My colleague Lindsay Adams and I recently taped a podcast episode for Eloquentia Perfecta Ex Machina about how we apply our creative writing knowledge and practice to teaching other kinds of college writing classes: https://www.eloquentiaexmachina.com/#ep5.4
Odds & Ends
Due to the snow flurries in St. Louis this morning, I rode the bus (#70) instead of my bike and finally saw my poem!
news & updates
Meekling Press is raising money for their next year or so of book releases (including mine, Household Tales). Please preorder books or just send them some $$ so that they can keep doing what they do: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/meekling-press-2019-2020-season–2/#/
Marika Josephson and I are working on our Small Letters Press site and will have our most recent collaborative project up for sale soon.
We’ve created two anthologies of writing by women:
From well-known authors whose greater body of work or poetry have disappeared, to women who were prolific in their day but are virtually unknown today, to those whose work simply never became part of the literary canon. These first two thematic collections gather poetry and short prose from half a dozen writers from the nineteenth century and earlier, whose work when seen together creates a rich dialogue of ideas.
Also, I was interviewed a couple of times over the summer by St. Louis Magazine about the St. Louis Small Press Expo:
- Part 1: https://www.stlmag.com/culture/small-press-big-goals/
- Part 2: https://www.stlmag.com/culture/st-louis-small-press-expo-returns-to-central-library-this-sa/
Speaking of which, around 1,200 attended the St. Louis Small Press Expo this year – thanks to everyone who made it possible!
Bracken Anthology release
Bracken has released its first print anthology (including a short piece of fiction that I wrote and illustrated). The strange cloud formations on the night of the release party were perfectly suited to the journal’s magical realism.
letterpress printing at the St. Louis Public Library
My tiny portable press is on loan to the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library for a hands-on activity I helped develop for their current exhibit, Print to Pixels: How Words Changed the World (on display through June 2nd).
Library patrons can print their own ex libris bookplates using polymer letterpress plates created by Boxcar Press (based on original metal plates designed by Jacob Elshin). Thanks to the librarians for being more than willing to learn how to use the press and make space/time for this activity – and to my dad for finding the Elshin plates in the first place.
Just came across one of my St. Louis Arts in Transit posters (on Market Street between 22nd and Jefferson) – now it feels real!
“Assembly,” a short story in the form of a polyhedron (inspired by Magnus Wenninger):
Below are book versions of some of my previously published writing…
Here’s an illustrated, hand-printed/sewn edition of “Anchor”. A slightly different version of this creative nonfiction piece appeared in Pacifica Literary Review. Rebecca Elliot of Meekling Press did an amazing job of printing these books on her 100+ year old letterpress.
And here’s a book version (printed on cardstock, with hand sewn bindings) of an illustrated short fiction piece that originally appeared in Bracken:
a bird in the hands
I’m working on using a combination of drawing, painting and embroidery to make illustrations for stories. I usually start with my own photos, but this one was just for practice, so I based it on a photo of a flying squirrel that I found online – you can see the original here.