“The third thing” is the idea that emerges when we use imagination instead of compromise to solve a problem, meet a need, repair an injury, right a wrong, answer a question, question an answer, to get where we’re going, to go somewhere new.

The 3rd Thing is an independent press dedicated to publishing necessary alternatives. Every year or so we publish a cohort of projects representing in form, content and perspective our interdisciplinary, intersectional priorities. We think of each project in the cohort as a break in the stockade—a way out of the settlement and into the wilderness. Come through.

Often our books are the result of an artist working in a non-dominant discipline—a playwright writes a book of poems, a theater-maker writes a book of essays, a filmmaker writes a book of theory…. And while our emphasis is on print traditions, our projects may take any number of forms: books, broadsides, performances, installations, colloquia, video anthologies, etc. 

We publish work primarily by artists and writers who identify as members of traditionally marginalized groups, primarily Indigenous people, womxn, queer people and people of color.

Who Does What
The press is operated by a small, entirely volunteer staff.
Editor/Publisher: Anne de Marcken
Promotions/Project Editor: Alison Bailey
Strategy/Project Editor: M Freeman
Founding members of the press include Sarah Tavis and Grey. 

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Purchasing books and other projects, such as our broadsides, directly from our website ensures that a significantly greater portion of the amount you spend goes to the press and to the author. This is true of most independent presses. Often we are able to pass that savings along to readers by offering significant discounts on direct purchases. Always check to see if it is possible to buy directly from a publisher.

Contact Us

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Bookstores & Educators

    • Our books are distributed to the trade and the academic market by SPD. Visit their website to inquire about stocking 3rd Thing books and about course-adoption.

Reviews, Author Events & General Inquiries

    • If you would like to review one of our books, host an author event, or for general inquiries about the press, please contact us by email at editors@the3rdthing [dot] press.