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Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Four Poets

I went to a reading Mr. Ferlinghetti gave at the Caravan of Dreams, in Fort Worth Texas; this was in 1992, I think. Ferlinghetti read for an hour or so, and afterward, he signed books and answered questions. While I was getting a book signed, I asked if I could have a poem to print, […]

Steve Fisher — Rock Salt & Glissandos

synaesthesia press paperback original #1 is Steve Fisher’s Rock Salt & Glissandos: Stories and Poems. For lack of a better term, it’s our first “real” book. Steve Fisher is one of the co-founders of the press. He was there from the start. In fact, he named the press. In addition to being a piano tuner, […]

Barry Gifford — “The Strangest One of All”, “The Lost Christmas” & “Elegies”

06 Nov 2007 / 0 Comments / in Barry Gifford, Publications

Barry Gifford has become a special friend of the press. Initially, he was kind enough to support Steve Fisher’s book with a back cover blurb. Mr. Gifford’s first chap book with the press, The Strangest One of All, is a short narrative about a visit he took to the Bunker — a one-time residence for […]

Denis Johnson — 4 Poets

06 Nov 2007 / 0 Comments / in 4 Poets, Denis Johnson

It’s 1990 — maybe 1991. I’m on the phone with a cat named Steve Fisher. We’re in some pretty serious talks about starting a publishing company. Steve makes a suggestion: “let’s call it the synaesthesia press.” “I’m all for that,” I said. Steve suggests we contact some writers we both admire and solicit them for […]

Tsaurah Litzky — Blessing Poems

Remember Joe Maynard’s Beet magazine? It was a small gem, published out of Brooklyn, New York, and I think I found a copy one day at Tower Records. Joe did a great job with Beet, and I wish it were still around. I first stumbled on to Tsaurah Litzsky and her “blessing poems” in Beet. […]

Joe Maynard — Grampa Odis

06 Nov 2007 / 0 Comments / in Joe Maynard, Publications

I’m not sure how or when I came across Joe Maynard. I’m positive I knew Beet before I knew Joe, and I’m thinking I got a hold of him after reading some of Tsaurah’s Blessing Poems in his little mag. We started a bit of correspondence not long after, and we kept it up for […]

Alan Catlin, Erroll Miller, & Jack Micheline — Bad, mad and dying

In 1997 the synaesthesia press published Bad, mad and dying — a limited edition chap book featuring three writers: Alan Catlin, Errol Miller, and Jack Micheline. There were three different editions: 26 copies were lettered and had a cover with an original painting by Micheline; 1 – 50 numbered copies were signed by all three […]

Harold Norse — Sniffing Keyholes

06 Nov 2007 / 0 Comments / in Harold Norse, Publications

From the Barry Miles book The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1957-1963, published by Grove: “…for a brief period — from just after the publication of Howl in 1957 until the building was sold in 1963 — it was home to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Brion Gysin, Peter Orlovsky, Harold Norse, and […]

Tim O’Brien — Enemies and Friends

Enemies and Friends by Tim O’Brien — two short stories published in a single volume and constructed in the dos รก dos format. A chap book printed in a dos a dos format, 6″ by 7″, 6 pages per side. Each story originally appeared in The Things They Carried. This is their first separate publication. […]

Chris Offutt — A Dog & His Boy

06 Nov 2007 / 1 Comment / in Chris Offutt, Publications

I can’t believe it’s been 7 years since Chris Offutt’s A Dog & His Boy was published. Mr. Offutt’s story was published in a very small run of fifty copies; I don’t think we need to say it was over-sold upon publication. There were also six author copies that weren’t mentioned on the colophon, and […]