Hooke Press was founded in late 2005 by Neil Alger and Brent Cunningham. It is named for Robert Hooke, a 17th century British scientist and the first Curator of Experiments at the Royal Society. Inspired by Hooke's experiments and observations across an astonishing number of disciplines, Hooke Press seeks to publish small-run books of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera that share his ecumenical spirit (but which do not necessarily share his famously sullen temperament).

It is our conviction that "poetry" has gradually become less a genre than a locale. Under its banner, a wide array of thought, writing and activity now takes place which can find no other home in an increasingly restricted publishing and political environment. Our initial chapbook series includes books by Norma Cole, Kevin Killian, Laura Moriarty, Alda Merini  (trans. Carla Billitteri), Lauren Shufran, Andrew Joron & Brian Lucas, and others.

Hooke Press wishes to thank the Holocene Research Society (HRS) for its past support.

Hooke Press is not currently accepting manuscripts, but wishes you great luck in all of your writing endeavors.