Orphan Press is the brainchild of writer Kristen Iversen and artist Greg Larson, and was imagined one fine spring afternoon while driving through the beautiful Huerfano Valley of Southern Colorado. We were inspired by the idea of starting a new literary press, with the intention of publishing undiscovered writers and artists. Huerfano means "orphan," and thus the name.
We are interested in the connections between art and language, image and text, and the vast landscape of uncharted possibilities in the expanding field of creative nonfiction.
Now, after nearly two years of preparation, we are about to go to press with our first book and in doing so, we wanted to shout it out from the rooftops. What better rooftop than Kickstarter.
This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began, by Joe Bonomo, is an arresting collection of essays. In these essays, Bonomo interrogates the dark edges of his suburban youth and explores issues of spirituality, sex, violence, and myth. From the memory of a rebellious Catholic schoolgirl to a coming-of-age story in a porn theater, he turns a prism lens on desire and faith and the body’s role in both, and ultimately questions the fallibility as well as the enduring power of memory.
The book has already garnered great reviews.
Dinty Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire, had this to say: "Joe Bonomo’s This Must Be Where My Obsession with Infinity Began is an arrestingly beautiful collection of brief meditations on family, faith, and the intricate splendor of everyday life. Bonomo is a natural storyteller with a poet’s ear for language, and his fresh, quirky, and exhilarating view of our communal experiences is pure pleasure."
And David Lazar, author of The Body of Brooklyn and Truth in Nonfiction, writes: "Imagine reading the story of a magician with a box, except the box is a body, and what is conjured, differently each time, is the nocturnal magic of memory, strange escapable birds flying past our eyes. Joe Bonomo seems to have a Cornell box for each difficult, lyrical moment he remembers. He is a theorist of the self’s construction out of the past, full of resistance and the heartbreaking urge to yield. You’ll want to lose yourself in his utterly necessary "Margins of the Body."
We're thrilled about this book. Your funds will help us increase our print run and help with distribution and getting this terrific book out into the world. To kick this off, we've got some great items for you.
At the first level we have a deep, heartfelt "thank you" from Shadow, our faithful administrative assistant and Art Dog. She will express her gratitude by sending you a postcard showing her hard at work at her most skilled occupation: holding down a patch of sunlight.
At the second level is a first edition copy of This Must Be Where My Obsession With Infinity Began by Joe Bonomo. Fresh from the printer and signed by the author.
The third reward is -- OMG!!! An Orphan Press T-shirt! Cool. . . trendy. . . sweet. Don't deny it. You know you need one. Specify your size please.
And the next reward is a 16"x16" limited edition print by Greg Larson and inspired by the photo that is used on the cover of the book. This is version #14 (it took Greg thirteen tries to get the spontaneity and movement) and was done with multiple layers of scanned drawings, photos, and masks. These will be printed in an edition of 100 on archival, 400 gsm watercolor paper with aqueous pigmented inks rated for 200 years. Then they will be hand embellished and signed by the artist to create an original artwork that will only be available here on Kickstarter. No two will be exactly alike. Crazy.
Finally, are you tired of cookie-cutter book covers? Are you an author with a manuscript who's been seeking a great original look for your book cover? Don't know where to turn? Well, stop right there. Orphan Press will design a press-ready, full-bleed, full-color CMYK, industry-standard 8.5"x 5.5" perfect bound cover just for you! We will work with you to get just the right combination of art, impact, and originality for your Great American Novel (or whatever it is you plan to publish!).
If you are a writer, a reader, an artist, or an aficionado of all three, here are some great items to start off the publication of our first book (hopefully the first of many). We're a small, dedicated independent press, and it's taken an extraordinary amount of work for us to get this book to this stage. We hope you will share in our excitement, and the wonderful reviews this book has already received -- even prior to publication. We look forward to having you share in the excitement.
We want to thank our wonderful editorial board, Wendy Sumner-Winter, Marcia Aldrich, Steven Church, and Adam Braver, for all their help. But most of all we want to thank you, our supporters!
Risks and challenges
We've put nearly two years into developing our online presence and connections in the publishing and printing world from which to build our platform. The book is already at the printer and the first batch is scheduled to arrive in time for our planned publication date of March 1st. We have researched lead times for T-shirt production and archival fine art printers. All the layouts are finished. Shadow, our administrative assistant, is in charge of affixing all postage. Barring an act of God, we foresee no obstacles to prevent us from completing any fulfillment obligations once the Kickstarter campaign is finished. Whew!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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