In Spring 2015, Panhandler Magazine and the Department of English at University of West Florida launched Panhandler Books. Distributed by the University Press of Florida, Panhandler Books publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction consistent with Panhandler Magazine’s mission to champion underrepresented literary genres. Publishing one book every two years, Panhandler Books will provide exceptional attention to the work published in the series.
Jason Ockert’s novel, Wasp Box, is the first book published in the series. Pulitzer-Prize-winning author, Junot Díaz, has described Ockert’s previous work as “Beautiful stories, searching and generous. Ockert never ceases to astound.”