Publishing as weaving

 

Winter texts is the publishing practice of writer and book-designer Conner Bouchard-Roberts. (aka Me; I'm the one writing this webpage copy.) Started sometime around 2017, it has since changed and adapted in many different ways. At the moment, it is classified in the broader publishing industry lingo as a "Micro-press" or "Art Press".

Winter texts is my ongoing inquiry into the form of a book and how these odd and meaningful objects are located in our particular time, language, and place. My current philosophy is a muddied up version of M. M. Bakhtin's ideas: Every book is a culmination of a long and winding conversation of author and world; individual and interconnected.

 

I try to make material what’s just been words and ideas. Sending off these books to change hands, meet readers, weaving the texts back into the conversations that formed them. I see it as a  practice of weaving: Weaving symbols, images, ideas, and moments into pages, into printed matter, into texts.

 

I print in editions of 300 copies or less.

None of my books make much money. Nor is that the goal. Revenue is a happy-byproduct of this slow, human endeavor. (If you're wondering how I keep the lights on: I bartend.)

but to say Winter texts is only one person isn't totally true. It is a tangled and motley assemblage of people who keep it evolving:

 

Poet-Publisher, Conner Bouchard-Roberts

Editor-at-large, Tudor Etchells

Chemist, Nayon Park

Bandmate, Rachel Smith

Fixer, Chie Kawahara

Nurse, Hopi Jayne

Co-conspirator, Christina Vega

Creature Figurer, Amanda Jorgenson

Goatherd, Lydia Vadopalas 

Scholar, Nanya Jhingran

Wetland steward, J. Turner Masland

Poet-at-large, Haines Whitacre

Naturopath, Dr. Mary Schroeder

Restauranteur, Cam Roberts

Cook, Plai Junpo

Sign painter, Lizz Muller

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