Our Mission

In the video clip below, Luke Hankins, the founder and Editor of Orison [“or-ə-sən”] Books, discusses the mission of the press and introduces poet Stella Vinitchi Radulescu at Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville on March 28th, 2015.

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We at Orison Books believe that the best spiritual art and literature call us to meditate and contemplate, rather than asking us to adopt any ideology or set of propositions. In our view, spiritual writing has little to do with subject matter. Such work is not merely about spiritual contemplation, but itself leads the reader into profound contemplation. It is not merely about the sublime, but itself has a sublime effect on the reader. It is not merely about the mystery of being, but itself heightens the reader’s sense of the mystery underlying the fabric of our daily lives.

We seek to be broad, inclusive, and open to perspectives spanning the spectrum of spiritual and religious thought, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Please consider supporting our mission of publishing exceptional literature that engages the life of the spirit by making a contribution today. Orison Books is a 501(c)(3) non-profit literary press; all donations are tax-deductible.

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Now accepting submissions for The Orison Anthology Awards in Fiction, Non-fiction, & Poetry! Contributors to the inaugural volume include Jane Hirshfield, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Alison Gopnik, Vandana Khanna, Carl Phillips, Molly Reid, Christian Wiman, Li-Young Lee, and many more…

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Constellarium

poems by Jordan Rice
finalist for the 2015 Orison Poetry Prize

“These poems make us stare down shame and celebrate transition, celebrate the body inside. [. . .] Let us be thankful that such a voice exists, that it is brilliant and shattering, and here to take us all on her journey.”

-FATIMAH ASGHAR

“Jordan Rice’s stunning debut, a shooting star of a first book if there ever was one, may be the most important volume you read this year. [. . .] These poems split open our hearts, enlarging the frame of reference and provoking us to reconsider everything about what it means to be a poet, a trans woman, a trans person. They renew and revive our sense of what it means to be human.”

-TRACE PETERSON

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