Coffeehouse Goes All Nonfiction-y
March 4, 2013 § 2 Comments
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (March 1, 2013) — Coffee House Press is pleased to announce that in addition to literary fiction and poetry, the nonprofit press will add essay collections and creative nonfiction to their publishing program.
“Coffee House has always been interested in hybrid forms of literature, and work that bends and defies genre categories. We are excited to make this very deliberate gesture of expansion into publishing essays…. We look forward to extending our particular editorial vision into the expanding field of essays and other, various forms often lumped under ‘creative nonfiction.’ Adventurous and curious writers and readers should look to us to become a leader in this field. As we do with our fiction and poetry, we expect to attract some of the most original, innovative writers working in this area,” said Coffee House Press Publisher Chris Fischbach.
“What is especially appealing to me about the essay form is that I look at it as a kind of ‘open field’ for intellectual exploration and discovery. It’s a genre where writers and thinkers can spread their wings, take risks, and dig deep into both fact and fiction in order to uncover larger truths (or larger lies). I look forward to seeing what happens,” he continued.
The shift will begin in earnest in the fall of this year with the publication of Minneapolis flaneur Andy Sturdevant’s essay collection, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow (forthcoming in October). A creative nonfiction exploration of baseball in America by Josh Ostergaard, The Devil’s Snake Curve; an experimental memoir by Eleni Sikelianos, The Golden Greek; and an essay collection by Mexican author Valeria Luiselli, Sidewalks, will follow in the spring of 2014.
“Essay seems to be a mode that is always being rediscovered, and some of the most exciting writing happening today is taking place under that banner—it only makes sense that Coffee House would extend its generosity of aesthetic and form in that direction, and in an intentional way,” said Marketing and Sales Director Caroline Casey. “It’s a real opportunity for us to delight readers, extend our reach to new audiences, and recalibrate our understanding of what writing can do.”