Nion Editions


About Us

Nion is the name of a letter of the Celtic alphabet. It is also the name of a Celtic Zodiac sign and refers to the ash tree. In Celtic belief, the ash tree was thought to be sacred, having the power to enchant. Its branches were used as wands and as broomsticks—instruments, it would seem, for magic wielded by women. In Celtic mythology, the ash tree is regarded as the “World Tree,” reaching with its vast height into the heavens while spreading its roots deep into the ground. It thus forms a bridge between worlds.


Nion Editions publishes three works per season (the length of which will vary), and has a special interest in chapbooks and uncategorizable forms. The press is interested in work that might be deemed incipient, worrisome, or fugitive—though just what those terms describe remains, for us, open-ended. It may include finished works, but also works-in-progress, partial works, thought experiments, guesswork, shards, and remnants. As for genre: nothing is out of the question (everything is in the question).


The print run of each publication is small (200 copies). Distribution is principally through subscription, which are available directly from the subscription page: Individual publications may be purchased via the website, too.


Generally, authors of Nion Editions publications are specifically invited to write something for the press. The editors will respond to unsolicited queries, but the press’s resources are limited and it is unlikely that unsolicited works can be considered.


Nion Editions was founded in 2015 and is co-edited by Jane Gregory, Lyn Hejinian, and Claire Marie Stancek.



co-founder & co-editor 

Jane Gregory

Jane Gregory is from Tucson, Arizona and lives in Oakland, California. Her first book of poems, My Enemies, was published by The Song Cave in 2013 and her second, YEAH NO, is forthcoming next spring, also from The Song Cave. She has an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is finishing her PhD in the Department of English at UC Berkeley, where she co-curates the Holloway Series and works for the Mixed Blood Project.


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co-founder & co-editor

Lyn Hejinian 

Lyn Hejinian is a poet, essayist, teacher, and translator. Her academic work is addressed principally to modernist, postmodern, and contemporary poetry and poetics, with a particular interest in avant-garde movements and the social practices they entail. She is the author of over twenty-five volumes of poetry and prose; her prose work Positions of the Sun is forthcoming from Belladonna Books (2018).



co-founder & co-editor

Claire Marie Stancek

Claire Marie Stancek is the author of MOUTHS (Noemi Press, 2017), and the forthcoming book, Oil Spell (Omnidawn, 2018). With Daniel Benjamin, she co-edited an anthology of contemporary Australian poetry, Active Aesthetics (Tuumba / Giramondo, 2016). She is currently completing a PhD in English at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also teaches. She lives in Berkeley, California.