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Impassio Press is an independent literary press devoted to publishing a variety
of fragmentary writings, with a focus on journals, diaries, and notebooks.



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About Impassio Press

Impassio Press ( is an independent literary press devoted to publishing a variety of fragmentary writing and a mix of genres, with special emphasis on establishing journals, diaries, and notebooks as a valid literary art form (as valid as the established, accepted forms of novels, short stories, poetry, etc.). Impassio Press brings a new dimension to publishing by recognizing, honoring, and uniting a range of fragmentary writing, and providing a place where new or silenced voices can be heard.

Impassio is a member of the Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA), and Book Publishers Northwest.

Types of fragmentary writing published: Journals, diaries, notebooks; letters; fiction in diary or letter form; aphorisms; essay-fragments; short poetic prose; philosophical fragments; vignettes. In-house Impassio also publishes anthologies of fragmentary writing.

First title released: March, 2002

Wholesale distributors: Partners/West and Baker & Taylor


Olivia Dresher, Impassio’s founder, editor and publisher, has been reading, writing, and collecting fragmentary writing for more than 30 years. She founded the Diaries, Journals, and Notebooks Collection for the library at the Richard Hugo House literary center in Seattle, and is editor of two anthologies: In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing and (with Victor Muñoz) Darkness and Light: Private Writing as Art. She is also director of the Life Writing Connection and the founder and editor of an online magazine of fragmentary writing, FragLit.

Submission Guidelines

NOTE: We are currently not accepting new submissions; our publication schedule is filled until further notice.

Impassio Press publishes writing that is insightful, daring and original, including:

  • journals/diaries/notebooks
  • letters
  • philosophical essay-fragments
  • aphorisms
  • poetic prose fragments
  • vignettes
  • fiction in diary or letter form

Olivia Dresher, Editor
Impassio Press
P.O. Box 31905
Seattle, WA 98103


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