WordFarm is an independent literary press.
WordFarm began in 2002 with a group of Chicago-area writers, editors and designers who had among them more than fifty years of publishing experience. We later spread out from Chicago and now have staff members in New Hampshire, Michigan and Washington. Though we all have "day jobs," WordFarm is our labor of love. Our business is self-funded, and we work on 2 or 3 projects each year. Our mission is to discover and promote outstanding literary works by both new and established writers. You can see this mix in our complete listing of books.
We publish collections of poetry, short fiction, essays, and single works of fiction or literary nonfiction. We take great care with developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading, design and typesetting, and manufacturing. We do relational, niche marketing and selling, making each book available through Small Press Distribution, from Amazon and from us directly (we offer competitive bookstore and educational discounts). We keep books in print and available for the "long haul." And we offer digital editions through Amazon's Kindle program.
Andrew Craft, Publisher
Andrew is founder and publisher of WordFarm. A graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, he has worked for more than twenty years as a designer in the publishing industry. He is currently a creative director for Amazon Publishing.
Sally Sampson Craft, Communications Director
Sally manages the WordFarm website and handles most correspondence and bookkeeping. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, she has an MA in creative writing and thirty years of experience as a commercial writer, website content developer, creative team manager and business developer. By day, she is director of strategic partnerships and initiatives for InterVarsity Press.
Marci Johnson, Poetry Editor
Marci earned an MFA in Poetry Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and an MA in Theological Studies from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She is an award-winning poet with three books: A Dictionary of Theories (Celery City Chapbooks), The Eyes the Window (Sage Hill Press), and Basic Disaster Supplies Kit (Steel Toe Books). She is also a poetry editor for The Cresset (Valparaiso University), a copy editor and proofreader for Salon.com, and a freelance editor working with both writers and publishers. Learn more at her website.
Mark Eddy Smith, Fiction Editor
Mark is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and the author of two books, Tolkien's Ordinary Virtues and Aslan's Call: Finding Our Way to Narnia. He also worked for many years as a production designer. More recently, he has returned to New Hampshire to write, and his first novel, Children of the Air, (The Mottled Speck) was published in 2016.