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Publishing Genius (b. 2006) was founded in Baltimore and now works in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. We just want to sell hard-to-describe poetry and short stories and that sort of thing. Did you read Easter Rabbit yet?

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Bigger. Faster. Reader.

Publishing Genius (b. 2006) was founded in Baltimore and now works in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. We just want to sell hard-to-describe poetry and short stories and that sort of thing. Did you read Easter Rabbit yet?

The Thing I Was Trying to Tell You

by Joseph Young

“Each of the deep-souled and uncannily precise prose miniatures in this bountiful collection boils down a novel’s worth of human tumults and entanglements to a crucial, illuminant moment—and with all the calming and foreordained feel of a haiku. Joseph Young is a master of the form.” 

—Garielle Lutz, author of The Complete Gary Lutz

Rocks: What Are They Doing?

by Christine Sajecki and Michael Mäke

Rocks often communicate by reminding you of things. When you look at a rock and are suddenly reminded of, say, throwing your shoe into a bucket, that’s probably the rock telling you about the best thing that happened to it yesterday.

—From the Appendix

Fudge

by Andrew Weatherhead

As readers, we are drawn into these poems, finding ourselves reflected in the ordinary and the extraordinary alike. Weatherhead’s work serves as a reminder that within the smallest and most overlooked moments, there resides a profound depth of experience waiting to be uncovered.

—DeMode Magazine

Dreams Are My Social Life

by Rupert Wondolowski

The poems reflect a union of opposites — both relaxed and contained, abstract and down-to-earth, funny and piercing, language-driven and observant.”

Marian Winik at The Baltimore Fishbowl

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A note from Adam

Publishing Genius needs help as we step up the game for 2024 and beyond. If you’d like to work (in a rewarding but) unpaid volunteer position with an increasingly active literary publisher, please email me.

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Here are some complete books from our catalog, designed to read in full right here, gratis.

A Mountain City of Toad Splendor by Megan McShea

Originally published in 2013. This is an intricate and wowing collection of poetry and prose that asks “how is it out there with you?” “Approaching greatness sideways like ants without eyes?” Or “just beckoning horrors?” No matter the weight of your spirit or whether you have feelings for “a toffee, a tart, perfect bedlam,” Megan McShea bids you welcome to hike with her (keep your buggy fingers out of her special blend rutabaga trail mix, though) into A Mountain City of Toad Splendor.

Orange Juice by Timothy Willis Sanders

Originally published in 2010. “Though it is playful and experimental, it should be taken seriously. Because when it’s good, it’s very good, and bears rereading.” —[PANK]

A Jello Horse by Matthew Simmons

Originally published in 2009.

When his new roommate’s brother dies tragically, the unnamed narrator of A Jello Horse offers to drive him home to the Midwest. Feeling anxious and displaced, he embarks on another roadtrip to visit the bizarre attractions and quirky museums in America’s heartland.

“This writing feels real.” —The Believer

Under/Standing with WNDR Museum

Originally produced in 2023. “Under/Standing” is an audio installation on exhibit at WNDR Museum in San Diego. The installation uses “audio projectors” to create a sound cone, from inside which a visitor to the museum can hear a poem performed by one of ten writers: Stephanie Barber, Amelia Gray, Kate Greenstreet, Gabino Iglesias, Dorothea Lasky, Ada Limón, Jamie Mortara, Jae Nichelle, Mary Oliver, and Bud Smith. It’s as if the listener is enveloped by their voices.

Although the effect isn’t the same, here you can listen to all the readings.