A Second Life for Origami Zoo at Bull City Press!

Our new logo!

Our new logo!

Well, Zookeepers, we’ve got some very exciting news to share… Origami Zoo has merged with Bull City Press!! While the Zoo will still close at the end of the year, most of our authors, books, and even our founding editor will be joining Bull City as their new home.

Bull City Press currently publishes a small quarterly magazine, Inch, poetry chapbooks through the Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship, and the Bull City Poetry Prize series. By merging, Bull City and Origami Zoo are forming a Super-Press that will print both fiction and poetry chapbooks going forward. You can find most of the Origami Zoo authors, and their books, over on the Bull City website now, including Kate Bernheimer, Lena Bertone, Ben Hoffman, B.J. Hollars, Anne Valente, and Laura van den Berg.

OZP founding editor, Rebecca King, will also be joining the Bull City staff, led by the talented Ross White, to help oversee the expansion of this new fiction branch.

We want to, once again, thank everyone who’s supported Origami Zoo throughout the years and invite you all to follow us over to our new home at Bull City Press! Check out our new digs, the beautiful poetry chapbooks, and the latest Bull City release Memoranda by Michael Martone.

Stay tuned for more news and an interview with Bull City Press Executive Director Ross White.


Sad news: We’re closing our doors

Logo-crampedToday, with heavy hearts, Sam and I must announce that we have decided to close Origami Zoo Press indefinitely. During our time as editors, we’ve had the great privilege to work with some of our favorite writers, who in addition to being dazzling wordsmiths are also some of the best people we could ever hope to meet or collaborate with. We’ve enjoyed the challenge of trying to put their stories, essays, and art into packages worthy of the interiors, greater than the sum of their parts. Truly, it’s been a fantastic ride, but over the last four years, both Sam and I have accumulated far more responsibilities than we had in 2011, and we no longer have the time we’d like to invest in the press.

So, we’d rather end on a high note (with Lena Bertone’s amazing Behind This Mirror!) and with a near perfect record than to keep publishing without being able to give future books and authors the time, care, and championing the way we want to and the way they deserve. A huge thank you to our authors and artists, including Angie Dell (our expert bookbinder for Kate Bernheimer’s Floater) and Nathan Pierce (our tireless cover art designer). And thanks to all of you who purchased, read, and reviewed our authors’ books. The support we saw from so many people in the literary community was really amazing. I don’t think we worked a day where we weren’t filled with gratitude for everyone who was helping us along the way.

Once again, enormous and endless thanks to everyone. We couldn’t have done it without you! We’re so grateful to have shared this chapter in our lives with all of you.

Chapbook Contest Winners & Finalists

We are so pleased to reveal the winner and finalists for the first-ever Origami Zoo Press chapbook contest. Our winner was chosen by Matt Bell. Winner receives $250, publication and twenty-five contributor copies. Honorable mention receives publication and twenty-five contributor copies. Look for these titles late 2013/early 2014!

Ben Hoffman
Together, Apart: Stories

Matt Bell said: “A fine combination of smart, funny, and moving, and of long and short work—I thought it had a lot of variety while still feeling cohesive as a chapbook. And it’s the one that I found myself continuously coming back to.”

Lena Bertone
Behind This Mirror

So happy to welcome Ben and Lena into the Origami Zoo Press family!

Will Kaufman—No Window
Raki Kopernik—Hat Head
Tim Raymond—The Great Rest Stop Massacre
Vincent Scarpa—Pain Management
Pablo Pinero Stillmann—Death of the Father: Two Stories
Jan Stinchcomb—Flesh/Fluid
Cam Terwilliger—Your Vision Awaits You

A big thank you to our winners, our finalists and everyone who entered! We had a great time reading all these manuscripts, and it was so hard to narrow the selection down—there were so many amazing, powerful stories we loved that we are not able to highlight here. We appreciate your words and your support of Origami Zoo Press.

And another big thank you to the man, the myth, Matt Bell for judging this contest! Be on the lookout for his novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, forthcoming this summer from Soho Press.

Monster Cover

We’re hard at work at Origami Zoo, and can finally offer you a sneak peak of our forthcoming book, In Defense of Monsters!

This is only a taste of the beautiful artwork done by the gifted Greg Leibach to accompany BJ’s essays in the forthcoming chapbook! You can pre-order your copy today for only $8 and get an exclusive, free audio recording of the book as read by the author, BJ Hollars!

We hope you’re salivating as much as we are.