"There were others excited about books made in dining rooms. About a century of small press. Students found objects in archives. Making paper into a story. White gloves. She hemmed the books. There were field trips to a collective press. There was collaboration, stab-bound. Objects loosened their hold of logic: the cracking could be creative. Why was she trying to keep things safe?" (10)
Charting Practice: A Fictive Essay, by Stephanie Anderson, is the third essay in the Poetics of the Handmade Series, which asks writer-bookmakers to discuss the whys, hows, and wherefores of micropress publishing.
Covers were hand-set type printed in January 2014 on commercial paper. Small press publishers and other makers are invited to trade for a copy of this essay: please email email@example.com to discuss trades. Otherwise, the book costs $5.
Stephanie Anderson is the author of two books of poetry, In the Key of Those Who Can No Longer Organize Their Environments (Horse Less Press) and Variants on Binding (forthcoming, National Poetry Reveiw Press) as well as several chapbooks. She is a former coordinator of the Poetry & Poetics workshop, a former poetry editor of the Chicago Review, and she currently edits the micropress Projective Industries. She earned her BA from the University of Chicago in 2003 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2006. Her awards and honors include a Mellon Foundation B-Side Modernism/Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Fellowship from nonsite.org, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Dissertation-Year Fellowship from the University of Chicago, and a Sigmund Strochlitz Travel Grant from the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.