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Phinney Books! Now Carrying Twelve Saints

By | Books

We could not be more delighted! Thanks to Phinney Books for carrying Twelve Saints.

This is super nice general bookstore in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, close to the well-known 74th St. Ale House and a whole host of other places to have lunch or grab an ice cream cone. Tom Nissley, the owner, also happens to have an engaging book, A Readers’s Book of Days, that we think you’ll want to add to your desktop for a bit of daily inspiration and knowledge. I just bought a copy for my desk.

Phinney Books has book groups, readings and other events, so you will definitely want to check them out if you’re in North Seattle.

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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Twelve Saints Book Cover

At the Press!

By | Learning How to Be a Publisher

Well, the files are out of our hands now. What an intense eight weeks!

You might notice two books here, both of which we were using to work out the details with Olympus Press.  Our book will have the same size as For by Carol Snow, a poet long admired in these parts and just a perfect feeling book to hold.  That other is one of the few books we found with a small page count and entirely in color, a very early Wave Books publication. This is a set of erasures (which mostly drive us to distraction, frustration and dagger eyes) by Mary Ruefle, A Little White Shadow, is laser-tight and a delight. It also helped us cross over the unknown of publishing an atypical and short page count.

 

Final press meeting at Olympus Press,

Final press meeting at Olympus Press,