Unbound Edition Press believes publishing is a serious, important, and powerful act. We are guided by a mission to respect and elevate emerging, underappreciated, and Marginalized Authors, with a strong commitment to advancing LGBTQ+ and bipoc voices. We mean to make meaningful contributions to the literary arts by publishing exceptional if overlooked work. We support the vital efforts of PEN America, and are a proud member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the community of literary magazines and presses [clmp]. Our titles are distributed by Itasca Books.
Our actions and decisions are shaped by four guiding principles.
We see publishing an author as an honor, a promise, and a partnership. As authors ourselves, we personally know the work, worry, heartache, and joy that goes into shaping a manuscript. When the right author and the right publisher connect, something wonderful can happen together. We both do our best, and we both share in the final result. Our contracts are written to be respectful of and fair to authors. And they are written in plain English, so we always enjoy an easy, mutual understanding.
Authors we publish must have a strikingly original voice and an outstanding command of their craft. And we must be extraordinary in our work, too. A top-quality manuscript deserves to become a top-quality book. We are committed to getting each step of the publishing process right by caring about every detail. That includes: timely responses to submissions, fair and ethical contracts, thoughtful and clear editing, exceptional materials selections, purposeful design and typeface choices, trusted production and distribution partners, and proven marketing approaches. Afterall, a well-made book is an artifact of inspiration. We think it should inspire other authors and future books, too.
The deeply human experience of reading, holding, sharing, and collecting books feels more important than ever. Readers prefer printed books for the undistracted focus, intimacy, and quiet they help create, and for the proud accomplishment of closing one when completed. Bookshelves become memory archives of the people and places, the challenges and delights and ideas, introduced on the page. We believe in the power of real books, and choose to make them our primary focus. Digital tools are amazing and essential to help produce, distribute, market, and sell books, but not necessarily the best to read them.
Making meaningful and beautiful things takes the focused time, attention, and care of human beings. We can publish only a few titles each year, so each one really matters to us personally. Should we work together, we will talk frequently and collaborate extensively to create something remarkable. We cherish the intentional, thoughtful acts of writing and publishing, of bringing ideas to life. We want to keep it simple so that our focus is on books, not bureaucracy.
Patrick Davis writes poetry, essays, literary criticism, and reviews. He is a lifetime voting member of the National Book Critics Circle. His most recent work has been featured or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Salamander, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Gertrude Press, Great River Review, and Provincetown Arts. He also has developed and ghost-written five books for major publishing houses. Under the generous mentorship of William H. Gass, he conducted his doctoral research in American literature at Washington University in St. Louis. He previously worked as a consultant to leading print and digital publishers and media companies.
Peter Campion is the author of Radical as Reality: Form and Freedom in American Poetry; four collections of poems, Other People, The Lions, El Dorado, and One Summer Evening at the Falls; as well as several monographs and catalog essays on modern and contemporary visual art. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, he teaches in the writing program at the University of Minnesota.
Atsuro Riley is the author of the poetry collections Heard-Hoard (University of Chicago Press, 2021) and Romey’s Order (University of Chicago Press, 2010). In 2023 Riley was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and winner of the Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Heard-Hoard was the winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and a finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Poetry Award; it was named to “Best Book of The Year” lists by The Boston Globe and Bookworm. Romey’s Order received the Whiting Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. Brought up in the South Carolina lowcountry, Atsuro Riley lives in San Francisco. He is the editor of Revel, a literary journal published by Unbound Edition Press.