University of Hell Press

University of Hell Press Book Publisher - Portland, OR & San Diego, CA

University of Hell Press seeks and promotes artists who are creating irreverent and thought-provoking works in quiet corners of their worlds.

Mission: "Denting the world with words, one incendiary book at a time."

Happy #InternationalWomensDay. Buy some books by women because women are great.
03/09/2020

Happy #InternationalWomensDay. Buy some books by women because women are great.

Merch sales at AWP represents about 20% of our annual income. Canceling is a huge hit. If you need some great books or a...
03/06/2020

Merch sales at AWP represents about 20% of our annual income. Canceling is a huge hit. If you need some great books or a University of Hell shirt, please order through our online store. FREE SHIPPING. ❤️👿 #AWPvirtualbookfair #virtualbookfair ⁠

http://bit.ly/32YtWCA

Today would have been Day 1 for University of Hell Press at this year's AWP bookfair, but we cancelled due to coronaviru...
03/05/2020
University of Hell Press STORE

Today would have been Day 1 for University of Hell Press at this year's AWP bookfair, but we cancelled due to coronavirus. The press is taking a huge hit, AWP represents about 20% of our annual operating costs.

If you need some great books to read (or a University of Hell shirt to let everyone know where you go/went to school), please consider supporting our small press and order through our online store, we are offering FREE SHIPPING.

If you need a recommendation, we’re happy to connect you with the perfect book (or books). Please comment below if we can help.

https://university-of-hell-press.myshopify.com/

03/04/2020

Sadly, we will not be at AWP this year, we decided to cancel our participation out of an abundance of caution during this time of uncertainty, and out of a desire to care for our communities first, both in San Antonio and here at home.

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02/25/2020

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02/19/2020
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Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day more than buying a full bundle of UoH books, right? Right. Plus, they're on sale.BUY:...
02/14/2020
INSTANT HELL

Nothing says Happy Valentine's Day more than buying a full bundle of UoH books, right? Right. Plus, they're on sale.

BUY: http://bit.ly/2H6U7NE

INSTANT HELL. Our complete library of 32 books we've released since January 2012 can now be yours. If you were eager to possess our entire collection and clicked to purchase all 32 titles, it would amount to $530. Now, you can have INSTANT HELL for only $400. The Instant Hell Library: Gift it to a f...

Don't we all, Eirean Bradley?⁠the little BIG book of go kill yourself. Buy online now: http://bit.ly/37bbNlA
02/10/2020

Don't we all, Eirean Bradley?⁠

the little BIG book of go kill yourself. Buy online now: http://bit.ly/37bbNlA

02/07/2020

AWP Roll Call! Who's gonna be in San Antonio next month?

"She's cowboy boots two sizes too small" is the line that gets us every. single. time.⁠"A Brand New Box of Matches" from...
01/30/2020

"She's cowboy boots two sizes too small" is the line that gets us every. single. time.⁠

"A Brand New Box of Matches" from "My Ugly & Other Love Snarls” by Wryly T. McCutchen⁠

1. This interview with Liz Scott is great.2. You can win her memoir "This Never Happened" by entering the contest by cli...
01/22/2020
Q&A with Liz Scott, Author of This Never Happened

1. This interview with Liz Scott is great.
2. You can win her memoir "This Never Happened" by entering the contest by clicking the link below! 👇

We came from no one and we were attached to no one. I could make that sound like a bad thing but I have worn my rootlessness like a custom-made, one-of-a-kind, jewel-encrusted cloak adorned with sh…

New year and even more books on our #TBR list.
01/07/2020

New year and even more books on our #TBR list.

Portland Book Festival! We're here, come find us. Booth 39, in the tent behind the tent.
11/09/2019

Portland Book Festival! We're here, come find us. Booth 39, in the tent behind the tent.

Ben Tanzer honors Liz Scott's book, This Never Happened,  among his list of "This Book Will Change Your Life." "I wonder...
10/01/2019
This Book Will Change Your Life - This Never Happened by the Liz Scott. - This Book Will Change Your Life.

Ben Tanzer honors Liz Scott's book, This Never Happened, among his list of "This Book Will Change Your Life."

"I wonder whether part of my job here is to separate how painful this story is from how engaging the writing and structure is, with its shifting timelines and the introduction of multi-media(s), including reports and letters, all of which make for a grand puzzle and exploration of truth and memory."

http://tanzerben.com/this-book-will-change-your-life/14290625/scott-this-book-will-change-your-life

"Writing a Memoir: In theory I do believe that we all have a story tell; that we are each entitled to the space we take up on the this planet; that each of our voices should be heard. But the decision to commit my story to paper and send it out into the world has been fraught. Feeling entitled mysel...

Read interview with University of Hell author Isobel O'Hare on The Rumpus providing really great insights into their boo...
09/28/2019
Art, Action, and Redaction: A Conversation with Isobel O’Hare

Read interview with University of Hell author Isobel O'Hare on The Rumpus providing really great insights into their book "all this can be yours" ... the creative spark, the process, the viral fallout, and the subsequent publication with us. WE'RE THRILLED. ❤️🔥😈

"Isobel O’Hare’s erasure poems, made from the redacted statements of celebrities accused of sexual assault and harassment during the #MeToo reckoning, went viral after she posted them on social media. Reading the resulting poems all together, in 'all this can be yours,' is rather like accessing a Rorsach image or a photographic negative of the cultural blind spots and dissimulations of those accused. The rationalizations of offenders like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C. K. are thrown into a stark, morally astringent relief, while the poems—for they are most definitely poems—highlight the critical intelligence of a writer who understands how language is a camouflage for abusers."

Link for full interview.

https://therumpus.net/2019/09/the-rumpus-interview-with-isobel-ohare/

Isobel O’Hare discusses her debut full-length collection, ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS.

Listen to "This Podcast Will Change Your Life" episode 209, featuring University of Hell Press publisher, Greg Gerding, ...
09/11/2019
This Podcast Will Change Your Life, Episode Two Hundred and Nine - Everything Is Going To Be Okay, starring the Greg Gerding. - This Podcast Will Change Your Life.

Listen to "This Podcast Will Change Your Life" episode 209, featuring University of Hell Press publisher, Greg Gerding, and hosted by Ben Tanzer.

Greg talks about UHell history, from its DC roots to its current home in Portland, Oregon, and what's in store for the future of the press. He also talks about being Editor in Chief of op/ed website The Big Smoke America.

Greg and Ben commiserate about being "fanboys" and discuss a shared interest in punk music and how it has influenced their writing. They also chat about positivity.

Find the podcast too through iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify.

http://tanzerben.com/podcast/14290140/greg-this-podcast-will-change-your-life

Yo, so Greg Gerding and This Podcast Will Change Your Life I am. Not to mention University of Hell Press, punk, and noise music, activism, being a fanboy, the DIY model, Touch and Go, Henry Rollins, publishing, and self-publishing, The Big Smoke - America, producing good, creating change, and Charle...

Today's Quote: "Take all the leaders from around the world / Put them together in a great big ring / Televise it as the ...
09/10/2019

Today's Quote: "Take all the leaders from around the world / Put them together in a great big ring / Televise it as the lowest show on earth / And let them fight like hell to see who's king"

UHell author Liz Scott was recently on the Writers on Writing podcast, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, discussing Liz...
08/30/2019
Memoirists Liz Scott and Sands Hall on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

UHell author Liz Scott was recently on the Writers on Writing podcast, hosted by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, discussing Liz's memoir The Never Happened and her writing process: "I was constantly pushing myself to be brave, to not hold back ... you know, caution be damned."

Listen through Stitcher link below or search "Writers on Writing" in iTunes podcasts.

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/writers-on-writing-kucifm/writers-on-writing/e/63402343

Aug 22, 2019 - Memoirist Liz Scott, author of This Never Happened, and Sands Hall, author of Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their memoirs.Download audio.  (Broadcast date: August 7, 2019)

Congratulations Arhm Choi Wild for winning the 2019 Write Bloody Publishing contest! Very cool.
08/26/2019
Write Bloody Publishing

Congratulations Arhm Choi Wild for winning the 2019 Write Bloody Publishing contest! Very cool.

Congratulations to our 2019 Write Bloody Publishing Contest winner Arhm Choi Wild!

Summer flings can be fun, but Write Bloody wanted the real deal, and this August we found it. After spending the summer reading through hundreds of submissions, selecting a group of exceptional finalists, watching videos, and reading and re-reading manuscripts, we are proud/excited/thrilled/honored to announce that Arhm Choi Wild is our soulmate. In other words, they have been named the winner of the 2019 Write Bloody Publishing Contest!

Arhm will have a book of poetry published with Write Bloody in 2020. More details to come, but in the meantime, be sure to check out Arhm's website www.arhmchoiwild.com and follow them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/arhmcwild.

Arhm Choi Wild is a Kundiman fellow from Ann Arbor, Michigan, who holds a MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. They were a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize and and have been published in the anthology Daring to Repair by Wising Up Press and in the magazines Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Split this Rock, Foglifter, Lantern Review, F(r)iction,Two Hawks Quarterly, TRACK//FOUR, Otoliths, and Scholars & Rogues. They have worked as a teacher in New York City for the last six years, and have competed in poetry slams and performed across the country, including at Brave New Voices, the New York City Poetry Festival, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and the Bowery Poetry Club.

Photo by Sy Abudu

We are filled with gratitude for this glowing review by After the Pause of Liz Scott's memoir, This Never Happened. "Thi...
08/23/2019
Review of This Never Happened (Liz Scott)

We are filled with gratitude for this glowing review by After the Pause of Liz Scott's memoir, This Never Happened.

"This is a love letter to the search, a celebration of family and trying to make sense of family, including the ways they cause pain and turmoil. This is the pinnacle of a genre. A book for which all future memoirs I will wonder, comparing in my mind, 'yes, but does it come anywhere close to being as good as Liz Scott?'"

https://afterthepause.com/2019/08/23/review-of-this-never-happened-liz-scott/

When memoir is done well it has the capacity to invoke a far deeper connection than fiction. In memoir, you understand these characters are alive or at least once lived. It becomes not just a story…

Happy National Book Lovers Day! 📖 Tell us what you love reading and we will recommend a book from our catalog. ❤️🔥
08/09/2019

Happy National Book Lovers Day! 📖 Tell us what you love reading and we will recommend a book from our catalog. ❤️🔥

University of Hell Press author, Isobel O'Hare, and their book "all this can be yours" is highlighted alongside the work...
08/08/2019
The Poetry of #MeToo: Powerful Poets Speak Out - Read Poetry

University of Hell Press author, Isobel O'Hare, and their book "all this can be yours" is highlighted alongside the work of Maria Hummel and Safia Elhillo by Read Poetry in their article "The Poetry of #MeToo: Powerful Poets Speak Out."

The #MeToo movement, founded by activist and TIME’s 2017 Person of the Year Tarana Burke, has spoken truth to power by confronting predatory men and opening secrets of sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in industries from film to fast food. The idea is simple, yet courageous and revolution...

University of Hell founder, Greg Gerding, shares The Power of Poetry for the killer indie lit website The Poetry Questio...
06/05/2019
POWER OF POETRY #44: GREG GERDING, EiC OF UNIVERSITY OF HELL PRESS

University of Hell founder, Greg Gerding, shares The Power of Poetry for the killer indie lit website The Poetry Question. "I became drunk by the process of it all. Find a perfect blank book, and then ruin it with scribblings and musings."

https://thepoetryquestion.com/2019/06/04/power-of-poetry-44-greg-gerding-eic-of-university-of-hell-press/

The whole time, I thought I was alone. But there were people just as pained and confused as I was. I found my community. I found my church. I kept returning every Sunday, sharing work I had written…

Photographer Dean Davis invited University of Hell Press Founder Greg Gerding and Author Lauren Gilmore to participate i...
05/15/2019

Photographer Dean Davis invited University of Hell Press Founder Greg Gerding and Author Lauren Gilmore to participate in his Pictures of Poets project, taking portraits of poets and pairing them with recordings of them reading their work. Dean will be having an installation of this work, but you can experience it virtually through this website:
http://picturesofpoets.com/

Greg Gerding: http://picturesofpoets.com/Poets/greg-gerding/

Lauren Gilmore: http://picturesofpoets.com/Poets/lauren-gilmore/

University of Hell author Joseph Edwin Haeger on the power of poetry, check it out. "I wasn’t necessarily trying to tell...
04/30/2019
POWER OF POETRY #39: JOSEPH HAEGER

University of Hell author Joseph Edwin Haeger on the power of poetry, check it out. "I wasn’t necessarily trying to tell a story with Learn to Swim, but wanted to transfer a wealth of feelings with which I didn’t know what to do."

https://thepoetryquestion.com/2019/04/30/power-of-poetry-39-joseph-haeger/

I don’t only want people to be entertained, but also for them to feel something. And the fastest way to do that is through poetry; you are framing a feeling and passing it on, even if it̵…

Spokane, we're here!!! Come to the Montvale Event Center, we'll be here until 5pm today. Get Lit! ❤🔥😈
04/27/2019

Spokane, we're here!!! Come to the Montvale Event Center, we'll be here until 5pm today. Get Lit! ❤🔥😈

Hey Spokane!!! We're HELLA stoked to be coming your way and participating in the Get Lit! Festival and tabling at the bo...
04/25/2019

Hey Spokane!!! We're HELLA stoked to be coming your way and participating in the Get Lit! Festival and tabling at the book fair on Saturday. Take advantage of all the FREE events. Here's a quick guide of where we'll be and when:

Fri April 26, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. FREE
University of Hell Reading
at First Avenue Coffee
w/ Joseph Edwin Haeger, Lauren Gilmore, and Greg Gerding
link: https://www.facebook.com/events/706477873128521/

Sat April 27, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. FREE
Get Lit! Festival HUB (book fair)
at Montvale Event Center, 1st Floor
Visit our University of Hell table, buy books and shirts

Sat April 27, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. FREE
"Adventures in Publishing" Panel
at Montvale Event Center, 3rd Floor Ballroom
w/ Greg Gerding (University of Hell), Christine Holbert (Lost Horse Press), Christopher Howell (Lynx House Press), Kelly Schirmann (Black Cake), and Janaka Stucky (Black Ocean)
link: https://sched.co/LFYX

TONIGHT!!! (Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30pm) Come to Powell's Burnside to celebrate the Official Book Launch of Liz Scott'...
04/23/2019

TONIGHT!!! (Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:30pm) Come to Powell's Burnside to celebrate the Official Book Launch of Liz Scott's This Never Happened.

Catch Liz on TV too (Portland, channel 2) during KATU's "Afternoon Live" from 2pm-3pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/440273940044342/

WE LOVE THIS. Gigi Little, the designer who did Liz Scott's This Never Happened, reveals the creation of the cover."When...
04/19/2019
Book Cover: This Never Happened

WE LOVE THIS. Gigi Little, the designer who did Liz Scott's This Never Happened, reveals the creation of the cover.

"When I was contracted by University of Hell Press to design the book cover for Liz Scott's memoir This Never Happened, I was equal parts thrilled and freaked out. As a member of Liz' writing group, I knew every essay intimately, and let me just admit: I'd been having a love affair with this book for years."

Gigi nailed this cover and we couldn't be more thrilled! Plus, we love this intimate insight into the creative process.

https://utomniabene.blogspot.com/2019/04/book-cover-this-never-happened.html

When I was contracted by University of Hell Press to design the book cover for Liz Scott's memoir This Never Happened , I was equal parts t...

Please join us next Tuesday, April 23rd, 7:30pm, at Powell's Burnside to celebrate the Official Book Launch of Liz Scott...
04/17/2019

Please join us next Tuesday, April 23rd, 7:30pm, at Powell's Burnside to celebrate the Official Book Launch of Liz Scott's This Never Happened.

And to promote that reading, you can also catch Liz earlier that day on TV (Portland, channel 2). She'll be in-studio during KATU's "Afternoon Live" from 2pm-3pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/440273940044342/

WRITE BLOODY POETRY BOOK CONTEST! Our pals at Write Bloody Publishing have an opportunity for you, a chance to have a bo...
04/16/2019
Submissions

WRITE BLOODY POETRY BOOK CONTEST! Our pals at Write Bloody Publishing have an opportunity for you, a chance to have a book published by them. Read their submissions page closely (link below) and send 5 of your best poems by April 30th. Good luck!

https://writebloody.com/pages/submissions

WELCOME TO THE 2019 WRITE BLOODY POETRY BOOK CONTEST Are you ready?!? From April 1st-30th, 2019 Write Bloody Publishing is accepting submissions from talented poets who are looking to publish a full-length book of poetry with us! Write Bloody plans to select 2-3 poets who will have the opportunity t...

Review by The Poetry Question of Isobel O'Hare's book, all this can be yours. "If my daughter was a teenager, and old en...
04/15/2019
REVIEW: all this can be yours – ISOBEL O’HARE (UNIVERSITY OF HELL PRESS)

Review by The Poetry Question of Isobel O'Hare's book, all this can be yours. "If my daughter was a teenager, and old enough to understand the gravity of the #MeToo movement, Isobel O’Hare’s all this can be yours would be required reading."

https://thepoetryquestion.com/2019/04/15/review-all-this-can-be-yours-isobel-ohare-university-of-hell-press/

all this can be yours is a patchwork quilt of what should have been said by all the dicks in the room.

We're not sure what "HAWT AX" is or what it means ... what do you think it could be?
04/06/2019

We're not sure what "HAWT AX" is or what it means ... what do you think it could be?

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Hey Guys: check out most recent book through Makeshift Press "The Trouble With Authority" Hey, if can please give me a heads up when might be reading again? Thanks Alot! Joseph
Cannot put this down. #uhellpress #allthebestwritersgotohell #seeuthere #awp2019
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A helluva excellent interview with the one, the only, the FABULOUS Eve Connell in today's edition of www.Hypertextmag.com.