A collection of books published by Siglio are currently on display at the Blough-Weis Library just outside of the Caruso Innovation Center, so feel free to have the front desk direct you towards a reading experience that you won’t soon forget! And come hear Lisa Pearson, founder of Siglio Press, as she presents this year’s Publishing & Editing Lecture, “On the Small and the Contrary” Thursday, September 12th at 7:30 PM in Isaac’s Auditorium.
In 2008 in Los Angeles, Lisa Pearson founded Siglio, a press that is driven by feminist doctrine and a commitment to the writers and artists that make up their ranks. When you visit their website, you will immediately be stuck by their tag line, “uncommon books at the intersection of art & literature” and by the dictionary definition that they provided for the title of their press:
- SIGLIO, n.
- an inverse to a boundary.
- a small, unauthorized marvel as opposed to an ecclesiastically recognized miracle.
This definition is the epitome of what Siglio has to offer. “Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera” by Richard Kraft, for example, is a collage narrative comprised of page upon page of densely layered, fantastic imagery that fills every available space.
“Intermedia, Fluxus and the Something Else Press: Selected Writings by Dick Higgins”, on the other hand, is a collection of writings by the “polyartist,” poet, scholar, theorist, composer, performer, and publisher Dick Higgins, who restored the term “intermedia” to the English language and “exploited and subverted conventional book production and marketing strategies to get unconventional and avant-garde works into the hands of new and often unsuspecting readers.” Each book is more startling and well-written than the last, and all are guaranteed to captivate.