A small, charming, and radical publishing house, Microcosm Publishing was founded in 1996 and over the years has developed a reputation for teaching self-empowerment, showing hidden histories, and fostering creativity. The then-distro and record-label was started by Joe Biel in his bedroom and is now based in Portland, OR. Microcosm continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, influencing other publishers large and small with books and bookettes about DIY skills, food, zines, and art. Microcosm constantly strives to be recognized for our spirit, creativity, and value. As a commitment to our ethics, our books are printed by union workers in the U.S. and we are moving towards all production using post-consumer papers, with vegan inks and bindings. Further, while only 25-35% of authors are women, we continue to publish about 50% of books by women.
Microcosm Publishing hQ
636 SE 11th Ave. map
Portland, OR 97214
Open 11–7 on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
Here's some background on the folks who do the work around here:
Jeff Hayes organizes our warehouse, packs our orders, services our customers, and distributes our catalogs.
Contact Jeff about your order or to learn how many hogsheads are in a barrel
Erik Spellmeyer is our resident sales representative, heavy coffee drinker, and jack of all trades. He worked every known job before the age of 30 and decided to work at Microcosm.
Contact Erik if you want to order some of our titles.
Lauren Hage packs our orders, is our developmental editor, manages our BFF program, writes our flowery descriptions, and helps you find what you need in the store.
Contact Lauren if you want to become our BFF
Tim Wheeler manages our promotions, publicity, press, writes our copy, and sometimes rides a fixed gear.
Contact Tim if you want to talk to one of our authors or feature one of our titles.
Meggyn Pomerleau creates many of the stunning book covers and graphic design beauties that you will find in our titles. She's also quite clever when designing jokes.
Contact Meggyn if you need a project designed.
Rubine Red is our community manager. Constantly forging new relationships for us with the outside world, she tirelessly meets new people and excitingly shares our message of empowerment!
Contact Ruby if you want to propose a community project with us!
Nate Beaty codes the website. When he peels himself away from the computer he draws the comics like any self-respecting 21st century human.
Contact Nate about website errors and suggestions.