It’s been a decade since Steve Gillis and Dan Wickett founded Dzanc Books, and the press—heralded at the time by poet Raymond McDaniel as “the future of publishing”—is in the midst of transition. Dzanc, which was incorporated as a nonprofit in late 2006 in Michigan, has undergone many changes in recent years: Wickett stepped back from his responsibilities as executive director a few years ago due to health issues; the press switched distribution from Consortium to PGW on Jan. 1, 2015; and in June, Gillis stepped down as publisher to focus on his own writing career. Gillis said that he’s very comfortable handing off Dzanc to a great staff, noting that the publisher is “in the black,” sustained by “several hundred thousand” dollars in revenues, supplemented by the returns on an investment account he set up 10 years ago for Dzanc’s benefit.
Editor-in-chief Guy Intoci now heads the staff of five and oversees the publication of around two dozen books each year—up from eight releases in 2013, when Intoci—who is based in New York City—was hired as senior editor. Dzanc also runs Disquiet, a literary program in Portugal, and writers-residency programs in Michigan public schools.