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About the Press

Unicorn Press was founded in 1966 in Santa Barbara, CA, and in 1972 it moved to Greensboro, NC. By then, it was the sole responsibility of Al Brilliant, who had founded the press along with Jack Shoemaker. Al was fortunate to have the cooperation and partnership of his spouse, the poet, novelist, and translator, Teo Savory (1907-1989), who became Editor of the press while Al handled production and administration. During its first 50 years, Al has had the comradeship of forty young men and women who have joined in full-time, for two years or longer. In 2016, Al handed off daily management of Unicorn to Andrew Saulters, who joined the press in 2011.

Al and Teo published many poets who have gone on to contribute to American letters. Believing that readers should spend at least as much time reading a poem as the poet did writing it, Unicorn has produced poetry in every form: post cards to books: poems as individuals. Today, the press focuses on handbound chapbooks and smaller cohesive sheaves of poetry.


ANDREW SAULTERS edits, designs, and produces Unicorn Press books.

ALAN "AL" BRILLIANT, founder of Unicorn Press and Director Emeritus, is the author of several books of poetry and translation, including the textbook Bus Journal (Unicorn, 2009). He is the author of several other journals, including Bookshop Journal. Al is co-owner and operator of Glenwood Community Bookstore in Greensboro, NC.

JIM WHITESIDE reads manuscripts for our open submission periods. He holds an MFA from the creative writing program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Indiana Review, and Kenyon Review Online, among others.

JULIA TASHO is an intern for Summer 2017, assisting with editorial and promotional work. Hailing from Massachusetts, she moved to Greensboro in 2016 in order to attend Guilford College where she studies philosophy and communications.

First Book Competition Judges

2016: OKLA ELLIOTT, poet, fiction writer, and critic.
2015: VALERIE NIEMAN, poet and novelist.
2014: MARK SMITH-SOTO, poet and editor emeritus of International Poetry Review.