I’m happy to announce that I’m joining David Hadbawnik, Chris Piuma, and Dan Remein as an editor at Eth Press, an imprint of Punctum books and “a parascholarly poetry press interested in publishing innovative poetry that is inspired by, adapted from, or otherwise inhabited by medieval texts.” My poem “Patience” appeared in an Eth press anthology, Cotton Nero A.x, a set of works inspired by the medieval Pearl poet, and I’ve enjoyed hearing David, Chris, and Dan’s scholarly work over the years at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. I’m honored to join them in this endeavor.
I’m also hard at work on a unique scribal project of the press, copying by hand fifteen genre scenes, a chapbook by Pattie McCarthy. Many of the poems respond to 17th century Dutch paintings, such as Pieter de Hooch’s “Woman Peeling Apples.” It’s interesting to encounter another poet’s poems by rewriting them in my own handwriting; I encounter the language in my own head in a way I’m not used to as a reader of poetry. The project also reminds me of the commonplace books I kept in high school and college, writing down other people’s poems or excerpts, incorporating their language into my cognitive memory.
So, if you are a writer with a great project that speaks to medieval texts in some way, please contact me! I’d love to hear what you’re working on.