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Tiny Hardcore Press


Roxane Gay

Country of origin
United States

Headquarters location
Charleston, IL

Publication types

Official website

Tiny Hardcore Press is an Illinois-based independent publisher and small press (a micro-press)[1] founded by Roxane Gay, who is an Assistant Professor of English at Eastern Illinois University,[2] and co-edits the literary magazine PANK. Tiny Hardcore Press’s first title, Normally Special[3] by pseudonymous author xTx, is in its fifth printing,[4] and has received reviews from, among other places, The Nervous Breakdown[5] and the popular literary blog Bookslut.[6]
Tiny Hardcore Press’s other titles include So You Know It’s Me (2011) by Brian Oliu, Please Don’t Be Upset (2011) by Brandi Wells, Steal Me for Your Stories (2012) by Robb Todd, and The Map of the System of Human Knowledge (2012) by James Tadd Adcox. In addition, Tiny Hardcore has published two anthologies of chapbooks, featuring work by Lauren Becker, Erin Fitzgerald, Tyler Gobble, Kirsty Logan, Christopher Newgent, Brian Oliu, Michelle Reale, and Amber Sparks.
When asked to describe the press, Roxane Gay has said in an interview that it is “tiny enough to be so adorable you can’t help but sigh happily when you think of it”, and “hardcore enough to make you want to look away but you can’t so you keep staring and feeling that terrible thrilling tension winding itself through you”.[7]
In January 2012 Gay published an essay in the popular literary blog HTML Giant about starting and running a small press like Tiny Hardcore.[8]

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