December 28th, 2012 / 4:48 pm
Presses & Web Hype

11 Favorite Small Press Reads of 2012

2012 was a great year for reading, the best in recent memory and lot of the great books I read came from small presses. Eleven stood out, even among a great group of books. I won’t say these are the best because that is an arbitrary, fleeting designation. These books are my favorites–ones I keep going back to because of a story or a poem or a turn of phrase that has lingered. These books are examples of beautiful writing that does more than appear on the page.












The Sovereignties of Invention by Matthew Battles

Pretty Tilt by Carrie Murphy












The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 












The Glimmering Room by Cynthia Cruz









Beside the Sea by Véronique Olmi












Hold It Til It Hurts by T. Geronimo Johnson










Let Me Clear My Throat by Elena Passarello











Love, In Theory, by E.J. Levy









Wake Up, We’re Here by Dallas Hudgens








Shampoo Horns by Aaron Teel











Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen


  1. Helen McClory

      Fast Machine is the only one I’ve read of this list (for shame) but it’s excellent.

  2. duly_registered

      I got an Error 404 when I tried the link to Dallas Hudgens’ book. It sounds like a worthwhile collection. And that’s the best cover I’ve ever seen on a self-published book.

  3. postitbreakup

      fast machine! need to check out the other ones too

  4. Lauren Cerand

      Zach Dodson did it.

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