Why New Mexico?
Our publisher is a born-and-raised Burqueñx and always misses the high desert whenever they aren’t in it. Also New Mexico’s amazing history of writers and artists makes starting a press here a way of becoming part of an amazing legacy. Finally, I imagine you’ve never seen the Sandias at sunset or had a proper green chile cheeseburger. If you had you wouldn’t have to ask.
Is Skull + Wind Press a non-profit?
As we start out, our press is an LLC with a fiscal sponsorship from Fractured Atlas. Now we chose this structure for the freedom it will allow us in addressing challenges and opportunities as an LLC while still getting some of the benefits of non-profit models. Your donation to S+W can be tax deductible thanks to Fractured Atlas, for instance, and we can apply for grant funding.
Fractured Atlas would like us to reiterate: Skull + Wind Press is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Skull + Wind Press must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
What’s a Chapbook?
Chapbooks have a long history in poetry in the US, but are most easily explained as miniature books. While most full-length books of poetry are at the very least 48 pages, a chapbook is almost always under 40 if that gives you a sense. Chapbooks can trace their lineage through zines and self-published books, but have since evolved in lots of ways into a lively and essential part of contemporary American poetry.
So you’re white, right?
Yes, I (this is Trevor now) am white. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about why I, as a white person, want to start this press, a press that very explicitly holds space for work by Latinx and Indigenous writers. I think the answer has a a lot of layers. At its base, though, there is the ancestral layer—my white ancestors, some of whom came over very early from Europe, absolutely displaced (at the very mildest) Indigenous populations in the US. As their descendant I feel I owe my labor to Indigenous writers as reparation. I own no land so I cannot give them their land back. But as a white person in an industry still glaringly controlled by people who look and act like me, I am given a certain amount of power, or, at least, people are inclined to listen to me. I’d rather use that time and attention to make space for writers who are often actively disenfranchised by people who look like me not only in publishing but also in the government of our country. Latinx and Indigenous communities are a huge part of New Mexican culture and if I’m doing what I say I want to do—supporting the communities of New Mexico—simple statistics dictate Latinx and Indigenous writers should have a major presence on S+W’s list. Also the Latinx and Indigenous writers in my life are just damn good writers and more people should be reading them.
How do you say “Skull + Wind”?
“Skull and Wind.” Thanks for asking!