We’ve finally turned the corner into Summer & hopefully it’s not too hot to print! Actually as I write, there has been snow this week in parts of Colorado & Newfoundland. As the Olde Yankees say, never put away your thermals before the 4th of July.
Writing of the Month: This is always a difficult selection, because there is so much quality writing in the monthly bundle. The standouts for me this month are Clarence Wolfshohl’s poems The Dream of Yucatan and Don’t Trust the Numbers. Clarence distills words like smooth whisky – you’re not sure how much you’ve had to drink until it hits you. Clarence makes wordsmithing look easy. I assure you, there is much sweat that goes on behind the pen. These poems are meticulously crafted.
Project of the Month: Ivan Snyder has treated us to Amateur Observer, Number 14 – it is entirely too lengthy a wait between editions. Ivan delves into the work he is doing to downsize his letterpress operation and amateur journalism collection. If the University of Iowa takes Ivan’s collection, I hope that it can be digitized for the whole world to appreciate. We also learn about some of Ivan’s previous passions for stamp collecting, leatherworking and photography.
Journal of the Month: The Ink Zone #152 introduces us to Gregory McKelvey’s new book Through a Geologist’s Lens – which I hope someone will review for a future edition of the AAJ or for the AAPA website.
Until next month – stay cool!
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