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Lawn Gnome Publishing

Used Books. Events. Whimsy.

905 N 5th St
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Lawn Gnome Publishing is an independent publishing house, event space, and used bookstore located in a re-purposed 1930 bungalow. Our staff places books in hands, a gateway for communities into a world with infinite knowledge and possibilities. With the growth of the surrounding Roosevelt Row Arts District and adjacent Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Lawn Gnome Publishing has grown from a studio space to a used bookstore, publishing house, gift shop, and performance art venue.

We can be found in the Roosevelt Row Arts district, right in the slightly-arrhythmic left ventricle of Downtown Phoenix.

Lawn Gnome is a boutique publishing house dedicated to showcasing the work of first-time authors and talented local up-and-comers. We remember the magic in finding an author to spin language as it seemed never had been done before, the sense of wonder at stumbling as if by accident across a much-loved classic and the hours lost paging through its time-worn yellowing leaves. We know you do, too.

Lawn Gnome Publishing strives to add credibility to talented creative superstars, teach self empowerment, show hidden history and encourage others to make things! Lawn Gnome Publishing started in 2004, when poet Aaron Johnson saw designer and poet John Kofonow read a poem about Lawn Gnomes in Studio 111 in Flagstaff, AZ. Aaron Johnson began self-publishing poetry in zines that year, which he still sells when he tours the world. Now, Lawn Gnome has three regularly touring poets who still have day jobs, but wish for a bright future and a means to publish, record, and distribute the works of many creative types.

Unlike major book publishers, we do not have a budget for promotions and advertising. In fact, we don’t pay for many ads anywhere, even in publications or on websites we whole-heartedly support. In keeping our books cheap, we forgo the luxury of having a promotions department almost entirely.

So how do we get the word out about our books? Our existence is owed almost entirely to people like you telling your friends and spreading the Lawn Gnome seeds.