|Founder||Scott Walker and Kathleen Foster|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Distribution||Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)|
Graywolf Press is an independent, non-profit publisher located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded on a dedication to the creation and promotion of thoughtful and imaginative contemporary literature essential to a vital and diverse culture, Graywolf Press publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Now in its thirty-fifth year of independent publishing, Graywolf Press has established itself as one of the nation's leading nonprofit literary publishers through collaborations with organizations such as the College of Saint Benedict, the Mellon Foundation, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux of New York, New York.
Graywolf Press currently publishes about 27 books a year, including the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize winner, the recipient of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award, and several translations supported by the Lannan Foundation.
Graywolf Press was founded by Scott Walker and Kathleen Foster in 1974, in a space provided by Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, Washington. The press was named for the nearby Graywolf Ridge and Graywolf River, and for the canid. The press had early successes publishing poetry heavyweights like Denis Johnson and Tess Gallagher. In 1984, Graywolf Press was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1985 with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts. Fiona McCrae, formerly of Faber and Faber, became the director of Graywolf Press in 1994, following the departure of Scott Walker. In 2009, Graywolf Press moved its publishing operations to the historic Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Graywolf publication list includes novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and poetry by writers such as Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Baxter, Sven Birkerts, Ron Carlson, Percival Everett, Dana Gioia, Albert Goldbarth, Linda Gregg, Eamon Grennan, Matthea Harvey, Tony Hoagland, Jane Kenyon, William Kittredge, Ander Monson, Per Petterson, Benjamin Percy, Carl Phillips, Catie Rosemurgy, Tracy K. Smith, William Stafford, David Treuer, and Brenda Ueland.
The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize
The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize, founded in 2005, “seeks to acknowledge – and honor – the great traditions of literary nonfiction” by publishing “the boldest and most innovative books from emerging nonfiction writers” (Robert Polito). Submissions of finished books to the Nonfiction Prize are welcomed from previously unpublished U.S. authors. The winner is announced in April of each year.
List of Winners
- 2008: Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays by Eula Biss
- 2007: Black Glasses Like Clark Kent by Terese Svoboda
- 2006: Neck Deep and Other Predicaments by Ander Monson
- 2005: Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles by Kate Braverman
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- CityPages (Minneapolis, MN) > News: Graywolf Press is lone wolf in book publishing > By Ben Westhoff > October 28, 2008
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- Crimson Feet Magazine > March 3, 2005 > Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Submission Guidelines
- Official website of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis
- Graywolf is turning readers into donors > by Marianne Combs > Minnesota Public Radio December 29, 2006
- Lannon Foundation Profile of Graywolf Press
- Minnesota: land of long-lasting small presses > by Marianne Combs, Minnesota Public Radio October 8, 2004
- Poets.Org Profile of Graywolf Press
- mnartists.org > Thinking Souls: An Interview with Mary Matze by Shannon Gibney > August 17, 2006