EMPIRE STATE EDITIONS
New York, New York *(the city so nice they named it twice)
Empire State Editions appeals to a diverse audience from local New Yorkers to those interested in our vibrant city from anywhere in the world.
The Bronx is up, but the Battery's down
The people ride in a hole in the groun'
New York, New York, it's a wonderful town!
Books in the Empire State Editions highlight the beauty, culture, diversity, and history of New York and the never-ending thirst for information about this global metropolis such as:
NEW THIS SPRING
An honest and gripping memoir of one man’s life-altering experience teaching at Rikers Island.
“Notorious enough to be nicknamed Torture Island, Rikers Island, home to one of the world’s largest correctional and mental institutions, has been the subject of our culture’s collective fascination for decades. I guarantee after you read Brandon Dean Lamson’s memoir Caged: A Teacher’s Journey Through Rikers, or How I Beheaded the Minotaur, you will never see that facility, nor prison education, kink, mindfulness, Richard Wright, or shame in quite the same way. On Rikers, as Lamson writes, ‘There were multiple literacies, various grids laid over the prisoners’ words and their worlds.’ This book guides us through those hybrid, polylingual, even nonverbal languages with an ethnographer’s eye and the rawness of reportage—from gang slang to institutional speech and literary allusion—always implicating the narrator in the narration, so that we are made complicit in the realization that prison education itself is a form of control and how solitary confinement is a kind of panopticon in reverse. As the men around him wrestle demons, Lamson stares down his own minotaur by confronting the violence in his own past with an unflinching poet’s heart that transforms trauma into beauty and fear into forgiveness. Caged is a potent lyrical reminder of the daily work that remains for each of us to do.”
—DR. RAVI SHANKAR, PUSHCART PRIZE–WINNING AUTHOR OF CORRECTIONAL
Praise for Empire State Editions
“In 'Walking New York', essayist Stephen Miller takes a look at the city's literary perambulators, examining the writing of Stephen Crane, Alfred Kazin and Teju Cole, among others, and offering an evolving portrait of New York through the centuries. 'Each Writer' Mr. Miller says in the book's preface, 'wanders a different city'.”
—The New York Observer
In the News
#KeepUP“Keep UP!”, the 2021 University Press Week theme, marks our tenth anniversary and celebrates how university presses have evolved over the past decade. This year, We are honored to be participating in #UPWeek2021, and today, we bring you 10 of our most impactful titles from the last decade. It was no …
Fordham University Press announces the publication of the first novel in its new imprint New York ReLit
New York, NY — Fordham University Press has announced the formation of New York ReLit, a sub-imprint of Empire State Editions, which will publish historical literary fiction, beginning with the March 2021 trade paperback re-issue of a timely American classic: distinguished Irish American author Peter Quinn’s 1995 American Book Award-winning …
America’s Last Great Newspaper War Mike Jaccarino (nonfiction, Empire State Editions) The circulation battle between the New York Daily News and the New York Post — the Hatfields and the McCoys of American media — was an epic tabloid fight, waged as digital media was on the rise and print …
Old couples frequently experience friction over where to live and travel and how to spend money. By Stephen Miller, author Walking New York: Reflections of American Writers From Walt Whitman to Teju Cole The Wall Street Journal | Opinion / Commentary / January 8, 2020 The title character in T.S. …
Did you know that Ulysses S. Grant laid the cornerstone for the American Museum of Natural History? Or how about that in the 1930s, there was a proposal to build a promenade through Central Park to connect the Museum with the Met? Today 6sqft features 8 fun facts from author …
“When the Brooklyn Bridge becomes part of your daily commute — or landscape wallpaper on your jog along the East River — it’s easy to overlook its impressive beauty.” The Bowery Brothers For photographer Barbara G. Mensch, the Brooklyn Bridge is more than a massive stone structure that hugs the East …