In today’s episode we present part one of a two-part panel presentation called "Poetry, Publishing, Politics, and the Art of the Book," from this fall’s Philalalia Small Press & Art Fair at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This panel was hosted by Brian Teare and featured editors from Bloof, Belladonna*, Fact-Simile, and Nightboat Books, discussing matters of aesthetics, politics, and poetics as they inform their practices as publishers and members of the poetry community.
About the Guests:
Shanna Compton is the author of the poetry collections Brink, For Girls & Others, Down Spooky, and several chapbooks. The Hazard Cycle, a book-length speculative poem, is forthcoming from Bloof Books. She is also the editor of a collection of essays on the topic of video games, Gamers. Her work has been widely published, including in the Best American Poetry series and other anthologies.
Krystal Languell was born in South Bend, Indiana. Her most recent book is Gray Market (1913 Press, 2016). She published Archive Theft, a collection of interviews with women poets, with Essay Press in 2015. She is the recipient of a Poetry Project Emerge-Surface-Be fellowship (2013-2014) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council workspace residency (2014-2015). Development Director for Belladonna* Collaborative and publisher of the feminist poetry journal Bone Bouquet, Languell also works as a freelance bookkeeper for small presses and teaches at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
JenMarie Macdonald is a writer and bookmaker living near Philadelphia. DoubleCross Press is publishing her chapbook Home/Wreck in their Poetics of the Handmade series in 2015. She collaborates with Travis Macdonald on chapbooks, including Graceries (Horse Less Press) and forthcoming Bigger on the Inside (ixnay press), as well as their press Fact-Simile Editions.
Stephen Motika is the Publisher of Nightboat Books. He is also the Artistic Director at Poets House in New York. He is the author of the poetry collection Western Practice (2012) and the poetry chapbooks Arrival and At Mono (2007), In the Madrones (2011), and Private Archive (2016). He is also the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009). He lives in New York.
A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Fund for Poetry, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, and the American Antiquarian Society. He is currently a 2015 Pew Fellow in the Arts. He’s the author of five full-length books, The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-Award-winning Pleasure, Kingsley Tufts finalist Companion Grasses, and The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven. He’s also published seven chapbooks, most recently Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness, [ black sun crown ], and SORE EROS. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s now an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.
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