Writers Who Publish

Wendy’s Subway invites three independent and small press New York-based publishers with writers at their helms to think about the intersections of writing, poetics, and publishing. Anna Gurton-Wachter and MC Hyland from DoubleCross Press, Isabel Sobral Campos from Sputnik & Fizzle, and Lee Norton from Ugly Duckling Presse will reflect on the relationships between their own practices as writers and as publishers in short presentations that interlace their own creative work, selections from past publications, and a myriad of other references and resources guiding their publishing and writing.

A selection of titles by each publisher will be on display and for sale for the evening.

Reading Series Full Schedule:

Thursday March 29
7-9 pm
Writers Who Publish
Anna Gurton-Wachter & MC Hyland (DoubleCross Press), Isabel Sobral Campos (Sputnik & Fizzle), and Lee Norton (Ugly Duckling Presse)

Thursday, April 26
7-9 pm
Artists’ Archives
Sarah Hamerman (Princeton University Library Special Collections), Hailey Loman (Los Angeles Contemporary Archive), Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz (Lesbian Herstory Archives / The Graduate Center Library)

Thursday, May 31
7-9 pm
Women in Art Publishing: Collaborative Networks
Corina Reynolds (Small Editions), Karen Kelly & Barbara Schroeder (Dancing Foxes Press), Tammy Nguyen (Passenger Pigeon Press)
Organized in collaboration with Sonel Breslav (Blonde Art Books)

Thursday June 28
7-9 pm
Language Weavers
Francesca Capone, Martha Tuttle, Sarah Zapata
Moderated by Jill Magi

DoubleCross Press is a publisher of handmade books of poetry and poetics. With an eye toward artist book studio practices and spaces, and toward the materials and structures of contemporary and historic hand-bookmaking, they produce physical manifestations of their writers’ language. They publish poetry chapbooks, essays on book arts and book culture, poetry journals, and other materials exploring the boundaries of poetry, poetics, and artist books. DoubleCross Press was founded in 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama by MC Hyland, who has since been joined by Anna Gurton-Wachter and Jeff Peterson.

Sputnik & Fizzle publishes lectures and other interventions in the world of ideas and praxis. They aspire to cultivate a space where academics and multimedia artists cross paths, where texts disturb comfortable formal territories, where national and linguistic boundaries are transposed via translation, and where the discourses that shape social, political, ecological, scientific, and artistic life coincide. Sputnik & Fizzle was co-founded by Isabel Sobral Campos and Rita Sobral Campos.

Ugly Duckling Presse is a nonprofit publisher for poetry, translation, experimental nonfiction, performance texts, and books by artists. UDP was transformed from a 1990s zine into a Brooklyn-based small press by a volunteer editorial collective that has published more than 200 titles to date. UDP favors emerging, international, and “forgotten” writers, and its books, chapbooks, artist’s books, broadsides, and periodicals often contain handmade elements, calling attention to the labor and history of bookmaking. UDP is committed to keeping its publications in circulation with our online archive of out-of-print chapbooks and our digital proofs program. In all of its activities, UDP endeavors to create an experience of art free of expectation, coercion, and utility.

Wendy’s Subway is a non-profit library and writing space located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It provides an open, versatile space where cultural production flourishes through reading, research, and collaborative practice, and is manifested in performance, publication, and education. Wendy’s Subway hosts a range of public programs, including readings and screenings, interdisciplinary talks and lectures, discussion and reading groups, and writing workshops. The non-circulating library holds a collection of books and documents with a special focus on poetry, art, theory, and philosophy, as well as the Laurin Raiken Archive, an extensive resource for the study of art history and criticism. Wendy’s Subway is operated by its membership of poets, curators, novelists, artists, and critics with an interest in hybrid forms and cross-disciplinary discourse.

Leading support for Public Programs at Bard Graduate Center comes from Gregory Soros and other generous donors.