ABOUT SUSPECT PRESS

Suspect Press is a Denver-based literature company publishing books of poetry, fiction and essays, as well as a quarterly journal. The brainchild of Colorado wordsmiths Brian Polk, Daniel Landes and Ken Arkind, the newsprint publication was born in 2013 from the idea that local writers should have a vehicle for their commercially-unpalatable yet vividly dynamic stories -- and they should be paid for it.

As Denver, Colorado becomes a cultural and economic centerpiece in the artistic tapestry of America, Suspect Press seeks to give voice to the countless hives of literary busybodies in our celebrated city. In just the last few years we've seen a windfall of musicians (Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff) and stand up comedians (Grawlix, Josh Blue) seduce the national gaze toward Denver's smoky plains, and we think it's high time the world learns of our saintly scribes as well.   

In 2015, Suspect Press expanded from an underground quarterly zine to a publisher of books; releasing novels, comics and collections of short fiction and essays. While we are a regional press that does not seek to be the next Hachette or Random House, we nevertheless believe that Suspect Press represents some of the greatest literary talent in Denver -- and is therefore a worthy voice in the international game of words on paper.

 

Josiah Hesse - Editor in Chief

First venturing into the promise of Denver, Colorado in 2004, Hesse established himself as a local journalist through the alt weekly, Westword, covering the music, comedy and arts community of his adoptive city. He has since gone on to cover politics, science, sexuality and marijuana for national publications like VICE, Politico and The Guardian. 

In 2015 Hesse released his debut novel, Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake, a psychological horror and historical fiction story that chronicles the movement of Evangelical Christians in America. The book is the first of a series of six novels, with the second installment set to be released by Suspect Press Publishing in late 2016. 

Contact: josiah@suspectpress.com  

josiahhesse.com  @JosiahMHesse

 

 

Daniel Landes - Founding Editor 

While Landes's reputation as a Denver touchstone began when he founded Watercourse Foods in 1998 (and City, O' City in 2006), his life-long passion for literature has always been brewing just beneath the surface. In 2012 he released his debut novel, Joonie and the Great Harbinger Stampede, a creation myth about the birth of consciousness, told through the lives of prairie animals. 

With Joonie, Landes collaborated with local artist Ravi Zupa to bring the book to life with a series of illustrations. Following the novel he continued this theme, allowing a pair of artists to adapt his short fiction into comic books, first with A City Of Whiskey And Fire, the story of drunken brawl leading to a massive fire that burned Denver to the ground in 1863 (illustrated by Noah Van Sciver), followed by Revolt To What?, a tale of post-revolutionary angst in early 90s Prague (Illustrated by Karl Christian Krumpholz). 

 

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Amanda E.K. - Fiction Editor

Amanda is a short fiction writer and educator originally from Iowa with a bachelor's degree in English. She's a member of the Knife Brothers writing group - a small collective of short fiction writers - and she can be found occasionally haunting the Victorian halls of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. You can find her work in Suspect Press, Birdy, and at yubikwetes.wordpress.com where she writes creative non-fiction vignettes.

 

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Ken Arkind - Poetry Editor

Ken Arkind is an American National Poetry Slam Champion, Tedx Speaker, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and published author who has performed his work in 49 States, 6 countries and at over 200 colleges and universities. He is the founding Program Director of Denver Minor Disturbance, an independent literary arts organization dedicated to helping Colorado youth find voice through the mediums of poetry and performance. Ken is the author of Denver (Fast Geek Press, 2013), Coyotes (Penmanship Books, 2014). He works as the current poetry editor for Suspect Press magazine.