Senate House Library is co-organising with the Institute of English Studies the first panel of the day on Queer Publishing, which will consider historic and contemporary examples of the ways in which LGBTQ+ experiences, identity, creativity, and community have been - and are being - expressed in print. The talks promise to be varied and engaging.
Brooke Palmieri, who runs Camp Books, will talk on ‘information activism’ and the economies of paper-based exchange, creating fresh prints and selling queer second-hand materials to generate funds for art, activism, and mutual aid. David Grundy will explore the group of 1950s Boston poets, including John Wieners and Joe Dunn, who were termed ‘The Occult School’, and who collectively published fugitive, one-off magazines and limited-run chapbooks. Rudy Loewe will share how they have used self-publishing, via zines, comics, artists’ books, to engage critical dialogues and create learning resources. Christopher Adams will talk on the role of the dust jacket in the publication of queer texts during the mid-twentieth century, and how these ephemeral book wrappers impact our understanding of the books. Finally, Michael Bronski will consider his experiences during the decade following the Stonewall uprising, and how print was used to consciously build queer communities.