Local press Orison Books, founded in 2014 by Luke Hankins, is running an Indiegogo campaign to funds toward design and production costs of new titles.
Press release from the organization:
In 2014, Luke Hankins, Senior Editor of Asheville Poetry Review, started a new literary press, Orison Books. Orison Books is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary publishing press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad range of perspectives.
Orison Books is conducting a fundraiser through Indiegogo, an online crowdfunding platform, which will end October 13th, at http://www.igg.me/at/orisonbooks. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help with the design and production costs of our upcoming titles.
Orison Books is entirely a labor of love, staffed by volunteers; none of its editorial staff is paid.
In March, 2015, Orison Books released its inaugural title, I Scrape the Window of Nothingness: New & Selected Poems by the Romanian-American poet Stella Vinitchi Radulescu. Radulescu’s book has received much praise from readers and critics alike. In its newsletter, Image Journal described Radulescu’s words as “so spare and polished they shine”; poet David Dodd Lee calls her work “a triumph of being, a war against banality.”
This November, Orison Books will release Requiem for Used Ignition Cap by J. Scott Brownlee, selected by C. Dale Young as the winner of the inaugural Orison Poetry Prize. Yusef Komunyakaa says about Brownlee’s book, “Requiem for Used Ignition Cap pulses with imagery that grounds and levitates mind and body. […] Brownlee juxtaposes mind and spirit, and there’s nowhere these poems don’t dare to go.”
We have several exciting titles lined up for the new year, including:
• The Divine Magnet: Herman Melville’s Letters to Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by scholar Mark Niemeyer, with a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding.
• Constellarium, the debut poetry collection by Jordan Rice, which chronicles the author’s gender transition and engages the ontological quandaries that arise from this experience, reckoning with family history and religious heritage along the way.
• The Orison Anthology, a new annual collection of the finest spiritually-engaged writing that appeared in periodicals during the previous year.