Nervous Ghost Press was inspired by a group of writers and artists (the Citizen Poets) that all share one belief: writing saves lives. Chad Lutz, Michael Nicholson, and Matthew Mejia graduated from the Mills College (Oakland, CA) MFA Program and are currently writing and teaching. Learn more about the team below

Our Vision

All people deserve to experience the beauty of the arts.


Our Mission

Nervous Ghost Press is an independent publisher committed to publishing quality work regardless of race, age, gender, sexuality, or education. We believe that writing has the power to save lives—we've witnessed it. Art and trauma, the human experience, and our ability to gather those things and create something powerful is what we live for. Writing transcends our identities and brings strangers together, silences hate, and proves that we can create beauty from the ugly and the scary. Nervous Ghost Press promotes writing from the heart, we advocate for our communities, and we will always strive to be a champion for positivity, growth, and lasting change. 


Through literary excellence, music, education, art, and media, Nervous Ghost Press exists to bring all of our immediate and extended communities together. We're looking for poems and stories that were written to save the life of the writer; raw, unadulterated, fearless. We also seek new voices and hope to become a place to inspire, motivate, and provide a platform for otherwise marginalized people. Nervous Ghost Press was created in 2019 by the community, for the community.

Nervous Ghost Press is a proud member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.
*All acquisitions, editing, design & formatting, and distribution are conducted in-house by the Nervous Ghost Press staff. 



Nervous Ghost Press

Managing Editor

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Part fiction fiend and part cineaste, Michael Nicholson has collected, developed, and written stories and scripts since high school. Michael’s appetite for visceral imagery and physical response produces a narrative presence that is equally alluring and terrifying. The nonsensical, the surreal, the extraordinary, and the primal all clash within his brand of writing. Michael has been published in Morning Glory and Spinning Vinyl, and his short-film AMONG THE LIVING was featured at the 2015 Conejo Valley Film Festival. He is a Ledbetter recipient, and a member of the Willamette Writers in Portland, Oregon.


Sabrina Szigeti is a writer of short story fiction, non-fiction, and an editor and writing consultant in training. They are studying Creative Writing Fiction at Columbia College Chicago to enter the publishing world as an editor and help writers find their spark. They have been published in Horizons and Hair Trigger literary magazines multiple times and was Editor-in-Chief for two years with Horizons.


Chad W. Lutz is a speedy human born in Akron, Ohio. Alumna of Kent State University and Mills College, their writing has been featured in KYSO Flash, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Gold Man Review, and the Hungary Chimera. Chad received the 2017 prize in fiction by Bacopa Review, the 2019 award for fiction by Haunted Waters Press, and was a nominee for the 2017 Pushcart in poetry.


Valerie Rose Palacios is a writer, editor, researcher, social media specialist, and photographer. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology, minor in Marketing and minor in Photography. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her husky pup, taking pictures, and hanging out with family and friends.


After experimenting with art, music, and architecture, Matthew Mejia found his home in writing and teaching. Based in Los Angeles, CA he is an adjunct faculty member at Pacific Oaks College and East Los Angeles College where he advocates for the discovery and cultivation of student voices. He believes that students have the strength to affect positive and lasting change within our communities and are the foundation of a greater future. He created Nervous Ghost Press with his friends, Chad and Michael.


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