pessoapress.jpgAbout Pessoa Press

Pessoa Press, a writer's cooperative, takes its name from the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. A trunk full of Pessoa’s writing was found after his death revealing that his published work represented a very small portion of his total literary output. Though it was known that Pessoa sometimes wrote using a heteronym  it came to light that instead of three or four heteronyms he may have used as many as seventy-five. Very distinct from a pseudonym, where a writer simply uses an assumed name for the purpose of publication, Pessoa took on and wrote from multiple identities that criticized each other’s work, corresponded with each other, wrote in different languages, and sometimes published each other’s work.

It is in the spirit of this kind of experimentation and creativity that we started Pessoa Press as a writer’s cooperative. Scholars may want to publish poetry, or memoir. Lawyers might want to write short stories, or a writer may want to adventure out into new territory in search of a new voice or genre. In other words, identity is at the heart of the writing both from the perspective of who is writing, what is being written, and the process of self-exploration through writing is encouraged and valued.

Members of the Pessoa Press writer's co-op review each other’s work and help bring each other’s work to publication. Members take a proactive role in the publishing process and do what they can to help CalArts succeed in its publishing efforts. We currently have openings for writers interested in joining the co-op. Interested writers should submit a sample of their writing and a short bio for consideration to pessoa@calartsandletters.org.

Current Projects

Robert Greer Cohn

Jeff Munnis