Persea is an independent, literary publishing house founded in 1975 by Michael Braziller and Karen Braziller, who still own and direct the company.
Persea has produced hundreds of engaging and consequential books covering a wide range of subjects, styles, and genres including poetry, fiction, essays, memoir, biography, titles of Jewish and Middle Eastern interest, women's studies, American Indian folklore, and revived classics, as well as a notable selection of works in translation.
Some of our most prominent books by Anzia Yezierska, most notably Bread Givers; Christine de Pizan, especially the Earl Jeffrey Richard's translation of The Book of the City of Ladies; Carl Friedman, author of Nightfather, as well as numerous poetry collections by Laura Riding, Paul Celan, and Nazim Hikmet. Our on-going educational young adult program features books by authors Meg Kearney, Anne Mazer, Gary Soto, and Marie Raphael.
Our poetry editor, Gabriel Fried, has successfully introduced a new generation of contemporary American poets, including Molly McCully Brown, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Randall Mann, Patrick Rosal, and Lisa Russ Spaar among others.
From our timely and innovative program of literary anthologies are the following: America Street: A Multicultural Anthology of Stories, Imagining America: Stories from the Promised Land, Sudden Flash Youth: 65 Short-Short Stories, and SHORT: An International Anthology of Short-Short Stories, Prose Poems, Brief Essays, and Other Short Prose Forms.
On the cusp of our fifth decade, the aim of the press remains what it has always been, to bring the spirit and integrity of independence to works of the highest literary merit and relevance.
The Persea (per-see-ah) tree is a wild laurel native to the Near East and Africa. The ancient Egyptians revered it as a celestial tree, believing the stars were its leaves and the sun rose from its branches. Thoth, god of science, arts and numbers, recorder of deeds and measurer of time, and Safekh, goddess of writing and learning, sat at the foot of the Persea and inscribed upon its leaves the names and deeds of those mortals whose important works had secured them eternal life and everlasting fame.