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Memnoir by Joan Retallack: on Manifold Scholarship and the launch of our first digital-critical edition

“see that shadow on the wall that’s you childhood initiates the child into senses hungers proclivities expectations exhaustions anxieties terrors horrors humors the experience of experiencing all that’s pointed out and then the noisy silent rushes telescoping in and out i.e. stops and starts ruptures and surprises surprise surprise guess what’s inside” Joan Retallack, from […]

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Book Launch: CLAMOR / CLAMEUR

On Sunday, June 6th, 2021, Wendy’s Subway hosted Litmus Press for a bilingual reading and book launch of Hocine Tandjaoui’s Clamor, translated by Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio. Introduced by E. Tracy Grinnell and Amanda Monti. This free, online event took place on Zoom and was streamed on Youtube. Hocine Tandjaoui’s semi-autobiographical prose poem, Clameur, […]

black oil stick marks in the shape of small rectangular dots make a shape somewhere between a square and a star below which the words Clamor and Clameur appear in black type

Hocine Tandjaoui reads from Clamor at Ivy Writers Paris

Hocine Tandjaoui reads from Clameur with Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio reading from their translation, Clamor (Litmus Press, 2021), for Ivy Writers Paris on May 19, 2021. Hocine prefaces the reading with a brief story about the origins of Clameur: C’est un texte qui c’est imposée à moi, suite à quelque chose de très […]

“A Many-Textured Extravaganza”: Collective reading of Hearing, co-sponsored by The Poetry Center and Litmus Press

On May 15th, Litmus partnered with The Poetry Center to celebrate the long-awaited release of Hearing, the second collaboration by Lyn Hejinian and Leslie Scalapino and follow-up to their 1999 collaborative book Sight. For this virtual event, eleven poets joined Lyn in reciting from Hearing. Readers included E. Tracy Grinnell, Michael Cross, Lindsay Choi, Simone […]

Joan Retallack reads from BOSCH'D in a room in front of a bookcase for Segue Series on Zoom

Happy Birthday, BOSCH’D!

“Who among us doesn’t long for magic. / Who among us truly understands the decimal system.” — Joan Retallack, from “The Magic Rule of 9” Happy Birthday BOSCH’D!! One year ago today, on April 1st, Joan Retallack’s inimitable BOSCH’D launched with humor and gravitas into the midst of a year that would, like our love […]

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Fab Femme Collab: Susan Bee and Johanna Drucker at PMVABF

  “Fab Femme Collab: Three Artists’ Books by Johanna Drucker and Susan Bee” was a celebration of Susan Bee and Johanna Drucker’s history as collaborators, as well as their most recent publications, Off-World Fairy Tales (Litmus Press, 2020). The event took place at the Printer Matter Virtual Art Book Fair (PMVABF) on February 27, 2021, […]

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Susan Bee and Johanna Drucker at BOMB Magazine

In this interview at BOMB Magazine, Susan Bee and Johanna Drucker discuss their most recent collaboration, Off-World Fairy Tales (Litmus Press, 2020), fantasy as a mode of political resistance, feminism and play, science fiction and poetry, friendship, and more: Johanna Drucker: In our other collaborations, the concept for the book framed the development of the texts and […]

Image of artwork by Youmna Chlala titled How Many Tongues Does It Take to Make a Colour, 2018. A purple neon sign that reads here we cut tongues hangs on a simple wooden structure. One sees an open sea and hills through the stucture.

Youmna Chlala on Multilingualism, Text & Image in The Paper Camera

Here’s a snippet from Mónica de la Torre’s interview of Youmna Chlala at BOMB Magazine: Mónica de la Torre: You’re a polyglot working with multiple languages—verbal (French, English, Arabic), two-dimensional (drawing, photography, film), and three-dimensional (performance, sculptures, installations). You bring some of these together in The Paper Camera, which intersperses film stills of urban exteriors and […]

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Experimental Writing and Beyond — Joan Retallack Interviewed at Place

The following is an excerpt from Jan Baetens’ interview with Joan Retallack, “Experimental Writing and Beyond An interview with Joan Retallack,” in the January 2021 issue of Place magazine. Baetens:  …[Y]ou repeatedly draw attention to a certain analogy between scientific experimentation and poetic writing. The scope of this analogy seems clear, but what are the […]

A screenshot of Zoom call in gallery view, titled "Joan Retallack - BOSCH'D Reading & Discussion." From top left and moving clockwise, Forrest Gander, E. Tracy Grinnell, Fred Moten, Joan Retallack, and Mónica de la Torre are smiling.

BOSCH’D – A Dialogue in the Swamp w/ Retallack, Moten, de la Torre, and Gander

Joan Retallack’s poetry collection, BOSCH’D—fables, moral tales & other awkward constructions, reminds us of the beauty that can be found when relinquishing what we can’t control and of the rejuvenation that comes from realizing the possibility of our own actions. My journey through the many worlds of BOSCH’D began with a digital launch recording hosted […]

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