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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 feel free to contact us. We are always happy to entertain offers and suggestions for in-kind or otherwise unconventional support—administrative support, connections at local bookstores, opportunities for our authors, or anything else—and we are especially interested in ways to support our authors' travel for readings and book tours.

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For booksellers: all of our major releases are distributed through Small Press Distribution, and you can find our SPD page [here]. If you are interested in our other chapbooks or limited editions, or if you are interested in our books but do not have an account with SPD, please feel free to contact us directly [here] for wholesale inquiries.

Submissions policy: We are a small press with very few releases, but we'd like to extend an invitation to submit full-length poetry manuscripts for consideration during February and March 2019. We tend to be interested in long poems and work that engages creatively with received forms and genres, but if you feel an affinity with the work we have published, please feel free to be in touch. We are especially interested in experiments in cosmological and didactic writing, as well as work by authors from underrepresented groups who can address traditional poetic forms from more expansive perspectives. Please feel free to share this with others who you think may be interested or to contact us with ideas. We do not charge a submission fee, but please familiarize yourself with our work and support us by purchasing one of our titles. 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).