Just as our name suggests—“omni” (in all ways and places) and “dawn” (the first appearance of light)— we publish writing that opens us to the myriad ways that language may bring new light, new awareness to us.
We began Omnidawn in 2001 because of our belief that lively, culturally pertinent, emotionally and intellectually engaging literature can be of great value, and we wanted to participate in the dissemination of such work.
We believe that our society needs small presses so that widely diverse ideas and points-of-view are easily accessible to everyone. Italo Calvino: “...the function of literature is communication between things that are different...because they are different, not blunting but even sharpening the differences between them, following the true bent of written language.”
|Adam Cannot Be Adam
Lyric and illustrative studies of the relationship between desire and image
|Noftle, Kelli Anne|
Aerial is concerned with the skyits cloud-laden aspects in the first section, its dry realms of severe spirituality in the second.
|Ambivalence and other Conundrums
Prose poems that cut to the core of what it means to be human, our strife and our striving
I think of aspiration as the state where a poets thrown together life-structures both invite and are breached by the poets preoccupations
To be averse, to turn one's eyes away, is an act that chills, suggesting not only irrevocable but also unforeseeable consequence.
|Barn Burned, Then
In terse, tautly crafted poems that are dynamically contemporary, Taranksy assesses our cultural moment with unrelenting courage and candor.
An epic meditation on contemporary American catastrophe and struggle
|Best American Experimental Writing
An anthology of experimental, innovative, cross-genre writing
Terse, provocative poems that question the assertions of our modern era
|The Book of a Thousand Eyes
Written over the course of two decades, The Book of a Thousand Eyes was begun as an homage to Scheherazade
|Brief Capital of Disturbances
Relative to the prose poem and the journal entry, these passages pass through such distinctions as true amphibiansbreathing a new vigor into whatever medium one might place them.
|The Color of Dusk
In The Color of Dusk, Robin Caton bridges traditions of secular, religious, modernist, and post modernist writing
What does it mean to dwell in a place? These adventurous poems go on foot in search of answers.
A Collection of Thoughts on Prosody
A collage of essays and metrical samples from one of the great prosody scholars
|A Conjoined Book
Aftermath and Become Tree, Become Bird
A double book that echoes with the ecological and social crises of our times, this lyric meditation is interrogation and intervention, defying the limitations we place on storys potency and potential
|Contraband of Hoopoe
An immigrants lyric narrative of humor, illicit revelation, insight, and desire
|Debts & Lessons
The poems in Lynn Xus striking debut collection, Debts & Lessons, travel under the power of historys illusory engine and echo its ululations of love, violence, and lament.
Paul Hoover now establishes himself as an important voice of deep emotional resonance and far ranging vision.
|Each Thing Unblurred is Broken
Stark lyric poems that outline the fragility of perception and the obstinacy of being
A Critical Memoir
A lyric examination of life and poetics from this esteemed writer and translator
Liz Waldner's poems are emotive explorations into the personal, social, and political nature of speech.
|Every Day but Tuesday
Lyric experiments that probe the paradoxes of language and inquiry
|Freeman, Barbara Claire|
This sequence of poems, evolved from the poet's observation of the daily practice of Tai Chi Sword, evoke the fluidity of martial art practice, the motion of Chinese brushstroke painting or calligraphy, as well as the shifting physical and metaphysical arena that is human relationship.
A book-length, syntactically surprising poem divided into many sections.
fault tree is a book-length poem divided into three connected effects stemming from one undesired state: time.
|Pringle, Kathryn L.|
A debut collection of lyric psychodramas
|Perez, Robert Andrew|
|Flesh of Leviathan
The first U.S. translation of the award-winning Galician poet
|Following The Dog Down
A science writer and now poets lyrical analysis of parasites and the animals they subsist in
The Overflowing of the Poem
Fortino Sámano (the overflowing of the poem) is a collaborative work by the emerging French poet, Virginie Lalucq, and the distinguished philosopher, Jean-Luc Nancy.
|Lalucq, Virginie & Jen-Luc Nancy. Sylvain Gallais & Cynthia Hogue, trs.|
|from unincorporated territory [guma]
Extending beyond lyric, narrative, documentary, dramatic monologue, this text invites and incites, violates and revitalizes our awareness of what frames our relationship to culture, community, self
|Perez, Craig Santos|
|from unincorporated territory [saina]
Craig Santos Perez deftly navigates the complexities in his bracing exploration of the personal, historical, cultural, and natural elements of his native Guam and its people.
|Perez, Craig Santos|
A poetry-essay meditation on the cultural and physical forces of the river
The first US collection of the acclaimed British poet
|The Given & The Chosen
Ann Lauterbach considers the animated, elastic relation between what is given and what is chosen through the lens of art, critical thinking and her own experience as a poet.
A debut meditation on the body across national and linguistic borders
Harm performs the loss of that fictive division between a unified body and its surrounding world.
In Harrow, Elizabeth Robinson enters the crucible of faith found at every meeting of being with world.
Selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2015 Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Contest
|Cheng, Jennifer S.|
|I Was There for Your Somniloquy
Kelli Anne Noftles poems reside in this space of threshold consciousness where a voice speaks to and from the other, hovering inside a liminal world of strange admissions and abstract silences.
|Noftle, Kelli Anne|
Donald Revell's new translation of The Illuminations offers all the immediacy, hallucinatory surreality, and wit of the intimate particularity that secured Rimbaud's position as a major poet renowned for his strangely seductive power and innocence.
|Rimbaud, Arthur; Donald Revell, trs.|
|In a landscape of having to repeat
In a landscape of having to repeat, Ronk offers a language of attention that is composite, disruptive, and vibrantly immediate.
|In a Town Called Mundomuerto
In this novel an old man is telling a boy the same story he has told him hundreds of times before.
|In the archives
In the archives offers a lyrically rich, emotionally compelling cycle of poems that explores the alienation and longing we feel as we face the increased mechanization and frightening militarization of our present moment.
|In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary
In the Pure Block of the Whole Imaginary pushes past the line and the fragment and toward the sentence, the thought trying to complete, the paragraph, a distinct passage.
Invisible Green: Selected Prose begins with essays which enact intimate and yet capacious converse with, and among, an array of writers.
Shurin balances the trace memory of poetic history against the charged physicality of contemporary event.
|Landscape Portrait Figure Form
Bright and bracing poems rich with humor and candor
Winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize
The Last Verses of Jules Laforgue is the first full-length collection of free verse published in the French language.
|Laforgue, Jules. Donald Revell, trs.|
|Lines the Quarry
Lines the Quarry writes of and into that ongoing disaster and possibility, interjecting into the commercial language of success the many violationsbodily and otherwisethat define capitalist exploitation.
|Loom-2011 Open Book Prize
Loom searches for reconstructions of gender, dwelling, and the sacred.
|Love, Like Pronouns
With the title of her latest collection, Love, Like Pronouns, Waldrop demonstrates with deft humor the relational aspects of any discourse.
|Lyric & Spirit
Selected Essays 1996-2008
In this book of essays, interviews, reflections, and more, Lazer focuses on two topics central to the poetry of our time: the changing nature of beauty in the lyric and the necessity of finding new ways of embodying spirituality.
|The Madeleine Poems
Legault offers a dynamically charged vision of the real as he perceives its volatile, constantly shifting valences.
Winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest
|Herndon, James Robert|
|The Man Who Lost His Head
Zach Savich's The Man Who Lost His Head wrestles with the irrational rationality of life as we dimly perceive it.
A chapbook of epistolary and intimate memo poems
The Middle is beautiful and powerful, and all that grace animates calm outrage, ghostlier awareness.
A debut meditation on bodies and ecologies that risk and resist the totality of end times
|Missing the Moon
Scientific elegies of ambition and failure from this esteemed poet
Mortar is a text of stealth and volatility, of both explosive and empathic interactions.
Calvin Bedient's fourth collection, The Multiple, meets an unspeakably excessive reality with an unremitting intensity of its own.
Some would call Neptune Park a graphic novelminus the pictures.
|The Not Forever
As the title of The Not Forever suggests, these poems take not only mortality, but also the impossibility of truly assessing mortality, as their endlessly inexplicable subject.
Poetic investigations of the distortions and discoveries of photography and sight
The Odicy, Cyrus Consoles second book, uses pentameter in an attempt to take the measure of our epochs cultural and ecological crises.
A chapbook-length poem that explores the cultural and personal weight of Ohios rail history
|Giscombe, C. S.|
Poems, plays, plays upon the making of such genre distinctions, are only some of the locations one will visit in these pages.
|The Orchard Green and Every Color
Language as an embodied sense in this renowned poets fifth book
A collaged novel-in-verse tracing Kafkas life through the lens of the Other
|Our Lives Became Unmanageable
Selected by Kate Bernheimer as winner of the 2014 Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Contest
Winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest
|Akant, Sara Deniz|
This anthology focuses on New Wave Fabulist writers.
|Keegan, Ken E. & Rusty Morrison, editors|
|Particulars of Place
The second volume from this acclaimed poet and film artist
|Moore, Richard O., Garrett Caples, Brenda Hillman Paul Ebenkamp, eds.|
By one of Americas most adventurous poetsPeace moves just beyond outrage and anger to bring the reader to revelations and shifts of consciousness, to possible visions and sightings in the shattered yards of the global dream
In Penury, Myung Mi Kim probes sanctioned norms of cognition by breaking communication into its most discrete components
|Kim, Myung Mi|
|The Plot Genie
The Plot Genie culls and questions what it is that holds any narrative together, and exposes some of the ways that characters behave and take shape when inhabiting a construct created by ideas.
|Poems in Spanish
Paul Hoover's Poems in Spanish takes the English language into fraternity with the haunting lyricism of Spanish.
A debut collection unraveling the mythologizing forces of control
|pool [5 choruses]
Here, the many permutations of lyric explore slippage and fusion, of singular to multiple, personal to social, sentience to what seeks beyond the sensate world, of both our crisis and choral communion that is, and is always more than voice reveals
|Hartigan, Endi Bogue|
|The Posthumous Life of R.W.
A chapbook of prose poems on existence and the self, with French on facing pages
A poetic collage tracing the human effects of the US-Mexico border
|Alvergue, José Felipe|
Through dialogue, reportage, Biblical reference, interview, famous speech, infamous cultural and historical events and more, Rabinowitz offers readers an arresting account of who and what we are as humansin all of our darkness and our brilliance.
At once civil lyric and lament crying beyond civility, spiraling with kinetic intensity, a 21st century feminist book-length aria
Prose poems that weave art and the body into the viscera of experience
|Readings in World Literature
Readings in World Literature is the daybook of a speaker haunted by the prospect of perpetual night.
|Reddy, Srikanth (Chicu)|
|The Real Subject
Queries and Conjectures of Jacob Delafon with Sample Poems
The Real Subject is not exactly a novel and not really a poem, though it contains some verses and is not without characters.
|The Room In Which I Work
Selected by Calvin Bedient as winner of the Omnidawn Open
|Saga / Circus
Saga / Circus brings us two distinctly different long poems
|Saint Petersburg Notebook
A chapbook on the post-Soviet writer and the authors own experience in the white nights of Saint Petersburg
|A Season in Hell
In this new translation of Arthur Rimbaud Donald Revell captures the child-like wonder and tortured, revelatory despair of these poems.
|Rimbaud, Arthur; Donald Revell, trs.|
Selected poems 1968-2013 from the esteemed poet, translator, and artist
|Selected Poems of Friedrich Hölderlin
Further solidifying Hölderlins place in history, this thorough collection of poetry ranges from the odes of his developmental period to the majestic hymns and strangely prophetic modern compositions created in his later years.
|Hölderlin, Friedrich. Maxine Chernoff & Paul Hoover, trs|
Selected and New Poems 1975-2007
A Semblance: Selected and New Poems (1975-2007) is the first selected compilation of poetry by Laura Moriarty.
Banishing poets from the well-ordered city did not prevent the creation of fictions: SHAM CITY is the capitol of fictitious capital.
|Harrison, Evan S.|
|Shields & Shards & Stitches & Songs
A chapbook of interlocking poems that weave together the lyric and the political
A Love Story
This novel tells of a young mans attraction and ultimate addiction to skunk musk, and the social difficulties he encounters as a result.
Winner of the Omnidawn Open Book Prize
|Eaton, C. Violet|
|Songs without Words
Songs without Words (Romances sans paroles) is the book in which, unabashedly, Paul Verlaine becomes himself and, in so doing, becomes the iconic poet of the French nineteenth century.
|Verlaine, Paul. Donald Revell, trs.|
|Sorry Was in the Woods
Michelle Taranskys second collection of poems, Sorry Was In The Woods is that landscape where perspective is not singular, where waiting, worrying, watching, and recording are able to both arrange and derange our understanding of place.
|Spectacle & Pigsty
The strange and wild poems of Kiwao Nomura deal with sex and loss and memory by making unpredictable leaps of association.
|Nomura, Kiwao. Kyoko Yoshida & Forrest Gander, trs|
|Spinoza in Her Youth
Norma Cole's rich and rigorous poems delight in and disrupt the framing structures of language, memory, history
Dialogic juxtapositions of poetry and arts vantage points
|Byrne, Elena Karina|
In the flowing of Susquehanna, language has been re-immersed in its origins.
|Waldrep, G. C.|
In his ninth poetry collection, Mr. Ramke exposes the myriad tendrils that bind together to become experience.
|Theory of Mind
New & Selected Poems
Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems, 1978-2008 demonstrates Bin Ramkes ability to bring a cornucopia of human knowledge to bear upon the individuals most intimate experiences and most compelling encounters with the world.
Winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize
A Story of Ghosts, Memories, & Ashes
Winner of the Omnidawn Fiction Chapbook Prize
Three Novels revisits the terrain of the Victorian novel, entering that world with a particular affinity for the feminine within its social and physical landscape.
Winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Prize
|To Be At Music
Essays & Talks
To Be At Music is the first collection of essays by Norma Cole
|To Be Read in the Dark
To Be Read in the Dark casts its strobe of radical vision on the dark crises of our common experience.
|To Keep Time
Spare, vivid lyrics on the microclimate of coastal California
This is a poetry that seeks to emancipate the voice of witness from the generalities of despair through its exacting engagement with this world.
|Transfer of Qualities
Transfer of Qualities addresses the uncanny and myriad ways in which people and things, but also people and those around them, exchange qualities with one another, moving in on, unsettling: altering stance, attitude, mood, gesture.
|Truth of My Songs
Poems of the Trobairitz
Poems of the female troubadours of 12th-century France (original Provençal on facing pages)
A debut poetry collection that meditates on imagination and existence
|The Uncertainty Principle
Bill Mayer lures us into the rich physicality of a desire that not only animates the features upon the mask of the real, but enlarges our yearning for what lies behind.
Elegies of public and personal loss from the renowned avant-garde poet
Ventifacts highlights the currents between imaginary relations and physical conditions.
Illuminations of humanitys separation and embodiment of animal nature
Sohrab Sepehri was in Iran, a modernist Muslim for whom the black stone of the Kaaba was the sunlight in the flowers.
|Sepehri, Sohrab. Kazimt Ali with Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, trs.|
|Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside
Win These Posters and Other Unrelated Prizes Inside opens with a foreword, an envoi laying out the concerns of the book.
|The Word as Archipelago
The Word as Archipelago is the first complete translation into English of La Parole en archipel
|Char, René; Robert Baker, trs.|