We hosted the 5th large Two Plum Press reading at the new location of the Independent Publishing Resource Center on January 19th! The reading was both a celebration of 2017's Point of Entry and Hear Oars titles, and also a benefit for the center, which has survived a very difficult year.

Without the IPRC, Alex and I wouldn't be able to do this work! Happily, folks came out in droves and donated to the cause! Hajara Quinn, who is the Program Director at the IPRC, made a letterpress broadside of the first poem as a thank you to donors. 

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What a night! Ross Robbins read from his forthcoming Two Plum title The Three EPs, which will be accompanied by a reprint of All In Black Blood My Love Went RidingJoshua James Amberson shared an incredible piece that won't appear in his forthcoming Two Plum title Everyday Mythologies, but which gave everyone a perfect teaser for his impeccable storytelling. Chris, Michelle, and Delphine all shared fantastic new pieces. Zachary gave a spellbinding reading of most of Hear Oars, done in reverse. The low rumble from the skate park overhead gently soundtracked the whole night. My best Jonathan Richman mix played during the social interludes. We ate good cookies and sipped donated rosé. What a night! 

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I made some gold and silver letterpress signage for the new location of the Independent Publishing Resource Center!

Also, an experience at the IPRC I really loved this fall: I saw this flier for a screening of a film about letterpress. The film was fantastic, and I was able to reconnect with Rebecca Gilbert and Eric Bogdonas of Stumptown Printers. They showed me around Stumptown Printers a couple of times in my early years in Portland. Once, when I went to see about an internship with them, and another to be interviewed for a profile piece I wrote for a sadly defunct print-blog run by the folks at Scout Books. For that same blog, I also interviewed Rebecca about her involvement in starting the IPRC. I see Eric regularly at the Every Sunday (now Every Wednesday) Square Dance. It was really great to tell them about Two Plum Press and how inspirational they were to the project's existence. 

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The annual Holiday season Publication Fair at The Cleaners / Ace Hotel. Always a blast! A special thanks to our author Michelle Overby for holding down the fort at the Two Plum table for the first two hours of the event, and to Alex who held down the fort with me for the last two hours of the event! 

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This one was extra special for me because it marked the debut of two new releases: Hear Oars by Zachary Schomburg (022), and my band Advrb releasing our first new album in 6 years! Antiquated Future, who we celebrated 20 releases with earlier this year, put it out. I made letterpress-cover tiny lyric booklets. 

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Hear Oars will be released at Publication Fair on December 17th, 2017. Here is a trailer Zachary made for the book:

Here are the phone photos I took the first afternoon I had a completed version to read:

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I was invited by my dear pal (and perhaps someday Two Plum Press author– lookin' at you for our first books of comics!) Marta to table at her work's Holiday maker fair thing! It was fun! 

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