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Small Press Success

Graywolf Pressis one of many independent presses that have found their place in the shadow of bigger publishing houses. In the past few years, Graywolf has released some of the most groundbreaking American nonfiction. Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, which won the 2015 National Books Critics Circle award, complicated notions of sexuality and desire with tender, cutting prose. Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric conveyed a sense of exhaustion of American racial harassment and violence that resonated with many readers.

The Argonauts and Citizen are each less than 160 pages long. They’re built from fragments and vignettes that don’t so much combine genres—personal essay, critical theory, poetry, and photography—as they put them into a blender and shred them. Both play with method and perspective to offer insight into crucial subjects: One explores what it’s like to love a fluidly gendered person, the other grieves the continued killings of black citizens by the police. …

11-11 anniversary | new Mental Midgets | Musqonocihte

11-11 is the anniversary of the very first book we did forJohn Christian Hopkin's book Twilight of the Gods!

What is the 5-5-5 rule:  500 words a day or 5 pages of edits,  five days a week. 

By Trace Lara Hentz, founder of Blue Hand Books and Blue Indians Books

I saved this 5-5-5 rule on my Boom blog. It sounded like a good idea, at the time, but I really don't follow it. I keep a spiral notebook, a small blank book in my bedroom - it is where I write down my dreams or thoughts when I wake up or right before I sleep. It's crazy how some of my best ideas happen this way - right before or right after. I've even dreamed book cover art this way. I draw diagrams usually.

And I keep a blank book in the living room on the couch where I read, crochet and watch moves and very little TV.  It has notes, ideas, thought bombs, song titles, movie titles, quotes, silly stuff, movie lines, books I want to buy and lots of other things I want to remember.

In the past three years I f…

Quote of 2019

As dedicated as I am to the craft of writing, I also feel very ambivalent about all the accoutrements that go around being a writer and being published. People forget that this is all a very recent invention, that authors have to do this dog and pony show.
-Eugene Thacker: Author, Editor, Poet, Professor

coming in 2019

coming in 2019

Why Blue Indians?

OUR INSPIRATION: “I called the album Blue Indians because there is a kind of spiritual and cultural genocide perpetrated on everyone that is poor in this country,” Trudell said. “The advance of technology has put all of us on a kind of reservation. These are the people who can’t educate their children, or afford health care. They’ve been robbed of life, which is what happened to Native people, so in that context, we’re all Indians.” -JOHN TRUDELL

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