Manzanita Papers is a literary subscription service. We send out one excellent book per month, each one recommended by a different contemporary writer or editor, with a particular focus on hidden gems and underrated fiction. We hope to shine a light on some powerful works that haven’t gotten enough credit. We imagine our boxes will be of interest to readers, thinkers, former and future MFA students, and writers.

Manzanitas are scrappy and vivid, tough and elegant, with many twists and branchings. Manzanitas have red-brown bark that peels off each summer. They bloom in clusters of pale bells. They meld and mutate. Dead manzanitas sunbake into silvery skeletons. Manzanitas burn hot enough in a woodstove to keep you warm all night. Manzanitas flourish in the western states. 

Founding Editor: Janet Towle [she + they]

Janet is a queer writer and editor currently living in Portland, Oregon, but they’re always homesick for northern California and southern Arizona. They grew up among manzanitas. They have an MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona. Their work has appeared in New England ReviewMississippi ReviewThe Normal School, and elsewhere. In 2016, their story “And it is my fault” won Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Former roles: head editor of Sonora Review, assistant fiction editor at DIAGRAM, community strategist at Wirecutter.

A thousand thanks to Lucas Vieira, Ander MonsonAndy Hayes, Guilherme Moyna, Drew Malin, Jenna Robles, Michelle Wechsler, Joel Hans, David Naimon, and Eli Tuisku for their wisdom and advice in getting Manzanita Papers planted.