Brooklyn Arts Press (BAP) is an independent publishing house founded by Joe Pan in the spring of 2007. Since then, it has published a wide variety of poetry, fiction, essays, art monographs, nonfiction books, and even launched a rock album. In 2016 it was honored with a National Book Award win in Poetry for Daniel Borzutzky’s The Performance of Becoming Human, becoming perhaps the smallest press to ever garner the prize.


“We believe we serve our community best by publishing great works of varying aesthetics side by side, subverting the notion that writers and artists exist in vacuums, apart from the culture in which they reside and outside the realm and understanding of other camps and aesthetics. We believe experimentation and innovation, arriving by way of given forms or new ones, make our culture greater through diversity of perspective, opinion, expression, and spirit.”


Augury Books, an imprint of Brooklyn Arts Press, is an independent press founded by Kate Angus and Kimberly Steele, which Joe Pan joined as publisher in 2017. Among many other notable books, the press was honored to publish t’ai freedom ford’s & more black, which won the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry.


“Augury Books is committed to publishing innovative work from both emerging and established writers, and seeks to reaffirm the diversity of great writers and their reading public.”