Slate Roof is a member-run press established in 2004 and committed to publishing Western Massachusetts and regional poets.  We publish limited-edition, art-quality chapbooks, which are designed by the poets and printed by member and master printer Ed Rayher of Swamp Press, Northfield, MA.  We pay careful attention to typography, paper choice, and binding, and our letterpress book covers feature the artwork of local artists.

Our goal is to publish 2-3 chapbooks per year, and our members are involved in all aspects of the publishing process, from concept to marketing.  Currently, our print run is 350 copies; 25 copies are given to the author, and 50 are retained by Slate Roof for promotional purposes. All profits return to the press, and poets retain copyright.


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 coordinating print runs with local vendors, sewing books, managing consignment accounts for bookstores, accounting, keeping mailing lists or press release lists up-to-date, designing promotional materials, and posting flyers.  Readings are essential to our books' sales and represent another time commitment.

At Slate Roof, major decisions are made by consensus. Copies of both the Membership Agreement and the Author’s Contract are available.  We encourage potential members to review and understand these before considering membership.

Slate Roof Press is now utilizing a contest model.  Those who win our chapbook contest will become members of the press.  Details can be found on our Contest page.
If you have questions, please contact us.


Slate Roof

15 Warwick Avenue
Northfield, MA 01360-9638.


MANY THANKS to Terry Ehret from Sixteen Rivers Press, a publishing collective in the San Francisco Bay Area and to Cooperative Development Institute, Greenfield, MA, who kept us from reinventing the wheel. Thanks also to the Arms Library, Shelburne Falls, MA— many of us "got our legs" reading at the Arms Library's Third Friday Open Prose & Poetry Reading Series.

Current Slate Roof members:
(from left to right) : Abbot Cutler, Cindy Snow, Janet MacFadyen, Dennis Pollock, and Ed Rayher

Patricia Lee Lewis
John MacDonald
Prudence Grand
Stan Crapo

Thank you for your generous donations!