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Karinna Gomez: Artist Reception

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Meet Alaskan Artist, Karinna Gomez, as we celebrate the release of The After, a poem by Melinda Mueller. The After contains 14 color plates of Ms. Gomez stunning subarctic landscapes and other explorations using mezzotints and dry point.

Karinna Gomez is an adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she completed her MFA in 2014. She has received several awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Iceland and a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award. Karinna was recently an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and at Galleri Christensen in Kjølle ord, Norway. Her work is shown and collected nationally.

This is a rare opportunity to meet Karinna in person, look at previous work, originals from “The After”, as well as see new work. We are pleased to partner with Davidson Galleries, who represent Ms. Gomez, and are grateful that we could include her moving work in “The After”.

Wine and cheese provided.

The After: Book Launch Party

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Please join us as we celebrate the publication of The After.

The first book by Seattle poet, Melinda Mueller, since her award winning “What the Ice Gets”. This book is single poem “sorrowing the world” we will alter and leave unseen. A meditation on extinction and the anthropocene, it blends science and poetry with the urgency of heartbreak.

Interspersed with the poem is the stunning subarctic art of Karinna Gomez, a print maker currently teaching in Alaska and represented by Davidson Galleries. She will be discussing her work and we’ll have a nice selection of originals to look at (and note, she has a meet & greet at Davidson on October 9th).

The Seattle experimental jazz duo, Syrinx Effect (Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel) will be performing music commissioned specifically for The After.

This will be a rare opportunity to meet the entire group behind the making of “The After”, as it is likely to be the only time we will have all four collaborators in the same room at the same time! The reading and performance will start sharply at 7 pm and will be followed by a reception and opportunity to meet the artists.

Please note: The location of the SAAS Stream Building is on Spring street, between 12th and 13th.

Our First Anniversary!

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Poetry Entre Rios Books Seattle

A year ago today, we received our first check!

I keep saying being a book publisher is the second hardest thing I’ve tried— right after marriage. But even that would be close. Does it get easier? I hope so! At least, I am looking into project management software to create fancy charts that might help me feel better about the many interlocking pieces. My creative brain really struggles with some of the essential pieces of being a publisher: budgets, time lines, cash flow, cash, budgets, spreadsheets, budgets, forecasting, cash.

Here’s what we’ve accomplished:

  • We have published three beautiful books, all very unique. We’re heading into the sweet spot we want to be at with poetry in collaboration.
  • I’m getting sharper on book design issues, paper choices and understanding budgets, but we’re definitely still not even close to getting our books at a decent production cost.
  • We’ve had a few stellar events and are looking forward to hosting some more!
  • We’ve lined up an exciting group of project for 2017 and am learning why lead times are so long…we’re actually pretty sure we have our 2018 work lined up now.


  • Here’s what we’ve not even gotten close to:

  • We’re still building a community around our books and press. This is going to be key to success.
  • We’re still lacking a distributor and are not ready to go national, whatever that is going to mean.
  • I’m still learning confidence to say, “Yes, we publish poetry and BUY a book.” The making of books easy. The being in love with your collaborators and believing strongly in their work, no problem. The walking up to complete strangers or, even worse, booksellers and asking them to carry our books, OH DREAD AND FEAR BEYOND BELIEF!


  • People keep asking me, Do you enjoy being a book publisher? and the truth is, I am not sure. What I enjoy is having my brain taxed every single day with something new to learn. I love working with so many talented people. I like bringing that vision to life. But with so many difficult pieces, I can’t say “joy” is the emotion I feel. A steely resolve seems somehow a more fitting emotion for the upcoming year. That, and a bit of pride.

    Happy 40th, Washington Lawyers for the Arts!

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    We were so honored to pitch in and sponsor tonight’s membership party for the Washington Lawyers for the Arts. While we’re new to group, as a long-time artist in Seattle I had always thought going to their legal workshops would have been a good idea. Well, nothing like finally having mostly boring book contracts to get done to finally get us to sign up! And fair use when when working with artists involved in collage and securing rights seems like a good thing to know more about, eh?

    Here’s why we support and are members of Washington Lawyers for the Arts:

      Every artist needs legal knowledge to grow and control their creative work.
      Every artist, regardless of ability to pay, deserves to have the best legal advice possible.
      The creative community of Seattle and Washington State is built and strengthened with this legal work.

    It is really that simple. Here’s hoping for another great 40 years! Happy Birthday!

    Here's the view from the party at the top of the Columbia Tower!

    Here’s the view from the party at the top of the Columbia Tower!

    At Our First PNBA Conference

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    BPNW PNBA 2016

    Here’s our books at the Book Publishers Northwest Table.

    Earlier this year, we joined Book Publishers Northwest. It seemed like a good pace to learn skills during their monthly meetings. What we did not realize is that it would also get us into the door for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association conference. For a new publisher, this has got to be the best $50 you could spend. (Membership information here).

    What I liked about being at the PNBA conference was being totally overwhelmed, totally humbled, and finally to get a bit of clarity about how we might sell our books.

    A funny thing that’s changed for me being a publisher rather than only a reader is that I no longer walk into a bookstore with a sense of anticipation and wonder, but rather dread and the wish that somehow there were no other books than the ones we’re putting out! How dare there be so many more interesting and gorgeous books taking attention away from our incredible books that everyone should read! Ha! Such is the life of the publisher as he walks to the counter with six books he intensely needed after he was done fondling his book on the shelf!