Graywolf Press

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Graywolf Press
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FoundersScott Walker and Kathleen Foster
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationMinneapolis, Minnesota[1]
DistributionFarrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan) (US)
Turnaround Publisher Services (UK)[2]

Graywolf Press is an independent, non-profit publisher located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Graywolf Press publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.[1]

Graywolf Press collaborates with organizations such as the College of Saint Benedict, the Mellon Foundation, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.[1]

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.[3]


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.[4] 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.[1] In 2009, Graywolf Press moved its publishing operations to the historic Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Books and authors[edit]

The Graywolf publication list includes novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and poetry by writers such as Eula Biss, Elizabeth Alexander, Kevin Barry, Charles Baxter, Sven Birkerts, Ron Carlson, Maile Chapman, Percival Everett, James Franco, Dana Gioia, Albert Goldbarth, Linda Gregg, Eamon Grennan, Matthea Harvey, Tony Hoagland, Jane Kenyon, William Kittredge, J. Robert Lennon, Ander Monson, Per Petterson, Benjamin Percy, Carl Phillips, Catie Rosemurgy, Tracy K. Smith, A. Igoni Barrett, William Stafford, David Treuer, and Brenda Ueland.[5]

The Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize[edit]

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.[6]

List of winners

  • 2014: Riverine by Angela Palm
  • 2013: Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean
  • 2011: The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison
  • 2010: The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness by Kevin Young
  • 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


  1. ^ a b c d "History". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Publishers Representatives | Publishers Distributors". Turnaround Publisher Services. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Graywolf Press > Submission Guidelines".
  4. ^ "CityPages (Minneapolis, MN) > News: Graywolf Press is lone wolf in book publishing > By Ben Westhoff > October 28, 2008".
  5. ^ "Graywolf Press > View All Books".
  6. ^ "Crimson Feet Magazine, March 3, 2005 > Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Submission Guidelines".

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