Come celebrate Kaya Press’s 20th year with a slew of events, and visit us at our interactive booth at AWP 2014 in Seattle, this Thursday February 27th to March 1.
AT THE CONFERENCE
LAUNCH YOUR BOOK AT AWP14 w/ KAYA PRESS AND WRIT LARGE PRESS
Visit Kaya Press and Writ Large Press at the AWP14 Book Fair, Booth Q7 in North Hall of the Washington State Convention Center, and make your own handmade book! We’ll have juicy writing prompts, book covers, copy machines, staplers, and everything else you need to make your own book and publish it. Plus, daily book launch parties toasting to all the books we publish — daily at 4:30 p.m. This project is part of Writ Large Press’s Publish Underground project.
Friday 2/28: STAGE TO PAGE: The Challenges and Serendipities of Publishing Performative Texts: 1:30 – 2:45
Break yourself out of the rut of boring panels and come see live performance by Kaya Press authors Samantha Chanse (Lydia’s Funeral Video) and Denise Uyehara (Maps of City and Body), and Karen Tei Yamashita (Anime Wong, Coffee House Press). We’ll also be discussing how you capture the intricacies of emotion and gesture in live performance within the two-dimensional constraints of a book. Location: Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday March 1: OUTLAW AESTHETICS AND PUBLISHING THE SPRAWL: How LA Indie Presses are Changing the Face of Publishing: 12 – 1:15 p.m.
Join Teresa Carmody (Les Figues), Chiwan Choi (Writ Large Press), Lisa Pearson (Siglio), Luis Rodriguez (Tia Chucha Press), in discussion with Kaya Press Managing Editor Neelanjana Banerjee to discuss how these indie presses are working to create a vibrant literary metropolis from inside the Sprawl. Location: Room 302, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Kaya Press and Kundiman join forces to bring you the most kick-ass party at AWP, with nearly 20 newly published writers paying tribute to Bruce Lee and reading their own work in the historic International District. Location: Nagomi Tea House (519 6th Ave. S. Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98104) [1.1 miles from the Convention Center].
KAYA PRESS RECOMMENDS
Thursday 2/27: Chrysanthemum Literary Society Poetry Reading and Open Mic: 7:30 p.m.
Kaya author Thad Rutkowski and Kevin Minh Allen read their work, along with an Open Mic. Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono 8310 Greenwood Avenue North. Seattle, WA 98103.
Check out the feature with Kaya Press publisher Sunyoung Lee on Publishing Perspectives.
“The diversity comes from the fact that we treat each book as an individual project — we’re not trying to make it fit into some kind of footprint left behind by a previous book we’ve published. We want the design and feel of each book to be unique and individual — expressive of the book itself. We’ve taken this to even greater lengths more recently, since we are very much aware that the world of book publishing is moving more and more towards digital realms. This has made us really re-focus on how to make physical books that are in and of themselves an aesthetic experience. This is not an entirely original premise — and in fact, one of the great thing about the increasing democratization of publishing processes is that many people with ideas like ours are starting to put out books — but we’ve been working on this particular aspect of book publishing — i.e. thoughtful, beautiful book design — since we began 20 years ago. (2014 marks our 20th anniversary!)” - Sunyoung Lee