About Us

10 years ago, a Dallas girl and a Chicago girl were paired together as potluck roommates to attend a theatre conservatory in Chicago. The two stayed up late most nights, pontificating about art and dreams and writing and other baloney. Now, they’ve decided to join forces and make a chapbook press. 


Fruit Bat Press is a handmade, limited edition chapbook press that is co-based in Chicago and Los Angeles. Fruit bats inspire us because they are dark and sweet at the same time and they are expert foragers. We are committed to publishing work that embraces foraging: an unusual collection of ideas from a diverse set of perspectives with a basket of different emotions. 


We will release our first three limited edition chapbooks in summertime 2021. Submissions open February 1 February 28, 2021.

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Vada Briceño (Co-Leader and Artist) is a Los Angeles-based artist primarily working as a full-time lighting designer. She loves reading, daydreaming about owning multiple dogs, drinking iced coffee, and drawing. She will always remind you she’s from Chicago.

Caroline Macon Fleischer (Co-Leader and Editor) is a Chicago-based writer, editor, theatremaker, cool mom, and gardener. She works as a freelance developmental editor, mostly for great weird genre-bending books, new plays, and women’s memoirs. She lives in Albany Park with her blonde husband, cute kid, and neurotic Border Collie.