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We are proud to print all of  our books locally in Oakland, California. We strongly believe in supporting local authors, publishers, and printers and growing together. We distribute our books with a local distributor and every week—multiple times a week—feature local writers, musicians, and artists in our diverse events across the Bay Area, Des Moines, IA, and Brooklyn, NY.

Through publications, events, and active community participation, Nomadic Press collectively weaves together platforms for intentionally marginalized voices to take their rightful place within the world of the written and spoken word. Through its limited means, we are simply attempting to help right the centuries’ old violence and silencing that should never have occurred in the first place and build alliances and community partnerships with others who share a collective vision for a future far better than today.

Thank you for visiting and supporting your small, community-focused non-profit publishing organization.

ANnouncing our safe space process

Our Safe Space Statement is a “call in” mediation process rather than a “call out” process. This step-by-step process has emerged out of a persistent need for clarity around how our safe space statement operates. All mediations are handled through a third-party, trained mediator with another observer present, and everything said within the mediation is considered confidential and will not be shared. While it is up to the discretion of each of the parties involved as to whether or not to share the details of the mediation, we will advise against sharing as this may likely only serve to further feed the conflict rather than move it closer to resolution. If the mediation is a multi-meeting resolution, we will ask all people involved to agree in writing not to share anything until the mediation is complete.

To learn more and see the steps of the mediation process, please click here.

announcing partnership: Nomadic press + nomadic coffee

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Nomadic Press and Nomadic Coffee are excited to announce their poetry collaboration. Out of a desire to follow love and passion for change, Nomadic Coffee has always featured poetry in each bag of coffee since it began in 2012. Through publications, events, and active community participation, Nomadic Press collectively weaves together platforms for intentionally marginalized voices to take their rightful place within the world of the written and spoken word.

Over the last year, Thomas Landry of Nomadic Coffee and J. K. Fowler of Nomadic Press have been meeting over beers, books, and coffee, dreaming of what a collaboration might look like between their organizations. There’s been lots of laughter and much joy. We hope that this is evident in the work that we will publish. Read more here.

Nomadic Press in the news

‘The agency of the author pre-exists the publisher,’ Fowler says in Nomadic Press’ office in Uptown, Oakland. ‘People of color and queer people of color, women, trans folks—they have been uplifting themselves forever. It doesn’t take a publisher to uplift them.’ ... ‘The way I describe it is that we create platforms,’ Fowler says. ‘We create platforms to lift up particular voices that should have been heard in the discussion in the first place. ... ‘I feel extremely optimistic about our community because our community is resilient,’ he says. ‘They will continue to do the work wherever they are.’
— Brandon Yu, "Nomadic Press Makes a Home for Itself in Oakland" (Datebook, SF Chronicle)
Photo in Nomadic Press Fruitvale by  Giavanni Ortiz de Candia

Photo in Nomadic Press Fruitvale by Giavanni Ortiz de Candia

When Fowler founded Nomadic Press in Brooklyn in 2011, he did so on the tenuous ideology of continuous movement—a notion both unusual and seemingly irreconcilable with the permanent vision of a book press and physical workspace. How can one promote fluid exploration of language and thought when the target is literally a hard-copy? Fowler and rest of his cohorts at Nomadic Press answer this challenge by treating literature very much like it is a living thing, whose germination is as important a process as its final creative product. . . . The priority on community is perhaps what fuels Nomadic’s impressive array of donation-based events. . . . Like with every Nomadic event, the emotional comfort of the writers and audience is priority.
— Sarah Gabrielle Adler, "Nomadic Press Keeps It Moving" (East Bay Express)

Events and other Nomadic Press Happenings

Fresh off the press

Photo in Nomadic Press Fruitvale by  Giavanna Ortiz de Candia

Photo in Nomadic Press Fruitvale by Giavanna Ortiz de Candia

Our 2021 Location at 2301 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, CA

Nomadic Press is excited to be working with Parcel Projects around a new eventual location at 2301 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, CA. There are big things to come once the new construction is complete in 2021. Read below for more information on the project and take a look at what the new building will look like once it is finished.

From the Parcel Projects website:

"Parcel Projects is collaborating with community partners on the design of a building at 2301 Telegraph in Oakland. The design will reflect and amplify the multifaceted history and vitality of the site and root the building as a resource for the neighborhood and city at large. We’re excited about the potential of this project to serve as a model for new thinking about community-based design processes and see the building itself as a test site to explore innovative ideas about programming and engaging neighborhood networks and infrastructures…a counterpoint and an example of how and for whom to build in cities like Oakland now.  

We are happy to be partnering with Chapter 510 and Nomadic Press, who will be making a home in the building along with other organizations, to define the vision for the building as an open and lively space for Oakland. The ground floor will provide space for workshops, performance, art-making, retail, cafe and community-based food projects. The second floor will incorporate office space for allied organizations and a large roof deck for classes and events that will be accessible and open to the public.  The upper floors will provide housing focused on affordability and neighborhood exchange.”