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Little Pigeon Chapbook Series

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About the Little Pigeon Chapbook Series

Sometimes ideas aren’t big enough for a whole book. Sometimes ... they’re Little Pigeon-sized.

Our press started out with chapbooks way back in its humble beginnings in the 1990s, so to pay homage to our literary heritage—and to the fact that some ideas are simply smaller but carry no less of a gigantic wallop—we’ve brought back the chapbook.

Chapbooks for the series should be about 10 to 40 pages of material and must have a single theme of some sort. We are seeking themed or linked pieces with a hook, and we are especially interested in themes with a historical or science bent. We are not interested in material that is not linked in some obvious way. We will print one chapbook per season (quarterly).

Our first Little Pigeon book will be published in spring 2021.

Why is the series called Little Pigeon?

Once upon a time, our scientific + historical brains accidentally made a press that ended up being Nikola Tesla-themed. There are of course complications with this, as Tesla was by no means a perfect individual (sigh, no human in history is perfect), but here we are, decades later. Most of our journals, series titles, and projects are given names that have to do with Tesla inventions. This one is a little different—this one gets its name from a Tesla trait.

In Nikola Tesla’s later life, suffering from mental illness and scientific blacklisting by Big Science, he claims that his only friends were pigeons. He talked to them, fed them, named them, read to them, sat for hours in the park watching and conversing with them. This series is named in honor of those little guys who helped buoy the genius of just one person who helped change the world forever. This is what we want our little pigeons to do: fly out into the wilds to change one reader’s mind in order to change the world, little by little, feather by feather.