Melville House Publishing
Melville House is an independent publisher located in Brooklyn, New York. It was founded in 2001 by sculptor Valerie Merians and fiction writer/journalist Dennis Johnson, in order to publish Poetry After 9/11, a book of material culled from Johnson’s groundbreaking MobyLives book blog. The material consisted of things sent in to the blog by writers and poets in response to the 9/11 attacks, and Johnson and Merians felt it better represented the spirit of New York than the call to war of the Bush administration.
The book was a surprise hit, featured in the New York Times, on ABC TV, National Public Radio, and other major media outlets, and Johnson and Merians decided to do some more books. Since then, the company has gone on to publish numerous books of fiction and nonfiction.