Akashic is the brainchild of the charismatic Johnny Temple, the bassist of the rock group Girls Against Boys. Temple set up Akashic to give attention to literary works that are ignored, as well as to prove that publishers don't have to exploit their writers.
Alt-X, now celebrating over 10 years of web life, is sponsored by the Alt-X Digital Arts Foundation. It remains one of the premiere websites devoted to supporting experimental art and writing. The new Alt-X Press brings to web-readers a must-have library of avant-pop novels, collections of new media (h)activist writings, and critical ebooks. These experimental titles are available as free ebook downloads or as Print On-Demand books.
Autonomedia is an autonomous zone for arts radicals in both old and new media. They publish books on radical media, politics, and the arts that seek to transcend party lines, bottom lines, and straight lines. They also maintain the Interactivist Info Exchange, an online forum for discourse and debate on themes relevant to the books they publish.
Chiasmus Press is a Northwest, Portland-based literary collective intent on printing the most innovative emerging authors, those who have been excluded or have not yet been co-opted by the mainstream-print-industry or well established, often academically entrenched, forms of Avant-gardisms.
Coffee House Press
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.
The alternative press is an enormous body of books, pamphlets, magazines, zines, and audiovisual and electronic materials presenting socially responsible knowledge, points of view, and choices. Its ideas and publications are often ignored, misrepresented, or suppressed by corporate and government media, and are overlooked by schools, universities, and libraries worldwide. Counterpoise describes, criticizes, defends, and promotes these publications and products against this bias. And it's a good read.
The Dalkey Archive Press was created in hopes of defining the contemporary period. Further, it strives to keep its books permanently protected, which is why from the start the press has kept all of its fiction in print, regardless of sales. As with the Review of Contemporary Fiction, the press's books represent what is happening around the world rather than more or less being confined to the United States.
Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities nationally with our efforts to advance literary readership and advocacy of creative writing workshops and readings offered across the country.
Eraserhead Press seeks to find, publish, and promote the finest in Bizarro genre literature. Their goal is to connect with the underserved, anti-mainstream audience that is seeking weird, fun, interesting books to read. Since its inception in 1999, the Press has been focusing on experimentals styles of both fiction and publishing.
Fairy Tale Review
Founded in 2005, Fairy Tale Review is an annual literary journal dedicated to the diverse, radical influence of fairy tales as an art form. Fairy Tale Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics, and more. We celebrate fairy tales as one of our oldest and most underestimated pleasures and welcome the public to revisit new and old tales across borders and time.
Founded in 1998 by Rebecca Wolff, Fence is a biannual journal of poetry, fiction, art, and criticism that has a mission to redefine the terms of accessibility by publishing challenging writing distinguished by idiosyncrasy and intelligence rather than by allegiance with camps, schools, or cliques. It is Fence‘s mission to encourage writing that might otherwise have difficulty being recognized because it doesn’t answer to either the mainstream or to recognizable modes of experimentation. Fence is long-term committed to publishing from the outside and the inside of established communities of writing, seeking always to interrogate, collaborate with, and bedevil other systems that bring new writing to light.
Granary Books is a publisher of artists' books, poetry and the documentation thereof. They also deal in literary and art libraries and archives of the sixties and seventies.
Graywolf Press was founded in Port Townsend, Washington, in 1974 by Scott Walker. Graywolf’s first publications were limited-edition chapbooks of poetry, which were printed on a letterpress and hand sewn by Walker and his colleagues. Over the years Graywolf has expanded its list to include novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, as well as poetry. The Press has discovered and/or promoted such writers as Elizabeth Alexander, Mary Jo Bang, Charles Baxter, Sven Birkerts, Robert Boswell, John D’Agata, Percival Everett, Nuruddin Farah, Tess Gallagher, Albert Goldbarth, Linda Gregg, Eamon Grennan, Tony Hoagland, Jane Kenyon, William Kittredge, Don Paterson, Per Petterson, Carl Phillips, Salvatore Scibona, Vijay Seshadri, William Stafford, David Treuer, and Brenda Ueland. Today, Graywolf is considered one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary publishers.
Essays, Manifestos, Statements, Speeches, Maxims, Epistles, Diaristic Jottings, Narratives, Natural histories, Poems, Plays, Performances, Ramblings, Revelations, and all such ephemera as may appear necessary to bring society into a slight tremolo of confusion and fright at least.
Les Figues Press
Les Figues Press is an independent, nonprofit literary press located in Los Angeles, California. Les Figues Press creates aesthetic conversations between Writers/Artists and readers, especially those interested in innovative/experimental/avant-garde work. The Press intends in the most premeditated fashion to champion the trinity of Beauty, Belief, and Bawdry.
Red Hen Press was founded in 1994 by Mark E. Cull and Kate Gale. They are a nonprofit literary press which focuses on publishing poetry and literary fiction as well as memoirs. They are dedicated to advancing the arts by means of helping to support quality writing that is being ignored or overlooked by large or commercial publishers. They were established to help keep creative and stimulating literature alive. They also help educate the community by donating books to schools and other institutions.
Called "one of the most visible and respected alternative houses in the US ... like Grove Press in the 1950's and 1960's" by Quill & Quire (Canada).
Starcherone Books's mission is to publish new works of innovative fiction and reprints of classic avant-garde works that have gone out of print.
Subito Press is a non-profit publisher of literary works. It is based in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Each year Subito publishes one work of fiction and one work of poetry through its contest.
Founded in 2002, Tarpaulin Sky's literary journal publishes cross-genre work as well as innovative poetry and prose, with an emphasis on experiments with language and form, but without allegiance to any one style or school or network of writers. Tarpaulin Sky Press publishes chapbooks as well as both handbound and perfectbound paperback editions of our full-length books.