Write Bloody Publishing was started in 2004 by traveling poet and former paratrooper, Derrick Brown.
After spending the mid 1990’s and early 2000’s book touring throughout Europe and the U.S., Brown realized the untapped potential in the contemporary poetry market for authors who were hitting the road and reading in bars, theaters and clubs, building fan-bases and putting on entertaining readings.
Brown was seeing young, smart, page savvy poets, prose writers and poetry performers sell out shows, with only self-published, junky looking chapbooks available for sale. It seemed ridiculous and fateful that publishing houses — both mainstream or independent — hadn’t signed on some of the best known- hardest working touring authors on the scene today.
Brown envisioned a publishing house that celebrated touring authors, a press that would give gorgeous, modern, ISBN-kissed books to those hard-working authors who rocked stages, crashed on couches and slept in vans. The work couldn’t be typical, they had to read well out loud to sell the books and the lit had to soar on the page. It also had to take only the best authors and market them to the world with a distribution plan.
This has been the guiding philosophy of Write Bloody:
Let the poets and authors who tour be the marketing; let this publishing house be the source for a movement.
Write Bloody is now partnered with authors of over 120 titles, who are working together to make this vision come true. Brown’s background in the independent music and indie arts heavily influenced the look and feel of Write Bloody. Utilizing rock album designers and photographers, Write Bloody’s look is as fresh, hard-charging and unapologetic as its writers are.
Write Bloody authors are diverse and out there — in small record shops and large colleges, in strange theaters and swampy bars — doing readings all across Europe, Australia and the United States. Going to a reading will one day be as common as going to the movies or to see a band and Write Bloody is currently paving the way. Our books are found in bookstores around the world from Guam to Berlin.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to bring one of our authors to your town, or write one up in your magazine, blog or alt-weekly. If you’d like to do an article on our press, click contact us and we will make the interview saucy. We would love to hear from you, and appreciate all that you do to help spread the word.
Write Bloody. Quality American Books.
The Return of the Troubadours, write-up in Forbes magazine
Small Presses listing at Poets & Writers
Interview: Derrick Brown, sweet interview with our founder Derrick Brown about the power of poetry, at Paper Darts online
You Belong Everywhere—A Chat With Poet Derrick C. Brown & Filmmaker Stephen Latty, at U Want 2 GoGo
The Blood-Jet Writing Hour, Derrick Brown talking about Write Bloody and performance poetry on Blog Talk Radio
Write Bloody Lends a Hand to Local Poets, write-up in the Austin Statesman, local newspaper
Poet Derrick Brown Blends Rock N’ Poetry, write-up in Boise Weekly
Los Angeles: Jack & The Giant, Derrick Brown, WriteBloody.com & How It’s Done, write-up/interview at examiner.com