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Hi, I'm Pete O'Brien, indie writer, artist, and founder of Xyloquirk Books, a publishing house and art company for and about creativity. My zoink (or passion) is to create surreal fiction, poetry, and art to plumb a colourful, imaginative, experimental, upbeat, and quirky reality. Expect to see at least one new release a year. Currently Xyloquirk is not publishing other writers and artists.


Thank you so much for visiting. And if you let others know about Xyloquirk, I thank you again. Stay curious, explore the books and art, and enjoy. 

Xyloquirk Books, Est. 2019, Maryland

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"The Loose Purple Tie entranced and delighted me. What a quirky, playful, and utterly unique book! The interwoven stories swept me away with dreamy, poetic bursts of mind-bending insights. I thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of the mysteries of story-telling and creativity. Get ready for wonderment at every turn!"

Laura Resau, Award-winning Author of Tree of Dreams

"Pete O'Brien's The Loose Purple Tie is funny, zestful, realistic, unreal, fascinating--a continual delight!"

John Foley, FlashPoint,

"What I like most about Pete O'Brien's poetry is it addresses the imagination--unlike so much American poetry written in the last 70 years."

John Foley, FlashPoint,

"Inventive and inspiring! Moving and delightful! I heartily recommend Phalanx Uproar: Poems by Pete O'Brien."

John Clarke, Author of The Breeze at Dawn: Selected Poems

Literary Magazine

Pete O'Brien is published in FlashPoint. Visit, and click on Web Issues 10, 12, 13, and 18, and the Clarice Lispector Special.

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