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, an alternative to, and an argument against mainstream culture and mainstream thinking.

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

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Our books are distributed by Publishers Group West:

Download our Spring 2020 catalog here.
Download our Fall 2020 catalog here.


Elizabeth Koch, Co-founder and CEO
Andy Hunter, Publisher

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

Michael Salu, Art Director
Wah-Ming Chang, Vice President, Company Culture and Senior Managing Editor
Olenka Burgess, Production Manager
Jordan Koluch, Production Editor

Megan Fishmann, Vice President, Associate Publisher and Senior Director of Publicity
Sarah Grimm, Publicity Manager
Lena Moses-Schmitt, Publicity Manager
Carla Bruce-Eddings, Senior Publicist
Alisha Gorder, Publicist
Katie Boland, Events Coordinator
Samm Saxby, Events and Marketing Assistant
Miyako Singer, Publishing Assistant & Awards Coordinator

Alyson Forbes, Associate Publisher, Head of Sales
Rachel Fershleiser, Associate Publisher, Executive Director of Marketing
Dustin Kurtz, Social Media Editor
Arriel Vinson, Marketing Coordinator
Laura Gonzalez, Marketing Assistant

Miriam Vance, Publishing and Administrative Assistant


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