Poems probably do not change the world, but they do change being-in the world.
-- Paul Celan from Microliths as translated by Pierre Joris.
Sonorous Anchorite was founded during the summer of 2022 in Tucson with the purpose of publishing innovative writing that tends toward the poem. “Innovative writing that tends toward the poem,” is an intentionally vague statement of purpose, as well as a challenge to prospective authors. S.A. seeks to publish work that plays with what a poem is, what a poem might say or claim to say, how a poem might come to be & continue being-in the world.
Most of the books published by S.A. are selected using an anonymous process, so as to focus attention (when selecting) on the text rather than the prominence of the author. Once a text is selected, each book is designed as a discrete aesthetic object, a “product of” rather than “beholden to” books that have come before.
Sonorous Anchorite is entirely run by volunteers, all funds raised go to publishing books & adjacent costs. I do not benefit financially from my work at Sonorous Anchorite. While my financial resources are limited, I’ve been fortunate to receive funds from friends & grantors to help pay for the press’ expenses, the two largest being printing & shipping costs.
In August of 2023, Sonorous Anchorite became a program of the Spark Project Collective. S.P.C. is a not-for-profit organization in Tucson funded by a tattooing & body piercing business, & provides support for numerous programs such as art therapy for children with disabilities, fundraising to support organizations fighting homelessness, toy drives for children in foster care, & now, a literary arts publishing & events program.
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