Literary profile: Full/Crescent Press’ labor of love

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From the July 17, 2014 edition

It seems fitting that Full/Crescent Press officially started on a Valentine’s Day (in 2012). Michael Perkins gave his wife, Paula J. Lambert, some money toward beginning a poetry press. The couple's shared love of poetry and art has yielded two books thus far: Lambert’s first collection, and prolific Ohio poet George Looney’s “Structures the Wind Sings Through.” “The whole thing is really a love story,” Lambert explained. This love also manifests as a commitment to causes they passionately support, like the Malala Fund (which promotes the global education and empowerment of girls). Lambert and I discussed Full/Crescent Press’ evolution and mission.

It’s so awesome to have a partner who is so fully supportive of your art. I had been writing moon poems. They were always love poems; Michael was [represented by] the full moon, and I was the crescent moon, and that’s where the name came from.

I’ve been able to take all of my experience as a writer, artist, editor, teacher — I can work on every part of the book production. It feels completely natural. I’m sort of editor-in-chief; Michael and I work with manuscripts together, and he manages the online component. Ali Wade is our graphic designer.

I love the idea of publishing brand new poets; there’s nothing more exciting than a first book. But with a new poet, you have to build an audience. I started thinking, if we could pair a well-established, more well-known poet with a new poet, and do two books a year, that would be the best of both worlds.

We want to be a part of putting finely crafted art and poetry into the world. As much as we can afford, we want every part of this to be artful.

With our newest project, a broadside [an art/poetry print] called “The Furcula Project,” 100 percent of the profits will be donated to the Malala fund. We’d like to keep something charitable as a part of our work. Keeping the humanity in what we do brings us great joy.