by Jessica Trounstine Author
Drawing on more than a century's worth of quantitative and qualitative data, Segregation By Design brings into sharp focus the continuing reality of racial segregation and inequality in American cities....
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by Kelly Cree Author, School of Life Design Series Editor and Jessica Mullen Author
"Your attention is your most valuable resource. What you focus on expands. This powerful book of spells will help you place your focus on what you want, and what you want more of, and has the ability to bring...
paperback, 140 pages, b&w, 6x9"
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by Super Pack! Author and Various Author
Each year we receive 6,000 damaged books from other publishers—and we're passing the savings on to you! We've got some books and zines with bent corners, scratched or slightly ripped covers,...
a whole pile of random books
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by Carla Butwin Illustrator and Josh Cassidy Author
Born from the book that went viral, If Animals Could Talk, Carla Butwin and Josh Cassidy created this coloring book so you can further channel and engage with the realness. Combining dark humor and intentionally...
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by Jessica Allen Author
The axolotl, also known as the Mexican Water Monster, is a small salamander with a big personality. Capable of regenerating limbs, gills, and even brains, they're also incredibly resilient and offer a lot for us to...
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by Slingshot Collective Author
The Slingshot is the classic organizer for radicals. Keep your plans off the internet and in your pocket, with this perfect-bound calendar and day planner. It includes space to write your phone numbers, a contact list of...
4.25x5.5", paperback, 160 pages
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by Alice Vernon Author
In this scientific yet personal exploration of bad sleep, author Alice Vernon draws on sources from a variety of disciplines to help explain why so many people - the author included - suffer from sleep ailments. From...
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by Amy Buetens Author and Julie Weinstein Author
In this gorgeously illustrated volume, discover the story of one of the world's foremost spiritual teachers, Ram Dass. Written in a tone accessible to adults and teens alike, You Are the Universe seeks...
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by Stephen Gray Editor and Julie Holland, MD Foreword
Psychedelics have increasingly found their way back into the cultural zeitgeist in recent years. Despite their criminalization during the latter half of the 20th century, they have long held a place of cultural and...
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On The Poverty Of Student Life: Considered in Its Economic, Political, Psychological, Sexual, and Intellectual Aspects, With a Modest Proposal for Doing Away With It
by Situationists Author, Mustapha Khayati Author and Ken Knabb Translator
The eviscerating manifesto that made the Situationist International a household name around the world! In 1966, prior to Guy Debord's Society of the Spectacle led millions to question their daily activities...
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by Judy Hall Author
Discover the world of crystals with this deck of cards featuring fifty different crystals with healing properties. Designed to help you find the resources you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit,...
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by Super Pack! Author and Friday Gladheart Author
Complete your collection of Friday Gladheart's The Practical Witch's Almanac. This bundle contains three back-almanacs, from 2020, 2021, and 2022. Each almanac is packed with articles, DIY tutorials, skills, and...
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by Cristy C. Road Author and Super Pack! Author
This very special Superpack honors punk and art legend Cristy C. Road. Cristy's artwork definitely stands out. If you've seen it, you remember it. In this pack, you'll get a copy of her book...
two paperback books
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The History of Miami Hip Hop: The Story of DJ Khaled, Pitbull, DJ Craze, and Other Contributors to South Florida's Scene
by John Cordero Author
In the late 90s, the music scene in Miami was at the infancy of becoming the multi-million dollar cultural and artistic force that it is today. Musicians like Pitbull, DJ Khaled, and countless others staked Miami’s...
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by Super Pack! Author, Dan Méndez Moore Author, Ibram X. Kendi Author and Ijeoma Oluo Author
Fight racism in society, in your everyday life, and in your own consciousness with this spectacular deal on three excellent books.Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi is a powerful intellectual history of...
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Creative, Not Famous Activity Book: An Interactive Idea Generator for Small Potatoes & Others Who Want to Get Their Ayuss in Gear
by Ayun Halliday Author
Are you a small potato, pursuing your creative passions without expectations of fame or fortune? This playful workbook is designed to help adults with years of creative experience explore unconsidered art...
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by Sage Buch Author
This in-depth exploration of all aspects of physical transition is an accessible and supportive guide for transgender men, transmasculine people, and nonbinary people. Drawing on their personal experience and...
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by Dr. Faith G. Harper Author
Explore your relationships and sexuality, with yourself and with others, with this new book by Dr. Faith, author of bestselling Unfuck Your Brain. Written particularly for people who are in intimate relationships, but...
192 pages, 5x7", paperback
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by Sandy Sitron Author
This guide to using crystals in your astrological practice is perfect for the Scorpio in your life looking to deepen their understanding of their star sign and harness the energy of the cosmos with crystals. Learn...
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by Sandy Sitron Author
This guide to using crystals in your astrological practice is perfect for the Virgo in your life looking to deepen their understanding of their star sign and harness the energy of the cosmos with crystals. Learn to...
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In the late 90s, the music scene in Miami was at the infancy of becoming the multi-million dollar cultural and artistic force that it is today. Musicians like Pitbull, DJ Khaled, and countless others staked Miami’s claim as the newest Mecca for Hip Hop heads and graffiti artists. During this time, The Cipher was created. An independent newspaper that followed the scene and included reviews, interviews, essays, photos, and more, The Cipher was the choice source for discovering Miami’s underground. The History of Miami Hip Hop chronicles the ups and downs of this legendary rag during its short tenure. Author John Cordero presents both a memoir of his time as one of the newspaper’s creators, and an anthology of some of The Cipher’s greatest hits. An essential chapter in the history of Hip Hop’s third coast.
This in-depth exploration of all aspects of physical transition is an accessible and supportive guide for transgender men, transmasculine people, and nonbinary people. Drawing on their personal experience and extensive research, Sage Buch walks you through a wide array of safe transition options. Inside, you'll learn about non-medical interventions like chest binding and packing, explore the varieties and effects of hormone replacement therapy, and get a comprehensive primer on choosing, preparing for, and recovering from top and bottom surgery.
Are you a small potato, pursuing your creative passions without expectations of fame or fortune? This playful workbook is designed to help adults with years of creative experience explore unconsidered art forms, amp up your creative approach, and wrangle your personal triumphs into a sustained and fulfilling practice. Interactive exercises and assignments will inspire you to write, draw, sing, rhyme, craft, improvise, observe, engage, document and express yourself in every medium imaginable. Get out of your rut, embrace your inner child, and see which seeds will bear the fruit of larger projects. Prepare to discover fun ways to increase your creative visibility, live by the Golden Rule, and expand your community.
A coven races—literally—to fight off the magic smog that threatens their city. A janitor at the last rocket launch site on a dying planet sends the rocket up with a special spell of comfort. Instead of casting the resiliency spell she asked for, a girl's grandmother teaches her to ride a bike. A midwife's bicycle is stolen, resulting in a fitting comeuppance. An urban witch falls for a bicycle mechanic and learns to reconcile her double life. Smash the petropatriarchy and enjoy these and more science fiction and fantasy stories in the pages of the supernatural 9th volume of the popular Bikes in Space series.
What's it like to be autistic? As many as one in forty-five people live that reality every day, but our culture remains full of myths, stigma, and dangerous misunderstandings of this type of neurodiversity. This guide to life on the autism spectrum is a must-read for autistic adults, their friends, coworkers, partners, and parents—and for anyone who wants to understand the experiences of many people they meet every day. Joe Biel, who was diagnosed as an adult, writes about what it's like to be autistic, joined by the bestselling Dr. Faith G. Harper who speaks from her experience as a parent, friend, and therapist to autistic people. Their real talk and accessible language discuss a wide range of topics, including the diagnostic criteria for autism and how they play out in practice, what it means for autism to be a disability, and co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety. They answer many frequently asked questions from neurotypicals, and offer some basic life and social skills that the world doesn't always think to explicitly teach autistic folks. Most of all, they affirm the many strengths of the autistic brain and point the way to a world where autism is just another way of being.
Conflict is everywhere: our living rooms, our streets, our community organizations, and every corner of the internet. But few of us have the training to successfully intervene or resolve these conflicts. In these pages, experienced peacemaker Gwendolyn Olton shows you how to use your existing skills and intuition to transform a wide variety of conflicts from insurmountable impasses to working relationships where everyone's needs are met. The result is a practical, kind, realistic guidebook for anyone who's found themselves in a conflict (their own or someone else's) and wondered, "How did we get here and what can I do to make it better!?"
The theme of this year’s classic almanac by Friday Gladheart is Infinite Spells. In these pages, you’ll learn how to understand the spells you already use and develop your own based on the fundamental principles of magic. Learn how to prepare yourself and your space for magic, how to use your almanac to help you find the perfect time to cast your spells, and how to use the magical correspondences to give your spells a boost.
This year's weekly planner pages give you more space than ever to record your important events, appointments, and meaningful days, with monthly planning pages so you can chart the course of your days with the phases of the moon and the rotation of the planets.
This is the year for you to embrace your power and use your magic to grow, heal, and be your authentic, Witchy self!
Born in 1878, bicycle racer Marshall "Major" Taylor became the first Black sports star to become a global celebrity when he won the world cycling championship in 1899. Throughout his bike-racing career, he won awards and set records on and off the track. But in his native United States, he faced racist discrimination and violence at every turn, causing him to spend most of his time in Europe where fans saw his value. After he retired from racing, Taylor wrote and published his autobiography and traveled the world promoting it. Written in the 1920s, his story feels fresh, contemporary, and readable. His life was too short, but his legacy lives on in the many organizations and clubs that bear his name, and the generations of new cyclists who look up to him. His intelligence, good humor, and global perspective shine through on every page in this candid account of a remarkable life.
In the 1960s through 1980s, the Black Panther Party rose up throughout the United States, envisioning a world without systemic racism and police violence. This is the story of Portland, Oregon's chapter of the Party, told from original interviews, first-hand accounts, and extensive research, including police surveillance documents. This account shows a vivid picture of neighborhood activists determined to improve their community by creating their own social services, and wildly succeeding—despite the best attempts of police, city officials, and media to paint them as violent extremists, and to spy on, infiltrate, and violently suppress their activities. Portland's Black Panther chapter innovated healthy free breakfasts for children in poverty, the longest-running Panther free health clinic, the Panthers' first dental clinic, and a powerful system of self-directing neighborhood associations.
A new edition of the 17th Century classic, with a new introduction and annotations by herbalist JJ Pursell, with your choice of a white or black cover.
For the last 350 years, since the reign of Elizabeth I, Nicholas Culpeper's encyclopedic compendium of the uses and properties of medicinal herbs has been unrivaled in completeness or charm. From Adder's Tongue to Yellow Loosestrife, each of the 316 herbs is described in detail, along with its "government and virtues," remedies and cautions—much of which has held up remarkably well through many advancements in scientific understanding. This new edition has been updated and annotated by Dr. J.J. Pursell, author of The Herbal Apothecary. Dr. Pursell has added modern scientific names, usage notes and contraindications, and a fascinating new introduction that frames Culpeper's remarkable life and work through a modern lens. This timely upgrade to a classic work retains the brilliance of the original while making its valuable information available to new generations of herbalists, house witches, students, and anyone who wants to know more about the plants growing in their backyard.
Discover the glorious world of mushrooms, lichens, and micro fungi, as described by Peter McCoy, one of today’s foremost experts in the field. Covering the essential information and skills for identifying, cultivating, and celebrating the uniqueness of fungi, this book enables anyone to quickly and easily engage in the art and science of mycology—the study of fungi. Mycology offers vast opportunities to enhance our lives, support our communities, and heal the environment. This first-of-its-kind introductory text is accessible for anyone just getting started in mycology, as well as for those seeking a fresh perspective on this important science.
In The News
Since 1996, Microcosm has published and distributed books, zines, and other goods that put your power in your hands. Including, lately, an increasing number of pagan, mystical, and othersuch witchy books, zines, and decks.
We've recently updated our submission guidelines to make it extra clear: We're looking to publish and distribute more works of magic, witchcraft, and pagan spirituality. Send us your anarcha-feminist oracle deck, your spellbook for finding queer platonic relationships, your comics journalism about the history of witchcraft, a guide to the magic your grandparents taught you, agricultural tips for witches, adorable drawings of animals on broomsticks, or whatever creative way you've found to help people see beyond the pale of normalcy to change their lives and the world.
We are always, especially, looking for submissions from authors and artists who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, mixed race, disabled, neurodivergent, queer, transgender, nonbinary, or who don't see themselves well represented in mainstream publishing.
What we publish
Our first tarot deck, The Gold Lyre Tarot, was funded on Kickstarter in early 2021:
We're proud to publish Friday Gladheart's annual The Practical Witch's Almanac.
And we have many more books, zines, and stickers in print and on the way, like these:
To submit your work to our publishing program, check out our submission guidelines to assess if we might be a good fit. We aim to work with authors and creators who can work within our processes, so following our guidelines exactly is an important first step when submitting a project.
What we distribute
Microcosm is also a specialty wholesaler, selling thousands of books, zines, and decks from other publishers, big and small primarily to non-book-focused gift stores. We work with Big 5 publishing houses, zinesters cutting and pasting in their closets, and everyone in between. And these folks are putting out more and more books celebrating paganism, crystals, astrology, tarot, the occult, the moon, and more.
If you already have your own publishing program and want to see if our wholesale program is a good fit, check out our distribution info.
WorkingLit is cloud-based software developed by Microcosm Publishing that gives independent publishers tools to thrive and grow at their own pace. Our industry is run by billionaires and conglomerates, and we want to give our fellow publishers the freedom to market and sell your books, understand your business, and painlessly pay royalties.
Microcosm built our own software from scratch starting in 2002, and we owe it our survival, success, and continued independence. Now we want to share it with you.
Get involved and stay in touch!
We're planning to launch our first phase publicly in summer, 2022.
In 2012, Microcosm founder and CEO Joe Biel started writing blog posts. Biel wanted to share 25 years of experience and how Microcosm sold millions of books to leave a trail of bread crumbs for others to have similar success. Biel has also written a book about the topic, A People's Guide to Publishing.
Joe and Microcosm's marketing director Elly now make the weekly People's Guide to Publishing People's Guide to Publishing podcast. You can listen to it on your preferred app, or watch the video version as a vlogcast.
Got questions about the publishing industry or need help troubleshooting your own process? Submit your question to podcast at microcosmpublishing dot com, and we'll try to address it on an upcoming episode.
Find the series of blog posts that started it all here:
Want to meet us in person, check out our books, or see an author speak? We've got author events and convention events coming up! There's a full calendar at the bottom of the page.
Upcoming Author Events
- February 3, 2023 (7pm): Ariel Gore presents The Wayward Writer at Powell's City of Books, Portland—in conversation with Laura Stanfill, Vanessa Veselka, and Leni Zumas
- February 19th, 2023 (2pm) Book reading event of The Enduring Legacy of Portland's Black Panthers at Powell's City of Books at Burnside, 1001 West Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209.
- March 8, 2023 (7pm): Danny Caine reads from How to Resist Amazon and Why and his upcoming zine, 50 Ways to Protect Bookstores at White Whale Books, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15224.
- March 9, 2023 (5:45pm): Ariel Gore presents The Wayward Writer at Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle (an off-site AWP event)
- March 30, 2023 (7pm): Danny Caine reads from How to Resist Amazon and Why and his upcoming zine, 50 Ways to Protect Bookstores at Schuler's Books, 2313 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103.
Interested in having an author at your store or event? Reach out!!
Upcoming Tabling Events
Where we'll be selling books and zines!
Upcoming Trade Shows and Industry Events
Usually not open to the public, these industry events are a chance for store buyers to peruse our books, write orders, and chat about terms. We plan to either attend or exhibit at the following events. If you'll be there too, drop us a line—we'd love to meet you.
- January 29-February 2, 2023: Las Vegas Market (In the Wild Rumpus Room, C-1064)
- February 20-23, 2023: Winter Institute, Seattle
Planning an event and want us to be part of it (speaking, author readings, movie screenings, setting up a book and zine pop-up shop, etc.)? Let us know!!
In the Portland area? We can set up a book fair at your workplace like the ones your school used to have.