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Workshops and readings at the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

In just six years it's grown from a local curiosity to one of the most significant regional small press gatherings in North America.

The 2012 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair-- which runs from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 453 Porter Avenue in Buffalo--is a  a regional, one day event that brings booksellers, authors, bookmakers, zinesters, small presses, artists, poets, and other cultural workers (and enthusiasts) together in a venue where they can share ideas, showcase their art, and sell their wares.  Over 110 vendors from throughout the Great Lakes Region, as well as Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, NYC, Pittsburgh, and beyond have signed up to appear at the fair, which drew over 2600 attendees last year.

In addition to the exhibits, the fair will also present publishing artist workshops and presentations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 minute showcase readings by nearly thirty poets from 12:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.  Listed below is the most recently available schedule of those events.

Workshops and Presentations

1:00pm – Workshop: Letterpress: The Platen Press
Discover the unique world of letterpress – learn about the process, implements, and product an use centuries old technology to produce your own hand-printed keepsake. This workshop will focus primarily on the platen or “clamshell” letterpress, which is used primarily for small scale work.  All skill levels welcome and no experience necessary. Overview and instruction by Western New York Book Arts Center Volunteer Staff Member Christine Gallisdorfer.

2:00pm – Presentation: Visual Poetry: Mike Basinski
Mike Basinski, curator of The Poetry Collection, SUNY at Buffalo  describes the elusive sub-genre that comingles art and verse: visual poetry. Sometimes easier to show than to tell, the presentation will involve exploring sample visual poems; Basinski will draw from his own work as well as notable predecessors. 

2:30pm – Mini Workshop: Thaumotropes
Squeaky Wheel Media Resources brings you this mini-workshop for all ages on thaumotropes, a kind of toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision.

3:30pm – Workshop: Screenprinting for Newbies.  Overview and instruction by Silkscreen Artist Anne Muntges

Open Readings will take place upstairs at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum from 12:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m.  All times listed here are approximate, and subject to change.

12:30 Jeannie Hoag

12:40 Christophe Casamassima

12:50 Magus Magnus

1:00 Lauren Gay

1:10 Chris Fritton

1:20 Robin Brox

1:30 Miriam Atkin

1:40 Lori Anderson Moseman

1:50 Pat Kewley

2:00 Matt Klane

2:10 Jen Tynes

2:20 Mike Sikkema

2:30 Frederick Glaysher

2:40 Edric Mesmer (Yellow Field)

3:00 Nava Fader

3:20 Mike Kelleher

3:40 Eric Gelsinger (House Press)

3:50 Jaye Bartell (House Press)

4:00 Camille Martin

4:10 Kevin Cain

4:20 Jessica Smith

4:30 Eva Falkenstein

4:40 Matt Baker Thompson

4:50 Chris Sylvester

5:00 Anita Schmaltz

5:10 Geoffrey Gatza (BlazeVOX)

5:20 David Hadbawnik (BlazeVOX)

5:30 Jared Schickling (BlazeVOX)

--R.D. Pohl

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