Soft Skull Press is an independent publisher of books that engage art, culture, and current events in new and radical ways. We publish every genre.

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The press began in 1992 in New York, when a student named Sander Hicks was working shifts at Kinko’s. He started photocopying his writing, tape-binding it into books, and handing these out to his friends. In the twenty-five years since, we have published works by Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Noam Chomsky, Lydia Millet, Alain Mabanckou, and many more. Our books have been awarded numerous Lambda Literary Awards as well as the Quill Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction, and have been finalists for the Believer Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. You can read an article about our early history here.

The photographer William Eggleston once said that his work was “at war with the obvious.” In a recent tribute to Soft Skull author Lynne Tillman, Colm Tóibín borrowed Eggleston’s phrase to describe her work. Then again, Lynne Tillman has also said that one of her mantras is “Do the obvious.” Both seemingly opposite perspectives hold true, we think, for the books we want to publish. We want our books to offer a refuge from, and an alternative to, and an argument against mainstream culture and mainstream thinking.

We’d be very happy if you bought our books at your local independent bookstore or ordered them from our site. Better yet, sign up for The Soft Skull Book Club and you’ll get a year’s worth of our books for an outrageously good price.

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Soft Skull Press
1140 Broadway, Suite 704
New York, NY 10001

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Desk and exam copies are available via Ingram Academic for a small fee set by the distributor. The books will be shipped to you directly. Alternatively, we are happy to offer desk and exam copies free of charge. These copies can take between two and four weeks to ship. Please email

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Download our Fall 2019 catalog here.
Download our Winter 2020 catalog here.


Elizabeth Koch, Co-founder and CEO
Andy Hunter, Publisher
Jennifer Abel Kovitz, Vice President and Associate Publisher, Sales and Marketing

Yuka Igarashi, Editor in Chief
Sarah Lyn Rogers, Editorial Assistant
Allie Wuest, Editor at Large

Michael Salu, Art Director
Wah-Ming Chang, Managing Editor
Jordan Koluch, Production Editor
Olenka Burgess, Production Coordinator

Megan Fishmann, Associate Publisher and Senior Director of Publicity
Sarah Grimm, Publicity Manager
Lena Moses-Schmitt, Publicity Manager
Alisha Gorder, Publicist
Hope Levy, Publicity and Marketing Assistant
Katie Boland, Events Coordinator
Miyako Singer, Publishing Assistant & Awards Coordinator

Elizabeth Ireland, Sales and Marketing Manager
Dustin Kurtz, Social Media Editor
Dory Athey, Marketing and Special Sales Manager


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