Smokestack has published over 60 titles since 2004. Smokestack authors include Martin Rowson, Kate Fox, Linda France, Katrina Porteous, John Lucas, Alison Fell, Kevin Cadwallender, Kath Kenny, Tom Wintringham and Sebastian Barker. Smokestack's growing international list includes Martín Espada, (Puerto Rico), Francis Combes (France), Kristin Dimitrova (Bulgaria), Sergei Samolyenko (Russia), Andras Mezei (Hungary), Heinrich Heine (Germany), Nikola Vaptsarov (Bulgaria), Jim Scully (USA), Gustavo Pereira (Venezuela), Rocco Scotellaro (Italy) and Victor Jara (Chile).
Smokestack Books aims to hold open a space for what is left of the English radical poetic tradition in the twenty-first century. Smokestack champions poets who are unfashionable, left-field or working a long way from the metropolitan centres of cultural authority. Smokestack is committed to the common music of poetry; is interested in the World as well as in the Word; believes that poetry is a part of and not apart from society; argues that if poetry does not belong to everybody, it is not poetry.
Coming soon from Smokestack are books by Ian McMillan, Judith Kazantzis, Richard Skinner, Roque Dalton (El Salvador), Otto Rene Castillo (Guatemala) and Giannis Ritsos (Greece).