top of page

Please consider a gift TODAY to help the Chax Press mission and activities! Donate HERE.

New on Our Site:

Classes: New classes in Ecopoetics Writing and Modernist Poetry/Poetics, taught by Mary Newell and Charles Alexander. Please visit our Classes & Events pages.

Books: TWO new poetry books! Maths by Joel Chace, and Broken Glosa by Stephen Bett. Please check them out. Both are on sale during their first few weeks of release. For all of our recent books, see our New & Featured page.

Blog: New post: An exchange between Andrew Joron and Adam Cornford, about William Blake. Read it HERE.

Chax Mission:

Our ongoing mission is 1) to create unique book arts editions which are generative conjunctions of literature and the book arts, 2) to publish literary editions of challenging and innovative contemporary writing and distribute them to the public, and 3) to present events that further public knowledge about explorations in contemporary writing and the book arts.


For more than thirty years, CHAX has published close to 250 books by innovative poets. Our letterpress books emerge from intense collaboration between poet and book artist. They show new ways in the art of the book.

CHAX also curates readings and other events. Our special publishing projects include one-off and limited-edition broadsides.

CHAX was founded in 1984. We've always worked to enlarge and enliven the global community of readers and writers. If you believe in this mission, you may wish to consider giving us your support


CHAX is a poet’s press and a poets’ press, i.e. the vision of a poet, and forming a community of poets; and among the various practices and changes over the years, there are some constants.


CHAX focuses on a book at a time, each one individual and different, each one a marriage of form/design and literary content. 


CHAX maintains a commitment to innovation and experimentation in literature, but the modes of such innovation are not seen narrowly, and within that commitment is also a commitment to diversity of peoples and to acts of collaboration.

Chax People:

Executive Director

Charles Alexander, Poet, Book Artist, Designer, CHAX Founder

Board of Directors

Cynthia Miller,  Secretary, Visual Artist

Steven Salmoni, Interim President, Poet, Literature Professor
Tenney Nathanson, Vice-President/Treasurer, Poet, Buddhist Teacher, Literature Professor
Charles Alexander,  Executive Director, Poet, Book Artist, Designer, CHAX Founder

Cole Swensen, Poet, Professor at Brown University

Lauri Scheyer, Poet, Professor at Hunan Normal University & Cal State-Los Angelos


Senior Advisors

Maryrose Larkin, Poet, Prospect Research Consultant 

Mridul Nanda, Writer, Editor

Michael Gottlieb, Planning, Strategy, Technology Advisor
Jeanne Heuving, Poet & Literature Professor
Cynthia Hogue, Poet & Literature Professor

Staff, Interns, & Volunteers

Cynthia Miller, Visual Arts Director

Ben Leitner, Editorial Assistant

Nora Alexander, Dramatist, Arts Consultant

Erika Cruz, Assistant to the Executive Director

Chax Featured at Brooklyn Rail:

Publishing-in-Transit, an episode of Brooklyn Rail's The New Social Environment, is a reading and conversation among Cole Swensen, David Abel, Cynthia Miller, and Charles Alexander, about Chax Press and its activities and history.
The event occurs online, and you must register HERE to attend. 

We need your help right now. In order make the necessary investments in technology and people required to build chax class (our new education programs) and chax ltd (our new letterpress and book arts programs), your support is vital. 


At this time we’re establishing this Campaign with a goal of $25,000. Please consider making a contribution today.  Your dollars will help chax class and chax ltd have the impact we know they should, as well as insure that all of our established programs thrive!

For more information, please see our support page, and please consider a gift NOW

bottom of page