Coffee House Press to add essays to publishing repertoire


Coffee House Press to add essays to publishing repertoire 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 1, 2013) — Coffee House Press is pleased to announce that in addition to literary fiction and poetry, the nonprofit press will add essay collections and creative nonfiction to their publishing program.

Although Coffee House Press has published nonfiction titles in the past, including Kao Kalia Yang’s renowned memoir The Latehomecomer, Judith Kitchen’s recent essay collection, Half in Shade, and U Sam Oeur’s memoir, Crossing Three Wildernesses, the decision to include essays on a regular basis is a deliberate one in service of their mission.

“Coffee House has always been interested in hybrid forms of literature, and work that bends and defies genre categories. We are excited to make this very deliberate gesture of expansion into publishing essays. One of our hallmark writers, Paul Metcalf, can certainly be said to have worked in an essay mode, as can Gilbert Sorrentino, Thalia Field, Karen Yamashita, Ed Sanders, Anne Waldman, Eleni Sikelianos, and others. We look forward to extending our particular editorial vision into the expanding field of essays and other, various forms often lumped under ‘creative nonfiction.’ Adventurous and curious writers and readers should look to us to become a leader in this field. As we do with our fiction and poetry, we expect to attract some of the most original, innovative writers working in this area,” said Coffee House Press Publisher Chris Fischbach.

“What is especially appealing to me about the essay form is that I look at it as a kind of ‘open field’ for intellectual exploration and discovery. It’s a genre where writers and thinkers can spread their wings, take risks, and dig deep into both fact and fiction in order to uncover larger truths (or larger lies). I look forward to seeing what happens,” he continued.

The shift will begin in earnest in the fall of this year with the publication of Minneapolis flaneur Andy Sturdevant’s essay collection, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow (forthcoming in October). A creative nonfiction exploration of baseball in America by Josh Ostergaard, The Devil’s Snake Curve; an experimental memoir by Eleni Sikelianos, The Golden Greek; and an essay collection by Mexican author Valeria Luiselli, Sidewalks, will follow in the spring of 2014.

“Essay seems to be a mode that is always being rediscovered, and some of the most exciting writing happening today is taking place under that banner—it only makes sense that Coffee House would extend its generosity of aesthetic and form in that direction, and in an intentional way,” said Marketing and Sales Director Caroline Casey. “It’s a real opportunity for us to delight readers, extend our reach to new audiences, and recalibrate our understanding of what writing can do.”

Coffee House will accept essay manuscripts as part of its open submissions policy as well. The press has two annual reading periods, the first of which begins today and remains open through April. More information can be found at

About Coffee House Press
Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Coffee House Press is an independent, nonprofit literary publisher of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. 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, Coffee House produces books that celebrate imagination, innovation in the craft of writing, and the many authentic voices of the American experience.

For more information, please contact:
Kelsey Shanesy, Publicist
Coffee House Press
79 Thirteenth Avenue NE, Ste 110
Minneapolis, MN 55413


3 Responses to Coffee House Press to add essays to publishing repertoire

  1. Sally says:

    This news is great! Will follow and seriously consider to submit. Thank you!

  2. Colleen says:

    I’m so excited that you are adding essays. I look forward to reading some of these upcoming titles.

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