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.
Out of Loneliness:
Murder and Memoir
Mary Woster Haug
"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
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
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.”
Our First Two Books