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collaborative/intentional


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QbyQ is a small independent press. QbyQ Press seeks to foster creative connections and growth through collaborative bookmaking. We publish small runs of poetry, art books, and photography, as well as other fragments, journals, sketchbooks, and ephemera. All of our products are hand made. Our programs include:

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Collaborative Self-Publishing

Collaborative bookmaking is empowering! We want our books to build new relationships among writers, artists, and print makers in real life. By collectivizing our process, and connecting our networks, skill sharing and creative growth become an integral part of our publishing projects. We include authors, artists, and designers as much as possible in the entire publishing process.

QbyQ Press’ mission is to break down the boundaries between visual/textual disciplines through our bookmaking projects.

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We're a small press


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We're a small press


As a small press, our goal is intentional content paired with intimate design.

We believe that books don’t just contain words and art – they are art objects in themselves, tiny treasures that grace our shelves as well as our minds.

We also believe in printing as a life affirming practice. 

The materials are important to us. When financially viable, we seek out earth-friendly, totally chlorine free or elementally chlorine free paper. We also upcycle materials such as fabric and plastic bags. QbyQ makes it a mission to buy materials from suppliers who use wind power or hydroelectric power. It is our hope that future grants and donations will allow us to continue to work with the most ethically sourced materials for our books.

QbyQ also seeks to dig deep and amplify; thus, we encourage submissions and collaborations by writers and artists whose voices and/or content are marginalized by more popular outlets. We seek to keep this awareness of marginalization in art and literature as a priority in moving forward.

QbyQ is always looking to make bookmaking, print arts, and literary arts a community centered practice.

We are interested in bringing literary and book arts to our home, Norfolk VA. In July 2015, we hosted the first Book Arts Fair in Norfolk. It was attended by various literary organizations, arts organizations, and independent artists, designers, printers, and writers in the area.

 

Our future goals include:

  • facilitating comprehensive bookmaking, editing, and printing workshops that align with our publishing schedule, thus opening our process up to anyone who wishes to learn and grow.
  • hosting bookmaking, printing, and writing workshops that align with our publishing schedule. This way, publishing is open, accessible, and generative. 
  • designing a creative advocacy workshop. The directors of QbyQ Press firmly believe that women, writers of color, LGBTQI, and neurovariant creative workers should have the skills to self-advocate for their independent work. We are interested in designing workshops to introduce accessible book keeping and tax filing strategies, and facilitation/conflict resolution skills for collaborators.