Verse Chorus Press is an independent publishing house founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1998 by Katherine Spielmann (†2016) and Steve Connell. It grew out of the music and arts magazine Puncture, which they edited from 1982 to 2000, and publishes books on music and pop culture, along with music-themed fiction. Since the birth of its Dark Passage imprint in 2012, VCP has also developed a strong line of crime fiction.


Verse Chorus and Dark Passage titles are distributed in North America by Publishers Group West/IPS, in Europe by Turnaround Publisher Services, and in Australia/NZ by New South Distribution.