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  1. Elizabeth Bradfield

    Hello all,

    I’m reaching out because I’m trying to do right by the beautiful new book that contains the work of several Alaskans: “Broadsided Press: Fifteen Years of Poetic and Artistic Collaboration, 2005-2020” edited by myself, Alexandra Teague, and Miller Oberman (Provincetown Arts Press, 2022). Amy Meissner, Sara Tabbert, Anya Ermak, and Gabriel Travis are all Alaskan artists who have work in the book. Poets Susanna Mishler and Ishmael Hope have broadsides in the book. Sean Hill, a former Alaskan, contributed and I myself am a former Alaskan who does her best to hold onto her ties to the state.

    I’m wondering if there is a role the Alaska Center for the Book could play in getting the word out about this beautiful anthology. I’ll describe the anthology in a bit more detail and can send you a press kit– a press kit is also available for download here: https://broadsidedpress.org/broadsides-to-books-the-broadsided-anthology/

    The book is a 216-page, large-format anthology of fifty broadsides, interviews with artists and writers about their collaborations and creative process, and photographs of broadsides “in the wild.” The book showcases fifteen years of broadsides created by a diverse group of some of the country’s most talented poets and visual artists including Jericho Brown, Jane Hirshfield, Camille Dungy, Ilya Kaminsky, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Philip Metres, Danez Smith, and others.

    The story behind this anthology is unique; I founded Broadsided (www.broadsidedpress.org) in 2005, while living in Anchorage, Alaska, as a way to bring free, accessible poetry and art to the public, as well as to foster creative collaboration among artists and writers.

    Since its founding, Broadsided Press (www.broadsidedpress.org) has produced and published more than 300 broadsides. We publish monthly, allowing time to focus on a single collaboration. We publish digitally, via our website: the broadsides are letter-sized pdfs that anyone can download, print, and share in their communities–all we’ve published is available, free, on our website. In addition to broadsides, we publish reviews and lesson plans. We have a few special features, including an annual translation feature that always publishes a poem in English and a language native to the Americas (such as Hawi’ian, Dine, and Tlingit). At the core of our mission is fostering wider engagement with poetry and art.

    The anthology gathers, for the first time, a selection of Broadsided’s work in book form. Provincetown Arts Press has created a gorgeous object: 216 pages, heavy stock, high quality printing and color, 9″ x 12″. As one writer said to me, “I never imagined my poem would be in a coffee table book!”

    I want to help this anthology find its readers– I’d be very glad to offer more information, a digital ARC. We offer discounts for educators and students, because our goal, like that of Broadsided generally, is to make work accessible to as many people as possible. Thank you in advance for any advice, suggestions, and outreach you might have!

    I hope this finds you well–
    Liz Bradfield

    This radiant collection shows us artists collaborating with writers to give elegant, playful, diverse experiences with poems. Binding the written word with image is no easy thing . . . I am grateful to see poetry so beautifully displayed in the world because of what Broadsided Press is doing. — Bianca Stone, author of What is Otherwise Infinite
    This book is at once beautiful and useful, which is to say that it is a necessary object. The collaborations are in turns beautiful, sweet, devastating, comical. And—invaluably for the student or instructor of poetry, art, or the art of collaboration—the book publishes the author-and-artist answers to questions that yield insight into working processes: their surprises and delights. — Tina Post, English & Theater and Performance Studies, University of Chicago

    The many moving examples collected here comprise a rich body of work that transcends the bounds of individual authorship by presenting cooperation, dialog, the blending of sensibilities, the profound combination of image and word. — Mark Wunderlich, author of God of Nothingness

    Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Toward Antarctica and Theorem, a collaboration with artist Antonia Contro. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Poetry and many anthologies, and her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. Founder of Broadsided Press, Liz works as a naturalist and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University. http://www.ebradfield.com

    Alexandra Teague is the author of Or What We’ll Call Desire as well as two prior books of poetry and a novel. She is also co-editor of Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence. The recipient of the California Book Award, an NEA Fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship, Alexandra is a professor at University of Idaho.

    Miller Oberman is the author of The Unstill Ones, poems and translations, published as part of the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets. He has received a number of awards for his poetry, including a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a 92Y Discovery Prize, and Poetry magazine’s John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize for Translation. Miller teaches poetry workshops at Brooklyn Poets, and directs the First-Year Writing program at Eugene Lang College at The New School.

    1. admin

      Dear Liz,
      Great book idea. I can’t wait to see it. I do know who you are and have attended more than one of your readings. I’m an admirer. I also know several of the people included in the book. Alaska Center for the Book would be most helpful to you by offering you a chance to promote your book during Alaska Book Week. This takes place during the first full week in October. If you go to the Alaska Book Week website and check the archives, you’ll be able to see some of the events we’ve done and the opportunities that authors and publishers have been able to use to gain publicity for their books. Readings, author interviews, inclusion in panel discussions are some of the events that were featured during Alaska Book Week. We haven’t decided on what will all take place during this year’s Alaska Book Week but it will probably be similar to last year. Book Week coordinator Trish Jenkins will reach out to you probably late in the summer. But feel free to contact her at akbookweek@gmail.com. You also may contact me here at any time. Best, Mark Weber, Alaska Center for the Book, website coordinator

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