Press on the Press

From OB Rag - March 2020

CWP Presents More Voices From Southeast San Diego
(on Reclaiming Our Stories 2)
  (full article)

From San Diego Union-Tribune - July 2020

Personal Essays Document Life in San Diego's Marginalized Communities (on Reclaiming Our Stories 3)   (full article)

From KPBS - December 2021

San Diego writers chronicle life 'In the time of COVID and uprising'
(on Reclaiming Our Stories 3)
  (full article)

From San Diego Free Press - October 2015

Two CWP Books Explore San Diego’s Impact on the Psyche
(On Endless Blue Sky and The Scorpion’s Mineral Eye)
  (full article)

From San Diego Free Press - April 2018

Coping With the End of the World As We Know It
(on Last Days in Ocean Beach)
  (full article)

From San Diego Free Press - April 2018

Reckoning with the Anthropocene
(on Last Days in Ocean Beach)
  (full article)

From San Diego Free Press - October 2017

Rewriting the Radical Past to Redeem the Future
(on American Cream)
  (full article)

From San Diego Free Press - February 2016

The Civil Disobedient
(Excerpt From Sunshine/Noir II)
  (full article)

From San Diego Union Tribune - December 2015

Taking a look beneath San Diego’s veneer
(on Sunshine/Noir II)
  (full article)

From Voice of San Diego - October 2015

Fifty Shades of San Diego
(on Sunshine/Noir II)
  ( full article)

From Slightly Squinting - July 2014

Erotic Poems & the Press that Publishes Them
(on The Gods of Rapture)
 (full article)

From San Diego Free Press - April 2014

San Diego City Works Press Celebrates Its 10-Year Anniversary!  (full article)

From Giant Steps Press - January 2014

Regarding The Encyclopedia of Rebels: An Interview with Mel Freilicher

An Interview by Kirpal Gordon (full article)

From San Diego Free Press - September 2013

Mel Freilicher Reads from “Encyclopedia of Rebels”

By Jim Miller (full article)

From KPBS - September 2013

8th Annual San Diego City College
International Book Fair
 (full article)

From KCET Los Angeles - July 2013

Southern California's Seven Women of Vision
(on Marisela Norte and Peeping Tom Tom Girl)

By Mike Sonksen (full article)

From KCET Los Angeles - June 2013

Something About San Diego
(on City Works Press)

By Mike Sonksen (full article)

From SDSU - November 2012

Lantern Tree Reading  (full article)

From CS Lewis Foundation - September 2012

Chris Baron Releases his New Book of Poetry
(on Lantern Tree)
 (full article)

From Boyle Heights Beat - October 2011

For Marisela Norte, life becomes words
(reviewing Peeping Tom Tom Girl)

By Cinthia Gonzales (full article)

From Poets & Writers - October 2011

San Diego City College International Book Fair (full article)

From JENNYREDBUG - December 2010

Some more book ideas for holiday giving (full article)

From CityTimes - October 2010

City College Houses Small Literary Press 

By Mark Rivera (full article)

From KPBS - September 2010

Pulitzer Prize Winner To Read At Book Fair (full article)

From HapaMama - September 2010

Grace Hwang Lynch featured in New Book: Mamas and Papas (full article)

From Pluma Fronteriza - May 2010

Small Press Spotlight: San Diego's City Works Press 

(full article)

From Susan Richardson- November 2008

Review of Hunger and Thirst (full article)

From Tex{t}-Mex - October 2008

Also appeared in La Bloga- November 2008 (link)

Dan Olivas on Marisela Norte's Peeping Tom Tom Girl Collection

Debut Brings Women's Stories to a Wider Audience (full article)

From Bread and Bread- October 2008

Review of Hunger and Thirst (full article)

From San Diego CityBeat- September 2008

Review of Hunger and Thirst (full article)

From American Book Review - September / October 2008

Gary Lain Reviews Unmaking of Americans: 7 Lives
 (full article)

From San Diego Union-Tribune - September 2008 (Original Article)

City Book Fair wants to put burgeoning literary community on the same page

By Roxana Popescu

Buenos Aires had Borges.

St. Petersburg had Pushkin. And Nabokov. And Akhmatova. And Brodsky. Not to mention Dostoevsky. (Ah, the Russians!)

Even petite Newburyport, Mass., population 17,000, draws thousands of tourists and over 60 authors to its annual literary festival.

What about San Diego?

 (full article)

From KPBS- March 2008

A Founder of Taco Shop Poets Writes About the Stories His Father Told Him

Review of Atacama Poems (full article)

From San Diego Union-Tribune - December 2006 (Original Article)

Their Ambitions Speak Volumes
At City College, duo break down walls


This year must have seemed slow for Kelly Mayhew and Jim Miller, so the couple will be amping things up a little for 2007.
After all, all the two City College professors did in 2006 was put on the first San Diego City College International Book Fair (Miller is the fair's director) in October, and make it through the second year of City Works Press, the local publishing house they helped found with the City College-based San Diego Writers Collective. (full article)

From San Diego Union-Tribune - December 2006 (Original Article)

Biobytes: Jim Miller

The San Diego Union-Tribune's coverage of computing and technology talks to Jim Miller. (full article)

From The Journal of San Diego History - Summer/Fall 2005

Review of Sunshine/Noir

by Lupe García

Jim Miller has compiled a selection of short fiction, essays, and poems that reveal both the pitfalls and possibilities present in the city of San Diego.  The collection also contains photographs and artwork that like the writing itself highlight the diversity of experience among the contributors.  Different viewpoints (some of which are inspiring and others of which are thought-provoking and/or powerfully disturbing) reflect the transformations that have taken place in the city and communities of the San Diego region. (full article)

From San Diego Union-Tribune - October 2006

Praise for Cheryl Klein's The Commuters

"There's a new press in town, and one of the first works to roll hot off it is ... by a debut author from Los Angeles. I'd be more than happy to grumble about the shadow cast by our big sister to the north had Cheryl Klein not been so worthy of the gig (and the new City Works Press' Ben Reitman award). Besides, Klein writes about a topic near and dear to the hearts of (these days) even San Diegans: Traffic. Gridlock. Bumper-to-bumper mayhem."  (full article)

From Foreword Magazine - September/October 2006

More Praise for Cheryl Klein's The Commuters

Written with bold authority, this book teases the reader, sliding effortlessly from deep inside each character up to a soaring bird's-eye commentary on life spent in transit. At its heart is the tale of an assembly of foster children and the intersection of their lives with both gritty reality and the golden dance of people who were "not meant to partake in a life of the alleyways." Klein swoops in for a sip of the existence of an undocumented single mother working in a sweat shop, alights briefly on the lesbian wife of a wealthy female television producer, and swirls over and around the owner of a café on the rim of the Silver Lake art colony, but always comes back again to one of the foster children. (full article)

From Espresso Magazine - October 2006

More Noir Than Sunshine, Fortunately

Whether its Jimmy Santiago's Bull's Blood, Francisco Bustos' Madre's Right, Why You Complainin'? or Matthew Bokovoy's compelling historical piece, Ghosts of the San Diego Rialto, Sunshine/ Noir is a gem-filled collection of brilliance by locals who reflect a real San Diego unseen by the Laid Back or the transplanted Yups who manage them for The Man.
Within these slim covers is a San Diego that is sometimes felt but rarely acknowledged; one that is known but kept at a distance by those who are caught up doing their bit to maintain the graces and smooth the wrinkles. Sunshine/Noir is a full plate of delicious realities of life here, one that feeds the psyche while burnishing the writers' varied talents and styles. Recommended (full article)

From Sacramento News and Review - October 2006



Refusing to confine the ensemble protagonists to one area of the city, Klein places her stories in a diverse range of locales; West Hollywood, the garment district, Santa Monica and South Central all are featured. Within these districts is a population crowded with people who are so concerned with themselves and their immediate attention spans that they fail to see the bigger picture. There are no main characters in The Commuters; instead, the cast is spread out over 20 chapters. Each person acting as a driver on a freeway, each piloting his or her own car. While they may pass each other, even slightly acknowledge the presence of the person to their right, they rarely give a second thought as to whom that person is, where he or she is going, or where he or she has been. Klein proposes that if we were to ask those questions, we would find the intersections of our lives. (full article)

From American Book Review - May/June 2006  

Cultural Symbiosis


In his introduction to this book, Jim Miller writes, "San Diego is the Anglo Mission fantasy …," a city that suffers from the conflict between what Main Streeters and Boosters want it to be - a sunny paradise that seeks to attract the beautiful and the wealthy, the conservative and the complacent - and what it actually is: a roiling mass of commerce, death, sex, cross-border cultural pollination, and, of course, sunshine. But that description isn't entirely fair either, as Miller later admits; "America's Finest City" is more complicated than that. Trying to get to the literary heart of San Diego, this anthology collects writing that is influenced by San Diego, and, in turn, represents the city and its artists. The stories, poems, and essays here try to showcase the worlds that spin around this San Diego/Tijuana sun.    (full article)

From San Diego Union Tribune - June 26, 2005 (Original Article)

With 'Sunshine/Noir,' City Works Press is rolling

The book's cover is provocative, intriguing . . . disturbing.

A skeleton lies on a beach, appearing to have dug itself into the sand. Gentle surf breaks in the background. Contrails lace the sky. A sea gull scolds the remains – which are attached, by cable, to a keyboard.

"Sunshine/Noir: Writing From San Diego and Tijuana" ($12.95), out this month, is the first book from San Diego City Works Press, a publishing house born out of the optimism, frustration, hard work and counterculture snark of a dedicated group ... (full article)

From These Days (KPBS) Radio Show - July 7, 2005 (Original Article)

City Works Press
Host Tom Fudge

There's a new home for local and regional writers and it's called San Diego City Works Press. Founded by a group of City College professors and local writers, the press recently published its first book called Sunshine/Noir: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana. Jim Miller is co-founder of the press and editor of Sunshine/Noir. He joins us in studio to talk about writing within and about San Diego and Tijuana.  (full audio)

From North County Times - July 16, 2005 (Original Article)

A voice in the city:
San Diego City Works Press is for local writers


Some people believed that it was a shame for a city such as San Diego not to have its own literary press. So they recruited like-minded folks, gathered resources, and created one: San Diego City Works Press.

Its first fruit, a book titled "Sunshine/Noir: Writing from San Diego and Tijuana" ($12.95), is already enjoying success that exceeds expectations.    (full article)

From San Diego CityBEAT

Black on White

CityBeat readers who caught last week¹s cover story featuring writer/cultural critic/former San Diegan Mark Dery¹s take on growing up Chula Vistan know all about this: On Saturday, June 11, at 7 p.m., the ICE Gallery in North Park will host a book-release party/art show to celebrate the maiden publication of City Works Press the anthology Sunshine/Noir. The book seeks to establish the San Diego/Tijuana region's literary voice, and to that we say, 'Bout time. Head over to 3417 30th St. in North Park to support your local scribes and pick up something good to read this summer. 619-244-9302.

From Shovelware - June 3 2005 (Original Article)

News Archive
by Mark Dery

Sunshine/Noir: Writing From San Diego And Tijuana, edited by Jim Miller, is out, and I've got a lengthy essay in it, titled "Loving the Alien: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Become Californian." It's an autobiographical rumination on the ontological migraines I suffered as a palely loitering lit geek, growing up among San Diego's Malibu Barbies and Earring Magic Kens. (full article)

From City Times - May 24-May 28 2005 (Original Article)

‘Sunshine/Noir’ exposes underbelly
of the San Diego postcard

by Jordan Banks

The launching-project for City College’s City Works Press will hit the shelves of San Diego in June. “Sunshine/Noir” is a multi-genre anthology of creative work from and about San Diego and Tijuana.

Edited by Jim Miller with help from the San Diego Writers Collective, S/N explores all aspects of this region, from the gleaming La Jolla light, to the downtown dirt and heartbreaking border....  (full article)

From San Diego CityBEAT (Original Article)

City Works in Progress

Sunshine/Noir is a collection of essays, fiction and poetry focused on the San Diego/Tijuana region. It’s the first release by City Works Press, a nonprofit small press that got its start publishing San Diego City College’s literary journal. In 2003, the City Works folks decided to step it up and yet keep it a DIY venture. Two years later, they had the funds...  (full article)

From San Diego CityBEAT (Original Article)

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying
and Become Californian

by Mark Dery

Born in Boston but raised, from age six on, in Southern California, I thought of myself as a stranger in a strange land—a dark-haired E.T. in a blond world, a pale-skinned bookworm who burned and peeled but never tanned. My home planet was the East Coast...  (full article)

From San Diego CityBEAT (Original Article)

Loving the Alien
Intro: Youth in the mongrel metropolis
by Kelly Davis

I’d been trying to get in touch with Mark Dery for a couple of days when I received a hastily written e-mail:
“On tour in SF/UCSB, jacking in from the AFROGEEKS conference. Back to you by Tuesday, but everything sounds jake. M. Dery.”
...  (full article)

 From City Times - April 19-May 9 2005 (Original Article)

Culture Soup
City College Literary Press Dedicated to Local Writers
by Jordan Banks

The best-kept secret at City College is its progressive literary community. A lot of people around campus have no idea that City College is home to San Diego’s only literary press dedicated to publishing local writers...  (full article)












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