Flume Press was established in 1984 as a small, independent, not-for-profit poetry press. In 2001, we became affiliated with California State University, Chico’s literary editing and creative writing programs. At the point of Flume’s hiatus, the press published 25 chapbooks, all but one through our annual Chapbook Contest.
Our mission is to publish literature illustrating diversity in thought and experience, capturing the crucial narratives and images of our current cultural moment, as well as awareness of the shifting edges of genre. We aim to publish emergent and anchoring voices, including all identities of race, ethnicity, indigenous tribe, gender, class, sexuality, age, education, ability, language, religion, and region.
Both literary publications at CSU, Chico—Flume Press and Watershed Review—are crucial practicum embedded in our Literary Editing and Publishing certificate program curriculum. Student editors take on editorial positions where they get professional experience in the selection, development, design, and promotion of literary projects.
We acknowledge and are mindful that CSU, Chico stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda, and we recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. We would like to thank the Mechoopda and other native peoples for providing us the opportunity to create our literary publication on their ancestral lands.