After a two-year transition process funded by a grant by the Bush Foundation, Coffee House Press announced that associate publisher Chris Fischbach, 38, will officially assume the responsibilities of publisher in July. Since the final agreement has yet to be reviewed, Fischbach expects the official date to be in early July, definitely by July 15. He succeeds current publisher Allan Kornblum, 62, who founded the nonprofit literary press in 1984. Fischbach has worked for Coffee House for the past 16 years, having worked his way up the ranks from college intern in 1994 to editor to, imminently, publisher.
“It’s a great honor and I’m very humbled to step into Alan’s shoes,” Fischbach told PW, “I hope the attention the transition is getting will also a shine a light on our great authors, because it’s our authors who make up Coffee House.”
Coffee House Press, which expects to gross $1 million in earned and donated revenues in fiscal ending June 30, publishes primarily fiction and poetry, with 15-20 releases annually. The company has published more than 300 titles since 1984; more than 250 of those titles are currently in print. There currently are eight employees, including Fischbach.