Danielle Dufy Literary gathers and publishes exquisite and welcoming short-form literature (poetry, short! fiction, essayettes, short drama and more), actively engages in widening readership for the same, and evangelistically supports Independent Booksellers, for whom short-form literature can sometimes be a hard sell.
To begin, Danielle Dufy Literary will publish under the imprint French Press Editions: portable, affordable, collectible literature. French Press Editions are small but substantial collections of gem-like short-form writing intended for wide readership and marketed exclusively to Indie Booksellers. (French Press Editions will also be available for purchase on this website (individually or by subscription) and perhaps at a book fair or festival near you.
Who is Danielle Dufy? (pronounce ‘Dufy’ by draw your lips in around the o’s — Dyoofy is close enough.)
Danielle Dufy was my name in high school French class. (Merci Mademoiselle Gustafson!) It is a marvelous, inviting, reverberating name, one I’ve carried in my pocket for a lifetime, like a gathered stone, a talisman or an as-yet-to-be-fulfilled promise. At last the name has found its perfect embodiment. Welcome to Danielle Dufy Literary.
My business card reads, “Deborah Jacobs: Publisher, Poet, Evangelist” and if that last title doesn’t get your attention it hasn’t done its job. For what/for whom am I evangelical?
- for readers, who shouldn’t need credentials to feel welcome at Literature’s door because beautiful, powerful language is everyone’s birthright.
- for short-form literature–poetry, short (short) fiction, flash essay (essayettes), short drama, recipes, letters, more–because short forms, like little gifted stones, can be pocketed, studied, held, meditated-upon, treasured.
- for independent booksellers and their brick and mortar bookstores. I could speak all day about their importance to creative culture, to independent citizenry, and to thriving (local) economies. And I will.
That these three pieces belong together is, for me, a no-brainer. And I am thrilled to witness three of my most heartfelt passions come together in one place. It is the mission of Danielle Dufy Literary to foster and strengthen the solid triangle that connects (in every which way) readership, short-form literature, and indie sellers. It’s the work I’ve chosen for my retirement; and it is already– in the visioning, planning, birth-giving, dreaming, enacting– one of the great big joys of my life. These are heady times for me. Come along for the ride!