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, have a booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 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, they have learned that their readers’ tastes and hungers go way beyond food, and have done their best to chronicle the cultural history of the West.
California Coldblood Books
About: California Coldblood Books, founded in 2014, is a small publishing company dedicated to science-fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction. The press is an imprint of L.A. publisher Rare Bird Books
Genres Published: Genre Fiction
Representative Authors: Imraan Covadia, Meg Eden, Mark Faklin, Adam Korenman and Beth Woodward
Book Types: Science-fiction, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction
Titles per Year: 3
Gold Line Press
About: Gold Line Press is a small presses run by students and alumni of the University of Southern California’s PhD Program in Creative Writing. It aims to promote the work of emerging poets and fiction writers, as well as to promote/elevate the chapbook form. The Gold Line Press editorial board does not adhere to any specific aesthetic approach. Overall, their goal is to showcase exceptional emerging writers and reward them not only with publication, but also with broad distribution of their work to reviewers and bloggers.
Genres Published: Poetry and Fiction
Representative Authors: Alisa Slaughter and drea brown
Book Types: Chapbooks
Titles per Year: 1-2
Harriet Tubman Press
About: Harriet Tubman Press (HTP) is the first Black owned press to be housed in an American university, Loyola Marymount University. The press celebrates Black voices in the academy as well as the literary world. HTP publishes introspective academic and creative work to uncover hidden narratives and provide a platform for the historical, present-day, and future issues African Americans face in the United States and across the globe. HTP is an imprint of TSEHAI Publishers.
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.
Los Nietos Press
About: Los Nietos Press is dedicated to the countless generations of people whose lives and labor created the world community that today spreads over the coastal floodplain known simply as Los Angeles.
They take our name from the Los Nietos Spanish land grant that was south and east of the downtown area. In doing so, they seek to honor all who have contributed to the history and present culture of this region – from the early Tongva and Gabrielino people to the diverse millions who have come from around the world to build a life here.
Their purpose is to serve local writers so they may share their words with many, in the form of tangible books that can be held and read and passed on. This written art form is one way they realize people’s common bonds and help each other discover what is meaningful in life.
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 their 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
About: Ricochet Editions is a sibling press of Gold Line, and was founded in 2012. Their mission is to publish innovative, non-traditional, trans-genre, and/or genre-less works that have a hard time finding homes in journals, competitions, and with other publishers.
Genres Published: Poetry, Fiction and anything in-between
Subgenres: Non-traditional, Trans-genre, and/or Genre-less
Representative Authors: Matthew Kirkpatrick, Harmony Holiday, Arielle Greenberg
Book Types: Small Chapbooks to full-length Books
Titles per Year: 2-3 (if budget allows)
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.
About: The Unnamed Press publishes literature from around the world. Whether it’s fiction, memoir or something in between, we are always interested in unlikely protagonists, undiscovered territories and courageous voices.
Writ Large Press
About: Writ Large Press is an independent literary press in Los Angeles dedicated to making publishing accessible, amplifying diverse voices, and creating public literary events that call for participation by and the preservation of communities, such as DTLAB, a pop-up bookstore and performance space project; PUBLISH!, a continuing underground publishing project; Grand Park Downtown BookFest, a festival for LA writers and publishers; and #90X90LA, a summer long festival of 90 events in 90 consecutive days.
In June 2017, WLP created a partnership with Civil Coping Mechanisms and Entropy. The three publishing entities are known as The Accomplices.