Our Mission

In the video clip below, Luke Hankins, the founder and Editor of Orison [“or-ə-zən”] 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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Carl Phillips & David Haynes will judge the 2017 Orison Prizes!

We’re thrilled to announce the judges for the 2017 Orison Prizes
in Poetry & Fiction:
Carl Phillips & David Haynes!

Submissions are open from Dec. 1, 2016 – April 1, 2017.

See complete guidelines here.