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The name Holy Cow! Press

(holy­cow­, com­plete with ex­cla­ma­tion point, came to pub­lisher Jim Perl­man in a dream. Forty years ago that dream be­came an in­de­pen­dent press, which to­day boasts a cat­a­logue of more than 125 po­etry col­lec­tions, nov­els, story col­lec­tions, mem­oirs, bi­ogra­phies, and an­tholo­gies. Perl­man, who runs the press out of his home in Du­luth, Min­nesota, is com­mit­ted to pub­lish­ing the work of writ­ers liv­ing in the Mid­west, a “ter­ri­tory tra­di­tion­ally ig­nored by larger in­die pub­lish­ers,” he says. The press has pub­lished the work of writ­ers such as Min­nesota poet lau­re­ate Joyce Sut­phen, poet Louis Jenk­ins, young adult writer Jane Yolen, and the late Brenda Ue­land. Holy Cow! Press re­leases three to five books each year, 40 per­cent of which Perl­man es­ti­mates are po­etry col­lec­tions. To cel­e­brate the press’s for­ti­eth an­niver­sary this year, Perl­man has or­ga­nized read­ings in Du­luth; in Oc­to­ber the press will also par­tic­i­pate in the Iowa City Book Fes­ti­val and the Twin Cities Book Fes­ti­val, where Rain Taxi will hold a tribute event for the press with read­ings, a Q&A, and a book sign­ing. Holy Cow! Press will also pub­lish two new ti­tles this fall: Sub­tle Vari­a­tions and Other Sto­ries (Oc­to­ber) by Min­neapo­lis au­thor Miriam Karmel and Winds & Cur­rents (Novem­ber), a book of re­told and il­lus­trated Na­tive Amer­i­can sto­ries by Du­luth au­thor and artist Joan Hen­rik. Sub­mis­sions are open year-round; send a query via e-mail or postal mail.

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