Litmus Press is a program of Ether Sea Projects, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit literature and arts organization. We are dedicated to publishing innovative, cross-genre, and interdisciplinary work by poets, writers, translators, and artists.
Since 2001, we have published established and emerging writers who do not benefit from existing structures of privilege. We support work that embraces formal and political wildness, with an emphasis on international writing, translation, and collaboration. From 2001-2014, we also published Aufgabe, an annual journal of poetry, poetics and translation.
Ether Sea Projects, Inc. also manages and distributes in-print titles originally published by O Books and The Post-Apollo Press. Litmus Press aims to preserve and extend the legacy of aesthetic innovation and feminist and progressive politics established by these vital predecessors.
Leslie Scalapino (1944-2010) founded O Books in 1986, and for 25 years published innovative works of contemporary poetry as well as essays and plays by poets.
Simone Fattal founded The Post-Apollo Press in 1982 with the publication of Etel Adnan's From A to Z. Named after the program that brought us to the moon, The Post-Apollo Press has published nearly 75 books of poetry and fiction with an emphasis on writing in translation, especially from the Middle East.
Litmus Press books are made possible by public funds from the The New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. Additional support for Litmus Press comes from the The Leslie Scalapino – O Books Fund, individual members, and donors. All contributions are fully tax-deductible.
Litmus Press has received funding in the past from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jerome Foundation’s FACE OUT program, administered by the The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.