Late Night Library

M. Allen Cunningham – Atelier26 Books

Late Night Conversation, hosted by Paul Martone

Tonight Paul speaks with M. Allen Cunningham, founder and publisher of Atelier26 Books and the author of Lost Son (Unbridled, 2007) and the #1 Indie Next Pick The Green Age of Asher Witherow (Unbridled, 2004). Topics include: idiosyncratic works of quiet merit and their integral place in literary culture, the everlasting and life-altering value of the short story, the honor of the writer’s obscurity, and pushing back against notional realities, particularly false cultural perceptions of what constitutes success.

Win a free copy of Cunningham’s The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity and Sound Advice for Writers and Artists by listening to tonight’s episode and being the first listener to correctly answer the following questions: During the conversation, Paul mentions that he devoted a few hours to reading one of Mark’s short stories. What’s the title of the story and where was it originally published? How much money is Mark currently making off his press, Atelier26, and what’s the press’s alternative, net-profit royalty share for authors?

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Date of Disappearance


Social media and all that can be done to establish a community for people in the literary world is phenomenal, and then there’s also a down side to some of that . . . it becomes easy to get a little bit of a mixed up idea of what qualifies as success.




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About our guest

M. Allen Cunningham is the founder and publisher of the Portland-based indie press Atelier26 Books (, publisher of Harriet Scott Chessman’s The Beauty of Ordinary Things, and Gravity, the forthcoming poetry collection by Elizabeth Rosner. Cunningham is the author of a novel about the life and work of Rilke entitled Lost Son (Unbridled, 2007), and the #1 Indie Next Pick The Green Age of Asher Witherow (Unbridled, 2004), set in a 19th-century coal-mining community in Northern California. His short story collection Date of Disappearance appeared in illustrated limited-edition in 2012, followed by two nonfiction volumes, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook: Solidarity & Sound Advice for Writers and Artists, and The Flickering Page: The Reading Experience in Digital Times. Cunningham is the recipient of fellowships from The Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, and the Yaddo colony.

Posted on: June 24, 2014 · Homepage, Late Night Conversation, Podcasts ·

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