|Über uns||A nonprofit literary center located in downtown COS supporting contemporary publications of poetry and visual arts. Opening events late August, 2014.|
We seek to provide local public access to a collection of innovative and unique books of poetry, fiction, artists' monographs, and arts-related periodicals as yet unavailable in the community, through an independent reading room/bookstore/cafe. The reading room will be a physical space for the physical act of reading, and a forum for conversations between readers, between writers, and between readers and writers. We hope, ultimately, to bring a world-class collection of small press books of poetry, fiction, and art to a wide and growing community of thoughtful readers and writers throughout the Pikes Peak region.
An independent reading room/bookstore/cafe will supplement and collaborate with existing local art, literacy, and literary institutions in order to provide a gathering place for literary and arts culture in the wake of mass bookstore closures throughout the city (especially Chinook). As even the box store book retailers have become overwhelmed by online retailers, we did there is a new vacuum for small, independent booksellers again. The reading room will become a home for poetry readings, literary events, and arts events. We seek to foster and expand this community, reaching both current and new readers of innovative and beautiful books and viewers of contemporary art.
Many things excite us about this project. We see the physical immediacy of the book as unique, especially as the book has given way to other forms of entertainment; it occupies space no other media currently does. You touch it, hold it in your hands, manipulate its pages. It passes from reader to reader. We find this to be altogether exceptional. The potential impact of a community in reading, of individuals cultivating more thoughtful engagement with the world around them through text and art, can yield a cultural redefinition and renewal for the region. In this vein, we feel this project also has the opportunity to provide public access to works by writers and artists from groups which
|Auszeichnungen||2013 Pikes Peak Community Foundation Ingenuity Grant|
|Gegründet||Jonathan Fey, Marina Eckler, Jamie Fox, Noel Black|