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Independent, Baltimore-Based Book Arts, editing, and publishing

Release date: March 01, 2012

The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College and Word 4 Word is presenting an informal presentation on independent, Baltimore-based book arts, editing, and publishing on Thursday, March 1, 4:30-6 p.m., in Athenaeum Room 342. The talk is being led by Christophe Casamassima and Douglas Mowbray, who are local editors, bookmakers, and arts advocates.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail kratz@goucher.edu.

Casamassima is a founder of the Towson Arts Collective and the editor and publisher of Furniture Press and a teacher at Towson University. Mowbray is an arts manager; curator; and the publisher, founder, and editor of twentythreebooks, a small literary press in Baltimore.

Together, Casamassima and Mowbray carry on a tradition of independent homegrown Baltimore book arts and publishing rooted in the work of the poet and publisher Clarinda Harriss (Goucher Class of 1960), who directs Brickhouse Books, Maryland's oldest continuously operating small press.

Casamassima and Mowbray also operate Poetry in the Community, which co-hosts the Cruellest Month Poetry and Performance Festival in April at locations across Baltimore City.

Established in 1999, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College brings nationally recognized authors to campus for lectures and readings, as well as semester-long residencies. These authors work closely with students and provide them with a stimulating environment in which the highest quality of writing is encouraged. The Kratz Center functions cooperatively with the undergraduate creative writing program, enhancing and expanding the curriculum with distinguished guest writers and new course offerings.

Started in 20003 Word for Word is the Kratz Center's student service-learning organization. It hosts small symposia with local editors, nonprofit heads, and emerging authors; leads fieldtrips to off-campus workshops such as the Baltimore Writers Conference and Split This Rock; arranges "write-nights," which are on-campus student-run critique sessions; and provides an array of activities geared toward the pre-professional development of Goucher's creative writing students on campus.