Sierra Suite is a chapbook of "found oral" poems I composed during a training session at the library where I work. We were being trained to use a new software called Sierra, and I was struck by how much of the presenter's language was about authority and control, who grants you the rights to do things in a digital environment, and how we present ourselves more generally. Taken out of context, her words resonated with me.
I hand set the poems for this edition of Sierra Suite in metal type and printed it on a Vandercook SP-15 proof press. The covers are also letterpress-printed, featuring a relief print from a carved piece of Davey book board. While this is a straightforward poetry chapbook, I consider it an artist's book project because I intend to produce other editions of the poems in radically different formats, as an exploration of how different physical presentations of identical poems can affect their reading and reception.
Sierra Suite is my first letterpress-printed book, completed as the final project for a letterpress course I took in Spring 2017 with Beth Grabowski at UNC-Chapel Hill.
5.5” x 6”
two-sewn-as-one pamphlet binding
edition of 10