Copyright 2011 Orphan Press
Born in the beautiful Huerfano Valley in southern Colorado, Orphan Press is the brainchild of
writer Kristen Iversen and artist Greg Larson, who were then joined by the creative energies of
Wendy Sumner Winter and the other members of our editorial board. We are interested in
connections between art and language, image and text, and the vast landscape of uncharted
possibilities in the expanding field of creative nonfiction.
Our goal is to publish books of high literary and artistic merit that stimulate the mind and the
spirit and ignite new ways of thinking about language, image, self, and society.
Kristen Iversen is originally from Colorado. She writes nonfiction and fiction and is the
author of the bestselling Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth, the textbook Shadow Boxing: Art
and Craft in Creative Nonfiction, and the forthcoming memoir Full Body Burden: Growing Up
in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats (Crown 2012), as well as other books, essays, and
stories. She has taught in MFA programs around the country and currently teaches at the
University of Memphis, where she directs the writing program and is also editor-in-chief of the
award-winning literary journal The Pinch.
Greg Larson is a writer, editor, and artist. He is a graduate of the University of California,
Santa Cruz and has traveled extensively around the world and spent many years living and
working in Japan. His edgy, seductive landscapes have been described as a "discovery,
journey and spiritual epiphany." He has been published in The Pinch, Art & The Nude, and
ARTisSpectrum magazine. Influenced by American Modernism as well as lyrical abstraction,
his process and images deal with light, infiniteness, and immediacy to arrive at conclusions
that are both contemporary and dynamic. He currently studies at the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago.
Wendy Sumner-Winter has been a chef, gallery owner, photographer, painter, curator and
community organizer, among other things. She has served as an editor in various capacities,
including managing editor for The Pinch. Her nonfiction, poetry and fiction have appeared, or
are forthcoming, in The Missouri Review, Fourth Genre, Switchback, Swill, flashquake, The
Pinch, Word Riot, and Monkeybicycle. She is the coordinator of alumni and constituent
relations, and teaches writing, at The University of Memphis, and cooking wherever invited.
Marcia Aldrich teaches in the Department of English at Michigan State University. She is
the author of Girl Rearing, published by W.W. Norton. She was the editor of Fourth Genre,
Exploration in Nonfiction from 2007-2011. Her book Companion to an Untold Story was
selected by Susan Orlean for the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize for 2011.
Adam Braver is the author of four novels, most recently November 22, 1963. His books have
been selected for the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers program, Border's Original
Voices series, the IndieNext list, and twice for the Book Sense list; as well as having been
translated into Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and French. He is on faculty and
writer-in-residence at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. He also been a regular
writer-in-residence at the NY State Summer Writers Institute. His forthcoming book, MISFIT,
will be published in August 2012.
Steven Church is the author of The Day After The Day After: My Atomic Angst, Theoretical
Killings: Essays and Accidents, and The Guinness Book of Me: a Memoir of Record. His
essays and stories have been published widely and he’s a founding editor of the literary
magazine, The Normal School.
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