Brooklyn Arts Press

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Brooklyn Arts Press
Founded 2007
Founder Joe Pan
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Brooklyn, New York
Distribution Small Press Distribution
Key people Noah Eli Gordon, Anselm Berrigan, Joe Pan, Michael Ernest Sweet, Daniel Borzutzky
Publication types Books
Fiction genres poetry, fiction, art
Official website

Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP) is an independent publisher of poetry, literary fiction, non-fiction, and art books. The company was founded in 2007 by writer Joe Pan (formerly Joe Millar) in Brooklyn, New York.[1] In 2015, the small press was compared to Radiohead and Louis CK[2][3] for running a promotional sale that allowed readers to pay whatever they wanted for a new Noah Eli Gordon paperback book, leading to local[4] and international speculation[5] as to whether the campaign would be instrumental in changing how poetry books are sold in the US. In 2016, Daniel Borzutzky's book The Performance of Becoming Human, published by BAP that April, won the National Book Award for Poetry.[6]


Brooklyn Arts Press, or BAP, began with the self-publication of Joe Pan’s first book, Autobiomythography & Gallery, after his debut manuscript was named a finalist for several major poetry contests, including the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition, the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award, and the National Poetry Series.[7] The book went on to be named “Best First Book of the Year” by Coldfront Magazine,[8] and allowed BAP to begin publishing more books.[9] While the recession halted production in 2008 and 2009, in 2010, the publishing company soon “broke the barrier where each book pays for the next."[1]

Since then, the small press has published between 9-12 books per year, including Christopher Hennessy’s Love-In-Idleness, which was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award in 2012.

On June 1, 2017 Brooklyn Arts Press will release the debut LP from Brooklyn indie-rock trio Tuff Sunshine[10].

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  1. ^ a b “Pressing for Good Poetry, Wall Street Journal March 12, 2012. Accessed October 21, 2014.
  2. ^ [1], Flavorwire March 2, 2015. Accessed March 28, 2015.
  3. ^ [2], Bustle March 2, 2015. Accessed March 28, 2015.
  4. ^ [3], The Poetry Foundation March 4, 2015. Accessed March 28, 2015.
  5. ^ [4], The Independent March 4, 2015. Accessed March 28, 2015.
  6. ^ 2016 "National Book Award Winner - Poetry", National Book Foundation website November 15, 2016. Accessed December 30, 2016.
  7. ^ “Autobiomythography & Gallery”. Accessed October 21, 2014.
  8. ^ “Year in Review”, Coldfront Magazine, January 1st, 2008. Accessed October 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Meet the press: nin andrews in conversation with joe pan of Brooklyn arts press, Best American Poetry Blog, March 17, 2012. Accessed October 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Fire in the Hero Building, Tuff Sunshine | Brooklyn Arts Press". Retrieved 2017-06-21.

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