Tuesday, January 12, 2016; 6:30PM
An Ecology of Our Own: Investigations of Magic & Place, Record & Resistance in Bookselling
In conjunction with Round 43, this talk will focus on the ways in which the concept, methodology and practice of third place contains valuable potential in imagining and enacting alternative geographies and other ways of being.
As someone involved in the work of literary production both in publishing and as the co-owner of North Minneapolis’ first and only bookstore, Chaun Webster will discuss the very real challenges in the work of literary production and the ways a number of publishers, zinesters, collectives, archives and bookstores are imagining possibilities that transgress capitalist imperatives.
Poet/performer/graphic designer Webster’s work operates as a form of sampling wherein they use verbal and spatial masking through the super imposition of text, repetition and signifying as a way of remapping and the creating counter hegemonic myths. Webster’s latest book, Because When We Say NAT It Be Writ Large, is a biomythography published in 2013 by Free Poet’s Press of which Douglas Kearney says “Webster’s words run off into the bush, not to flee but to ambush, not to hide but to shake every tree.” As of June 2014, along with partner Verna Wong, Webster opened the first bookstore in North Minneapolis, Ancestry Books, a third place dedicated to re-centering narratives from Indigenous authors and authors of color. You can learn more about this work at www.ancestrybooksmn.com.