Painter Hal Saulson and poet Ted Greenwald signing the hardcover edition of their collaboration Two Wrongs last autumn.
About a year ago, I printed this broadside for the Hannah Weiner's Open House book launch at the Poetry Project here in New York City. This volume, carefully edited by Patrick Durgin, has given readers a comprehensive collection of poems thoroughly framed by its introduction. Audio and video files of the event are now available at Penn Sound, including talks, readings and performances by Patrick Durgin, Rodrigo Toscano, Laura Elrich, Kaplan Harris, John Perreault, Carolee Schneeman, Charles Bernstein, Susan Bee, Emma Bee Bernstein, Lewis Warsh, and many others. Printed on beautifully textured Nideggen paper, this large broadside was digitally typeset in P22's London Underground font and printed in copper and black ink from photopolymer plates in an edition limited to 100.
Poet David Annwn sent me this picture of Asa Benveniste taken by Claire McNamme. Her website has a number of other nice photographs of poets, including Jeff Nuttal, Jon Latham, Jack Hirshman and Roy Fisher. Benveniste is one of my great heros, tho I've found very little writing about his poetry and the Trigram Press. Even this Wikipedia entry is skeletal. I did have the opportunity to visit the Trigram Archive at Washington University a few years ago, and hope to find time to get back there for a few more days in order to write something meaningful about what is no doubt one of the most significant, and understudied, presses of the 20th century.
I almost forgot about this little handbill until I picked up the 1974 spring/fall Creeley issue of Boundary 2 last night and it stumbled out. The photograph is by Bruce Jackson and it was printed from handset type at Paradise Press in Buffalo, NY. It was produced for the first WNYBAC Portfolio.
After Kit Robinson and Bernadette Mayer's reading on Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Waltuch of Whale Cloth Press. This is Windows, a beautiful edition of Robinson's poems published by Waltuch in 1985 and still available from SPD for 6 (yes, only six) dollars.
Before the reading I had a chance to see Barbara Henry's masterfully curated exhibit Illustrated Fine Printing: The Matrix and Whittington Press in America. Watch letterpress come to life, from punch-cutting to the sumptuous book, Henry has presented one of the 2oth century's most prized presses in a light that is as educational as it is inspiring. Exhibit closes on December 6th--don't dawdle.
LARRY FAGIN & KYLE SCHLESINGER
DECEMBER 20th 2008
SEGUE READING SERIES
@ BOWERY POETRY CLUB
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
308 BOWERY, just north of Houston
Larry Fagin’s most recent publication is Dig & Delve, a collaboration with the artist Trevor Winkfield. He is the co-publisher of Adventures in Poetry books and the founder of Danspace, the dance program at St. Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery. Kyle Schlesinger’s books include The Pink, Hello Helicopter and Schablone Berlin with Caroline Koebel. With Thom Donovan and Michael Cross, he edits ON, a poetics journal that focuses on contemporaries.
What’s going ON?
ON is a poetics journal devoted to contemporaries’ writing, a location for essay and exchanges featuring over twenty essays written by and about contemporary poets. The contributors make legible unique aesthetic practices in relation to larger tendencies, histories and concepts.
Taylor Brady, Brandon Brown, CAConrad, Jason Christie, Michael Cross, Thom Donovan, Eli Drabman, Rob Halpern, Jen Hofer, Alan Gilbert, Brenda Iijima, Andrew Levy, Edric Mesmer, Sawako Nakayasu, Tenney Nathanson, Richard Owens, Tim Peterson, Andrew Rippeon, Kyle Schlesinger, Jonathan Skinner, Dale Smith, Suzanne Stein, Ali Warren, and Katie Yeats
Arakawa/Gins, Taylor Brady, CAConrad, Michael Cross, Beverly Dahlen, Michael deBeyer, Mark Dickinson, kari edwards, DJ/Rupture, Thom Donovan, Belle Gironda, Brenda Iijima, CJ Martin, Emily McVarish, Yedda Morrison, Hoa Nguyen, Sawako Nakayasu, Julie Patton, Lauren Shufran, Suzanne Stein, Dana Ward, Ali Warren
How do we address out own writing and that of our contemporaries? Find out what's going on, and spread the word to your friends, colleagues and students.
Michael Cross, Thom Donovan and Kyle Schlesinger
ON is available from Small Press Distribution, at our website, and at the homepages of both Cuneiform and Atticus/Finch. Order direct from the publisher and your book ships for free while supplies last. $12
Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.
at The Newark Public Library
November 12, 2008
In conjunction with the current exhibition, "More Than Words: Artists' Books and Book Art from the Special Collections of The Newark Public Library," the Library is pleased to present a day of events featuring Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., a letterpress printer and "book-builder" known internationally for his socially, politically, and racially charged works of art, and his focus on themes of African and African-American heritage, history and culture. Formerly a computer systems analyst for AT&T, Kennedy abandoned the comfort and steady income of his corporate job to pursue a humble life dedicated to studying, practicing, and promoting the printing arts.
From 3:00-4:00 pm, Kennedy will deliver an artist's talk entitled, "Put the Message in the Hands of the People and Move On!" Kennedy will discuss his motivations, aspirations, and general observations on issues ranging from race and civil rights history, to the purpose and potential of art in society.
Beginning at 5:00 pm, there will be a "Cash and Carry" exhibition of Kennedy's trademark hand-printed, letterpress posters. Using bold colors, multiple layers of paint, and text featuring African proverbs, quotes by Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, and Bob Marley among others, Kennedy's posters explore issues of art, race, war, African heritage, and African-American history and culture. As part of Kennedy's mission to make original, high-quality art accessible and affordable to all, all posters are available for purchase: one poster for $15; for two or more posters, $10 each.
At 6:00 pm, the Library will screen "Proceed and Be Bold!," a recently-completed documentary about Kennedy's life and work as a printer. The film spends time with Kennedy, interviews family members, curators, educators, and fellow artists who respect his craft, and analyzes why he creates his works. Kennedy will introduce the film, and field questions from the audience afterwards. The screening is co-sponsored by the New York Regional Chapter of the American Printing History Association (APHA).
All programs are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Fourth Floor Auditorium of the Main Library at 5 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey.
For directions or additional information, please consult the Web links listed below, or contact Jared Ash at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 733-7745.
Brown Finch Films
The Newark Public Library
The American Printing History Association
Special thanks to Jared Ash for forwarding this announcement. Hope to see you there!
This is my girlfriend's great grandfather Harry Coffey at his home in Berkhamsted, somewhere between 1897 and 1900, tho there's a slight chance this photograph was taken much later. According to family, he later opened a studio at Bushey, north of London, where a number of artists worked with him colouring book illustrations by hand.
Anyone able to identify the press?
Many thanks to everyone who came out for Jane Sprague and Sarah Campbell's readings at the Poetry Project last night. I'll be back to host the Monday Night Reading Series when Suzanne Stein and Ann Stephenson read on November 17th. Meanwhile, check out the rest of the amazing schedule here.
Now I'm off to vote.