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Jeff Clark, Poet and Book Designer: Q&A

Feb
2

 

Jeff Clark's first book, The Little Door Slides Back, was a 1996 winner of the National Poetry Series award. It was published by Sun and Moon Press in 1997, and reprinted in 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His second collection, Music and Suicide, received the 2004 James Laughlin Award. In June 2006, Clark and Geoffrey G. O'Brien released 2A, an experimental collaboration in poetry. Turtle Point Press published Ruins, a limited edition book that Clark wrote, illustrated, and designed, in 2009. 

 
Quemadura, Clark's book design studio, is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He has composed book covers and interiors for, among others, Flood Editions, Leon Works, Kelsey Street Press, the Jargon Society, Essay Press, Wake Forest University Press, Ahsahta Press, Dalkey Archive, Wave Books, Farrar Straus Giroux, Black Square Editions, City Lights Books, the Ulrich Museum of Art, and MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit).
 
In January 2008, Publisher's Weekly wrote: "Clark has become one of poetry's most prolific and influential book designers, whose distinctive treatments—characterized by spacious covers; hip, angular fonts; varied elements that elide into one another—a frequent poetry reader could recognize from a distance."
 
Clark lives with poet Christine Hume and their daughter in Ypsilanti.
Start Time: 2/2/2012  3:00 PM
Location: 3241 Angell Hall
Website: http://www.quemadura.net/
Contact: mslevad@umich.edu
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