and decomP.  Some of her favorite books of poetry are The Branch Will Not Break by James Wright, The Only World by Lynda Hull, and Lighthead by Terrance Hayes.




Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez – Editorial and Development

Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez is a student in the poetry MFA program at Cornell University. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been accepted for publication at Susquehanna Review, Cargoes Magazine and Packingtown Review among other journals. In 2010 she attended the Bucknell Writing Seminar for Younger Poets. Mandy admires Carl Phillips’s From the Devotions, Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red, and Rigoberto Gonzalez’s Other Fugitives and Other Strangers.






Emma Catherine Perry – Editorial and Marketing / Sales

Emma Catherine Perry graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in Art History. She enrolled in the MFA program at Cornell University after working in museum education and community outreach in Marfa, Texas and Portland, Maine. She admires sculptures by Roni Horn, novels by Charles Portis, and Nox by Anne Carson.






Matthew Ritger – Editorial and Design

Matthew Matthew Ritger graduated from Dartmouth College before enrolling in the MFA program at Cornell University. His work has appeared in several literary journals, in print and online, as well as in the 2011 edition of the anthology Best New Poets. Somehow, internships at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Copper Canyon Press, and a stint reading fiction for n+1  did not convince him that starting a poetry publishing venture is a bad idea. Some of his favorite books are Robert Duncan’s The Opening of the Field; Sight Map by Brian Teare; and everything by W.H. Auden.