The primary and driving force behind the Ice Cube Press and the Tall Corn Books imprint is Steve Semken. Steve has been inspired to work with words, to write, and to promote and learn about the world in which we live in for over twenty-five years now. The inspiration began while walking and living along the Kaw River in North Lawrence, Kansas.
Since 1990 Steve has authored six books, edited three others, been included in four anthologies, and was picked as the the Writer in Residence at the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. He has served on the faculty at the Midwest Writing Center’s David Collins Writing Conference in the Quad Cities. For over ten years he sponsored and organized the annual Harvest Lecture/Voices From The Prairie–first with Lutheran Campus Ministry, then the Standing By Words Center, and finally with Humanities Iowa.
His debut novel Pick Up Stick City: Restoration Fiction was published by Rivers Bend Press in Minnesota and reviewed by Publishers Weekly. A second book, The Great Blues, was awarded with the Kansas Book Award. Soul External: Rediscovering the Great Blues was published in 2014. In addition to his full time work as a publisher he is working on a longer work of writing dealing with the supernatural of local places in what will be entitled, The Wild Testament, which will include a place-based bestiary. Ice Cube Press is spotlighted in Poets and Writers magazine’s Small Press Points
Want to learn more? As an author, salesman, publisher, and motivated entrepreneur Steve Semken is a publisher that authors and bookstores trust. He can speak on all aspects regarding writing to any size group on issues involving writing, publishing, promotions, business operations, and books. If you would like to improve the writing in your company (for instance: are your company newsletters and brochures losing their zap?) or need advice on getting your journal started he is able to come and speak. To have Steve speak to your writers group, book club, or business email: steve at icecubepress dot com with your request. Rates are negotiable.