We are in some kickass company here! If you’re in Seattle and not already planning on going to APRIL you are a darn fool.
Each year, APRIL caps off its week-long festival with a big book fair at Seattle’s writing and literary arts center, Richard Hugo House. This year 39 presses will be in attendance. Scope ‘em out below!
1. The APRIL table will have a few goodies and books from the 2014 festival authors.
2. Willow Springs Editions is a small literary press housed in Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers. Each year they offer the Spokane Prize for fiction and publish one surrealist poetry chapbook.
3. Poor Claudia is a poetry chapbook imprint of Octopus Books, a small poetry press based in Portland Ore, Lincoln NE & Denver CO.
4. Copper Canyon is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to poetry.
5. alice blue books is the creator of small run handmade books and art books, as well as the chapbook series SHOTGUN WEDDING, focusing on poetry, fiction, nonfiction and graphic novel work in the Pacific Northwest.
6. Raven Chronicles publishes work which reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and other areas of America. They promote art, literature and the spoken word for an audience that is hip, literate, funny, informed, and lives in a society that has a multicultural sensibility.
7. StringTown has published a magazine and book-length writing by Northwest authors for the last twelve years.
8. Les Sardines is a writing collective founded in 2008 and based in Seattle.
9. Lazy Fascist is an imprint of bizarro fiction publisher Eraserhead Press. Lazy Fascist publishes authors who, through careful exploration of unique linguistic landscapes, create monstrous, unclassifiable fictions.
10. Chin Music publishes risky books as “literary objects”—books that are a pleasure to touch as well as read.
11. The Monarch Review is an online and print journal based in Seattle that aims to sustain vibrant, vagabond culture by creating a forum for emerging and established artists and thinkers.
12. Portland-based Microcosm Publishing has been publishing zines and books since 1996.
13. Pacifica Literary Review is a small literary arts magazine based in Seattle with print editions in winter and summer.
14. Spartan publishes short, minimalist prose.
15. Future Tense Books is one of the longest-running small-presses around. Run tirelessly by Kevin Sampsell in Portland.
16. YesYes Books is based out of Portland and publishes poetry, prose, and visual art that make them excited for the day.
17. Wave is an independent poetry press based in Seattle dedicated to publishing the best in contemporary poetry, poetry in translation, and writing by poets.
18. Publication Studio (founded in 2009 in Portland, Oregon) prints and binds books one at a time on-demand, creating original work with artists and writers they admire.
19. The Furnace is a quarterly reading series showcasing one new prose writer (fiction, nonfiction, playwriting) at a time with the mission to encourage innovative storytelling and a vibrant literary community. Listen live at the Hollow Earth Performance space and online at Hollowearthradio.org. They publish a quarterly zine to correspond with their reading series & podcast.
20. Tavern Books is a not-for-profit publisher of poetry founded in Portland, Oregon publishing translations from the world’s finest poets, new works by innovative writers and revivals of out-of-print classics. All Tavern Books titles are permanently in print, honoring the cultural contract between publisher and author, as well as between publisher and public.
21. PageBoy Magazine publishes both literary and visual art.
22. Poetry Northwest is the oldest poetry magazine in the Northwest.
23. Big Fiction celebrates the soul of the long story: generous, transportive, and a little wild. They’re an independent journal publishing ambitious and delicious fiction twice a year, in hand-designed letterpress issues.
24. Dock Street Press is a boutique-publishing house specializing in compelling narrative non-fiction and clean, intelligent fiction.
25. Babel/Salvage is a non-profit engine for artistic and literary ingenuity and community involvement located geographically in Seattle, Washington.
26. Minor Arcana specializes in geek authors, spiritual minority authors and romantic/gender/sexual minorities such as LGBTQ authors and the fetish community and pairs them with provocative cover artists to create beautiful books and empower overlooked and outsider authors and artists.
27. Seattle-based Dark Coast Press publishes literary fiction, poetry, and experimental writing from emerging and established authors.
28. Lettered Streets Press, based out of Seattle and Chicago, publishes poetry, prose, and hybrid forms.
29. Fence is Fence Magazine, Fence Books, the poetry review website The Constant Critic, and La Press, publishing translations from French— all committed to very contemporary literature.
30. Nouvella publishes novellas by emerging authors.
31. Factory Hollow Press publishes books, chapbooks and broadsides in both limited and trade editions. The press is the publishing division of Flying Object Center for Independent Publishing, Art, & the Book, Inc.. Established in 2005, the press has published and produced over 60 books, chapbooks, broadsides, vinyl LPs, and other special projects.
32. Sarabande Books is a non-profit publishing house based in Louisville, KY committed to publishing quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
33. Caketrain is a Pennsylvania-based journal and press.
34. Starcherone exists to stimulate public interest in works of innovative prose fiction and nurture an understanding of the art of fiction writing by publishing, disseminating, and affording the public opportunities to hear readings of innovative works. In addition to encouraging the development of authors and their audiences, Starcherone seeks to educate the public in small press publishing and encourage the growth of other small presses.
35. Dorothy is a publishing project dedicated to works of fiction or near fiction or about fiction, mostly by women.
36. Publishing Genius believes in literature’s ability to create sympathy and a better world, and therefore seeks to publish genre-defying books in the most interesting and progressive ways.
37. Magic Helicopter Press, based in Western Massachusetts, is focused on publishing across platforms, mediums and “the universe.” Their paper books are collectible art items, not unlike Dale Earnhardt commemorative plates. They also publish experimental multimedia projects: poetry videos and poetry video games.
38. Black Ocean, based out of Chicago, New York, and Boston, brings together a spectrum of influences and combines them with a radical social perspective on the nature of art and humanity.
39. Short Flight/Long Drive is an independent, non-profit small press specializing in the publication of fiction and the book arm of Hobart, a literary magazine founded in 2001.
40. featherproof is an indie publisher dedicated to doing whatever they want: publishing an idiosyncratic novel, design book, or something in between. They love paper, but aren’t afraid of computers. Their website offers free fold-yourself downloadable mini-books and Storigami.