Public Engagement

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    John Oakes is the co-founder and co-publisher of OR Books, a company recognized as one of “the radical alternatives to conventional publishing” (The Guardian). He has published hundreds of books and negotiated hundreds of contracts with agents, authors, and translators. Oakes started in publishing with Barney Rosset’s legendary Grove Press. Among the authors he has published are Julian Assange, Medea Benjamin, Andrei Codrescu, Sue Coe, R. Crumb, Cory Doctorow, Andrea Dworkin, Abbie Hoffman, Jack Kerouac, Ross King, Gordon Lish, Eileen Myles, Harvey Pekar, Rudy Rucker, Douglas Rushkoff, John Waters and Edmund White. Oakes is a former board member of P.E.N. American Center. He has written for a variety of publications, among them Publishers Weekly, the Review of Contemporary Fiction, the Associated Press, the International Herald Tribune, and The Huffington Post. He is currently writing the entry on “Publishing and Culture” for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Publishing.