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Directions Home: a book of poetry in the form of a bundle of travel-related items

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DIRECTIONS HOME:

A new book from the Gold Quoin Press, 2013,  printed letterpress in an edition of 200 copies. Now available for purchase. (signed and in hardcover box).

Directions Home is a collection of poems inspired by the names of specific streets, roads, avenues, lanes, and highways found in one Midwestern town. The poems were written by the Grandview Hotel Poets, based in Peoria, Illinois, who meet regularly to share and discuss their work. The group’s earlier collection is entitled Bluffs and Five Bridges: Poems from Peoria. The variety of items included in Directions Home seeks to engage the reader in a physical as well as a literary exploration of the complex feelings about traveling from—and returning to—home.

This book came to fruition through collaboration between the Grandview Hotel Poets and the designers and printers associated with Bradley University’s Gold Quoin Press, all of whom share a love of the printed word and the creative possibilities that spring to life under the caring hand of the craftsperson.

Poems by Barbara Clevenger, Jannett Highfill, Mark Liebenow, Janeil Page, Thomas Palakeel, Burt Raabe, and Elizabeth Klise von Zerneck

Design by Sharon Conlee, Joe Fitzanko, Becky Krohe, Kevin McGuire, Lisa Nelson Raabe, and Robert Rowe, design coordinator

openMapProduction Notes: This book was a collaborative effort between the Grandview Hotel Poets and Gold Quoin Press. Working together, the authors and designers printed and assembled this book at Bradley University’s book arts studio in four very busy weeks in July and August, 2013. All printing, with one very small exception, was done on a Vandercook Universal One and an SP-15 press using photo-polymer plates, pressure printing, collagraph, and wood type. Special thanks to OSP Printing in Bloomington, IL for die-cutting.

The Gold Quoin Press at Bradley University is dedicated to promoting collaborative endeavors between writers and designers, with an emphasis on experimental letterpress printing and hand binding. The press provides instruction and studio facilities to students and the community. Other titles published by Gold Quoin Press include Unclose the Door by Madeline Wiseman (2012) and Great Day for a Run by Kevin McGuire (2011).

Gold Quoin Press © 2013 Peoria IL                                       ISBN 978-0-9839535-1-7

This book was printed in an edition of 200 copies.

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Poet Laura Madeline Wiseman will read at Bradley University: March 25th

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Poet Laura Madeline Wiseman will read and discuss her work Unclose the Door and other poems at the Bradley University Library from noon to one pm on Monday, March 25. Visit her web site at http://www.lauramadelinewiseman.com/. The reading is free and open to the public. The poems recount the life of Matilda Fletcher, a 19th century Illinois-born suffragist speaker, inventor, and author. This reading is being held as part of Women’s History Month.

Going to Mission Creek Publisher’s Fair in Iowa City

Well, it is official. The Gold Quoin Press will be setting up a table at the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City on April 6th at The MIll in downtown Iowa City, IA from 11 AM to 6 PM. We will be showing and selling books and prints including Great Day for a Run and Unclose the Door, as well as broadsides of Madeline Wiseman, Katey Schultz and others.

The publishers fair is held at The Mill, which is a Pizza and Beer Hall establishment. I went last year and it was a blast; a great place to meet writers, small press publishers, and generally have a great time.

Check out the web site for the literary part of the festival: http://www.missionfreak.com/pages/literature
The festival goes on all week with music, readings and other performances. I  would love to go there Friday night for the Lit Crawl, but that is our symposium day at Bradley University- Check it out the schedule for the the Inland Center Symposium http://inlandvisualstudiescenter.wordpress.com/2013-2/

What we call poetry

Starting a new blog thread here, as I join a collaborative project to create multiple iterations of a single poetic text by Kevin Stein, employing new media, animation, time-based, interactive, electronic, performance and print.  The poem is “on being a Nielson Family” and is, in part, a reflection on how we define ourselves by our relationship with media.

I have been printing poetry for over a year using letterpress, but for even longer, i have been exploring text in animation, with and without audio; first with Flash, then with AfterEffects. It will be interesting to see how these elements come together and interact in one space.