about siglio


What is Siglio?


Siglio publishes uncommon books that live in the rich and varied space between art & literature. It is a small, fiercely independent press driven by its feminist ethos and its commitment to writers and artists who obey no boundaries, pay no fealty to trends, and invite readers to see the world anew by reading word and image in provocative, unfamiliar ways. Siglio books—authored by Joe Brainard, Marcel Broodthaers, John Cage, Sophie Calle, Karen Green, Dorothy Iannone, Ray Johnson, Jess, Nancy Spero, Cecilia Vicuña, among many others—have received devoted readerships as well as critical accolades from New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, London Review of Books, Los Angeles Times, and Bookforum among many others. Siglio has also earned two AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers awards for book design, and a French Voices Award for Excellence in Publishing and Translation.

Siglio was founded in 2008 in Los Angeles by Lisa Pearson and moved in 2016 to the Hudson River Valley. You can read the Siglio manifesto “On the Small & Contrary,” (originally published in the American Book Review), a set of short essays in Tupelo Quarterly’s Forum on the Feminist Poetics of the Archives, as well as interviews by Lisa Mecham in The Rumpus, by Steve Heller on IMPRINT, by Thomas Evans (part one and part two) on Artbook.com, and more at The Believer Logger, Essay Daily, and VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts.

There are more pieces about Siglio in Poets & Writers and the Women’s Review of Books, a video about Siglio at the Los Angeles Review of the Books, and a 2016 podcast interview at Cross-Cultural Poetics with Leonard Schwartz (scroll down for episode #347).


What does “siglio” mean?


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Where can I buy Siglio books?


Siglio trade titles and limited editions are available here on the website. Every order contributes to our fiercely independent mission, so we like to give you a little gift: the current edition of Siglio ephemera to thank you for your support.

Excellent independent, museum, and contemporary art center bookstores across the U.S. as well as abroad stock Siglio books, too. Here’s a list of some of our favorite stores that regularly carry Siglio titles. You can also find your local retailer on the D.A.P. distributor website: www.artbook.com.

Bookstores and other retailers interested in stocking Siglio titles can place an order directly with DAP/Artbook.com by calling 800-338-2665. Email us at publisher (at) sigliopress (dot) com if you’d like to be on our “favorite stores” list.


Would you like to submit work to Siglio?


We are not currently accepting queries. Because we have a minute staff, we are not able to respond to any correspondence regarding prospective queries or submissions.

To read more about Siglio’s editorial interests, the query process, and to see what the guidelines are, click here. Sign up for our mailing list to get an announcement about the next reading open reading period.

Thank you truly for your interest in Siglio.