Agate Publishing | Evanston, IL
An independent book publisher based in Evanston, Illinois, founded in 2003 by Doug Seibold. At its inception, Agate was synonymous with its Bolden imprint, which published exclusively African-American literature, an interest of Seibold's and a product of his time working as executive editor for the defunct African-American publisher Noble Press. Agate has since expanded to include five additional imprints, including Surrey (cookbooks), Midway (books with a Midwest/Chicago theme), and Agate Digital (e-books).
Akashic Books | Brooklyn, NY
A Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are either ignored by the mainstream or who have no interest in working within the ever-consolidating ranks of the major corporate publishers. The Los Angeles Times wrote about Akashic — “As many in publishing struggle to find ways to improve on an increasingly outdated business model, independents such as Akashic — which are more nimble and less risk-averse than major publishing houses — are innovators to watch.”
Anthology Editions | Brooklyn, NY
An independent Brooklyn-based book publisher, Anthology Editions uncovers and fashions cultural narratives as books, music collections, online experiences, and exhibitions. Stories of every caliber and color communicate and resonate within the new canon Anthology Editions seeks to establish.
Belt Publishing | Cleveland, OH
Founded in 2012, Belt Publishing publishes anthologies by and for residents of often misrepresented cities. Each non-fiction anthology is edited by a native or resident of a city along the Rust Belt, who asks the community to sent in its stories. Called “the nation’s new literary darling” by The American Prospect.
Coffee House Press | Minneapolis, MN
An internationally renowned independent book publisher and arts nonprofit based in Minneapolis, MN. Through their literary publications and Books in Action program, CHP acts as a catalyst and connector — between authors and readers, ideas and resources, creativity and community, inspiration and action. The mission of Coffee House Press is to publish exciting, vital, and enduring authors of our time; to delight and inspire readers; to contribute to the cultural life of our community; and to enrich our literary heritage. By building on the best traditions of publishing and the book arts, we produce books that celebrate imagination, innovation in the craft of writing, and the many authentic voices of the American experience.
Curbside Splendor Publishing | Chicago, IL
Curbside Splendor was initially conceived as a punk rock band in the early 1990s. The band never really went anywhere, but Curbside was re-established as an independent press in the fall of 2009 in Humboldt Park. We publish fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that celebrates extraordinary voices. Through our annual novella contest and numerous readings, shows, and book fairs organized in the Chicago community, we aim to rewrite the tradition of Midwestern publishing. Chicago magazine named them "Best Chicago Independent Publisher" in 2014.
Dorothy | Brooklyn, NY
Recently named one of five small presses “slyly changing the industry for the better” by Flavorwire, Dorothy is dedicated to works of fiction or near fiction or about fiction, mostly by women. Dorothy books draw upon different aesthetic traditions. A large part of their interest in literature lies in its possibilities, its endless stylistic and formal variety. The project is named for head librarian, author, gardener, animal and art lover, bookmobile-driver, and great aunt Dorothy Traver, who on every birthday gave a book with an owl bookplate.
Drag City | Chicago, IL
A Chicago-based independent indie rock record label. It was established with a Royal Trux single release ("Hero Zero," DC1) in 1990 by Dan Koretzky and Dan Osborn. In 1997, Drag City began publishing books and magazines, including works by Bill Callahan, Harmony Korine, Neil Hagerty, and Rudolph Wurlitzer.
Featherproof Books | Chicago, IL
Founded in 2005 by Zach Dodson and Zach Messinger, Featherproof publishes strange and beautiful fiction and nonfiction, and post-, trans-, and inter-genre tragicomedy. It is currently operated by Tim Kinsella and Jason Sommer.
Haymarket Books | Chicago, IL
Haymarket Books is a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago. Their mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. They strive to make their books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.
Meekling Press | Chicago, IL
Meekling is a very small press, based in Chicago, Illinois. They specialize in small, hand-made editions of books by authors they adore. Meekling works in collaboration with authors throughout the design and production process. "We are not so interested in boundaries of genre, or in restrictions of length. We are as interested in publishing a single sentence as something like a novel. What is more important is to find that sentence or that novel (etc) its most wonderful, thoughtfully-created nest."
Midwestern Gothic Press | Ann Arbor, MI
MG Press is an independent book publisher devoted to publishing a small number of titles each year. An extension of the literary journal Midwestern Gothic, MG Press retains the same core values: shining a spotlight on Midwest authors by focusing on works that showcase all aspects of life—good, bad, or ugly.
The authors and books we choose to work with exemplify these traits; they are representatives of the Midwest, and aim to celebrate what makes the Midwest such a unique place, highlighting our mythologies, stories, and culture that the world may be missing out on.
New Directions | New York, NY
Started in 1936 when Ezra Pound advised founder James Laughlin to “do something useful” after deeming Laughlin’s poetry “hopeless.” Laughlin harbored and published experimental writing from writers such as Dylan Thomas, Marianne Moore, and William Carlos Williams. The current aim of New Directions is to introduce international writers to the US, publish new experimental American works, and reissue classic titles with contemporary introductions.
New York Review Books | New York, NY
The New York Times has called New York Review Books “the country’s most successful intellectual journal.” New York Review Books brings together some of the finest writing in science, philosophy, history, politics, the arts, and literature from the Review’s contributors in book format. Included are volumes by such distinguished writers as Freeman Dyson, Martin Filler, Fritz Stern, Daniel Mendelsohn, Joan Didion, Darryl Pinckney, Ian Buruma, Edward Mendelson, and Tim Parks, as well as important nonfiction works by such writers as Renata Adler, Sasha Abramsky, and Benedetta Craveri.
Octopus Books | Portland, OR
Octopus Books was founded in 2006 as an arm of Octopus Magazine by founders, Zachary Schomburg and Tony Tost. They are committed to building a catalog of contemporary poetry by selection and publishing four books each year. In 2016, they started Fonograf Editions, a vinyl record-only poetry press.
Rescue Press | Iowa City, IA
Rescue Press is a publisher of chaotic and investigative work, founded in 2009.They publish work by activists, artists, craftsmen, list-makers, philosophers, poets, scientists, writers, and creative thinkers of all kinds. They are interested in collections of artwork, comics, essays, experiments, how-tos, interrogations, manifestos, notes, poetry, stories, and anything else that transforms them.
Rose Metal Press | Chicago, IL/Brookline, MA
Founded in January 2006 by Abigail Beckel and Kathleen Rooney, Rose Metal Press is an independent, not-for-profit publisher of hybrid genres specializing in the publication of short short, flash, and micro-fiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.
Sarabande Books | Louisville, KY
Sarabande Books was founded in 1994 by Sarah Gorham and Jeffrey Skinner to publish poetry, short fiction, and essay; to disburse these works with diligence and integrity; and to serve as an educational resource for readers, students, and teachers of creative writing. Sarabande authors and staff members conduct an estimated 225 readings, workshops, and lectures per year, and they strive to make their programs and services accessible to all.
Soberscove Press | Chicago, IL
Soberscove Press seeks to make available art-related materials that fill a gap in the literature or are difficult to. Their books tend to explore modes and functions of documentation and connect historical themes and issues to the present. Soberscove also works with artists on the production of artists’ books that resonate with their growing list.
Short Flight/Long Drive Books | Ann Arbor, MI
An independent, non-profit small press specializing in the publication of fiction. A division of the online literary magazine Hobart, Short Flight/Long Drive Book was founded in 2006, and is edited by Elizabeth Ellen.
Two Dollar Radio | Columbus, OH
An independent publishing house based in Columbus, Ohio, also known as The Two Dollar Radio Movement. The company was founded in 2005 by husband and wife team Eric Obenauf and Eliza Jane Wood, with Brian Obenauf. The press specializes in literary fiction. In 2013 they launched their micro-budget film division, Two Dollar Radio "Moving Pictures."
Wave Books | Seattle, WA
An independent poetry press based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to publishing exceptional contemporary poetry, poetry in translation, and writing by poets. The press was founded in 2005, merging with established publisher Verse Press. By publishing strong innovative work in finely crafted trade editions and hand-made ephemera, we hope to continue to challenge the values and practices of readers and add to the collective sense of what’s possible in contemporary poetry.
826CHI | Chicago, IL
826CHI is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.
Their services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
They provide after-school tutoring, creative writing workshops, field trips, in-school support, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.
All of their programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.
fonograf editions | Omaha, NE
Established in 2016, Fonograf Editions is a vinyl record-only poetry press. It is based out of Portland, Oregon and is an arm of Octopus Books. They have released albums from established poets Eileen Myles and Rae Armantrout.
HoZac Records | Chicago, IL
HoZac Records is a record label formed in Chicago, Illinois, United States in late 2006 by Todd Killings and Brett Cross after the demise of Horizontal Action Magazine (1997–2005). Concentrating on releasing records from musicians of the underground rock 'n' roll world, HoZac started off with 7" singles for the first two years and released their first LP by The Smith Westerns in 2009.
Maximum Pelt Records | Chicago, IL
Small batch cassette & record label from Chicago, bringing you the finest in today’s punk, garage, psych, noise, experimental and more. Ran by Magic Ian of EGO, the former proprietor of beloved Logan Square DIY venue Wally’s World.
Numero Group | Chicago, IL
This Southside based archival record label creates compilations of previously released music, reissues original albums, and creates album reconstructions from previously overlooked soul and folk musicians.
Thrill Jockey | Chicago, IL
Thrill Jockey Records was established in 1992 in New York City by former Atlantic Records A&R representative Bettina Richards, then relocated to Chicago a few years later.
Rather than carve out a niche sound or focus on a single scene, Thrill Jockey instead dedicates itself to free-range sonic exploration. This multi-genre label boasts releases from bands such as The Sea and Cake, Future Islands, Circuit des Yeux, and prog-rock favorites, Tortoise.