3 poetry chapbooks I’ve had a hand in — 1 as author and 2 as publisher — will be part of the Arte Factum exhibition from March 30th to May 5th 2012 at Project Space, a studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The chapbooks are:

Unruly by Steven B. Smith (2011, Crisis Chronicles Press)
Blue Graffiti by Dianne Borsenik (2011, Crisis Chronicles Press)
Electric Company by John Burroughs (2011, Writing Knights Press)

Here’s the press release from Project Space:

“Project Space will open its first exhibition, Arte Factum, on Friday, March 30 at 8pm with an opening reception that doubles as the launch of Poetry Is Dead issue five.

Arte Factum is an exhibition of poetry chapbooks from across North America that features twenty contemporary works—including new releases by Jordan Abel and Dina Del Bucchia, commissioned by Poetry Is Dead—and is accompanied by curator Daniel Zomparelli’s personal chapbook collection along with additional donated chapbooks from derek bealieau and Warren Dean Fulton.

Arte Factum, the Latin phrase “to make,” acknowledges the chapbook as an object of literary and publishing craft that originated in the nineteenth century as a small, inexpensive pamphlet or booklet of literature. Today it is common for poets to publish collections of their work as chapbooks using low-cost printing and hand-binding techniques like sewing and stapling. These booklets are hand sold or exchanged, often at readings or other events that feature literary work. Although advances in technology continue to make online publishing and the production of digital books increasingly accessible, this nostalgic book-making practice continues to rise in popularity. This resurgence of an antiquated book production and distribution process reflects a rebellion against mass dissemination online or through traditional distribution channels—a push towards localization versus globalization. How do we create in a time of digitalism? We revert back to physical production.”

Check out Project Space on Facebook, on Twitter and at http://projectspace.ca.

Project Space
222 E Georgia St
Vancouver, BC
V6A 1Z7, Canada

Open Tuesday to Saturday
12pm to 6pm

Thanks to Steven B. Smith for the images that appear on the covers of Blue Graffiti and Unruly.  I took the cover photo for Electric Company in front of Conrad’s on Broad Street in downtown Elyria after dropping my car off to be fixed in 2011.