This course introduces graduate students to several dimensions of small press poetry publishing. We work directly with Eulalia Books, a publisher of contemporary poetry in translation, while exploring the broader phenomenon of small poetry presses in the 20th and 21st centuries. Readings and discussions cross the historical, aesthetic, ethical, and social dimensions of independent publishing, with an emphasis on how small presses build new reading communities and form a subversive space for new poetics to emerge. Students dabble in design (typography, layout), printing techniques (screen-printing, intaglio, and letterpress), forms (pamphlet, accordion book, scroll, etc.), and physical and digital formats (blog, zine, chapbook). Course work and student blog posts are visible to the public through this open WordPress site. This course was initially developed as part of a consortium among Ursuline College, Saint Vincent College, and Carlow University, which was supported by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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