In the early, morning of 3/21/15, the building behind the warehouse occupied by AK PRESS & neighbors caught fire and two people in that building died. Several units in AK’s building burned but everyone got out safely. AK PRESS and their neighbors at 1984 Printing suffered extensive water and smoke damage.
From the brave, tireless, lovely collective-mates at AK PRESS:
A lot of people have been asking what is the best way to help us recover from our warehouse fire. We still aren’t sure the exact amount of stock that is ruined, or how long our business will be disrupted while we work hard to get back on our feet. But we do know that we’ve lost a lot, and even in the best of times, we always need your support.
But we’re not the only ones in trouble. 1984 Printing and several individual tenants are trying to raise funds as well. We’ve created a web page with links to various people you might want to help out, including us.
Please spread the news, and thanks for all the kind words and support so far. We love you guys. xo.
AK PRESS is a small, worker-run collective that publishes & distributes radical books, visual & audio media, & other mind-altering material. They’re anarchists, which is reflected both in the books they provide & in the way they organize their business. AK’s goal isn’t profit, but supplying radical words & images to as many people as possible. The books & other media they distribute are published by independent presses, not corporate giants. AK makes them widely available to help you make positive, revolutionary changes in your world– & as you know, the material AK carries is less & less available from the corporate publishers & their chain stores.
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Help them continue their important work and the invaluable service they provide.
The lovely folks at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage asked me about artistic practice & motivation.
You can see/hear, here:
Questions of Practice: Jenn McCreary on Finding Form from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on Vimeo.
I am tremendously proud to announce the publication of worrywort, a collaboration with fellow Philadelphia poet Pattie McCarthy, now available for purchase, here.
Written over correspondence via text message & email while on (separate) vacations with our respective families during summer 2013, & revised/tidied up upon our return, worrywort should be read while listening to this.
PATTIE MCCARTHY is the author of six books: nulls (forthcoming, Horse Less Press), Quiet Book (forth-coming, Apogee Press), Marybones,Table Alphabetical of Hard Words, Verso, & bk of (h)rs. She is also the author of L&O, a chapbook published by LRL in 2011. A 2011 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she teaches at Temple University.
JENN MCCREARY’s latest full-length collection, & now my feet are maps (December, 2013), is now available from Dusie Press. Other works include The Dark Mouth of Living (Horse Less Press) ab ovo (Dusie Press), a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press), & Odyssey & Oracle (Least Weasel Press). A Pew Fellow in the Arts, she lives in Philadelphia, where she edits ixnay press, & was recently named a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for poetry.
A project of little red leaves, the textile series takes the hand out of “hand-sewn chapbooks.” It’s real work in the age of mechanical reproduction. It’s the little sewing machine that could. It’s ironed and folded and sewn and pulled and the threads stick out.
This spring, Steve Dickison & The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University invited my fellow Pew Fellow-poets to visit & read & talk about poetry. Just prior, Pew filmed us reading samples of our work:
Kelly Writers House invited eight poets, scholars, & fans of CID CORMAN (Al Filreis, Laynie Browne, Thomas Devaney, Gregory Dunne, Pattie McCarthy, Joshua Moses, Frank Sherlock, & me) to read & comment upon selected Corman poems, one poem per person.
You can watch here:
Frank Sherlock & Jenn McCreary
This Thursday, July 17th, 7pm:
Frank Sherlock & I will read at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop & celebrate his latest collection, Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated (ixnay press, 2014).
You should come.
The lovely folks at Pew asked me to read some poems from & now my feet are maps. & so I did.
To view artwork by SJ Hart, the visual artist whose work inspired this series, visit her Etsy.