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Happy anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention

In celebration of the Seneca Falls Convention on July 19, 1848, Paris Press sends gratitude to all the women who made this historical event possible. Three cheers to our foremothers and to all the women and girls who work to maintain women's rights in the U.S. and around the world today.

Special thanks to Lisa Baskin for this poster of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, author of Solitude of Self as well as the Declaration of Sentiments, which was ratified at Seneca Falls on July 20th, 1848.

"The strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in the government under which she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright to self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself."— Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Solitude of Self, 1892.

Congress (yes it's true!) sent 10,000 copies of the speech, Solitude of Self, around the world in 1915, 13 years after Stanton's death.

Poster for the Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY.

Poster for the Women's Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY.

Bryher's & H.D.'s Magical First meeting, July 17, 1918

Friday marked the anniversary of Bryher's and poet H.D.'s first meeting! A day that changed their lives and changed the Modernist movement as well. Here is Bryher's description from her memoir The Heart to Artemis. Bryher arrived to an invitation for tea at H.D.'s cottage, having memorized H.D.'s entire collection Sea Garden. The visit led to their lifelong literary and romantic relationship which lasted until H.D.’s death in 1961.

“It was July 17, 1918. . . . I wanted things to be real. I did not want to dream. The gorse was out, I was walking across some of the most ancient ground in Cornwall, I could hear the roar of the sea. I reached a cottage with the familiar, yellow covers of a dozen French books piled up against the window sill. I knew then that it must be the right place and knocked. . . . .” (pp. 216–217 The Heart to Artemis)

Bryher continues her description of meeting H.D. (p. 217, The Heart to Artemis: A Writer's Memoir).

Bryher continues her description of meeting H.D. (p. 217, The Heart to Artemis: A Writer's Memoir).

Bryher holding Perdita, sitting beside H.D. (Photo from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.)

Bryher holding Perdita, sitting beside H.D. (Photo from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.)

Happy Birthday, Pablo Neruda

In honor of the great poet's birthday, click here to read Muriel Rukeyser's poem "Neruda, the Wine," which she wrote for her friend. Rukeyser also translated work by Neruda into English. The Press is searching for those poems and welcomes your help in finding them. 

A New taste of Paris Press's educational outreach programs

Click here, or use the media player below, to listen to Ruth Stone, Sharon Olds, and Kate Nugent read from Muriel Rukeyser's memoir, The Orgy. This recording is one of many programs the Press sponsored to educate the public about this important book. The Orgy, originally published as a novel, was banned in Ireland. It evokes Rukeyser's experience attending Puck Fair in County Kerry, Ireland. Puck Fair continues to be the last pagan festival of the goat.

Paris Press is adding links to our Lazarus Educational Outreach Initiative page to give you a taste of the events we sponsor throughout the U.S. We welcome your feedback.


SPIRALING POEMS

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Paris Press is including a striking new poem by Tanya Hyonhye Ko, "Heo Nanseolhean," about the 16th century woman poet.

Paris Press launched our new program, "Spiraling" on International Women's Day, Tanya Hyonhye Ko"s poems "Heo Nanseolhean," "Oxtail Soup," and "Grandmother Talking Camptowns" can be read at "A Blog: Spiraling."

Please visit "A Blog: Spiraling" to read Tanya Hyonhye Ko's poetry. It is an honor to feature her poems in Paris Press's first "Spiraling Poetry."

Paris Press is thrilled to begin this monthly feature of contemporary women's literature. All genres are considered for online publication  through Submittable on this website.

The next selection for "Spiraling" will be announced during the AWP Conference at the Paris Press Booth 305 in the Bookfair.

                    Tanya Hyonhye Ko

                    Tanya Hyonhye Ko

Happy Birthday, Virginia Woolf!

Today is Virginia Woolf's birthday. It is such an honor to have published Woolf and her mother, Julia Stephen, in On Being Ill with Notes From Sick Rooms. As a special birthday present to all Woolf fans, read the letter that Virginia Woolf's great niece, Henrietta Garnett, wrote to Paris Press after she read our publication of On Being Ill in 2002. Henrietta Garnett granted the Press permission to use the beautiful Vanessa Bell cover that was created for the original Hogarth Press publication of On Being Ill in 1930.

Contemplating this unusual year

Joys of the Year: This year, was intertwined with the voices of Muriel Rukeyser, Julia Stephen, Virginia Woolf, Adrian Oktenber, Nora Ephron, Emily Dickinson, Zdena Berger, Audre Lorde, Jane Cooper, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and many other great women. They offered transformative observations that are timeless in their poignancy and relevancy in our personal lives and the beauty and terrifying crises of our world.

Unexpected turns: This year took a few unexpected turns — joyful as well as challenging. The winter and spring of 2014 included facilitating a course in Literature and Medicine at Baystate Hospital, sponsored by MassHumanities. These inspiring discussions of poems, essays, and film leading to explorations of communications between patients and the medical world included individuals working in all capacities at the hospital. I, and Paris Press, greatly hope to continue these programs and public discussions in the future.

Following the AWP Conference in Seattle, and our return to MA, I experienced a severe concussion that had unfortunate consequences through the year. Because I was unable to read or look at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time, the Press "refocused" with the assistance of intern Natalie Wisehart from Smith College, a new web designer Dara Madaragnoli, administrative assistant Marsha Lieberman, and many members of the Press's Advisory Board including Barbara Alfange, Kathy Service, and Marya Zilberberg. Paris Press concentrated on launching our long-awaited website and blog; applying for grants for future and ongoing book, event, and film projects; and soliciting new manuscripts online, with the thrilling goal of publishing a new book in 2015. The Press also continued preliminary work on our Muriel Rukeyser documentary.

The Future of Paris Press

As director of Paris Press, I am indebted to all who assisted the Press during this challenging year. Paris Press thrives through community. To continue our essential work, The Press needs new volunteers in all capacities, new additions to the Board of Directors, and an additional part-time staff person to focus od social media and development. You are a part of our community, and we welcome you. I hope you will express yourself in the coming year and email me with your thoughts and ideas.

I thank everyone — named and anonymous — who have made this year possible. I wish you a new year filled with inspiration and cultural engagement — the often neglected food of our society.

With gratitude, Jan Freeman

For a more detailed account of this past year and our hopes for 2015, visit "A Blog: 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

August 6, time TBA

Jan Freeman will read poetry from her forthcoming book at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA, as part of the Amherst Art Walk.

JUNE 23, 8-9:00 PM EST

Tune in to EX LIBRIS's Public Poetry, Taking Poetry Public live web-cast to hear Dom Zuccone interview Director Jan Freeman about Muriel Rukeyser's poetry and prose, and to hear Jan read Rukeyser's work. Visit Go To Meeting and enter #361703309. Join the conversation!

June 21, 2:00 PM

Jan Freeman joins 2 other independent publishers at the public library in Brookline, MA, to discuss publishing alternatives for the Boston branch of the National Writers Union.

June 20, 10:00 am

 Paris Press will march in the parade celebrating Ashfield's 250th Anniversary. Come cheer us on or join us! 

April 8-11, 2015

The AWP Conference & Bookfair will take place in Minneapolis and, as always, Paris Press will participate in the Bookfair and the panels. Visit us at Booth 305. We will announce our next featured writer in "A Blog: Spiraling" during the Bookfair. 

Tanya Hyonhye Ko, author of Paris Press's first online publication at "A Blog: Spiraling" will sign copies of her poem "Heo Nanseolhean" from 11:00 – 1:00 on Thursday at the Paris Press Booth 305. 

On Friday at 10:30, Jan Freeman will participate in a panel Teaching  Muriel Rukeyser and The Life of Poetry,  with Renee Olander, Tim Seibles, Jennifer Benka, and Dennis Nurske. Renee Olander is creating the Paris Press Reader's and Teacher's Guide for The Life of Poetry, which will be previewed at our booth throughout the Conference.

We will host a book signing at the Paris Press Booth 305 on Friday at 2:00 with AWP-featured-participant Rita Charon, the founder of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. Rita Charon is the author of the critically acclaimed Afterword in the new Paris Press edition of Virginia Woolf's On Being Ill with Notes from Sick Rooms by Julia Stephen, Woolf's mother. 

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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