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Laurie Anderson, "Words With the Word 'The' in Front of Them"
The 2012 Summer Writing Program was lucky to have Laurie Anderson on campus to lecture and perform. Using a previous live performance as inspiration and working collaboratively with Laurie herself, Brad O'Sullivan designed this concept book, which he then printed with his Week 4 workshop participants. The project features a book-in-the-round design and a die-cut, hand-assembled envelope. Laurie even stopped by the shop to participate in some the printing! Two sets were printed—an unsigned run of 100 copies and a set of 26 hand-lettered and signed by the author.
Anselm Hollo, Last Poem
The January 2013 passing of longtime faculty member, friend, and beloved poet Anselm Hollo left a notable absence in the 2013 Summer Writing Program community. In respect for, and celebration of, Anselm's work and legacy, Brad O'Sullivan's SWP workshop printed and assembled this unique fold-out broadside of the last poem Anselm composed. Featuring a foreword by Anselm's daughter, Tamsin, a 4-color rendition of original artwork by Jane Dalrymple-Hollo, and hand-sewn into a die-cut envelope cover, this project was printed in a run of 100 unsigned copies and 26 lettered copies signed by Jane.
Kavyayantra Reading Series chapbooks
Hosted at Naropa in 2009–2010, the Kavyayantra Reading Series consisted of seven events total. Each event hosted a reading for the featured writer, and a small chapbook of his/her work was sold to commemorate the evening. All chapbooks are signed by the author and feature a letterpress cover printed by Brad O’Sullivan of Smokeproof Press. Featured writers are listed below.
- Roger Snell
- Kass Fleisher
- Peter Gizzi
- David Buuck
- Gillian Conoley
- Shin Yu Pai and Dennis Maloney
- tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE
Anne Waldman, "Mother & Child" chapbook
A miniature chapbook of Waldman's poem "Mother & Child" printed in October 1993. Unsewn and unsigned copies available from the original print run.
Andrew Schelling, The Kavyayantra Press: A Brief History 1993–1997
Printed to accompany a letterpress exhibit at Naropa's Allen Ginsberg Library in 1997, this booklet features the story behind our press imprint, including the acquisition of the equipment and the founding of the Harry Smith Print Shop (our on-campus letterpress workshop). Produced in a run of 300, the digital interior and letterpressed cover were designed and printed by Brad O'Sullivan of Smokeproof Press.
Bhanu Kapil, "Stay With Me Forever"
Designed and printed by Julia Seko's 2005 Summer Writing Program workshop and featuring hand-set type and linoleum carvings (made by Seko).
Robert Spellman, "Invocation to the Hag of Naropa" broadside
Each fall, Naropa hosts a campus-wide convocation event to celebrate the new academic year. At the 2012 event, Robert Spellman read his "Invocation to the Hag of Naropa." In commemoration of this performance, Naropa's Office of the President commissioned Jade Lascelles to create a broadside of the poem. Aesthetically inspired by Spellman's Sabbatical Exhibition, this broadside was printed in a run of 100 and each copy was signed by the author.
Allen Ginsberg, Mind Writing Slogans
Brad O'Sullivan's Spring 2011 letterpress class took on an unprecedented collaborative project—to letterpress print an entire chapbook in one semester. The chosen text was Allen Ginsberg's Mind Writing Slogans, a collection of inspired and inspiring quotes Ginsberg compiled as a guide to "writing the mind." Previously out of print since 1994, this second edition was printed with permission from the Ginsberg estate in a run of 500 copies and features a new foreword by Anne Waldman.
Alice Notley, "Two of Swords" broadside
In celebration of Alice Notley's visit as the 2011–2012 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow, Julia Seko's letterpress class designed and printed this die-cut and folded broadside. The design takes inspiration from the tarot card alluded to within the poem's content. Printed in a run of 100, all copies were signed by the author.
Harryette Mullen, "Land of the Discount Price, Home of the Brand Name" broadside
Harryette Mullen came to Naropa as the 2012–2013 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow. To celebrate this bestowment, Julia Seko's Fall 2012 letterpress class designed and printed this broadside in a run of 100, which Harryette then signed. She highlighted the poem as the closing piece for her featured reading during her visit.