A Form of Beta out now from typewriter.city

Thrilled to announce the publication of Merhnoosh Torbatnejad’s A FORM OF BETA as typewriter.city #2. I absolutely love the slender and mysterious poems it contains. Order now at typewriter.city


Putting On Mourning for Aelis, from typewriter.city

2017 is going to be an exciting year, and part of that excitement comes from a new thing I am doing. In early 2016 i invested a paycheck from a freelance gig from a major publishing house in a screenprinting set up and decent printer, with the intention of starting a tiny little press.

The result is typewriter.city, and the first title is Katharine Diehl’s PUTTING ON MOURNING FOR AELIS, which is a freaky, witchy little book of poems. I’m thrilled with how it came out, and they’ve been flying off the proverbial shelves. Get yours before I run out! Only 60 were made.

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8 pieces up at Fog Machine

Last week Fog Machine, a new lit place that focuses on *lots* posted a big pile of my work, including one mantra image, excerpted below.

I love that all the work at FM hides behind a dark cloud.

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This reagent tablet looks like a cert I totally wanna eat it

I participated in a small letterpress workshop at the Cracker Factory in Geneva, NY last weekend and made an edition of 22 weird posters.

The workshop was run by Jessie Reich, founder of Auburn’s Punky Press, and I feel like I learned a week’s worth of lessons in just about 7 hours.  Mostly, it was great to get my hands a little dirty and pull prints from a couple of different Vandercook presses. The Cracker Factory has a great collection of antique wood type, and I tried to get as many examples of it as possible in that poster. I’m happy with the result, but having gone through the process, there are definitely some things I’d have done differently. I was totally exhausted at the end of the day, and am still a bit sore from running the manual press.

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The text of the poster comes is a quote that has been in my head for the last 20 years; it’s something my freshman-year bio lab partner said to me when our professor handed out poisonous chemicals for an experiment we were doing. I still think it’s one of the best things anyone’s ever said aloud.

If you want a copy of one of these, let me know (patrick @ this domain) and I’ll set one aside for you. Supplies are limited!

Below are some more images I took from the day, documenting the space and the process. I’m totally ready to go back and do some more printing.


3 visual pieces up at M58


The ever-fascinating UK pub M58 published three more of my visual poems this week. I’m not really sure what these are, but I’ve had a lot of fun taking text and experimenting with it in Illustrator lately. Here are direct links to the full-size images:

Ill Elvis in literal matte lilt (detail above)

Look at actual distance. / Look repressed. 

On N On O No!

You might recognize the last one from my rarely-updated music blog DON’T ROCK N ROLL NO! (Reminder, I need to get back to that!). The others are a couple of lines from some of the poems I’ve been working on since early January. These two lines kind of stuck with me and I find myself repeating them at night when I’m trying to sleep. I guess I’m trying to investigate the rhythm of that in these images.

These mantra-like pieces are quite a bit different than the first batch of images of mine M58 published about a year ago, but I think these reflect my movement in a direction with my textual poetry that considers space on the page more, and is less photographic/referential/stuck in the recognizable systems of my daily live(s).

It looks like M58 has a print edition in the works, and I’m psyched to see what they do.

My Best Ever Powerpoint Slide

I’m prepping a presentation for the end of the month on my experience at Early Modern Digital Agendas at the Folger Shakespeare Library this summer, and have been sourcing most of the text of my slides from Early English Books Online. This one (not a natural specimen) makes a point about processing EM text that I’ve been trying to boil down to as elegant a locution as possible:






Also found a few other gems that may not make the final presentation:


You can read some of my quick reflections (from the library profession perspective) on the SUL Research & Scholarship blog.

WordPress Adapted from: Esquire by Matthew Buchanan.