Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Here's a message from Baltimore's Christophe Casamassima & Douglas Mowbray about a great project they're spearheading. Check it out - & contribute texts if you can!
-- Chris McC
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406 York Rd. (lower level)
Towson, MD 21204
Furniture Press Books and twentythreebooks, both publishers of poetry and poetics, have developed the Baltimore Center for the Emerging Text (B/CET). We are centered at the Towson ARTS Collective in Baltimore County, Maryland, a public space used for workshops, performances and exhibits. Our mission suggests that readers, writers, publishers, performance venues, audiences and distributors are linked by a common goal: the perpetuation and sustainability of poetry and poetic practices. In the spirit of creative literacy, we are working to introduce our communities, young and old alike, to the joy and necessity of a fruitful and imaginative inner-life.
In light of these goals and practices, we established a library of emerging texts (small press books, self-published books and ephemera, handmade publications, audio/video, etc.) We currently feature over 2,000 individual items, from hardcover collections to screen printed broadsides. It is our goal to be the largest self-sustainable library of emerging texts, free and available for all.
This ongoing project begins with you. Help us build the most comprehensive poetry library in Maryland and give our community a vital resource. There are no limitations to size or format, but we do ask that all donations are in fair condition. Multiple copies are welcome and encouraged. We will be donating these copies to local and academic libraries to offset the growing cost of books. All donations are tax deductible.
Please send all materials to the following address: Towson ARTS Collective, c/o B/CET, 406 York Rd. (lower level), Baltimore, MD 21204.
To get a better look at what we’re doing, and what we’ve accomplished so far, please check out the following resources.
Towson ARTS Collective
Furniture Press Books
Dialogue’s End [interviews, reviews, views]
Onthology/audio [recordings of poets]
Cheers, and many thanks for your support,
Christophe Casamassima & Douglas Mowbray