The Normal School magazine and Outpost19 Books are proud to announce a new book series dedicated to thought-provoking works of creative nonfiction, essay, and literary journalism.


Once More to the Ghetto and Other Essays by Jerald Walker is the first title in the series, to be published Spring 2019.

Once More to the Ghetto and Other Essays is a collection of linked explorations of race, identity, family, and community. Combining spare, unflinching prose with a razor sharp wit, Walker takes on both individual and institutionalized forms of bias and racism, pulling no punches and sparing no one, including himself, in this exciting new collection from one of America's most acclaimed essayists.

Jerald Walker is the author of The World In Flames: A Black Boyhood in a White Supremacist Doomsday Cult and Street Shadows: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion and Redemption, winner of the PEN New England/L. L. Winship Award for Nonfiction. He is a professor of creative writing at Emerson College and his writing has appeared in he Harvard Review, Mother Jones, the Iowa Review; the Missouri Review; the Oxford American; the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Creative Nonfiction, as well as four times in Best American Essays.

Stay tuned for more details. For review copies, contact Jon Roemer at Outpost19.


The Normal School founder and nonfiction editor Steven Church serveS as series editor, backed up by an advisory board of twelve leading authors of creative nonfiction. Titles selected for the series will be published by Outpost19 Books, an award-winning imprint based in San Francisco and distributed by Ingram Publisher Services.

“We are particularly interested in immersive and reportage-based writing, socio-cultural and political criticism, pop culture analysis, and essayistic prose that artfully blends the personal and public,” Church explains. “We are also interested in lyric essays, hybrid nonfiction, research-driven memoir, and the sort of engaging and eclectic nonfiction writing we regularly publish in The Normal School. We also hope to publish books by diverse, historically under-represented, and/or marginalized voices.”

The advisory board for The Normal School Nonfiction Series includes Robert Atwan, Sophie Beck, Anitra Budd, Hattie Fletcher, Jeffery Gleaves, Kerry Howley, Ander Monson, Dinty W. Moore, Kristen Radtke, Matt Roberts, Emily Smith, and Steve Woodward.

Series Editor Steven Church is the author of seven books of nonfiction, most recently the collection, Ultrasonic: Essays, the book-length essay, One with the Tiger: Sublime and Violent Encounters Between Humans and Animals and the forthcoming collection, I’m Just Getting to the Disturbing Part: On Work, Fear, and Fatherhood. He also edited the forthcoming nonfiction anthology, The Spirit of Disruption: Selections from The Normal School, and he is a founding editor and nonfiction editor for The Normal School. He coordinates the MFA Program at Fresno State.

The Normal School: A Literary Magazine celebrates its 10th year of publishing in 2017-18 and in just a decade, it has become one of the top journals in the field of creative nonfiction, garnering 30 “Notable” inclusions in the Best American Essays since 2010. BAE series editor, Robert Atwan has called the magazine “indispensable for anyone interested in new directions in the contemporary essay.” TNS was also named one of the top 10 markets for nonfiction in the entire country and featured in a Buzzfeed article titled “29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Should Be Reading Now.” Known for cutting edge nonfiction and striking visual design, The Normal School will serve as a primary partner for the series, providing a resource not only of potential contributors but also support staff for production, marketing, and promotions.

Outpost19 is honored and excited to stand behind this series. For ten years, The Normal School has published landmark work by very smart, very brave and very talented writers. Steven's new book series will be a formidable addition to our list, re-affirming our commitment to nonfiction work.

" the time I didn’t know Montaigne from Montell Jordan, and I thought all 'creative' nonfiction was nature writing. But I would soon discover that I loved Joan Didion and Bernard Cooper, Truman Capote and Tobias Wolff, David Foster Wallace, Lauren Slater, David Shields, Lia Purpura, and Lawrence Weschler, as well as some of those aforementioned nature writers. I’d discover that I loved books that didn’t fit easily into 'normal' literary classifications, even if I wasn’t entirely sure what those literary classifications were..." - Steven Church on The Spirit of Disruption and The Normal School Nonfiction Series at Essay Daily

Review submission guidelines for The Normal School Nonofiction Series on Submittable. Or download the guidelines in a PDF.

For media, contact Jon Roemer or download the announcement press release in a PDF. Also, download high-res logos for The Normal School Nonfiction Series, The Normal School: A Literary Magazine and Outpost19.

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