Essay Press is dedicated to publishing artful, innovative and culturally relevant prose. We are interested in publishing pieces that are too long to be easily published in journals or magazines, but too short to be considered book-length by most publishers. We are looking for prose that has something to say, essays that both demand and deserve to stand alone. We particularly welcome work that extends or challenges the formal protocols of nonfiction, including, but not limited to: lyric essays and prose poems or poetics; experimental biography and autobiography; innovative approaches to journalism, experimental historiography, criticism, scholarship, and philosophy.
Essay Press was founded in 2006 by EULA BISS, STEPHEN COPE, and CATHERINE TAYLOR. An account of Essay Press’s early history can be found here.
MARIA ANDERSON is from Montana. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Iowa Review, the Missouri Review, Big Lucks, and the Atlas Review.
CRISTIANA BAIK’s work has been published in Apogee JournalDrunken BoatBoston Review , and other publications. The Letter Machine Book of Interviews, which she co-assembled and co-edited with Andy Fitch, will be released in 2015. She works at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she manages institutional giving.
JULIA COHEN is the author of three books, most recently I Was Not Born (Noemi Press, 2014). Her essays and poetry appear in places like The Rumpus, Entropy, Kenyon Review Online, and The Fanzine. She lives in Chicago.
ANDY FITCH’s most recent books are Sixty Morning Talks, Sixty Morning Walks, Sixty Morning Wlaks and (with Amaranth Borsuk) As We Know. With Cristiana Baik, he recently has assembled the Letter Machine Book of Interviews. He has dialogic books forthcoming from 1913 Press and Nightboat Books. He edits Essay Press, teaches in the University of Wyoming’s MFA program, and directs the MA program in literature.
ELLEN FOGELMAN enjoys reading, writing, and eating chocolate. She works in development and makes her home in Chicago.
AIMEE HARRISON’s fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as the Lifted BrowIndefinite Space, and The Inman Review. She is a co-founder of Small Po[r]tions Journal, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell. She works for SUNY Press and lives in Albany, where she co-runs the series St. Rocco’s Readings for the Dispossessed/Falsely Accused.
RYAN IKEDA writes poetry and lives in Oakland, near where he studies Rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley.
COURTNEY MANDRYK is a writer and artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her poetry has recently appeared in journals such as the Adirondack Reviewbox of jars, and Epiphany. She is the founder of the magazine Root & Star.
VIKI A. SANZ is a poet from Miami. She received her MFA from New York University. She’s a preschool teacher at Maple Street School in Brooklyn.
TRAVIS SHARP is a writer and book artist living in Buffalo. Travis’ poems and essays have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, The Bombay Gin, LIT, Puerto del Sol, Fact-Simile, Big Lucks, Entropy, and elsewhere. A chapbook, Sinister Queer Agenda, is forthcoming from above/ground press. Travis is a co-founding editor of Small Po[r]tions Journal and Letter [r] Press, has an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell, and is a PhD student in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo.
RYAN SPOONER is the author of Regret. His essays have appeared in Ghost ProposalSouth Loop Review and CutBank, whose Big Fish Lyric Essay contest he won in 2011. He lives in Chicago, where he teaches writing and literature.
ALEXANDRA STANISLAW is a writer and graphic designer in Chicago. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Devise Literary and an Assistant Editor for Hotel Amerika. Her work appears in Chicago Review of Books, Ragazine, and Crab Fat Magazine.
CHRISTOPHER LIEK  is a senior creative writing student at Susquehanna University.  He’s from York, Pennsylvania.  He writes both fiction and nonfiction and is currently working on a chapbook of mixed genre flash pieces.
EMILY PIFER writes nonfiction and does freelance creative work of all kinds. She’s currently an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Wyoming.
RANDALL TYRONE is a humanoid poet from Houston. He is currently a MFA Candidate at the University of Wyoming. He is very excited for you.

Essay Press is pleased to announce the two winners of the 2016 Essay Press Open Book Contest judged by Carla Harryman: Litany for the Long Moment by Mary-Kim Arnold and Of Sphere by Karla Kelsey, which will be published in Fall 2017.