The following is a list of the literary presses located in and around Los Angeles. Not only do these publishers publish books, but they are invested in Los Angeles and its literary community by hosting readings, workshops, bringing writing programs to local schools for undeserved students, etc. Some even publish literary journals that captures the writing and writers of Los Angeles, California and beyond.
Angel City Press
About: Angel City Press was established in 1992 and is dedicated to the publication of high-quality nonfiction books. The award-winning books from Angel City Press are sold in fine gift and book stores, and on the Web. Drenched in nostalgia yet undeniably cool, each Angel City Press book is luxuriously illustrated and showcases the modern design concepts of California’s top graphic artists. Angel City Press books are published with extraordinary attention to detail, in the finest tradition of the bound page. In the ensuing two decades, we have learned that our readers’ tastes and hungers go way beyond food, and have done our best to chronicle the cultural history of the West.
About: Kaya Press, founded in 1994, is a group of dedicated writers, artists, readers, and lovers of books working together to publish the most challenging, thoughtful, and provocative literature being produced throughout the Asian and Pacific Island diasporas. They believe that people’s lives can be changed by literature that pushes us past expectations and out of our comfort zone. They believe in the contagious potential of creativity combined with the means of production.
Les Figues Press
About: Les Figues Press is a nonprofit literary organization and award-winning, independent publisher of poetry, prose, visual art, conceptual writing, and translation. Based in Los Angeles, our mission is to create aesthetic conversations between readers, writers, and artists. The press favors projects which push the boundaries of genre, form, and general acceptability. We also curate and host literary events, including readings, conversations, performances, and art salons. Les Figues Press embraces a feminist criticality and editorial vision. We are interested in work that is aware of itself as a textual body within a history and culture marked (like physical bodies) by constructs of gender, race, class, and sexuality.
Lucid Moose Lit
About: Lucid Moose Lit is an independent literary press publishing diverse voices in poetry, prose and art on compelling social topics. Located in Long Beach, California, they are run completely on a volunteer basis – fueled by passion and grit alone. Their vision is to collaborate with and support partner organizations; to hold space for community workshops, readings and events; to increase access to literacy and the literary arts; to partner with teachers and classrooms; to hold open discussions; and to generally contribute to a greater social good.
Genres Published: Poetry, Prose and Art.
Representative Authors: Christina Lozada, Don Kingfisher Campbell, Terry Wolverton, Terry Ann Wright and F. Douglas Brown.
Book Types: Anthologies, novels and zines
Titles per Year: N/A
Prospect Park Books
About: Prospect Park Books is a California native, publishing beautiful print and digital books with wit, creativity, and intelligence since 2006. They pride ourselves on our California sensibility. They relish the opportunity to work in partnership with booksellers, large and small, and strongly believe that curated retail collections remain a critical piece of the publishing puzzle.
Prospect Park publishes quality over quantity.
About: Rare Bird is the parent company of Rare Bird Lit and Rare Bird Books, two Los Angeles-based book industry firms founded by former Book Soup marketing and publicity director Tyson Cornell. Rare Bird Lit, the marketing wing, is a boutique marketing and promotions firm specializing in book promotions for major and independent publishers, authors big and small, and other organizations. Rare Bird Books, the publishing wing, is a PGW-distributed independent publisher that includes the imprints A Barnacle Book, A Vireo Book and Rare Bird Books.
Genres Published: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Subgenres: musical biography, humor, chapbooks, collections, general fiction, literary fiction, and more!
Representative Authors: Jerry Stahl, Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa, David Kukoff and Gary Phillips.
Book Types: Novels, Short story collections, Poetry, Photography, Fiction and more!
Titles per Year: 25
Red Hen Press
About: Red Hen Press is an American non-profit press specializing in the publication of poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Founded in 1994, Red Hen is now located in Pasadena, California. Red Hen Press is committed to publishing works of literary excellence, supporting diversity, and promoting literacy in our local schools. The press holds the belief that it is essential to our society to promote a readership that remains open and critically engaged in reading a variety of well-written, thought-provoking work.
Subgenres: Autobiography/Memoir, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Flash Fiction, LGBT, Humor, Formal, Love, Political, Prose Poetry, Narrative Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, Pop Culture
Representative Authors: Ron Carlson, Brian Doyle, Camille Dungy, David Mason, Peggy Shumaker, Douglas Kearney, Eloise Klein Healy, Cris Mazza, Brendan Constantine, Blase Bonpane, Rob Roberge, Ellen Meeropol, Gaylord Brewer, Katharine Coles, Michael Quadland, Pete Fromm.
Book Types: Novella, Short story collections, Essay collections
Titles per Year: 20
Still Waters Publishing
About: Still Waters Publishing is an imprint of the Still Waters Collective of artists, poets, writers and scholars; a Los Angeles based organization that promotes multicultural literature and literacy. Still Waters Collective of writers inject new blood into the contemporary literary scene. We have a growing reputation for producing quality work in a wide variety of genres by culturally grounded authors. The press focuses on Poetry, Non-Fiction, Fiction and History, particularly works that have an edge to them, or are completely distinct from works published by most large commercial presses.
Genres Published: Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction and Anthology
Subgenres: History, Cutting edge, Self Help
Representative Authors: Derek D. Brown, Malanie & Oshea Luja
Book Types: Poetry collections, Novels, Short Stories
Titles per Year: 2
Tia Chucha Press
About: Tia Chucha Press is one of the country’s leading small cross-cultural presses for poetry, focused on socially engaged poetry work and literature that matters. It began in 1989 with the publication of Luis J. Rodriguez’s first book, the 13-poem collection “Poems Across the Pavement.” TCP poets won for such recognition as a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writers Award, a Carl Sandburg Book Award, a Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lannan Fellowship in Poetry, and a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.
Writ Large Press
About: Writ Large Press is a downtown L.A. based small press. Founded in 2007 to publish overlooked Los Angeles writers, WLP continues to experiment with the idea of publishing and exploring the role of the book in society with DTLAB, a pop-up bookstore and performance space project, PUBLISH!, a continuing underground publishing project, and Grand Park Downtown BookFest, a festival for L.A. writers and publishers.