Publisher's description: Today, a significant gap exists between literary publishers and strictly religious publishers. Literary publishers occasionally publish books of spiritual depth, but few, if any, set out to do so as a mission and raison d’être. Religious publishers, on the other hand, tend to publish work that offers little appeal to readers outside a particular ideological group. Orison Books aims to address this gap through its focus on the life of the spirit from a non-ideological standpoint.
Orison [“or-ə-zən”] is an archaic word that means “prayer.” We believe that the best spiritual art and literature call us to meditate and contemplate, rather than asking us to adopt any ideology or set of propositions. The kind of work we seek to publish is not merely about spiritual contemplation, but itself leads the reader into profound contemplation. It is not merely about the sublime, but itself has a sublime effect on the reader. It is not merely about the mystery of being, but itself heightens the reader’s sense of the mystery underlying the fabric of our daily lives.
Orison Books titles have been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, Booklist, Chicago Tribune, The Jewish Review of Books, The Washington Independent Review of Books, The Rumpus, and many other places. Poems from our books have twice been featured in The New York Times Magazine and our books have been named finalists for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the National Jewish Book Award in Poetry, and the Paterson Poetry Prize.