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 Maggie Nelson, Deb Olin Unferth, Eula Biss, Elizabeth Alexander, Kevin Barry, Charles Baxter, Sven Birkerts, Ron Carlson, Maile Chapman, Mark Doten, 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, Nuruddin Farah William Stafford, David Treuer, Brenda Ueland, and Binyavanga Wainaina.[5]


Graywolf Press won the 2015 AWP Small Press Publisher Award given by the Association of Writers & Writing Programs that "acknowledges the hard work, creativity, and innovation" of small presses and "their contributions to the literary landscape" of the US.[6]

Graywolf Press Prizes[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.[7] Graywolf also oversees publication of winners of the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award,[8] as well as every third winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize.[9]

Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize winners[edit]

Graywolf Press Africa Prize winners[edit]

Since 2018, Graywolf Press has also awarded a prize for "a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing in Africa."[10] The winners include:

  • 2019: American Girl and Boy from Shobrakheit by Noor Naga
  • 2018: The House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber


  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". Archived from the original on 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2009-11-24.
  4. ^ "CityPages (Minneapolis, MN) > News: Graywolf Press is lone wolf in book publishing > By Ben Westhoff > October 28, 2008". Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2009.
  5. ^ "Graywolf Press > View All Books".
  6. ^ "AWP Small Press Publisher Award Winners". Association of Writers & Writing Programs. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Crimson Feet Magazine, March 3, 2005 > Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Submission Guidelines".
  8. ^ Poets, Academy of American. "Walt Whitman Award | Academy of American Poets". Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  9. ^ "Cave Canem » Cave Canem Poetry Prize". Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  10. ^ "Khadija Abdalla Bajaber is the first winner of the Graywolf Press Africa Prize | Graywolf Press". Retrieved 2020-08-19.

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