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The Humble Essayist 

The Humble Essayist Press is a publication platform for books of personal prose written by established authors who are producing a serious body of work over a lifetime. It specializes in books considered too risky commercially for mainstream publishers. Authors submit by invitation only and are chosen based on the quality of the manuscript, the strength of their past publications, and the contributions they have made as teachers, writers, and critics in the genres of personal essay and memoir. Learn more about our mission and books by clicking on the links below.

Remembering the Alchemists and Other Essays

by Richard Hoffman

January 15, 2023

The essays in Remembering the Alchemists are wise, ethical, lyrical, and intensely personal. They remain aware of our human fallibility and ability to get each other wrong. In brilliant pieces like “A Kind of Sorcery” or “Wheels,” Hoffman examines the issues of class and race from a white working-class upbringing and reveals far more understanding and unsettling questions than what passes for political thought in this country. This is an essential text.”

— David Mura

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Philip Weinstein

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The personal essay at its very best: reflective, open-minded, insightful, thought-provoking, skeptical, endlessly probing. Philip Weinstein draws on Montaigne’s notion of “soul-error” as the “ineradicable tendency, seeded deep within us, to get things wrong.”

(Robert Atwan, Series Editor,

The Best American Essays)

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Yesterday’s Noise:

A Family Legacy of Rage and Radiance

Essays by Joe Mackall

“I could read Joe Mackall every day, all year long, and this book is a gem.”

Andre Dubus III

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Out of Loneliness:

Murder and Memoir

Mary Woster Haug

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"Out of Loneliness is an engrossing tale of small-town Great Plains uncertainty and murder penned with an intricacy that only a native to the place could manage."

Stephen Wingate, author of The Leave-takers and Of Fathers and Fires

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Put Off My Sackcloth: Essays

by Annie Dawid

Runner up for memoir at the Los Angeles Book Festival and Honorable Mention at the 2021 San Francisco Book Festival

In these essays, Dawid never flinches and when she can laugh, she laughs. She takes us down deep, but she shows us the sparkle of light glinting at the exit of the cave—and love? Love wins.”

Jill Christman


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