For nearly twenty years, Granary Books
has brought together writers, artists and bookmakers to investigate verbal/visual relations in the time-honored spirit of independent publishing. Granary’s mis- sion—to produce, promote, document and theorize new works exploring the intersection of word, image and page—has earned the Press a reputation as one of the most unique and significant small publishers operating today.
As Granary evolves, we have moved further into the realm of trade publications, releasing new and important books of poetry, poetics, art, music and film stud- ies as well as works about writing, publishing and the book. This project has been strengthened by a growing involvement in the organization, preservation and sale of archives, manuscripts and rare books by important contemporary writers and artists.
While publishing remains central to Granary's purpose, we are also deeply involved with a widespread and local community of writers, poets and artists. For years Granary occupied a gallery space in Soho, hosting countless public events, lectures and readings while curating exhibits related to books, book art, poetry and writing. Since moving to our present location in Chelsea, Granary has continued to be an active member of the community, hosting (and co-host- ing) important public gatherings such as the celebration for poet Jerome Rothenberg's seventieth birthday and the grand group reading for The Angel Hair Anthology, both held at the Poetry Project in New York City. Granary recently participated at the 2002 College Art Association in Philadelphia and at the Anne Waldman Conference in Ann Arbor. This past year, the Press also took part in a weekend retrospective of films by Jack Smith and Piero Heliczer at Anthology Film Archives and hosted numerous book parties and readings.
We believe that the publishing, preservation and community outreach Granary has been part of has significant long-term implications for the fields of writing and book art as a whole. Since the mid-nineties Granary has sought to produce, promote and contextualize scholarship investigating an emerging history of small press publishing, poetry and artists' books. Many of the books we have pro- duced in this vein, including Johanna Drucker’s essential The Century of Artists’ Books, Jerome Rothenberg and Steve Clay’s A Book of the Book: Some Works & Projections About the Book & Writing and Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips’s A Secret Location on the Lower East Side are now being used as textbooks at the college level, further opening and legitimizing the field to a new generation of scholars and practitioners.
Throughout, Granary Books remains committed to publishing innovative writing and visual work, observing progressive scholarship and supporting adventurous bookmaking in the context of exploring the relationships between seeing and reading, reading and seeking.
It is with pleasure that we present this complete catalogue of our trade publica- tions. Information pertaining to our special editions is detailed in our retrospec- tive catalogue When will the book be done? (see page 30). Our website contains current information about all of our publications and activities.