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)
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We are proud to print all of  our books locally in Oakland, CA. 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 and Brooklyn, NY. Thank you for visiting and supporting your small, community-focused non-profit publishing organization.


announcing the beginnings of our 2019–2020 lineup

The next few years are going to be chock full of amazing writers and community members (with more to be added from submissions sent to us in January/February 2019). We feel blessed to welcome the following writers to our fam:

Children's Book

Occasionally Accurate Science by July Westhale (poetry) and Liz Laribee(original illustrations)

Full-length Collections

Cotton Candy by Jeremy Fernando
Synchronicity by Tureeda Mikell (poetry) (ToReadah Mikell)
Sorrowland Oracle by Ayodele Nzinga (poetry)
Guardian Angels by Rochelle Spencer (short stories)
In the Place of Yes (working title) by Paul Corman-Roberts (poetry)
Disgust by Emji Saint Spero (poetry)


Untitled (or Like Sugar Should Be) by Roberto F. Santiago (poetry)
Black Faggotry by Dazié Grego-Sykes (poetry)
Cryptopedia by Andrew Demcak 
My Anxiety Did This to Me (working title) by Yume Kim (poetry)
XV by Zach Goldberg (poetry)
To Love and Mourn in the Age of Displacement by Allan Pelaez Lopez (poetry)
Twice Shy by Luiza Flynn-Goodlett (poetry)
Animal Children by Hugh Behm-Steinberg (poetry)
A Shadowmaker Lives by Jordan Boyd (poetry)
Boi Bi by Kwabena Foli (poetry)
Apricity (working title) by Tahtahme Lizz Cann Xero (poetry)
A Heart Full of Hallways by Greer Nakadegawa-Lee (poetry)

Open Submission Period

Our open reading period runs from January 1–February 28, 2019, and we look forward to getting back to everyone by April 1, 2019, with our decisions.

As a reminder, all submissions must be sent to us through our website at www.nomadicpress.org/submissions (link to Submittable will only go live on January 1, 2019).


Now available for preorder!
James Cagney’s first full-length collection of poetry,
Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory!
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Upcoming Oakland, CA, Events

Latest Photos from Events, Festivals, and Other Nomadic Press Happenings Around the Bay Area and Brooklyn


Our New Location at 2301 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, CA

Nomadic Press is beyond excited to be working with Parcel Projects around our new additional location at 2301 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, CA. We are currently using the space for our weekly events programming as well as offering it up for community events, but there are big things to come once the new construction is complete. Read below for more information on the project and take a look at what the new building will look like once it is finished in 2019. 

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.

Physical model: Nic Cilloniz Tanji"

Nomadic Press is the new ‘it’ kid on the block in Oakland. In addition to putting up an ambitious reading schedule at their storefront salon in the heart of the Fruitvale neighborhood, as well as across the Bay Area and Brooklyn, they are a full-fledged press with a full publication schedule.
— Paul Corman-Roberts, as published in The Rumpus (with many thanks to Charles Kruger)

Latest Long-form Interviews


FEATURED COLLABORATION BETWEEN Nomadic press and The koppel project

In a five-week feature in collaboration with The Koppel Project in London starting on October 2, 2016, Nomadic Press will be featuring one story per week by Gabriella Sonabend, who recently had her work featured in our 2015 annual journal, Nomadic Journal: Sate, alongside images of corresponding works by Sol Bailey Barker. This is the first time that these works by Sol Bailey Barker, which were left in situ in Colombia, have been shared online. The first story, "This is the Dry Place" (narrated by esteemed British actress, Nicola Walker), is featured in audio format below. The first image features the sculpture 'Branch on a Desert Road' by Sol Bailey Barker. Happy listening!


"Branch on a Desert Road" by Sol Bailey Barker, La Guajira Desert, Colombia, 2014.

Set at the northernmost point of Latin America, "This is the Dry Place" follows the life of Majayut, a child of the salt of Wayuu lineage. As Majayut grows up, she encounters the modern world beyond the desert and must choose between a life of tradition and one of risk and change. Referencing indigenous Wayuu mythology and spiritual practice, this story travels between dream and waking life. 

This story was written as part of the "From Myth To Earth" project by Gabriella Sonabend and Sol Bailey Barker.


"Cracked and Bound Ceiba" by Sol Bailey Barker, Bogota, 2014.

Elena, an elderly woman living in Bogota, sits in her apartment and surveys her belongings. Each holds a fragment of a memory. As she waits for her grandchildren to visit and flicks through TV channels looking for a Bruce Willis movie, she reflects on her life and considers the challenges of motherhood. 


"Where the Line is Drawn" by Sol Bailey Barker, Palomino, Colombia, 2014

"BHB," a children's gang who trade bottles, and their enemy gang "Las Guapas" live in an idyllic coastal village where at night the residents are prohibited to visit the beaches. A strange turn of events and gang politics lead to an unexpected revelation about the activities at the beach at night, which causes the villagers to question their sense of reality.


"Monumento a la Selva" by Sol Bailey Barker. Carved from a fallen rubber tree. High Amazon Jungle, 2015.

"Monumento a la Selva" by Sol Bailey Barker. Carved from a fallen rubber tree. High Amazon Jungle, 2015.

As an old freight ship travels down the Amazon River, the lives of locals, tourists, vision seekers, jungle doctors, and traders overlap for a brief moment in time. (Narrated by Tomos Eames.)


"Copper Bound Heartwood" by Sol Bailey Barker, Antioquia, Colombia, 2014.

After one stolen kiss with Pablo Escobar, Melissa is infatuated. On discovering her daughter's infatuation with the notorious gangster, Melissa's mother throws her out of the house and Melissa finds herself on a strange path meeting an ancient and eccentric clairvoyant called Gill who channels the dead. Through Gil, Melissa seeks a connection with Pablo and so unravels one of the strangest tales in Santo Domingo.

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