Mission: To publish creative works which are grounded in place and soar with imagination.

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Kansas Publisher Founded by Imagination & Place

During years affiliated with the Lawrence Arts Center, the Committee on Imagination & Place published three titles, furthering the Committee's ambition to present imaginative programs and creations about place that illuminate in ways that may fall outside of or integrate traditional academic, artistic, and professional disciplines. Those three publications are Cottonwood 59/60: Kansas Conference on Imagination & Place, Spring, 2002; Imagination & Place: Artists and Writers Portfolio, 2004; and The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image in 2005.

In 2008, the Committee established the Imagination & Place Press (I&PP) with a goal to publish, along with other works, a series that contemplates themes as they relate to imagination and place. "Although Kansas abounds in writers, few publishing opportunities exist for them in the state. By publishing writers and artists from around the country in an annual volume, the Imagination & Place Press will create a regional and national context for Kansas writers and artists, placing their work in relation to a broad spectrum of contemporary writings and images. We hope that by emphasizing topics of imagination and place, writers and artists will be inspired to create new understanding of environments and of our experience of life," said Imagination & Place committee member Elizabeth Schultz, upon the founding of the I&PP.

Still an affiliate with the Arts Center, the I&PP published, in 2009, the first in this series, Imagination & Place: An Anthology. For this collection of prose and poetry, writers were encouraged to think, feel, dream, and imagine place in complex and innovative ways.

The Committee had, in 2008, incorporated in Kansas as Imagination & Place, Incorporated, and, in 2009, began operating independently as Imagination & Place, Inc.; undertaking various educational endeavors including publishing as Imagination & Place Press.

Subsequently, the I&PP has published in the anthology series: (1) in February, 2010, Imagination & Place: Ownership. This interdisciplinary publication investigated the theme of ownership as it relates to place. The idea of ownership impacts many facets of contemporary human life–from real estate to intellectual property; from the simple possession of personal belongings to the elaborate legal relationships that lead to such institutions as marriage and instruments such as wills and trusts. Modern human beings own homes, businesses, vehicles, land, buildings, copyrights, securities, personal property, plants, animals, and even ideas and music. Some questions and considerations on the topic of ownership in relation to place are: Ownership may encompass legal possession of land; a sense of belonging and responsibility for a place; or in contrast, an entitlement to convert that which is wholly owned to "resources" for sale and profit through logging, mining, petroleum extraction and agriculture. What constitutes sovereignty? How are control and ownership linked? What is the relationship to that which is not (or cannot be) owned? What are the implications of ownership over time and generations? What stories can be told about human beings and the meaning of ownership in their lives? What does ownership mean to indigenous cultures? Can other than human species be said to be owners? (2) in December, 2010, Imagination & Place: Seasonings. The call for submissions to this anthology evoked writers to "Imagine the spices of life in relation to the place(s) you are. These spices may be herbal or chemical; they may evoke time and cycles. Imagine who/what is well seasoned and how such seasoning occurred." (3) in March, 2012, Imagination & Place: Weather. Writers interpreted the theme of weather literally and figuratively, with weather in the specific and in the general. Explorations of weather, either interior and exterior, can reveal calmness as well as turbulence.

The key in all I&P publications is the linking of place and imagination.

Writer Kelly Barth serves as editor for the I&PP series; Laurie Ward, managing editor; Paul Hotvedt and Blue Heron Typesetting, production designer; Rick Mitchell, publisher's representative; and Denise Low and Schultz, consultants. All are of Lawrence and I&P committee members.

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Imagination & Place: Cartography
February, 2013

The work in the fifth anthology imagines cartography, both exterior and interior. Edited by Kelly Barth, Imagination & Place: Cartography's contributors include Elizabeth Dodd, JoeAnn Hart, and Bonnie Morris. Cover: (front and back) Details from Leo Belgicus, 1611, by Jodocus Hondius.

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Imagination & Place: Weather
March, 2012

The work in the fourth anthology imagines weather, both interior and exterior. Edited by Kelly Barth, Imagination & Place: Weather's contributors include Dense Low-Weso, Maryfrances Wagner, Walter Bargen, and Richard Schiffman. Cover painting: Lisa Grossman, Lightning III (detail), 2008.

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Imagination & Place: Seasonings
December, 2010

The work in the third anthology imagines the spices of life in relation to space. These seasonings relate not only to food but also evoke cycles in the lives of well-seasoned beings. Edited by Kelly Barth, contributors include Ellen Prentiss Campbell, Laurence Syndal, Maryfrances Wagner, and Howard R. Wolf. Front cover photograph: Rick Mitchell, Clinton Lake, 2009.

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Imagination & Place: Ownership
February, 2010

The second anthology in this ongoing series considers the topic of ownership in relation to place. Writers addressed the legal possession of land, its creation of a sense of belonging to and responsibility for a place; the psychologial impact of ownership, as well as the meaning of self-possession and of ownership across cultures. Edited by Kelly Barth, contributors include Lyn Lifshin, Eric Gansworth, Jane Bradley, Marilyn Moriarty, and Eric Freyfogle.

Front cover photograph: Rick Mitchell, Stone Fence near Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, 2009.

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Imagination & Place: An Anthology
July 1, 2009

This eclectic anthology offers poems, essays, and fiction that broaden the conversation about place and its relation to the natural world and human culture. Edited by Kelly Barth, it features works by Harley Elliott, Benjamin Grossberg, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Linda Rodriguez, and others.

Front cover painting(detail): Josh Adams, Untitled, 17" x 17.875", oil on panel, 2008.

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The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image, 2005

Edited by Denise Low, images edited by Rick Mitchell; with works by 29 national and local writers and 13 visual artists celebrating the area also known as Haskell-Baker Wetlands, located on the edge of Lawrence, Kansas.

Front cover photograph: Kyle Gerstner, Painted Turtles Bask in the Sun, 2002.
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From The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image:

Terry Tempest Williams: "How do we speak on behalf of the peace of wild things? It's going to take every angle. We all know it takes a legal angle. We know that it takes an angle of education. It takes an angle of vigilance. It takes an angle of love. And biology. And I think more than anything, it takes an angle of reverence-reverence for life, defined by our understanding, recognizing our own limitations as human beings."

George W. Brown, 1856: "The descent into the Wakarusa is quite precipitous on the east side, and the waters were high. I know considerable time was spent in crossing, and getting out into the timber which skirted its western bank for a considerable distance. Finally we emerged into the prairie, known as the Wakarusa Bottoms."

Denise Low: "When Williams suggested a volume such as this book, I understood her concept to be a celebration of the Wakarusa (Haskell-Baker) Wetlands. This collection opens with a remembrance of this generous writer's visit, with excerpts relevant to the Wetlands from her 2003 talks in Lawrence, Kansas. The call for submissions reached both national and Lawrence area writers and artists-many talented people of vision."

Rick Mitchell: "Images can transform thinking. Familiar places that go scarcely noticed on a day-to-day basis can attain new status through quality of attention-the kind paid by artists to subjects they love. These thirteen artists lend us their sharpened vision, heightened awareness, and perfected craft for the purpose of enhancing and transforming our thinking about the subtle, beautiful, fecund, yet fragile Wakarusa Wetlands."

The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image includes works by writers Kelly Barth, Wendell Berry, Kirsten Bosnak, George W. Brown, Michael Caron, Brian Daldorph, Jimm GoodTracks, Sue Halpern, Suzan Shown Harjo, Nancy Hubble, Becky Kasenberg, W.P. Kincaid, Patrice Regier Krause, Kenneth Lassman, Denise Low, Jim McCrary, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Michael Poage, Judith Roitman, Richard Schoeck, Elizabeth Schultz, Steve Semken, Robert Stewart, Amber Tucker, Laurie Turrell Ward, T.F. Pecore Weso, and Terry Tempest Williams; interviews with N. Scott Momaday and Luci Tapahonso; and images from artists Jon Blumb, Wally Emerson, D.W. Gates, Kyle Gerstner, Lisa Grossman, Maril Hazlett, Kathleen J. Hird, Paul Hotvedt, Tom Mersmann, Rick Mitchell, Jerry Sipe, Thomas Soetaert, and Mary Tuven. Published as a community project of the Committee on Imagination & Place.

Renowned author and environmental activist Terry Tempest Williams writes:

“Congratulations! The Wakarusa Wetlands in Word & Image is absolutely beautiful and deeply moving. Please give my love and gratitude to everyone involved. I am so honored to be associated with it. You were far too generous.

The other night I sat down and read the entire book. By the end, I was weeping. It is such a powerful expression of love and concern in the name of community--through Beauty.

You have given the Wetlands a collective story through translations--Eternal presence on the page. Now may they continue to flourish in Peace.

Please thank Denise for including my words.”


Imagination & Place: Artists and Writers Portfolio, 2004

Taking inspiration from the Prairie Printmakers group from the mid-twentieth century and using modern technology, the Committee on Imagination & Place of the Lawrence Arts Center issued a portfolio of affordable prints by recognized artists and writers. Each portfolio contains color prints by artists Colette Bangert, Lisa Grossman, Paul Hotvedt, John Louder and Rick Mitchell, and elegant settings of poems by writers Kelly Barth, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Denise Low, Richard J. Schoeck and Elizabeth Schultz. All prints are hand-numbered and signed by the artist or writer.

Each of the 100 limited-edition portfolios contains 10 prints.

Each 8.5" x 11" page in the portfolio has been printed on archival quality paper with a Hewlett-Packard color laser printer and is suitable for framing.

Funds generated by sales of the portfolios will be used support the Kansas Conference on Imagination & Place and other Imagination & Place events and activities.

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Cottonwood 59/60: Kansas Conference on Imagination & Place, Spring, 2002

Complete proceedings from the Kansas Conference on Imagination & Place: Hypnogeography, October 19-21, 2001, Edward Casey, Denis Cosgrove, Cecil Giscombe, Robert Kelly, Soren Larsen, Denise Low, Richard J. Schoeck, Barbara Tedlock; transcribed Dream Archive collected between 1999 and 2001 and distributed to conference speakers, eight scholars from different disciplines who delivered papers on the subject of dreaming and daydreaming place; articles by art exhibition curator Lisa Grossman and workshop leaders Caryn Merriam-Goldberg and Soren Larsen; and interview by Kelly Barth with conference organizers.

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