co•im•press (collaborative—cooperative—immediate) is a nonprofit literary micropress that publishes strange, transgressive, or “unpublishable” poetry, prose, and translations by unsung or under-sung authors and translators. We seek texts that meet the needs of an audience craving a precise combination of formal and linguistic rigor mixed with emotional complexity and dis-ease. The press obsesses over the visceral-mystical, a poetics in which authors explore the body's inherent excesses, strangenesses, pains, vices, traumas, possessions, leakings, effusions, preoccupations, losses, urges, and failings in the pursuit of hard-won discoveries and wisdom.
co•im•press has an unabashed favoritism toward underrepresented writers working in Chicago and the Midwest. It is Chicagoist.
co•im•presss seeks to keep its authors’ works available using emergent, state-of-the-art, and sustainable technologies.
co•im•press is dedicated to working with authors and translators who want to learn about the publishing process; are interested in collaborating on innovative fundraising, networking, and production solutions; and are eager to brainstorm ideas for marketing and promoting their own work through reading tours, events, word of mouth, grassroots initiatives, and ingenious publicity stunts.
co•im•press recognizes the following presses and journals, among others, as allies sharing in the micropress mission: Action Books, Anomalous Press, Birds LLC, Birds of Lace, Black Ocean, Bloof Books, dancing girl press, Entropy, Fence Books, Les Figues, Noemi Press, Octopus Books, [PANK]/Tiny Hardcore Press, PARAGRAPHITI, Radioactive Moat, smoking glue gun, Spork Press, Switchback Books, TENDE RLOIN, Ugly Duckling Presse. If you like their work, you'll probably like ours, too.
- Fiction / NonFiction / Poetry / Graphic Lit
Writing styles published
- Contemporary / Experimental / Feminist / LGBT / Literary / Political
- Book / eBook