"Most of the poetry I print comes from a direct encounter with the poet reading their work: I hear a poem and I want to print it. It's a physical urge. I literally want to get it into my hands in a way that rhymes with Pamela Smith's assertions, in The Body of the Artisan, that there is a deep epistemological tie between 'the body and bodily knowing' and 'tacit artisanal knowledge' (6)."
Paradise Was Typeset is the first essay in the Poetics of the Handmade Series, which asks writer-bookmakers to discuss the whys, hows, and wherefores of micropress publishing. Like the books Brian Teare publishes under his Albion Books imprint, these chapbooks are made entirely of surplus papers ("offcuts") from other book projects. 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.
Born in Athens, Georgia, Brian Teare grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He earned a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Alabama and an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. His collections of poetry include The Room Where I Was Born (2003), winner of the Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; Sight Map (2009); and Pleasure (2010), winner of the Lambda Literary Award; and Companion Grasses (2013), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and was named one of Slate’s best poetry books of 2013. His poetry has also appeared in anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006).
Teare was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in creative writing at Stanford University and has received fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the MacDowell Colony. A critic as well as a poet, Teare has published criticism in At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (2009) and elsewhere. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Teare now teaches at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.