The Story of Bowen
Bowen started as a small, independent press driven by the love of exceptional stories and high-quality craftsmanship. Our mission is to provide expert service to proven and promising writers. We bring ideas to life in print through our unique dedication to the power of the written word in the digital age. Bowen partners with talented writers who appreciate the personalized attention only a small press can provide. We offer small-town craft for your big ideas.
Our Recent Books
Forthcoming: Available February 1, 2020 In the middle of the bucolic landscape of south-central Oklahoma is an immense reservoir—the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifier. Its deepest portions contain water that is thousands of years old, and it feeds the area’s many streams, springs, and lakes. One of these streams is Pennington Creek, located in Johnston County and discernible only […]Read More
The year is 1875, and a young physician’s wife, Sarah Archer, is settling into a new life on the Iowa frontier, expecting her first child. A survivor of the Civil War, she wrestles with troubling memories of her childhood on her family’s Alabama plantation. As Sarah struggles amid anger, love, and the inherited lies of […]Read More
John Calvin Hughes
Young Darnell Rabren is lost and confused in Mississippi, and he and his friend, Judson Walker, are on an epic quest to discover the meaning of life. Darnell knows a lot, but there’s a lot he doesn’t know, and his misadventures with Judson across the swampy South will leave you as delighted, bewildered, and incredulous […]Read More
In this carefully curated collection of original poems, Coty Poynter explores the experience of absence, disappearance, and loss. The people around us possess great power over us, and Delirium addresses that phenomenon with empathy and beauty. In this labyrinthine fever dream of stages on life’s way, there is always more than meets the eye. Insomnia, […]Read More
Featuring “Walleyed,” a Pushcart Prize nominee The nine stories in The Sharks of Al Jubail celebrate the resilience of the human spirit and explore the value of freedom and the meaning of identity. In “What Money Won’t Buy,” a college dropout comes to understand the significance of his own name, and the protagonist in “Something […]Read More
In I’m Just Saying, his first book of poems, verbal artist Aaron Dunn explores the potential of our shared use of language. His work often suggests multiple meanings through first-person reflection on events, memories, and personal struggle. Through these honest, empathetic, challenging, and interactive poems, he seeks to inspire us all to discover meaning in the […]Read More
Ben Utter / Illustrated by Hannah Lloyd Rosell
Meet Gladys! “Her scales weren’t red like the dragons of China But old gravy gray-green, a color that’s kinda’ Like lima beans plooped fresh right out of a can, Swimming shiny and cool on your plate or your hand.” But Gladys (and her parents) have a problem. She won’t go to sleep! “I do not […]Read More
Boris Sokoloff and Ian Ona Johnson
Boris Sokoloff, a doctor in Russia during the tumultuous years of the Russian Revolution and a survivor of the infamous Butyrki prison, has a remarkable story to tell. During his fascinating life he encountered nearly every major political and cultural figure in Russia between 1917 and 1920 and was an eyewitness of or participant in […]Read More
Mr. David Madden lives in L.A. He’s an ordinary man. Every day, he gets up and drives to work. Only he never gets there. Instead, he drives from here to there, from Westwood to Santa Monica, Santa Monica to Venice . . . and so on. It seems he’s always just going from point A […]Read More
How do I become a Bowen author?
If you have a good story to tell and a manuscript in progress, let us know about it by filling out our submissions form.
How does Bowen decide what to publish?
We take each submission seriously, and our editorial board assesses each project’s prospect for quality on an individual basis. Read more about our team here.
How long does it take to publish a book?
We aim for a six-month production schedule, although every project is different. If you would like to discuss how long it might take to produce your book, please drop us a line!