One Way to Ask by Daniel Ari, illustrated by 67 artists
One Way to Ask book release, March 2016, Norfolk Press, San Francisco
I was sitting in the bath one December night in 2012 when I realized I was ready to make another book. I had been writing queron, a 17-line poetry form I developed for about 3 years, and I thought it was a good time to put out a collection. I've always collaborated with my wife, Lauren Ari. She's the best visual artist and creative collaborator I know. But this time I thought about all the other artists I know personally, and those I didn't know, but whose work I love.
So began a three-year project of curating and polishing the best of the 400+ queron I'd written; reaching out to artists to ask them to work with me; seeking design help; finding a publisher; and at last releasing the book with Norfolk Press, San Francisco, in 2016. Four release events—at Norfolk Press, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, InterPlayce in Oakland, and the Richmond Public Library—brought the book to the public.
One Way to Askcombines more than 80 queron with art by Lauren Ari, R. Crumb, Roz Chast, Wayne White, Henrik Drescher, Bill Griffith, Tony Millionare, Cybele Rowe, Sybil Archibald—a total of 67 artists representing an incredible variety of styles, careers and reputations.
About 30 copies remain, now in my possession, of the 390 that were printed. Signed copies are available for the cover price of $35. Order directly from me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Richmond Anthology of Poetry, ed. Daniel Ari
The 2017 Richmond Anthology of Poetry brings together the work of 62 poets who live in Richmond, California, or have ties with the city. The first anthology of its kind, RAP is curated and edited by poet Daniel Ari, designed by Jan Brown, published by Norfolk Press, San Francisco, and aided by a grant from the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission.
Readings at Point Richmond's Kaleidoscope Coffee, The Richmond Progressive Alliance, and The Richmond Public Library introduced the book and the poets to the public.
In the book’s introduction, Ari writes: “I am proud of how this anthology showcases our range. I’m proud of the poets, ages 10 to 80-something, from many backgrounds, living in different Richmond neighborhoods and many places beyond our city limits.”
Exceptional poems were sent anonymously to three guest editors: California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, Richmond Councilmember and former mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and Richmond Arts & Culture Manager, Michele Seville. They awarded prizes to poets Ina-Roy Faderman, Tarnel Abbott, Eilish Nagle and Wowlvenn Seward-Katzmiller.
Fewer than 10 copies of the 350-copy press run remain out of circulation. They are available for the cover price of $15. Order directly from me by emailing email@example.com