As part of my MFA in Book Arts, I explore the production of civically engaged printed works, their modes of dissemination, and their impact on the communities that are exposed to these artifacts. In the winter of 2017 I started Stoat and Heather Press, an independent imprint whose mission is twofold: to honor the narratives and lesser read texts of the Civil Rights movement, including its present-day iterations; and to offer a platform for individuals writing on themes of race and social (in)justice in the United States to be published outside of the mainstream publishing industry.
The primary audience of works published under Stoat and Heather Press are White Americans that identify as socially progressive. The intention of this body of work is not to offer prescriptive solutions to any one issue of social injustice. Instead, it offers narrative, experiential and relational book spaces in which the viewer-reader is asked to spend meaningful time with difficult questions about race in America.