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Our First Print Ad!

By Learning How to Be a Publisher

As a new publisher, it’s easy enough to make a book. It is just some paper stacked together, after all. The hard question is how do we make sure that we’re not just hoarding our lovelies in boxes in a far closet? We want our poets read and our artists seen!

We’re excited to have our first print ad out this week in Poetry Northwest, announcing our summer and fall books!

The APRIL Bookfest: Independent Presses Delight!

By Learning How to Be a Publisher

Books from APRIL Book Expo

 

Since we only have one book out, it made little sense to take a table at the APRIL Book Expo which happened at Hugo House this past weekend.  I went on a book buying binge that was so different than being a reader on a jag, because for the last six months, ninety percent of the books coming into the house, spilling on the office floor in precarious stacks have been picked out due to the production and design, not the writing.

All four of our books this year have involved a discussion with our printer, Olympus Press, and someone else’s book. “We want our book to be like this.” or “What paper are they using?” or “How did they afford to produce this…Look how lovely it is!”  I suppose it’s not every business that can claim such delightful research shopping.

Here are the books and presses that inspired us to try harder to put out interesting and lovely books:

Chin Music Press: Seattle represent!!   Our third book, Tiny Girl, will share some similarities to their book, Hurricane Story by Jennifer Shaw. It will be the same square format and size and we’ll be showing it to the printer to see about offset on uncoated paper. Will we have a big enough run to make this possible? These folks are putting out really lovely and good-looking books.

Two Plum Press hurts our head with it’s aesthetic and smarts. We bought One Whole Breath by Zoe Donnelycolt, and This by Rebekah Green and once we’re through reading these, will be going online or to Portland to get more.  The size and paper of these books is so interesting! Dense little books with interesting typesetting, graphics and art. I’m not a huge fan of the dust jackets though which make holding and picking up the book more clumsy than it needs to be, still, I get the lo-fi and consistent appeal of them. This is a press I am very much looking forward to buying more books from to read deeply in.

Ravenna Press. We picked up three that had something other than poetry happening in them. By Land by John Burgess includes sketches and photos from his trip on the Lewis and Clark Trail, Jeff Alessandrelli’s Erik Satie Watusies his way into Sound includes music notation, like our fall book, The After. Kristina Marie Darling’s Melancholia has interesting layout and typesetting choices.

I picked up only one book by YesYes Books, A New Language for Falling Out of Love by Meghan Privitello. What a cover! I was really stuck by the use of the gray paper inside and strong type choices. Just a very handsome book.

Yet another Portland Press, Sidebrow Books: I couldn’t resist The Wine-Dark Sea by Mathais Svalina. Here’s a book where the bright white guts look great against the type and again, an incredible cover. For a rainy camping weekend, I’m looking forward to the The Volta Book of Poets, which, with my new set of publisher eyes, something we’d likely never do and also, so difficult— too many poets! Anthology work must be much herding of cats! These folks have some really great covers.

One publisher we chatted with, Alice Blue Books, is getting out of the business and sounded exhausted after ten years of publishing. From them, I picked up The Tahrir of Poems: Seven Contemporary Egyptian Poets, translated by Maged Zaher.  And there’s the power of the small press! It’s hard to imagine a big press taking on such a project. And it makes me more excited to try to get our first bi-lingual edition out!

We also had the opportunity to buy a first book by a new publisher, so fresh they’ve only had it four days! Fog Machine‘s first book, Celeris by Emily O’Neill, feels great and we always like true pocket-sized books for poetry!

In addition, we were delighted in the ideas of Mary Anne Carter to focus just on poetry ephemera as jesusmaryannejoesph, and picked up a delightfully strange glittery, “Square” by James Gendron. I have some ideas for ephemera that we’d like to try, not only as additional marketing pieces for our books and events, but also some stand-alone work, much like some of the Miel Books micro-books we’ve bought

My husband and I could also not resist the very graphic sexy times of Northwest Press‘s, “Al-Queda’s Super Secret Weapon”, a very saucy comic book. Saucy comics! Yea! Plus they print one of our comic heroes, David Kelley!

Now, what I really need is to get another trip set up to a warm tropical destination, an extra suitcase to lug all these books, and some time to read them.

Afternoon Romantics: Reading from the Romantic Era

By Readings

Several years ago, I started working on a  book about John Clare, an English second-generation Romantic poet. He knew of Keats (not terribly impressed) and as he was went mad, sometimes thought he was Lord Byron. I’d never given much though to the Romantics and had managed to work through a four-year degree on English Literature without taking a single class on them. Truth is they seemed rather dull and much too rhymey for my youthful taste.

As I’ve mentioned this book to friends and neighbors, unsurprisingly, I get a lot of arched eyebrows or blank stares. Not many of heard of him or have much of an interest in two hundred year-old poems. Occasionally, however, someone’s eyes would widen and they’d start swooning about how one of these poets and how their work inspired them or changed the way they approached the world.

For our first, of what we hope to be seasonal salons, I invited not only some Seattle poets, but also, many of these neighbors to come share why the Romantic poets so moved them. What is it about this era and the poems from it that still resonates today? Afternoon Romantics featured ten readers, each reading five minutes, from their favorite Romantic era writer or something from the time period that personally interested them. We had a wide range of writing and writers, and as it turned out, no Clare.

Thank You!

A very gracious thank you to all of our readers and listeners for our first reading salon in our home. It was inspiring to hear so many voices, not only yours, but those of the past in our home.

We’re looking forward to another one of these salon events later this spring. We’re figuring a down home North Carolina barbecue would taste about right while listening to the Black Mountain College writers. For all the latest updates on our readings and events, please follow along on Facebook: entreriosbooks.

#weekenderbookshelf

By Books

Cafe Weekend is a sweet little coffee shop on the edge of the Central District in Seattle. Well, it looks little, but it has a huge room hiding in the back perfect for working, meeting the neighbors and reading a book. One thing we have always admired is their carefully curated bookshelf, with a rotating theme, with a nice focus on local comics, art and design. You get a real sense of the owner’s interest, not only intellectually, but in the community around her.

So it’s a great honor to have our “Twelve Saints” right here in the neighborhood we publish from on her shelves. If you’re in the Central District, stop by and have a cup of coffee or a cookie and enjoy one of Seattle’s best kept secrets.

We think following Cafe Weekend on Instagram is the way to go:  @cafeweekend

Scenes from the “Twelve Saints” Book Launch

By Readings

Not only were we celebrating and reading from Twelve Saints, but we were also excited to share the first book from our press! You only get to do that once!

Thanks to everyone that came out! We had so much fun hosting a little reading in our home, that we’re planning on doing it again…soon. Please look at our Facebook page for the most current news and the invite for our readings. https://www.facebook.com/entreriosbooks/

Get Twelve Saints in Boston

By Books

Society of Arts and crafts

We are pleased to announce that Twelve Saints is available for purchase at The Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. I can’t think of a more beautiful place to be in the fall than strolling around Boston and the Society is located in the heart of it all along Newbury Street. You’ll also want to check out some of Nia Michaels‘ original tin collages while you are there.



The Society of Arts and Crafts
175 Newbury Street, Boston, MA

617-266-1810

Why We Publish Collaborations

By Thoughts

Fifteen years ago, as a young(er) poet, I got it into my head that I could not longer read my poems aloud unless I had a gigantic video behind me. This was all well and good, and slowly with some support from 911 Media Arts Center, I had some help making this a reality. I also, as they say, painted myself into a box, because I did not know how to to collaborate, raise money, or promote this kind of work.

Poetry is the collaboration with the world. While much of its difficult work might take place within the romanticized solitude of the author’s desk, the ability to get the work read, heard and most importantly, to occupy our shared sphere of being human, requires collaboration.

Of course, there are many well-known combinations of poets, painters and musicians responding to each other’s work, not to mention that most stubborn collaboration, the translation!  It is impossible to imagine the New York School without the painters, the Harlem Renaissance without the musicians, the Romantics without the radical press! Even our most lonely of poets, Emily Dickinson had her windows and letter campaigns.

Why is the market place so determined to present work solo. Why do we feel the need to believe that the creativity of the poet or the artist happens in isolation rather than inherently as part of a community? A community that exists not only between people expressing themselves creatively in response to the world, but the community that supports the individual artist with the mundane. Sometimes it’s nice for someone else to put on the coffee when there’s writing to be done!

In our mind, the ability to collaborate is truly the unsung skill of all successful poets and artists.

As poetry press, we have the good fortune to have our financial goal be,  “Let’s just not lose a lot of money.” (see our statement on Financial Transparency here). With that goal, we’re able to put out work in formats that financially make no sense for a press that has to pay staff salaries and support a bigger marketing efforts and other complications. It means we put out fewer books, but that we can put out books that give our poets and artists more creative freedom and the opportunity to very publicly engage with each other. It means that we can work closely with local presses to run the work, rather than sending the books to China to get printed. It means that we have a responsibility to put out work that otherwise would be too difficult to find a home for in the market as it exists.

 

Twelve Saints Book Launch

By Books, Readings

Learn more about our first book, Twelve Saints, with reading by poet Knox Gardner and discussion on the collaboration with artist Nia Michaels. We will have books for sale and copious amounts of coffee and cake in the intimate setting of the author’s home.

We will have books available for signing and Nia Michaels will be showing a selection of her art, including several of the Saints featured in this book, available for sale. We will be able to accept cash or credit cards.

Twelve Saints Book Launch

Thursday, November 5

Doors open at 7:00, reading and discussion from 7:30 to 8:00, cake and book signing from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.

733 25th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

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