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Eli Goldblatt, author of For Instance (Chax Press, 2019), and Charles Alexander, poet, book artist, and founding director of Chax Press.
Eli Goldblatt’s poems have appeared over the last forty-five years in small literary journals such as Hambone, 6ix, Louisiana Review, and Another Chicago Magazine. His previous poetry collections include Sessions 1-62, Speech Acts, and Without a Trace. His children’s books are Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep. His books on composition and literacy include Writing Home: A Literacy Autobiography and Because We Live Here: Sponsoring Literacy Beyond the College Curriculum. He has collaborated with his wife Wendy Osterweil on children’s books, broadsides, and other poetry/print projects over the years. For both collaborations with Wendy and Michael Moore, his poems arose as a response to their art work. He is Professor Emeritus of English at Temple University and formerly director of New City Writing, an institute focused on community literacy in North Philadelphia.
(Woodcut by Wendy Osterweil from For Instance)
Charles Alexander is an artist, poet, bookmaker, and the founder/director of Chax Press. He is the author of six full-length books of poetry and thirteen chapbooks of poetry, editor of one critical work on the state of the book arts in America, and author of multiple essays, articles, and reviews. Alexander’s most recent book of poetry is AT the Edge OF the Sea (Singing Horse Press 2018). Two Pushing Waters is his most recent chapbook, from Little Red Leaves. He gave lectures and readings for US Poets in Mexico in 2016. In 2019 he was a featured participant at the American Poetry Conference at The 7th International Conference of Chinese/American Poetry and Poetics in Wuhan, China. He has taught literature and writing at Naropa University, the University of Arizona, and elsewhere. In past years he has taught poetry and poetics classes for the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and has planned and participated in a symposium on the poet Charles Olson, held at the UA Poetry Center in 2008. He’s currently at work on a collection of essays and a new book of poetry. He lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his partner, painter Cynthia Miller.