By Julia C. Snyder, junior English major from Murrysville, Pennsylvania
LATROBE, PA – Eulalia Books, a publisher of poetry-in-translation housed at Saint Vincent College, along with the College’s Department of Communication, will host an undergraduate-led book-making workshop for local high school students on Thursday, Nov. 7. The workshop is free and its aim is to introduce high school students to small press publishing and book art.
"This event supports the mission of Eulalia Books, as a teaching press, to educate present and future book-lovers about the art of handmade books and DIY publishing," said Michelle Gil-Montero, the editor of Eulalia Books and an associate professor of English at Saint Vincent College.
Participants in the workshop will learn about small books of poetry called chapbooks and will create their own empty chapbooks for poetry or journaling by choosing paper, designing a cover and sewing the pages together.
The workshop will be led by communication students in Dr. Melinda Farrington's Advanced Public Relations course, who are planning the event as part of the course curriculum. The assignment was to create an event that would be a win for both the community and the college, which the book-making workshop does by providing high school students with an exciting and free educational experience and by providing Eulalia Books with some exposure to prospective future undergraduates.
Eulalia Books was founded in 2018 with the dual mission of publishing poetry in translation by writers whose work has not appeared in English before and of offering students the opportunity to learn how books make the journey from manuscript to finished product. With Eulalia Books, Saint Vincent College initiated a concentration in literary publishing within the English major, as well as a minor in literary translation, which is one of fewer than ten undergraduate programs for literary translation in the United States, and the only one at a small private college. One of the goals of the book-making workshop is to alert local high school students to the unique programs close to home.
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