Showing posts from August, 2013

Poem-children leaving the nest

As the new school year is starting up and all of the college students have returned to campus, it is time to start submitting some poems again. I slacked off quite a bit this summer in the writing department, but I still have a series of five unpublished poems from Imago that can be sent out to find lit mag-homes before the chapbook comes out next year. I also have two final sections of the "Atomic Age" poems to place somewhere. So I've sent some poem-bundles off to the following lit mags: Bone Bouquet The Collagist Sixth Finch   Sundog Lit   Yemassee   Wish me luck!

Letterpress meets iPad

During our nights in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where we didn't have internet access, Emma got out her iPad and we played around with a fun app called Letter M Press . A letterpress-printing app? Why not! You've also heard of the USB typewriter adaptation for laptops, right? How fun. Anyway, here's one of the creations we made together on one of those evenings with Letter M Press : I plan to print this using actual letterpress sometime soon. And, of course, I'll need to print it on the Lit House's Vandercook. It's only appropriate.

Book Festival Type-in!

Annie and I are prepping for our second  type-in and letter-writing social! After the surprising success of our first event , the Chestertown Book Festival invited us to be a part of the 2013 festivities. On Saturday, September 21, Thread Lock Press and Scribbling Glue will be hosting a type-in and letter-writing social from 10:00AM-noon in a room just off the main Book Makers and Writers Exhibition Hall at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross Street.  Here's our brand-new mission statement: This type-in and letter-writing social is a creative collaboration between Thread Lock Press, typewriter-enthusiast and letterpress printer, and Scribbling Glue, letter-writing champion and envelope-pusher. They are out to reintroduce people to old techniques for creating new and improbable connections. After two solid hours of typing and mail art, we will scurry over to the main Exhibition Hall to man our exhibitor table for the rest of the afternoon. I will be bringing some of

August is for adventuring

Last week I drove nine hours down to the Great Smoky Mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina with my poet-printer-bookbinder friend Emma and her boyfriend Nick. We stayed in a little town called Black Mountain and took day-trips into the city (which was only about 15 minutes away). We chose Asheville for the mountains and the letterpress printing and the book arts; and we were not disappointed. Day One:  Downtown Asheville   Breakfast was plate-sized, inch-thick sweet potato pancakes covered in pecans and maple syrup with a dollop of peach butter at the Tupelo Honey Cafe .  Then we wandered on to the Blue Spiral 1 gallery, where we particularly went to see a printmaking exhibit by Jessica C. White of Heroes & Criminals Press (and co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress) called "The Adventures of Prudence and Patience." We, of course, discovered much more as we walked around the gallery. We were still full of pancake in the afternoon, so instead of lunc

Dancing girls love typewriters too

Another title from dancing girl press Further proof that my first chapbook found the perfect press. The newest dancing girl press project: an anthology of textual & visual creative works dedicated to the typewritten word called [carriage return] .  I'm hoping to write a new poem or two over the next month or so to submit to this fabulous adventure in typewriter ephemera and poetry. I can't wait to see how this book project develops. P.S. Tom Hanks is one of my favorite people.