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.
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.