Who We Are
Garden Party Collective is made of writers who want to create a space that treats publishing as an invitation. Not only do we want to support the growth and development of authors, but we aim to honor the process with collaboration in each stage—from seedling to germination to full bloom—and everything in between.
We hope to grow the party by inviting authors to join the Collective after their publication so they can nurture the future cohort of authors. As the Collective grows, we know some things will change, but collaboration and generosity will always be at our core.
Values that will guide us from the outset:
an emphasis on new writers without published collections
a preference for underrepresented narratives and styles
open to all genres and forms, but looking for work with risk and urgency
no submissions fees
close mentorship from collective members
transparency and involvement in every aspect of their publication journey and book design
ongoing optional involvement in the collective for future projects and the chance to pick the new generation of voices
In 2015, Christopher Morgan started the Nostrovia! Press Chapbook Contest, offering a free print opportunity for three winners each year. Three years later, Bob Sykora (from the 2016 chapbook series) joined the team, and we published our 2018 chaps(!): Lyd Havens, Laura Villareal, and Stephen Furlong.
All three writers wanted to join in the fun, and the Garden Party Collective was born!
Then in 2023 we invited Christina Ortiz as our resident artist, as well as our first series of GPC chapbook writers(!): Leah Mueller, Christa Vander Wyst, and mónica teresa ortiz.