Today, a significant gap exists between literary publishers and strictly religious publishers. Literary publishers occasionally publish books of spiritual depth, but few, if any, set out to do so as a mission and raison d’être. Religious publishers, on the other hand, tend to publish work that offers little appeal to readers outside a particular ideological group. Orison Books is a non-profit literary press that aims to address this gap through its focus on the life of the spirit from a non-ideological standpoint.
Orison [“or-ə-sən”] is an archaic word that means “prayer.” We at Orison Books believe that the best spiritual art and literature call us to meditate and contemplate, rather than asking us to adopt any ideology or set of propositions. This type of art evokes the human experience of transcendence and explores the mysteries of being, and in so doing opens our minds and hearts to the divine and the possibility of becoming the fullest humans we can be. In our view, spiritual writing has little to do with subject matter. Rather, the kind of work we seek to publish has a transcendent aesthetic effect on the reader, and reading it can itself be a spiritual experience. Such work is not merely about spiritual contemplation, but itself leads the reader into profound contemplation. It is not merely about the sublime, but itself has a sublime effect on the reader. It is not merely about the mystery of being, but itself heightens the reader’s sense of the mystery underlying the fabric of our daily lives.
Orison Books seeks to be broad, inclusive, and open to perspectives spanning the spectrum of spiritual and religious thought, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Orison Books will serve as a home for writers and readers of all backgrounds, religious or non-religious.
Orison Books titles have been reviewed or featured in The New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Poets & Writers, Foreword Reviews, Booklist, The Chicago Tribune, The Jewish Review of Books, The Millions, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, The Washington Independent Review of Books, Pleiades, River Teeth, Beloit Poetry Journal, and many other places. Poems from our books have twice been featured in The New York Times Magazine, and our books have won a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award and the Texas Institute of Letters’ Bob Bush Memorial Award, and also have been named finalists for The Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The National Jewish Book Award in Poetry, The Balcones Fiction Prize, The New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, and The Paterson Poetry Prize.