Spiraling

Happy birthday paris press! 19 years old

December 8 was Paris Press's birthday! 19 years old, 19 titles. One literary documentary film in the works. Solitude of Self by Elizabeth Cady Stanton is back to press for a new printing and now dedicated to the memory of the Grande Dame of Ashfield, Ruth Craft.

What an honor to publish great and groundbreaking literature by women. From overlooked work by the famous -- Virginia Woolf, Audre Lorde, Joan Baez, and Emily Dickinson's passionate letters and letter-poems to her primary reader and sister-in-law, Sue -- to lesser and unknown works of Catherine Chung, Bryher, Zdena Berger, Tsipi Keller, Misty Urban, Muriel Rukeyser, and Ruth Stone.

Please support the Press by tweeting, FB posting, and emailing birthday wishes with #UNSelfies holding a Paris Press book, quote, or picture of a Paris Press author. Or send an #UNSelfie of you holding a piece of paper with a favorite quote by a woman author. We'll post all the pictures on Wednesday, #ValleyGives Day, a special day supporting all nonprofit organizations in the Pioneer Valley.

We also hope you will donate to Paris Press through #ValleyGives (you can pre-schedule your donation for December 10 so that the Press is eligible for helpful cash prizes from the Community Foundation of Western MA).

Paris Press celebrates the BIG 19 thanks to the generosity of donors' cash and stock contributions and foundation grants. We also exist because interns, advisory board and board members, volunteers, and one part-time assistant help us in our daily tasks -- proofing, producing books, inputting data, addressing envelopes, researching courses and teachers at schools who can teach our books, and writing grants.

These are the leanest times in 19 years for the Press. Leaner than in 1995. We deeply appreciate you buying and reading PP books, submitting your manuscripts to be considered for publication, and contributing as generously as you can in any way to Paris Press.

As Paris Press moves into its 20th year in 2015, the Press pays special tribute to the memory of our two supportive Mentors in Publishing: Allan Kornblum of Coffee House Press and Sandy Taylor of Curbstone Press. Without their guidance over many years, Paris Press would not have reached its 5th birthday. Here's to passing on knowledge, to continuum, to great literature by women, and to independent presses who carry the torch of book publishing's future.

With deepest thanks,
Jan Freeman

Dangers of apathy

Post election, it's time to read Bryher's Visa for Avalon. As an introduction, check out Margaret Atwood's review and essay in The New York Review of Books, and Azar Nafisi's enthusiasm about the book -- placed right on the front cover, where it belongs. The dangers of apathy? We are living those dangers right now.

 

Alice Walker explains why #ArtsMatter. Vote for candidates who support funding for the arts!

#ArtsMatter and Paris Press encourage all of you to vote on Election Day. ArtsMatter asks everyone to reach out to candidates running for office. Encourage them to support funding for the arts. Here is Alice Walker in a 4-minute video, showing why arts, especially poetry, are  vital in our communities and must be supported by our local, state, and national elected officials.  Click on the link below!

 

Galway Kinnell, thank you

Paris Press is deeply grateful to Galway Kinnell, his generosity, his poems, his teaching, his deeply meaningful life that changed the lives of so many of us. We mourn his death and celebrate his life. We send our deepest condolences to his family and all who loved and admired him. It was an honor to host him and to thank him when he came to Ashfield last summer to read his poems in support of Paris Press.

Galway Kinnell in Ashfield, summer 2013 (c) Chelynn Tetreault photography

Galway Kinnell in Ashfield, summer 2013 (c) Chelynn Tetreault photography

 

Photo of Muriel Rukeyser

A heart-stop moment in early September. The New York Times published the obituary of photographer Lida Moser. In 1997, Director Jan Freeman had the first Northampton, MA, reading for the new edition of The Life of Poetry by Muriel Rukeyser. After the event in Neilson Library at Smith College, a woman in her seventies came up to Jan and said she'd known Muriel in NYC and had a photo that she wanted to show her. The woman, photographer Lida Moser, was moving to Maryland that week, and asked Jan to visit the next day....

Muriel Rukeyser by Lida Moser (c) Jan Freeman

Muriel Rukeyser by Lida Moser (c) Jan Freeman

Alice Walker on Muriel Rukeyser

Alice Walker speaks about her teacher, Muriel Rukeyser, when she was a student at Sarah Lawrence College. She reads passages from Rukeyser's essays in The Life of Poetry and recites her poem "Islands." Alice Walker talks about poetry as an essential part of her identity and her life. Thanks to Myra Paci for producing this poignant film for Paris Press.

 

Galway Kinnell Poetry Reading in Ashfield

Jan Freeman with Galway Kinnell and his grandchildren, Mirah and Ephraim Kozodoy. (Photo (c) Chelynn Tetrault)

Jan Freeman with Galway Kinnell and his grandchildren, Mirah and Ephraim Kozodoy. (Photo (c) Chelynn Tetrault)

 A recording of Galway Kinnell reading in Ashfield's Saint John's Church last summer. His grandchildren joined him for recitations of Yeats, Keats, and Shelley. Thanks to Dave Gold for recording this special occasion.




Programs

April 8-11, 2015

The AWP Conference & Bookfair will take place at the Hilton Minneapolis and, as always, Paris Press will participate in the Bookfair and the panels. This year we will have a book signing with AWP-featured-participant Rita Charon, the founder of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, and the author of the Paris Press Afterword in Virginia Woolf's On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms by Julia Stephen, Woolf's mother. Jan Freeman will participate in a panel on Muriel Rukeyser in the Classroom with Renee Olander (author of PP's Teacher's Guide for The Life of Poetry which will be released at the Conference), Tim Seibles, Jennifer Benka, and Dennis Nurske. Check in for more details in 2015!

 

December 10, 2014

Valley Gives 24-hour fundraising day, supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the Pioneer Valley in MA. Please mark your calendar to support Paris Press in whatever way you can. Volunteers who would like to help Paris Press on 12.10.14, please contact info@parispress.org. Send the Press an #UNSelfie with a Paris Press book, a pix of one of our authors, or a quote from your favorite woman writer. We will post all the pix on VG Day, tomorrow!

VG Day falls on Emily Dickinson's birthday! Celebrate with friends by reading aloud Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Correspondence with Susan Huntington Dickinson. Have a marathon Emily reading and send us pix to post on our VG page, and post yourself on the Press's FB page or tweet and share on @ParisPress1, or send us an email at info@parispress.org. Let's celebrate great literature together on December 10, while supporting Paris Press.

 

December 8, 2014

Paris Press celebrates its 19th birthday! One literary documentary film in the works. Solitude of Self by Elizabeth Cady Stanton is back to press for a new printing and now dedicated to the memory of the Grande Dame of Ashfield, Ruth Craft.

What an honor to publish great and groundbreaking literature by women. From overlooked work by the famous -- Virginia Woolf, Audre Lorde, Joan Baez, and Emily Dickinson's passionate letters and letter-poems to her primary reader and sister-in-law, Sue -- to lesser and unknown works of Catherine Chung, Bryher, Zdena Berger, Tsipi Keller, Misty Urban, Muriel Rukeyser, and Ruth Stone.

As Paris Press moves into its 20th year in 2015, the Press pays special tribute to the memory of our two supportive Mentors in Publishing: Allan Kornblum of Coffee House Press and Sandy Taylor of Curbstone Press. Without their guidance over many years, Paris Press would not have reached its 5th birthday. Here's to passing on knowledge, to continuum, to great literature by women, and to independent presses who carry the torch of book publishing's future.

 

October 18, 2014

WriteAngles Conference will take place at the Willits-Hallowell Center on the Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Director Jan Freeman will join Nell Lake, Suzanne Strempek Shea, and Joanna Brown to discuss Narrative Medicine and the experiences of writers, editors, and publisher in this important new field.

 

October 8, 2014

Director Jan Freeman will offer a presentation about Paris Press for the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club at 7:00 p.m. Members will offer short readings from Paris Press books.

 

September 20, 2014

The Amherst Poetry Fest will include a program at The Evergreens at 12:00 p.m. on The Poetics of Loss, moderated by Jan Freeman with poets Martin Espada, Doug Anderson, and Rich Michelson.

At 1:30 p.m., at Sweetser Park (across from the Black Sheep) Jan Freeman will present a sampler of poetry published by Paris Press (Ruth Stone, Emily Dickinson, Adrian Oktenberg, Rita Dove, Grace Paley, etc.).

Paris Press will have a booth in Sweetser Park from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with Paris Press books available to buy, poetry mugs, and tee shirts. If you'd like to volunteer at the booth, please contact info@parispress.org.

Ashfield Film Fest will present the Baby Cecil Awards (named for Cecil B. Demille, who was born in Ashfield on August 12, 1881). The Film Fest will take place Saturday evening in Ashfield Town Hall and in the Congregational Church across the street. Paris Press has submitted "Alice Walker on Muriel Rukeyser," which Myra Paci produced for Paris Press in honor of Muriel Rukeyser's 100th birthday. This short film will be included in Paris Press's work-in-progress, "Spiraling Into The Life of Poetry."


December 14, 2013 

Muriel Rukeyser Centennial, presented by Poets House & The Academy of American Poets with director Jan Freeman, Jan Heller Levi, William L. Rukeyser, Alicia Ostriker, Joan Larkin, etc.

 

December 5, 2013 

Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Celebration at NYU's Law School with psychologist Carol Gilligan, comedian Kate Clinton, poet Gerry Stern, & others!

 

October 12-13, 2013

 Ashfield Fall Festival! Come join Paris Press at Ashfield's annual celebration! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

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