Seems to be the never ending question, “What is Ice Cube Press?” It is not the same thing to everyone. To me it is many things. In this new world of the internet it is at least, in a keywords realm the following: an online book business, a literary arts company, we focus on Midwestern authors–Midwest life, living in Iowa and have become an award winning publisher. Some say we’re a literary business, an independent book publisher, I consider what I do helping to better understand the Midwestern, Heartland experience. As the press moves toward our 25th year we hope to better achieve all of this.
Ice Cube Press is an independent publisher promoting books on how we can best learn to live in the Midwest. In a world becoming less and less “real” because of technological influences our books offer a sort of solace for stories, the natural world, and for a time, as W.S. Merwin once wrote, “an language older than words.” As our social fabrics are altered we remain steadfast in the old saying, “What’s truer than the truth? The story!”
We started in 1993 and have tried to grow each year, little by little. We hand-wrap each order, write thank you notes, drink coffee and talk about our book projects with our authors. We still fantasize about using a letterpress and wonder why our goofy press name causes such confusion with booksellers. Using prairie roots as our model for inspiration we continue to find, promote, and expand how we can best live and explore the experiences of the Midwest land and Heartland culture. We have been featured in a wide array of regional magazines articles, on local television as well as on radio stations. A good piece of the press can be found in an issue of the Iowa Source. There is also a very good article on the press in Radish Magazine.