Calque Press arises from the urge to discover underrepresented authors to a new readership, and to build links across languages and cultures. The project's remit, Translation, Poetry and Nature, reflects our interests in diversity in small press publishing, and more generally in the political possibilities of literature.
The co-founders have more than a decade of experience in small press and independent publishing. After the first wave of the global economic crisis, they built and developed an independent publishing project based in Madrid, and still active in Spain and Latin America, with connections around Europe and Eurasia. In uncertain economic and geopolitical times, small press publishing offered a chance to build an international community around a collaborative ethos; Spanish newspaper El País called it 'a project that reinvigorates Spanish indie publishing'. Calque Press is built on the same premise.
JAMES WOMACK - EDITORIAL DIRECTOR, EDITOR (poetry, translation) / PRODUCTION
MARIAN WOMACK - EDITOR (nature, pamphlets & chapbooks) / PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA
Marian Womack is a bilingual author, translator and editor. She was born in Andalusia and has spent her life between Scotland, Madrid, East Anglia and southern Spain. She is a writer of literary genre fiction interested in Gothic, new weird, and hybrid narratives. In 2015 Marian was included in the literary magazine Leer's list of influential under-40s in in Spanish publishing. She is the first Spanish graduate from the Clarion Writers Workshop, and her fiction in English can be read in Year’s Best Weird Fiction III, Apex Magazine, Supersonic or Weird Fiction Review. Her short story collection in English, Lost Objects, is out now. Marian has also worked as a translator between Spanish and English, translating among others Mary Shelley, Daphne du Maurier, Lord Dunsany, Silvina Ocampo and Angélica Gorodischer. Marian teaches literary genre fiction at the Oxford University creative writing program.
ALLIES & SUPPORTERS
We are grateful to the following people and institutions for their ongoing support:
- Charlotte Cory
- Julie Dalton
- Helen Marshall
- Herminia Rivera
- Jill and Adam Singer
- Elizabeth Stazicker