Edited by acclaimed poet and critic Peter Campion, this unbound book of innovative prose, poetry, cross-genre, and metafiction work is not simply an anthology of experimental writing — it is an experimental anthology in form.
Featuring more than 70 pathbreaking authors, THE EXPERIMENT WILL NOT BE BOUND highlights celebrated and new voices that, as editor Peter Campion says, share “a particular combination of openness and intention, curiosity and assertion.” Indeed, the authors included in this anthology “venture out onto the skinny branches of their own sensibilities,” in Campion’s words. This book, though, is not just an anthology of some inspired experimental writing but an experimental anthology in form. Being unbound — physically and philosophically — allows the pieces included here to live in any order, to find the fit that works best for any reader, to be read randomly, sequentially, or thematically. This experimental anthology allows the editor to be simply a catalyst and the reader to become the editor for others. How this anthology might be made, unmade, and remade is just part of the experiment at hand. With its contents reordered, this book, as it rests in this manuscript box, might never be recovered. It exists only now; it exists forever in countless combinations. It is a book and not a book at the same time. With a foreword and extraordinary book photography by Catherine Gass, THE EXPERIMENT WILL NOT BE BOUND is, to a degree, an homage to William H. Gass and his bold, experimental vision for his masterpiece, The Tunnel. This anthology also is an homage to every writer who believes the experiment of writing, of books, of making and unmaking and remaking meaning, must continue, one line, one sentence, one page at a time. Reader beware! Prepare to dig a way through this seemingly random heap of shuffled pages and make this anthology the book you want it to be. This unbound book is held inside a fine manuscript box, sized 8.5 x 11 inches; includes four original photographs across 426 pages. Limited to 1,000 numbered copies.
Contributors Include: Millicent Borges Accardi; Daisy Bassen; Matt Bearden; Adam Berlin; Adria Bernardi; Mark Brazaitis; Jacob Budenz; Lauren Camp; Chris Campanioni; Danielle Chapman; Alexander Cheves; Norma Cole; Brendan Connolly; CA Conrad; Will Cordeiro; Tom Daley; K. Farrell Dalrymple; Patrick Davis; Natalie Jane Edson; Angie Estes; William Fargason; Cory Firestine; James Gallant; Catherine Gass; William H. Gass; Evan Goldstein; Maxwell Gontarek; John L. Gronbeck-Tedesco; Colin Hamilton; Nels Hanson; Robert Hass; Kathleen Hellen; Brenda Hillman; Jay Hopler; D. Seth Horton; Heikki Huotari; Mark Irwin; Brian L. Jacobs; Shumon Jenkins; Kimberly Johnson; Paulus Kapteyn; Mimi Kawahara; Susan Kelly-DeWitt; Trevor Ketner; Janna Knittel; Wayne Koestenbaum; Laurie Kolp; Raymond Luczak; Peter Markus; Kevin McLellan; Matthew Meduri; Margarita Meklina; Jesse Nathan; Kathryn Nuernberger; Andrew Oram; Aimee Parkison; Nicole Robinson; John Rodzvilla; Rebecca Rolland; Liana Roux; Steven Salmoni; Gerard Sarnat; Lorraine Schein; Alex Wells Shapiro; Kevin Simmonds; Mark Tardi; Maria Garcia Teutsch; Sophia Anfinn Tonnessen; Curtis VanDonkelaar; Joshua Weiner; George Witte; Tom Yuill; Lucien Zell
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