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about us

Poor Joker Press is a Chicago-based indie publisher focusing on meaningful, well-crafted, short-form writing.  All titles from Poor Joker Press are printed in a 3.5 x 5-inch format, allowing readers to carry our stories with them -- in pockets, on city trains, in purses and on the move.

"And that there has hardly been an American writer of stature who has not come up through The Chicago Palatinate was an observation which, when somebody first made it, was still true. God help the poor joker who comes up through Old Seesaw Chicago today."

- Nelson Algren