Chance Books LLC is the passion project of Bekah and Shannon Steimel, a poet who married a lover of words.

Shannon and Bekah Steimel

Our Mission

Chance Books LLC is a small press publishing Poetry, Education and Children’s Books and amplifying the words of women and non-binary writers. We are also committed to providing books to those in need including via a donation program with the Missouri Department of Corrections to provide contemporary poetry books from our small press (and others) to libraries in their Women’s facilities. If you are interested in getting involved in or supporting this program, click here.

Our History

Chance Books LLC is named for Bekah’s beloved “Gramma,” whose maiden name was Chance.

Barbara J. Chance Steimel (May 21, 1928 – August 18, 1999)
“Gramma was a gentle, quirky, creative, supportive source of both unconditional love and a magical love of words. With her last letter, she said my poems were special and to keep writing. I’m still holding onto a pen and unconditional love for such a magical woman.” ~Bekah

Chance Books LLC also represents the “Second Chance” at life that Bekah was given after being placed on advanced life support (ECMO) for 15 days. It was founded on April 13, 2019, on Bekah’s 39th birthday, while she was in the hospital recovering from double lung failure. Together, Bekah and Shannon hope to leave a literary legacy.

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