Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

Akashic Books

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Publishing Houses

  • 2.13.61-Excellent publishing house run by punk legend Henry Rollins.
  • AK Press–Publishing & Distribution-Worker-run, collectively-managed anarchist publishing and distribution since 1990.
  • Archipelago Books-a not-for-profit literary press dedicated to promoting cross-cultural exchange through international literature in translation.
  • Arsenal Pulp Press-Arsenal’s list consists of unsentimental, alternative narratives that subvert or cross genres.
  • Bellevue Literary Press- Bellevue Literary Press has been publishing prize-winning books since 2007 and is the first and only nonprofit press dedicated to literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences.
  • Canongate Books-Award-winning, Scotland-based, independent publisher of great writing from around the world.
  • Chelsea Green Publishing-A political and enviornmental publisher that has been printing on recycled paper since 1985.
  • Chronicle Books-The San Francisco-based publisher of innovative art, humor, and literary titles.
  • Cinco Puntos Press-El Paso–based independent publishing house.
  • City Lights Publishers-Publishers of cutting-edge contemporary literature and brilliant new nonfiction.
  • Coach House Books-Toronto-based publishers of innovative fiction, poetry, film and drama, and select nonfiction.
  • Coffee House Press-Coffee House Press has grown from a poetry magazine and letterpress to one of the premier nonprofit literary publishers in the nation.
  • Dalkey Archive Press-A nonprofit publisher whose US presence is located at University of Illinois, Champaign.
  • Dzanc Books-A nonprofit publisher associated with online literature publication The Collagist.
  • Elixir Press-Denver-based publisher of poetry and literary fiction.
  • Haymarket Books-Haymarket Books is a nonprofit, progressive book distributor and publisher, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change.
  • Melville House Books-The Brooklyn publishing house that emerged from the MobyLives book blog.
  • Mud Luscious Press-A printing house with an online quarterly component.
  • OR Books-Outstanding books from a company with a revolutionary business model.
  • Other Press-The independent publisher of fiction, nonfiction, and academic works.
  • Saqi Books-Saqi Books is a London-based, independent publishing house of quality general interest and academic books on North Africa and the Middle East.
  • Serpent's Tail-Founded in 1986 by Pete Ayrton, Serpent’s Tail is an independent publisher that champions independent thinking.
  • Seven Stories Press-One of New York’s best independent book publishers.
  • Soft Skull Press-Vanguard publishers and punk agitators.
  • Soho Press-Independent publisher of crime and literary fiction.
  • Telegram Books-Launched in 2005, Telegram is committed to publishing the best in new and classic international writing, from debut novelists to established literary heavyweights.
  • Text Publishing-Melbourne, Australia–based publishers of a very broad range of fiction and nonfiction, international and local, books for adults and young adults.
  • Two Dollar Radio-Ohio-based publisher of literary fiction.
  • Ugly Duckling Presse-A volunteer-run nonprofit publishing and art house.
  • Welcome Books-A publishing house dedicated to developing illustrated books.
  • Workman Publishing-A medium-sized independent publisher with multiple imprints.

Other Excellent Literary Sites

  • [PANK] Magazine-A monthly online lit mag part of the nonprofit literary arts collective [PANK].
  • BIRDFEAST-An online poetry quarterly.
  • Blog City Lights-The blog of City Lights, the San Francisco bookseller and publishing house.
  • booksXYZ-The nonprofit online bookstore supporting education.
  • decomP-A monthly online literary magazine, established in 2004.
  • Fictionaut-An online literary community that is part magazine and part network.
  • HTMLGIANT-A literary blog about more than just literature.
  • McSweeney's-Website and publishing house associated with 826 National writing & tutoring centers.
  • Monkeybicycle-A literary magazine updated twice a week online and printed twice a year.
  • Read All Day-Nina Sankovitch reviews one new book every day.
  • Reader's Circle-A great resource for book clubs & groups.
  • Small Press Distribution-Nurturing a cultural environment in which the literary arts are valued and sustained.
  • SmokeLong Quarterly-Flash fiction online literary magazine.
  • Sundog Lit-A literary magazine with both an online and print presence.
  • Superstition Review-Arizona State University’s online literary magazine.
  • The Kenyon Review-Kenyon College’s online and print literary magazine.
  • The Lit Pub-An online collection of constantly-updated book recommendations.
  • The Rumpus-Essays, reviews, advice, columns, and more, updated daily.
  • Used Furniture Review-An online magazine of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, music, and culture.
  • wigleaf-An online journal of fiction stories that are less than 1000 words.
  • Word Riot-An online magazine of writing, reviews, and author interviews.

Music, Film + Art, Politics

  • Clown Crack-The Internet home of political cartoonist, Mr. Fish–upholder of truth and horseshit.
  • Girls Against Boys-Noise merchants.
  • Jade Tree Records-The finest in Delaware’s long, illustrious history of independent rock.
  • La Lutta New Media Collective-Community based group of creative activists providing new media technical assistance and production development including documentaries; digital video and multimedia in the areas of social justice and independent art/activism.
  • Los Angeles Free Press-The true alternative to corporate controlled media.
  • The Nation-The best weekly left-wing political journal in the country. National & international politics; arts; culture.
  • Truthdig-Cofounded by Robert Scheer, Truthdig is an award-winning news website that provides expert coverage of current affairs as well as a variety of thoughtful, provocative content assembled from a progressive point of view.