About Chax

The mission of CHAX is to increase the impact of new writing in our culture.

What prominent poets think of Chax Press.

A message from Charles Alexander,
Executive Director.

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.


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

Teré Fowler-Chapman, Poet, Activist, Educator

Tom Mandel, Poet, Technology Innovator

Christie Delgado, Visual artist, Playwright
Susan Dick, Community Education Organizer
Jeanne Heuving, Poet & Literature Professor
Cynthia Hogue, Poet & Literature Professor
Elizabeth Robinson, Poet

Staff, Interns, & Volunteers

Cynthia Miller, Visual Arts Director

David Weiss, Design, Event, & Web Associate
Ben Leitner, Editorial Assistant

Joshua Metlyng, Book Arts Assistant

Nora Alexander, Arts Consultant