In late 2010 I co-founded the literary journal Midwestern Gothic with my good friend Jeff Pfaller as a way to highlight the people and writing of this region we call home—one we thought was dangerously overlooked. Sure, there have been famous authors and poets from the Midwest, but our goal was to go one step further: not just highlight the people that, due to their popularity, would eventually belong to the world, but show what the region in general had to offer. It’s uniqueness. It’s rich tapestry of characters and mythology. How it produces writers and writing unlike anywhere else.
In 2012 we decided to take our goals one step further by creating MG Press, a micro-press devoted to publishing novel-length fiction in the hopes that, much like with the journal, it would help shine a spotlight on the region.
And today, through a lot of hard work, I am happy to say our debut publication, the collection This Jealous Earth by Scott Dominic Carpenter, is available to purchase. We are so thrilled that Scott chose us to help guide the publication of his baby, are immensely proud to put our name on it, and are extraordinarily eager to share it with the world.