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  Small Press: Albion Books
Sunday, April 25, 2010,
11am Small Press Focus with Albion Books
2pm reading featuing Brian Teare, Norman Finkelstein, and Marie Larson

Albion books publisher, Brian Teare will offer a talk on "Interstitial Publishing": between fine press and DIY, between capital and gift, new and recycled, material and spiritual, and between community affiliations, aesthetics, and genres.

Founded in 2007, Albion Books is a one-man micropress specializing in limited edition poetry chapbooks, broadsides and print ephemera as well as in hand-bound hardcover and limp-bound books. The press uses conserving natural resources and keeping production costs below $50 per project as formal constraints, while the goal remains to make as fine an object as possible within the given limits: 1) at least 80% of the paper for each project must come from "off-cuts" donated by or bought from other printers; 2) all letterpress printing is done on a shared 9" x 16" Chandler and Price platen press, and 3) all type is hand-set: no motor may be used on the C&P, and neither plates nor new type are made for a print run. Though each edition is kept small to enable production by one person, the final rule of the press is meant to encourage and sustain gift economy within the poetry community: at least 35% of each edition must be given away or bartered.

Brian Teare Marie Larson Norman Finkelstein
Brian TeareMarie LarsonNorman Finkelstein

Recent Albion Books titles include:

Kerri Webster, Psalm Project
Stacy Szymaszek, Hart Island
Peter O'Leary, Wren/Omen
Laura Walker, bird book
NS (Nathalie Stephens), Vigilous, Reel : Desire (a)s accusation

Brian Teare is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and MacDowell Colony. He has published poetry and criticism in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Provincetown Arts, St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter, Seneca Review, Verse and VOLT, as well as in the anthologies Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and At the Barriers: The Poetry of Thom Gunn. His first book, The Room Where I Was Born, won the 2003 Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His second book, Sight Map, is out from University of California Press; his third, Pleasure, will be published in 2010 by Ahsahta Press. He lives in San Francisco, where he teaches and makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Marie Larson holds an MFA in poetry from Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her work has appeared in GAM, DIAGRAM, Shampoo, Bombay Gin, and Fact-Simile. Her review of Lila Zemborain's "mauve sea-orchids" appeared in issue 37 of Jacket Magazine.

Norman Finkelstein is a poet and literary critic. His books of poetry include Restless Messengers (Georgia, 1992), Passing Over (Marsh Hawk, 2007), and Scribe (Dos Madres, 2009). His three-volume serial poem Track (Spuyten Duyvil 1999, 2002, 2005) has been called by Paul Auster "one of the most brilliant and audacious works in recent American literature." His most recent collection, Inside the Ghost Factory will be published by Marsh Hawk in the fall of 2010. He has written extensively about modern and postmodern poetry, and about Jewish American literature; the most recent of his five books of criticism is On Mt. Vision: Forms of the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2010). Recent poems, essays and reviews have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Cincinnati Review, Contemporary Literature, Colorado Review and on the website of the Cultural Society.

Finkelstein was born in New York City in 1954. He received his B.A. from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He is a Professor of English at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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