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, an alternative to, and an argument against mainstream culture and mainstream thinking.
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If you are interested in reprinting part of a Catapult, Counterpoint, or Soft Skull book, please send the following information by mail, fax, or email to Fred Courtright of The Permissions Company (contact information below). Please apply for permission as far in advance as possible. We receive many requests and need adequate time to process them. Please do not send your request more than once.
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• Author, book title, and title of poem, story, or essay (or page numbers) you wish to use
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Fred T. Courtright, President
The Permissions Company, LLC
6101 Old Court Road #139
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Elizabeth Koch, Co-founder and CEO Andy Hunter, Publisher
Mensah Demary, Editor in Chief Sarah Lyn Rogers,Associate Editor Yuka Igarashi, Editor at Large Allie Wuest, Editor at Large
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Wah-Ming Chang, Vice President, Company Culture and Senior Managing Editor Olenka Burgess, Production Manager Jordan Koluch, Copy Chief
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Soft Skull is currently closed to unsolicited submissions.