Gramma will end as a project on December 31st, 2018. As you may know, Gramma is generously funded by the Bill and Ruth True Foundation. As the Foundation shifts its focus and structure, Gramma will lose our vital financial support. Beyond this financial support is a foundational relationship with our publisher, Bill True, without whom Gramma would cease to make sense.
From its conception, Gramma has been part of a collaborative social and artistic practice that produces poetry books and poetry-related events; as members of this collaboration make space for new and continuing projects, we feel compelled to end this iteration of Gramma.
Since taking over the press from founding editor Drew Swenhaugen in January 2018, our main mission has been to have a positive impact on the way people interact with poetry, making it as visible, accessible, and diverse as possible. Over the past couple years, Gramma has hosted dozens of readings in our physical space; two large-scale reading series events; published nine innovative & best-selling collections of poetry; put on gallery shows; organized and funded a city-wide international art exhibition; published hundreds of artists, writers, and poets in our online zine space, Weekly Gramma; produced a risograph newsletter, Monthly Gramma; and collaborated with countless community organizers in a myriad of ways. Gramma has occupied a unique and vital spot in small press publishing, one that allowed us to see our work as a large overarching publishing project, affording us the chance to experiment with different platforms and mediums as they relate to poetry and poets. We are very grateful to every person who was a part of this.
It is our intention that our titles will continue living out there in the wide world beyond Gramma. To this end, we are currently working hard to find a home for our books and authors at a press here in the Pacific Northwest. We are poets and artists ourselves, and it is of the utmost importance to us that the work by our authors persists in book stores and galleries around the country.
Gramma's editors will continue to support the work being done by poets, writers, artists, publishers, and DIY space-holders in every way we can, both as individual participants in these important dialogues and in our roles as Directors of Cold Cube Press and Mount Analogue.
It has been a privilege to be a part of the thriving literary community in Seattle and beyond. We believe that poetry fosters empathy and can create social change, and we look forward to seeing what happens next for our authors and our own projects.
If there is a specific project that you are curious about, or feel that we should address with you, or if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org + email@example.com.
Thank you so much for working with us. Gramma would not have been possible without you and your support.
Colleen + Aidan