Black Sparrow Press

Publishers of Avant-Garde Literature Since 1966

In 2002, John Martin, the founder and for thirty-six years the publisher of Black Sparrow Press, closed down his shop in Santa Rosa, California and retired.

After finding new homes for four of his authors—Charles Bukowski, Paul Bowles, John Fante went to Ecco, and Wyndham Lewis went to Gingko Press—he entrusted the rest of the revered backlist to  fellow publisher, David R. Godine.

The agreement was simple: Godine would keep Black Sparrow’s offerings available to the trade, keep the best-selling titles in print, and keep the house’s spirit alive through judicious acquisitions.

In short, Black Sparrow Press would continue to thrive.