Orson’s Publishing is a book publishing company operating out of Seattle, Washington. Founded in 2016, Orson’s is determined to deliver wise, yet approachable stories to readers everywhere.
Publishing literature doesn’t make you elite. Nor does reading it. But too often it seems as if the term “literature” brings with it one uber-thick layer of elitism that has yet to be gouged in the slightest. This layer scares people. It alienates them. It morphs into more than a wall, but into a spoiled child hugging its slew of toys and screaming at the top of its lungs, “MINE!”
We refuse to be that child. We refuse to thicken that layer.
Above all else, we strive instead to be approachable, to do our part in chipping away at that layer, and for readers to come to us with curious eyes, comfortable in picking up one of our books and taking a risk.
Does that mean that “art” is sacrificed, that our stories are watered down? Does that mean that we also refuse to be ahead of the curve in terms of form, quality, and ideas?
We don’t think so. We just have no interest in being exclusive.
Does that mean that our stories will all be light-hearted and happy? Does that mean that all we want to do is have fun?
To the first question: no. Not at all. There will be stories of all kinds at Orson’s. And of course we want to have fun—after all, we are a fictional bear, and we do have a name that could be mistaken for the local watering hole.
All are welcome here.
Garrett Dennert was raised in West Michigan and in 2012 attained his B.A. in Creative Writing from Grand Valley State University. He has since gained over five years of digital marketing experience, helping all types of clients reach their full potential.
From 2012 through 2014, Garrett served as the Nonfiction Editor of Squalorly. He has been fortunate enough to place literary work at Barely South Review, Midwestern Gothic, Monkeybicycle, and Whiskeypaper.
Garrett founded Orson's Publishing in 2016. That same year, he published his first novel, Wounded Tongue.
Photo credit: Gavin Doremus.
Adam Van Winkle was born and raised in Texoma on both sides of the Oklahoma-Texas border and currently resides with his wife and two dogs on a rural route in Southern Illinois. His writing has appeared in places like The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Red Dirt Forum, Cheap Pop!, Crack the Spine, Vignette Review, Steel Toe Review, Dirty Chai, and Pithead Chapel. He has new fiction forthcoming in Bull Men's Fiction as well.
His debut novel, Abraham Anyhow, was published by Red Dirt Press in March 2017 and selected by The Southern Literary Review as the June 2017 Read of the Month and featured in Monkeybicycle's If My Book series in July 2017. An excerpt of the novel has also received a Pushcart Nomination. Its style has been compared to the likes of John Steinbeck and Billie Letts and Donald Ray Pollock, among others.
In Summer of 2015 he founded Cowboy Jamboree Magazine, a grit lit rag influenced by the likes of Cormac McCarthy, Harry Crews, Larry Brown, Barry Hannah, Bobbie Ann Mason, Dorothy Allison, and Donald Ray Pollock, among others. Cowboy Jamboree issues now receive thousands of readers.
Van Winkle is named for the oldest Cartwright son on Bonanza.