Siglio Advocate 2020

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This spring Siglio released two books that evince the press’s mission in every way. Memory by Bernadette Mayer and The Saddest Thing Is That I Have Had to Use Words: A Madeline Gins Reader, edited by Lucy Ives are both monumental, complex, deeply significant works by vanguard women artist-writers. Their respective publications expand the canon and retrace new lineages through the past and into the present. Both use language, image and the space of the page in startling and innovative ways. And they are both gorgeous objects: the book is absolutely the thing.

The fall line-up includes two smaller but no less beautiful books, both hardbound and gorgeously printed: Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Photostats and a collection of collages by Ray Johnson paired with writings by Bill Wilson titled Frog Pond Splash, edited by Elizabeth Zuba. These two books also have a keen attention to language and its alteration/transformation in relationship to the visual as well as to the book as object.

Subscribers not only get substantial discounts, free shipping (and books well before they’re available anywhere else), but they also contribute to the health and longevity of the press by making an early commitment to the entire year’s list. A subscription is a vote of confidence: it helps helps immensely with the impending printer and production bills, while also fortifying the project of Siglio as a whole in ways that, while less concrete, are no less essential. A subscription says, yes, there are readers who are drawn to books that are deeply resistant to algorithms, easy categorization, and seven-word tag lines, yes to books by artists and writers that are truly risk-taking and worth taking the risk for.

This year is Siglio’s twelfth year of  fiercely independent publishing, driven by its feminist ethos and its commitment to artists and writers who obey no boundaries, pay no fealty to trends and invite readers to see the world anew by reading word and image in provocative, unfamiliar ways. Since its inception, Siglio has seen publishing itself as an act of resistance to the literal, the authoritarian and the facile (see the Siglio manifesto “On the Small and Contrary”). Siglio Advocates are essential to fulfilling this mission, so thank you for subscribing!

Lisa Pearson, publisher