About the Press

Golias Books is a small, independent poetry press and a registered nonprofit; editorial and production work is unpaid and our financial resources come out of pocket. If you would like to support the press, or if you would like to support one of our authors directly, please contact us or find the support options in our store. We are always happy to entertain offers and suggestions for in-kind or otherwise unconventional support, and we are especially interested in ways to support our authors' travel for readings and book tours.

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For writers: we are not currently accepting manuscript submissions, but if you think your work may be a match for our editorial profile or mission, please feel free to contact us to discuss future projects. We attempt to respond to all queries, but please understand that it can take time.

Golias Books is managed and edited by Lawrence Giffin and Christopher Catanese. Please feel free to email us [here], or to find Golias Books on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Name

Golias Books takes its name in part from the Goliardic poets of the 12th and 13th centuries; excluded from political power by circumstance, temperament, or the logic of primogeniture, the Goliards appear in history as skeptical scholasts and sociable itinerants, known primarily for the kinds of Latinate heretical satires and elaborate anti-authoritarian festival lyrics that survive in the Carmina Burana. In this sense Goliardic poetry models critique both from without and from within; Gerald Bruns writes that “satire is the discourse of the Other against the Same,” and for us the anonymous Bishop Golias stands in this regard as a figurehead of an Other tradition that exceeds our modern sensibility, our contemporary passion for civility, rationality, and appropriateness. In this way the Goliardic vision is comic, fatalistic and yet rooted in protest, dubious of progress but temperamentally intolerant of complacency. Dulce est desipere: the liberties of foolishness safeguard action. Golias adumbrates an architecture in a deconstruction, a politics and a metaphysics in a celebration of carnality; assures us that in Latin, too, one may suborn the feast days.

The Golias Books device is taken from an illustration by François Desprez (originally attributed, spuriously, to Rabelais), published in Les Songes drolatiques de Pantagruel (1565).