Yesterday, I received the sad news from Miles Champion that poet, teacher, editor, and friend Larry Fagin died peacefully in New York City. Larry always stressed the importance of looking up, and this snapshot by John Sarsgard beautifully distills that small gesture of optimism he embodied so naturally, and gently. Even thinking about death: I get […]
Despite the fact that the field of artists’ books has grown steadily since the mid-sixties, the discourse has been largely under-theorized. Blurred Library: Essays on Artists’ Books, is a stunning collection of the most revered essays by Tate Shaw, the Director of Visual Studies Workshop. For years, Shaw’s contributions to the field of artists’ books as […]
Yesterday I had the pleasure of printing up some posters with Adam Torres for his performance at the Cactus Cafe in Austin on February 25. It was typeset in Hobo and designed by Land. Photographs and photopolymer don’t always agree, especially if there’s a large surface area and low-contrast halftones. Max Koch and I prepared the […]
Yesterday I happened to be reading an interview I conducted with Tom Raworth ten years ago and felt especially grateful to him for thoughtfully, patiently, candidly, answering my questions as a fledging poet and printer. We discussed his early literary journal, Outburst, and two of his early presses, Matrix and later, with Barry Hall, Goliard. […]
A People’s Curriculum for the United States is a public poster project written, printed, and distributed by the people and for the people. A People’s Curriculum for the United States asks what America needs to (re)learn under the Trump Administration. What’s missing from the American Curriculum under this regime? Peace? Civil Rights? Close Listening? […]
True Story is a collaboration between painter-poet Philip Trussell and poet-printer Kyle Schlesinger. Each copy will be graced with a unique illustration. Printed on 100% cotton Lettra from Cranes. Edition of 100, signed and numbered by the artists. Twelve by eighteen inches. $50.
Well, this might be the ‘dumbest’ thing I’ve ever dumb, er, done. As part of Cuneiform Press’ Music Series, we’ve been printing and designing concert posters. This one was for a punk house show. Punk? I’ve done posters for folk, country, classical, avant-garde, and rock and roll, but punk presented a new aesthetic challenge. Typically, […]
Last year I made the weirdest book I’ve ever made. Not weird-weird, but simply a massive amount of work for what amounted to just two copies, so I’m sure more people will read about this book here than ever actually see it. The book I’m referring to is Will Sheff’s (of Okkervil River) selected writings, I […]