"Women were always present, even the most popular in salons, and while permitted to entertain and to fuck, they were not allowed to publish.
Women have existed in prominent and powerful roles at every moment throughout history. We can’t see them in the historical record because of (a lack of) “documentation” ... it’s absolutely about process and nothing to do with existence or excellence."
-- Katy Bohinc, editor, TENDER OMNIBUS Preface
In 1989 American poet Lee Ann Brown founded the internationally-esteemed Tender Buttons Press. Named for Gertrude Stein's classic poem, the press publishes women avant garde writers. In 2013, Bohinc joined Tender Buttons to help promote it's celebrated, landmark roster of women writers: six books are influential, foundational works of American poetry; four writers won Guggenheims; and one National Books Critics Circle finalist.
Thru Tender Buttons, Bohinc edited two volumes of poetry: Please Add To This List: A Guide To Teaching Bernadette Mayer's Sonnets and Experiments and TENDER OMNIBUS: The First Twenty-Five Years of Tender Buttons Press.
Please Add To This List is a guide for the poetry beginner as well as the aficionado. The book focuses on leading American experimental poet Bernadette Mayer's ars poetica, Experiments, a list of inventive ideas on how to write a poem. Responses to this wildly creative list by contemporary writers and poetry naifs alike are equal parts exciting and honorary. It's perfect for students of poetry (and taught widely throughout the United States) as well as historical collectors of American poetics and followers of Bernadette Mayer's.
TENDER OMNIBUS -- collected for the first time, the first twenty-five years of Tender Buttons Press, which includes internationally recognized poets such as Bernadette Mayer, Anne Waldman, Harryette Mullen, Rosmarie Waldrop, Hannah Weiner and Dodie Bellamy. A proof why the independent poetry press truly matters. And why small projects of activism, publishing women, can change the historical record.