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Journal, Day Five May 26, 2006: For my final installment, I’d like to talk about another aspect of the way AJB operates that is different from most small presses. It doesn’t have to do with the fact that we’re a cooperative, but in the sense that our mission has always included an educational component by educating its poets as publishers, it might be considered an [...] by

Journal, Day Four May 25, 2006: Yesterday I talked about how the editing process affects my evolution as a writer. Today I’d like to begin by describing our editing process at Alice James Books, and end with some details about cooperative membership. At the first stage of editing, a new author (whether or not a cooperative member*) is assigned a volunteer “buddy” from [...] by

Journal, Day Three May 24, 2006: My favorite task as a publisher-poet is editing our books. Editing is really a kind of Ur-reading for me, a process where I am both reader and writer, and I love it for what it teaches me about both. In the past when I hadn’t been writing new poems, I thought I’d be embarrassingly rusty when I wrote again, but I’ve been surprised to learn [...] by

Journal, Day Two May 23, 2006: I promised yesterday to talk in more detail about Alice James Books’ feminist/diversity commitment. Many people know that the press had a feminist mission from the beginning, but not that the commitment to publish women was never exclusive. The commitment to diversity has always been about providing opportunity for poets marginalized for gender [...] by

Journal, Day One May 22, 2006: Directing Alice James Books is a dream job: I get paid to read, edit, and argue about poetry. And having worked for a more traditional independent press, I was particularly attracted by AJB’s cooperative, power-to-the-poets (knowledge-is-power) and feminist/diversity model. Poetry and social justice in one—how cool is that? As a poet, I [...] by