Nomadic Press (Fruitvale)


Nomadic Press (Uptown)


Nomadic Press (Brooklyn)


Mission Statement

Nomadic Press is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the works of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines. 

Vision Statement

Nomadic Press supports and provides venues for artwork across all media and disciplines by both emerging and established artists. Nomadic Press's goal is to guide writers and artists through a supportive and connective process and to offer each artist the opportunity to have his or her work(s) presented in carefully edited and curated publications and events. We strive to juxtapose myriad voices and visions in ways that are surprising and complementary.
Nomadic Press publishes an annual journal, seasonal chapbooks, and special issues in print, as well as book reviews and other articles online. As part of Nomadic Press' mission to stimulate conversation among eclectic voices, Nomadic Press seeks out and encourages the translation and publication of non-Anglophone voices.

The Nomadic Press workspaces in Oakland, California (Fruitvale location opened in 2014; Uptown location opened in 2016), serve as small performance, workshop, and informal gallery spaces for visual, musical, literary, and performing arts. Through events and open community hours, this Oakland spaces also serve as gathering spaces for our writers, artists, readers, viewers, neighbors, and fellow travelers. In addition, Nomadic Press pop-up events in Brooklyn, New York, offer artists on the East Coast opportunities for creative fellowship.
The name "Nomadic" is an homage to the organization's original inspiration: artistic encounters created by physical and conceptual movement between locations, matter, ideas, and intentions—the movements of life.

Safe Space Statement

Nomadic Press events are safe spaces for those who have been silenced and marginalized. There is no room for racism, misogyny, homophobia, or transphobia whether in the content of one's reading or in one's interactions with members of the community. We will protect the safety of this space by revoking a reader's access to the microphone if we feel they have violated these guidelines, and we encourage community members to come to us if someone has violated these guidelines away from the microphone. We are a community, and we will work together to ensure that the safety of our most vulnerable members is prioritized above all else.

EQUITY Statement

In pursuit of equity within the artistic landscape, we at Nomadic Press believe:

  • community and art are created in response, and in relation, to the world

  • art is integral to political landscapes

  • in building space where difference is celebrated, not only tolerated; where intersections can be explored with the goal of creating an inclusive environment, particularly for those persons who have been excluded from the arts due to class, race, nation of origin, gender identity, sexuality, and/or disabilities

  • in guiding writers and artists through supportive and exploratory processes that aim to decolonize language and artistic theory and praxis. This is done through active and discursive community engagement and networking


Founder and Executive Director:  J. K. Fowler

Editorial Assistant: Natasha Dennerstein

Associate Editor: Michaela Mullin

Guest Editors (past/present): Tongo Eisen-Martin, Raina J. León, Ari Moskowitz, Arisa White

Events Coordinator (West): Paul Corman-Roberts

Events Coordinators (East): Dallas Athent, Christian Niedan

Director, Association of Black and Brown Writers (ABBW): Vernon Keeve III

Design: Britta R. Fithian-Zurn

Publication and Event Artists: Arthur Johnstone

General Questions

Reviewers (past and present): Danielle Corcione, Cori Coccia, Cory Knudson, Andy John Carr, Kelly Egan, Valeri Alemania, Elena Nicolaou, July Westhale, Keith Watson, Robert M. Detman, Ali Giordani, Andrew Husband, James Bonner, Courtney Haas, David Cardoso, Christian Niedan, Dan Shurley, Manuel Vargas Ricalde, K. Rose DeSteno, Brad Steiner, Michaela Mullin, Justin Quirici, Shelby Keizer, Auden Lincoln-Vogel, Annelyse Gelman, Rebecca Faas, McManus Woodend, Kevin Klausen, J. K. Fowler, Steven Barnes, Emily Baierl, Michael Dennis, Katharine Gripp, William A. Swan, Samantha Preddie, J. P. Karwacki, Shannon Devine, Kelly Morehead, Cara Spangler, Brittany Natale, Nick Philpot, Andrew Scheinman

Board of Directors

President: J.K. Fowler

Secretary: Shaun Randol

Treasurer: Pamela Capalad

Directors: Kwan Booth, Arisa White, Dallas Athent, Christian A. Niedan, Mariela G. Yeregui

Our Locations

Nomadic Press (Fruitvale)

2926 Foothill Blvd. #1
Oakland, CA 94601
(510) 479-7953

Monday – Sunday: during events / by appointment only

Nomadic Press (Uptown)

2301 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

Monday – Sunday: during events / by appointment only

Nomadic Press (Brooklyn)

475 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Not open to the public