About SPD

SPD connects readers with writers through access to independently published literature. We allow essential but underrepresented literary communities to participate in the marketplace and culture at large through book distribution, events, and public advocacy. For literature to prosper in America as a living art form, independent presses need a reliable distribution network. For the full diversity of writers being published to reach readers, they need SPD.  

When you buy a book from Small Press Distribution, you don't just get something terrific to read: you help independent publishers and writers keep more money from their projects, which in turn helps nurture and sustain the literary arts as a whole.

Because we're a nonprofit, everything we do is aimed at helping essential but underrepresented literary communities participate fully in the marketplace and in the culture at large. We do this by offering book distribution, information services, and public advocacy programs to hundreds of small publishers.

Buy a book from SPD, enjoy a great read, and support the literary community!

Founded in 1969, SPD is currently the only distributor in the country dedicated exclusively to independently published literature.

Diversity, inclusion, and a safe working environment for all represent core SPD values. Toward demonstrating our commitment to ensuring that all corners of the literary community are as safe as possible, we are proud to be partnering with VIDA in promoting the SaferLIT pledge.

For more on SPD's history, as well as a list of bestselling titles, click here.

Small Press Distribution
1341 Seventh Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-1409
(510) 524-1668
(800) 869-7553

Board Members


Juliana Spahr (Board President), Mills College / A'A Arts Press
Jonathan Fernandez (Board Treasurer), Rasputin Records / Blondies Pizza / Bear Basics
Alan Bernheimer (Board Secretary), Communications Executive, Ret.
David Rothenberg, Financial Management Consultant 
Rena Rosenwasser, Kelsey Street Press
Michael Morgan, Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Ethan Nosowsky, Graywolf Press
Cecil S. Giscombe, University of California, Berkeley / Mixed Blood Journal
Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager, City of Oakland
Lorraine Lupo, Poet/Publisher
Estee Schwartz
Laura Moriarty


Jeffrey Lependorf, Executive Director,
Brent Cunningham, Managing Director,
Andrew Pai, Finance Director,
Janice Worthen, Data Manager,
Trisha Low, Publicity Manager,
John Sakkis, Warehouse Manager,
Jane Gregory, Assistant to the Directors,
Johnny Hernandez, Customer Service Coordinator,
Nich Malone, Sales Associate,
e Conner, Special Accounts Associate,
Ari Banias, Customer Service & Publicity Associate,
Shiloh Jines, Warehouse Associate,
Scott Whitney, Warehouse Associate,
Liam Curley, Shipping Associate,
Jacq Greyja, Development & Customer Service Associate,

Staff Bios

Articles, Media and PR

You Can Help Keep Literature Independent! Become a Friend of SPD.

SPD is the only wholesaler in the country dedicated exclusively to independently published literature. We take risks on exciting new writers, enabling their work to develop an audience and gain recognition in the marketplace.

To become a Friend of SPD, click here, choose your membership level and pay with your Visa or Mastercard during checkout. Membership is good for one year.

Thank you to our 2018/2019 Friends and Funders of SPD

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