PM Press

PM Press was founded at the end of 2007 by a small collection of folks with decades of publishing, media, and organizing experience. PM Press co-conspirators have published and distributed hundreds of books, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs. Members of PM have founded enduring book fairs, spearheaded victorious tenant organizing campaigns, and worked closely with bookstores, academic conferences, and even rock bands to deliver political and challenging ideas to all walks of life. We’re old enough to know what we’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake.

We seek to create radical and stimulating fiction and nonfiction books, pamphlets, T-shirts, visual and audio materials to entertain, educate, and inspire you. We aim to distribute these through every available channel with every available technology, whether that means you are seeing anarchist classics at our bookfair stalls; reading our latest vegan cookbook at the café; downloading geeky fiction e-books; or digging new music and timely videos from our website

Dennis and Jerri Warren

Dennis and Jerri Warren, together with their beloved dachshund Flippy, are known as “The Flippy Family”. Dennis Warren is a writer, artist, musician, and entertainer, also known as Dionysis Metalcult and/or The Spectacular Stache. As the drummer/vocalist for Virginia heavy metal group Cult of Dionysis, he has produced several comic books about his semi-
autobiographical, psychedelic, science-fiction adventures with the band. Since January 2011 he has written, illustrated, and independently published seven issues and two specials for “Metalcult Comix”, “The World’s Greatest Heavy Metal comic Book”. He also created the children’s comic book, activity, and coloring book series “Flippy The Dachshund” along with his wife Jerri Warren in 2016. The series is based on the true life comedic adventures of their very own dachshund, Flippy. Jerri wrote the book with Dennis illustrating it. Flippy and her family have appeared at comic book conventions, toy shows, and other events throughout Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Kentucky, delighting audiences of all ages with their unique form of entertainment featuring independently produced comics, music, and art. and

Max Dowdle

Max Dowdle

After the requisite BA in painting and art history from the College of Charleston I attended the classical atelier of Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy. It was my pleasure to learn the methods and minds of the masters of portraiture while I lived the ocher and cerulean lifestyle of an American in Italy, resulting in a gelato addiction. Desiring the ability to tell more of a story than a single static painting could provide, I’ve gradually found myself here, presenting to you a series of sequential static pictures that should result in something cohesive. An equal love of writing and drawing has conspired to create this desire to weave graphic tales, and a latent need for validation causes me to set it out there for others to see. Speaking of, if you’re in the mood for some paintings, they’re here:

The Talismanic Potato

The Talismanic Potato is M. Jean Smith/ Jess Rosenkoette

A magical blend of the real and the surreal, The Talismanic Potato is a women-made, independent, local, quarterly publication about food and culture. We focus on serious foodie stuff with a tone that is funny, artsy, and sometimes irreverent. We do the glossy stuff: food histories, traditions, regional dishes, chefs, behind-the-scenesters, restaurant reviews AND we use our acerbic wit (and others’!) to tell some pretty damn funny/moving stories about food and the context that surrounds it.


Both editors-in-chief work in the food industry in Asheville, NC. Both have called Asheville their home for about a decade and love this beautiful place. Both realize that while Asheville is a foodie destination for travelers from all over, it also is  a place, like many others, where there is significant food poverty. As such, The Talismanic Potato always plans to donate all profits from the sale of the magazine to a food charity in Asheville. You can track these donations on our website:

They will also be hosting one of our pre fest events at 3:30 on Saturday May 6th at Downtown Books and News.

Carla Marie Padvoiskis

Carla Marie Padvoiskis

Illustrated Poetry Zines, Self Published Poetry Books and Linoleum Prints

Bio:  (CMP) has been living in Western North Carolina for three years. She is a draftswoman, writer and printmaker with a day job farming vegetables and flowers. If she had to live her life as an animal she’d choose to be either a cat, a pika, a whale or a bat.

Steven and Casi Cline

Steven Cline and Casi Cline create collages, drawings, and written works and also help edit and organize a Surrealist journal & small press called Peculiar Mormyrid. For their zines Steven and Casi utilize combinations of collage, drawing, and written or found text. Steven’s primary zine series is called Rapture (mainly photographic collage and automatic writing) and Casi’s is called Ephemerality (combinations of collage, pen & ink drawings, and found or automatic text). Casi & Steven currently live in Cartersville, Georgia and work as Graphic Designers.