Graywolf Press to Cross the Mississippi

by Adrian Versteegh

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.9.09

Graywolf Press has announced plans to move its offices across the Mississippi River from St. Paul to Minneapolis in about two months’ time. The nonprofit publisher will leave the building it has occupied since 1990 to take up new digs in the Traffic Zone Visual Arts Center, located in the city’s trendy Warehouse district.

Graywolf isn’t the only literary enterprise to have swapped one Twin City for the other. Last year, Consortium, a leading distributor for independent publishers, left St. Paul to take up residence in Northeast Minneapolis’s Keg House building. The Twin Cities’ other nonprofit notables, Milkweed and Coffee House, are also based in Minneapolis. “We’re joining our friends across the river,” Mary Matze, Graywolf’s publicity director, told Publishers Weekly.

Graywolf’s nine employees will take over the top floor of the Artspace building, a studio complex located a few blocks from the Minneapolis Public Library. Once renovations on the historic six-floor structure are complete—expected in late August or early September—the press will occupy 3,700 square-feet of combined office and warehouse space. The new building, says Matze, “better suits our needs and is in a great location, next to restaurants and coffeeshops.”

Founded in Port Townsend, Washington, in 1974, Graywolf has been headquartered in the Twin Cities since 1985. The publisher sponsors the annual Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize.