Work-play experts, we Plorkers received a generous grant for summer 2013 to produce a collection of student writing. Not just any collection, but a visually exciting offering of quality literature. Throughout the summer and into the fall, we are playing and working very hard, collecting submissions, editing, designing, printing, and binding the first ever anthology of UB MFA student writing under the newly minted Plork Press in an edition of 150 (estimated completion date late September/early October). Needless to say, we’re feeling a bit giddy and dizzy at the possibilities.
As the MFA program has long included the study of publishing, and more explicitly, the study of hand bound books, this is a prime opportunity to extend our existing creative efforts. While the edition will be limited, these handmade books are unique, artistic, and innovative. They generate big interest and buzz. We plan to display and sell them at venues such as the Baltimore Book Festival and the AWP Conference. They will also act as a great recruitment piece, as they will foreground our work in hand bound books and indie publishing, as well as showcasing the writing of our students.
We plan to use earnings from Plorkology sales as seed money to continue our seriously playful publishing endeavors in the years to come.
Project Leads: Kendra Kopelke and Meredith Purvis
Student Publishers: Judith Krummeck, Amanda McCormick, Sylvia Fishbach-Braden, and Mychael Zulauf