My first book project – Household Tales (Meekling Press) – will be released on 4/4/23! The book consists of linked stories alongside pop-up illustrations and paper dolls (the cover image is designed by Rebecca Elliot using my linocut collage). Preorders are available on Meekling’s site: https://meeklingpress.com/householdtales/ (release events to be announced soon).
Odds & Ends
St. Louis Small Press Expo – 2019
Just came across this video from the 2019 Saint Louis Small Press Expo (I was an organizer)–the last one that ran before the pandemic–and I’m hoping that the festival can return to its former glory soon:
James H. Nash contest finalist
My poem (“Lover Letter”) was one of two finalists for Saint Louis Poetry Center’s James H. Nash poetry contest this year! My other submission ended up on the semi-finalist list. Many thanks to judge Gabrielle Calvocoressi and the Saint Louis Poetry Center!
the Fierce Bad Rabbit
While unpacking my art supplies after moving earlier this summer, I came across these sketches I drew after the Fierce Bad Rabbit died in winter 2021. R.I.P. little baddit.
He was named after Beatrix Potter’s “The Story of a Fierce Bad Rabbit.”
first try at cloth covers
I was looking through my art supplies (or should I say scrap heap?) and decided that I had just enough materials to do an experiment in building a cloth-covered blank book. It’s a bit wonky…but I learned things? (the inside image is part of a collage of mushroom photos I made a few years back that was the right size for this page)
A few mini-collage cards that include: a woodblock print (made with materials from Central Print), some marbled paper from the San Francisco Center for the Book, and a watercolor color mixing exercise from an Art Practiced session.
celestial navigation at the North House Folk School
A quick shoutout to the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. They’re a nonprofit that supports traditional crafts and skills and I was able to take their celestial navigation course earlier this month with the help of a scholarship. I just found the photo of me (above) in their new winter course catalog (I’m holding a sextant to practice taking sights of the sun). And here are some pictures of Lake Superior from near the North House:
small letters press
Small Letters Press (a collaboration with Marika Josephson) is finally up and running, including an online shop for our projects. Marika’s “The Aromatic Wild Herbs and Spices of the Midwest” has already sold out its first edition of 250–but we’re considering a second run and will stay in touch.
What is Small Letters Press?
Small Letters Press is an independent publisher of literary writing, curated, edited, and assembled by hand by Rachel Linn and Marika Josephson. Our projects are carefully designed to amplify meaning through the formal qualities of the work: illustrations, book layout and construction, or the printing process. Each work is a small world unto itself, an intimate message from the author to the reader.
We publish innovative short poems and prose, as well as philosophical and cultural commentary. We are not currently accepting submissions.
contributor interview with The New Territory
The New Territory has made a virtual set out of cards out of mini interviews with contributors (including me) for their Patreon site. My card is below and ones for the other writers and artists in the most recent issue can be seen / read here.
Printery Book Arts Lab Residency
In December 2020, I completed a residency at the Printery Book Arts Lab (housed by Central Print). Here’s a brief description of my project (this is also printed on the sleeve):
The Brut is a 16,069-line mythical history of England translated and revised from Latin and French nearly one thousand years ago by someone named Layamon. There are two surviving handwritten copies of the Brut poem–one severely damaged by fire. Like most stories, the Brut is highly unstable and there is no true original. In this edition, two scenes from Frederic Madden’s 1847 transcriptions of the manuscripts appear alongside a modern translation. A lot can happen in 16,096 lines. There is room for recurrence–for a hero to become a scather and to be scathed in return. These fragments reveal the poem’s echoing violence and the moral complexity of King Arthur.
RECTO: Arthur and his knights hear report of a brutal killer. Shortly after, they dismember him.
VERSO: Arthur dreams about the violent end of his reign. Most of his dreams come true.
I created a modern translation of these sections of the poem and then printed them on a Vandercook press. The following images are sort of like a time-lapse of my project: