Sky Blue Press was conceived in 1996 when its editor, Paul Herron, had accumulated nearly 500 pages of work from more than 60 contributors for the book Anais Nin: A Book of Mirrors, an anthology of reactions to Nin’s life and work. Instead of letting a university press editor perform the inevitable surgery to the manuscript, Herron decided to publish it himself.
The result is a timeless classic containing the writings of Erica Jong, Allen Ginsberg, Sharon Spencer, Deena Metzger, among many others, as well as an ex-con pornographer from England, a medical doctor who’d placed an ad “looking for Anais” in the personals, as well as some of Anais's foes.
Since then, Sky Blue Press has published the works of Stéphane Mallarmé, Daisy Aldan, Sharon Spencer, Benjamin Franklin V, Barbara Kraft, Britt Arenander, and most importantly, Anais Nin herself, initially in the form of the 1939 edition of The Winter of Artifice. It has produced the annual A Café in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal since 2003, having the privilege of publishing the only journal dedicated to Nin in the world today. Its contributors include many Nin luminaries and scholars, and those who have been influenced by Nin, including Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander. Beginning in late 2009, Sky Blue Press has been digitally publishing Anais Nin's fiction and has published the anthology entitled The Portable Anais Nin.
In 2013, Sky Blue Press partnered with Swallow Press and published Mirages: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1939-1947, the first such diary since 1996. At the present time, we a collaborating with Swallow once again on the 2017 publication of Trapeze: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1947-1955.
Perhaps the biggest news this year is the release of a long lost collection of erotica by Anais Nin, Auletris, which was privated printed as five copies in 1950 and has been unknown to the public ever since.
Sky Blue Press’s motto is “Preserving Literature as Art” because there are few publishers today whose main focus is on the content and its presentation, rather than the bottom line. Only work worthy of the mission makes it to our title list.
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