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We were saddened this week by the passing of poet, editor, translator, publisher, and friend Mark Weiss. Mark was a brilliant poet, one of the finest of our translators, particularly of Mexican and Cuban poetry, and a particular friend and advisor to Chax Press. We will miss him, and we encourage you to find his work, read it, and grow with it. His two books from Chax were as an author, AS LANDSCAPE, and as a translator, AUTOCINEMA, by Gaspar Orozco. (Each of the images below is a link, either to books by Mark Weiss, or to some of his writing, courtesy of Jerome Rothenberg, on Jacket2.)


New Course from Chax. Please click on image or register here!

Adam Cornford has just composed a new essay which is now on our blog, titled "Blake, Science, Eternity, and Poetry,"Please read it here! And consider a purchase of his book, Lalia, here.

Also NEW: Three Artists in Studio, a musical session by Will Alexander (piano), Drew Gardner (guitar), and Andrew Levy (percussion), premieres on Chax YouTube channel at 5pm today, December 12 2022. 

Our 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.


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

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

Staff, Interns, & Volunteers

Cynthia Miller, Visual Arts Director

Ben Leitner, Editorial Assistant

Nora Alexander, Dramatist, Arts Consultant

Michael Gottlieb, Senior Advisor

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