Brass Tacks Press

Brass Tacks Press, based in Los Angeles, has published over 50 books of poetry, prose, and comics since it was founded in 2002 by poets Robert Campbell, Pablo Capra, and Richard McDowell.[1]

Brass Tacks Press
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FounderRobert Campbell
Pablo Capra
Richard McDowell
Headquarters locationFlag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, USA

A focus of Brass Tacks Press has been to publish books about the "Lower Topanga" artists community (bulldozed to make way for a state park in 2006), Malibu, and Downtown LA.[2]

Selected titlesEdit


  • The Life as a Poet series, with contributors including Robert Kelly and Ariel Pink (2002-5)
  • Idlers of the Bamboo Grove: Poetry from Lower Topanga Canyon by Pablo Capra (ed.) (2002)
  • Eight Years by Paul Roessler (2006)
  • Little Nuts by Alden Marin (2008)
  • Camp Bell: Selected Poems by Robert Campbell & Pablo Capra (ed.) (2008)
  • The Mystery Man from the Magic Band: Captain Beefheart's Writing Partner Revealed by Herb Bermann (2015)


  • Thirty Days on Spring by Richard McDowell (2003)
  • Rat Tales by Baretta (2005)
  • Omelet Shark by Michael Lynch (2005)
  • The Snake Pit by Baretta (2006)
  • Tool's Snake Pit by Tool (2006)
  • How to Get Respect on the Beaches of Malibu by Baretta (2009)
  • Topanga Beach Experience: 1960s-70s by Paul Lovas & Pablo Capra (ed.) (2011)


  • The Children's Guide to Astral Projection by J. A. Homes (2003)
  • Prevenge of the Androgynous Cyborg Pyrates from the Future by Toylit (2006)
  • On a Purple Spiral Floating by Robert Campbell & Pablo Capra (ed.) (2016)


  • The Lower Topanga Photo Archive by Pablo Capra (ed.) (2005–present)
  • Malibu Song by Natalie Lettner & Werner Hanak (2006)


  1. ^ Martinez, Christian (2008-12-08). "Downtown LA Poet Laureate: Richard McDowell". Downtown LA Life Magazine.
  2. ^ Neiman, Cathy (2002-11-28). "Idlers of the Bamboo Grove". The Malibu Times.

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