The following is a list of the literary presses located in and around Los Angeles. Not only do these presses publish books, but they are invested in Los Angeles and its literary community by hosting readings, workshops, bringing writing programs to local schools for underserved students, have a booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, etc. Some even publish literary journals that capture 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
Golden Foothills Press
About: Golden Foothills Press is a literary indie book press established in 2014 by multiple award-winning author, editor, and Poet Laureate Emerita, Thelma T. Reyna. They have committed to publishing at least two new books each year. Exciting, high-quality, thought-provoking literature by published and emerging, diverse authors is on its way to you. Their mission is to promote top-quality book authors of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in a variety of ways, to foster and support new voices as well as established authors and to cultivate multicultural diversity in our American literary landscape.
Genres Published: Poetry, Fiction and Non-fiction
Reprehensive Authors: Thelma T. Reyna and Joseph C. Robledo
Book Types: Anthologies, Poetry collections, Novels
Titles per Year: 2
Gold Line Press
About: Gold Line Press is a small press 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: Founded by Nikia Chaney, Jamii is all about the community. They know that poetry is greater than all its parts. They feel that it is truth from deep within and in its greatness, in its vastness, in its enormity they find that poetry is all encompassing and visionary– seeing deep into our history, the breadth of our present, and far into our future. The vision of Jamii Publishing is to broaden the scope of poetry to reach the masses in a messy, colorful bowl of creative artistry, pushing poets and artist against the glue of the envelope.
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: LARB Books Imprint
About: Les Figues Press is a nonprofit literary organization based in Los Angeles. In November 2017, the press joined the Los Angeles Review of Books as an imprint of LARB Books. Their mission is to create aesthetic conversations between readers, writers, and artists in Los Angeles and around the Globe. The press favors works that challenge dominant publishing paradigms, including award-winning works of poetry, prose, visual art, conceptual writing, and translation. We circulate writing that imagines new artistic practices, establishes new theories of literature, and questions the avant-garde alongside the status quo. We also curate and host literary events, including readings, conversations, performances, and art salons.
Les Figues Press embraces a feminist editorial vision and advances global feminism(s). They advance writing that provokes conversations about gender, race, class, and sexuality in relation to literary and artistic production.
LARB (Los Angeles Review of Books) Books
About: LARB Books is the publishing wing of the Los Angeles Review of Books. The addition of this publishing project extends LARB’s mission of bringing the best that is thought and written to readers around the world. Dedicated to a curious and global readership, LARB Books combines the precision of academic inquiry with the spirit of Los Angeles’s vibrant literary lineage. They publish three series: Classics, revivals of exemplary Southern California literature; Provocations, philosophical approaches to the contemporary intellectual condition; and True Stories, the first of its kind, a series of novella-length creative nonfiction. They also house two imprints, Les Figues Press and Outcaste Press.
Genres Published: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Representative Authors: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Colin Dayan
Book Types: Southern California Classics, Philosophical meditations, Nonfiction Novellas
Titles per Year: N/A
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 their 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.
Moon Tide Press
About: Moon Tide Press was founded in 2006 by journalist and poet Michael Miller. For a decade, the press published full-length collections, anthologies, and featured a Poet of the Month on their website—always bringing new and necessary voices to the forefront of the Southern California poetry scene and beyond.
In January 2017, Moon Tide Press was passed on to Eric Morago. Moon Tide Press will continue to focus on new, diverse, and/or daring voices. They are in search of well-crafted poetry that is smart, imaginative, honest, and engaging—poetry that invites its audience to come back for seconds and thirds.
Not A Cult
About: Not a Cult is a publishing house dedicated to creating beautiful, intentional books that enrich and serve the audiences that read them. Established during a pleasant summer day in 2016. hollis hart is a co-founder of Not a Cult. hart is an LA based sculptor and painter. they host an artist residency and incubator at their little house in the middle of the desert in Johnson Valley. they’re a clown. Daniel Lisi is a co-founder of Not a Cult. Lisi’s worked a lot in publishing, nonprofits, and start-up environments.
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 themselves 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 works.
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: Ricocet 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 have won 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, they are always interested in unlikely protagonists, undiscovered territories and courageous voices.
What Books Press
About: What Books Press was founded in 2009 by a small group of like-minded writers and artists in Los Angeles. They came together in order to create an outlet for groundbreaking fiction and poetry, with extraordinary art on the cover. Since then, they have published a long list of titles by known and unknown authors. Public readings, good reviews, awards and general recognition have followed. Now, with gratitude and inspiration, they move forward, each year publishing works that thrill us with a bending of literary expectations, or a striking use of language, or ideally, all three.
Representative Authors: Gail Wronsky, Kevin Cantwell, Ramón García, Chuck Rosenthal, Bil Mohr, Lynn Thompson and Rich Ives.
Book Types: Poetry Collections, Novels, Short Story Collections, Novellas.
Titles per Year: N/A
World Stage Press
About: World Stage Press is associated with the World Stage Performance Gallery and the Gallery’s open mic Ananzi Writers Workshop in Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Ángeles. Although countless workshop participants have gone on to publish books with other presses, a few of the dedicated workshop participants saw the need for The World Stage to have its own publishing company. So in December of 2014, nearly twenty-four years after the workshop began in 1989, Conney Williams and Hiram Sims formed World Stage Press, which is a home for the creation and proliferation of African American Literature.
Genres Published: African American literary classics, poetry, fiction, nonfiction
Representative Authors: Cynthia Guardado, Erika Ayón, Nadia Hunter Bey, Imani Tolliver, Jaha Zainabu, V. Kali and Wyatt Underwood.
Book Types: Full-length poetry collections, novels, short stories, memoir
Titles per Year: 5
Writ Large Press/The Accomplices
About: The Accomplices is a partnership between three existing entities: Civil Coping Mechanisms, Entropy and Writ Large Press. Together they publish books, produce literary workshops and events (#90X90LA, a summer long festival of 90 events in 90 consecutive days), create video and other media, and run a literary website and community space. We work out of New York, Los Angeles, Portland and Pittsburgh.
They call themselves The Accomplices because they are dedicated to supporting each other in the mission to center marginalized voices and transform the publishing and literary landscape. There is a power in publishing, in sharing writers words with their communities, and declaring them for all the world. They believe that through publishing they can move the center and practice living a bold, radical, sustainable future.