Independently owned and operated since 1962! 

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce that the Penn Book Center will stay open, thanks to new owners Matt Duquès and Diana Bellonby! 

As a result of all the publicity generated by your efforts to keep us in business, Matt and Diana, who were in the process of moving from Alabama to Philly, contacted us and opened negotiations for purchase in the spring.

We think Matt and Diana are the perfect people to build on the legacy of the Penn Book Center.  As academics, they understand what makes the Penn Book Center unique, and they have the vision and energy to make it a viable trade store. 

Both Duquès and Bellonby have PhDs in English. Bellonby, who grew up in Northern Virginia, is a scholar of Victorian literature. Duquès, a New Jersey native, has a background in retail and hospitality and has been an English professor at the University of North Alabama for the last five years.

We felt terrible about closing, and we are so grateful to the many people who organized to save this wonderful institution -- to Penn faculty and students led by the amazing Chi-ming Yang, to our customers, to the Penn real estate folks, and especially to Matt and Diana.

You can meet Matt and Diana at a reception on September 6th from 6-8 pm.

Ashley Montague and Michael Row
 

Tender Buttons Press 30th Birthday Poetry Extravaganza!


Please join us for
the TENDER BUTTONS PRESS 30TH BIRTHDAY POETRY EXTRAVAGANZA!!! 

feat. LEE ANN BROWN, KATY BOHINC, LAYNIE BROWNE, & LYNNE SACHS

+ JULIA BLOCH, THOMAS DEVANEY, SAMUEL DELANY
JOSEF KAPLAN, BRIDGET TALONE, & JASON ZUZGA


reading their own work as well as poems by 
DODIE BELLAMY, LYNN MARTIN, BERNADETTE MAYER, HARRYETTE MULLEN, 
JENNIFER MOXLEY, JULIE PATTON, ROSMARIE WALDROP, HANNAH WEINER.........

Lee Ann Brown founded Tender Buttons press in 1989, naming it after Stein’s Tender Buttons. Tender Buttons aims to publish the best in experimental women's writing. The poetics of all Tender Buttons books gives rise to an extraordinary range of innovative forms and modes including conceptual projects, cut-up, the boundary between life and art, documenting consciousness, refrigeration of poetic form, radical intertextuality, the question of generations and generativity and how to write against, out of, and around another’s writing. “Write in as many ways as you can imagine” Bernadette Mayer said and the parallel projects of Lee Ann's press and her poetry writing “attempt to write in a way that’s never been written before.”



LEE ANN BROWN was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Brown University, where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She is the author of Other Archer, which also appears in French translation by Stephane Bouquet as Autre Archere(Presses Universitaires de Rouen et du Havre, 2015),  In the Laurels, Caught (Fence Books, 2013), which won the 2012 Fence Modern Poets Series Award, as well as Crowns of Charlotte (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon Press, 1999), which won the 1996 New American Poetry Competition, selected by Charles Bernstein. In 1989, Brown founded Tender Buttons Press, which is dedicated to publishing experimental women’s poetry. She has taught at Brown University, Naropa University, Bard College, and The New School,St. John’s University, among others. Brown has held fellowships with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Yaddo, Djerassi, the MacDowell Colony, the International Center for Poetry in Marseille, France, the Howard Foundation and is now the Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellow at Cambridge University.


 

KATY BOHINC has three books of poetry: Dear Alain (Tender Buttons Press, 2014), Trinity Star Trinity (Scarlet Imprint, 2017), and Scorpio (Miami University Press, 2018). Since 2013, she has collaborated on the award-winning Tender Buttons Press with Founding Editor Lee Ann Brown. They publish experimental women's poetry, expanding the field of possible and probable since 1989. Through Tender Buttons, she has edited two volumes of poetry: Tender Omnibus: The First Twenty-Five Years of Tender Buttons Press and Please Add To This List: A Guide To Teaching Bernadette Mayer's Sonnets and Experiments. For a decade, she has worked as a data scientist and engineer. She is also Founder of The Ratio, a project to study astrology with data science.



LAYNIE BROWNE is a poet, prose writer, teacher and editor. She is author of thirteen collections of poems and three novels. Her most recent collections include a book of poems You Envelop Me (Omnidawn 2017), a novel Periodic Companions (Tinderbox 2018) and short fiction in two editions, one French, and one English in The Book of Moments (Presses universitaires de rouen et du havre, 2018). Her honors include a 2014 Pew Fellowship, the National Poetry Series Award (2007) for her collection The Scented Fox, and the Contemporary Poetry Series Award (2005) for her collection Drawing of a Swan Before Memory.  Her poetry has been translated into French, Spanish, Chinese and Catalan. She teaches at University of Pennsylvania and at Swarthmore College. Current projects include editing an anthology on The Poet’s Novel, and a public art project in collaboration with visual artist Brent Wahl in Philadelphia, an installation including sculpture and poetry inscribed in stone consisting of poetry thirteen languages in the Railpark in Callow Hill.



LYNNE SACHS makes films and writes poems that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences. Her work embraces hybrid form and combines memoir with experimental, documentary, and fictional modes. Between 1994 and 2006, she produced five essay films that took her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Italy, and Germany — sites affected by international war — where she looked at the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions. In recent years, she has expanded her practice to include live performance with moving image. Lynne was first exposed to poetry by her great aunt as a child in Memphis, Tennessee.  Soon she was frequenting workshops at the local library and getting a chance to learn from poets like Gwendolyn Brooks and Ethridge Knight. As an active member of Brown University’s undergraduate poetry community, she shared her early poems with fellow student and poet Stacy Doris. Lynne later discovered her love of filmmaking while living in San Francisco where she worked closely with artists Craig Baldwin, Bruce Conner, Barbara Hammer, Carolee Schneeman, and Trinh T. Minh-ha. 

Lynne has made thirty-five films which have screened at the New York Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. The Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Festival International Nuevo Cine in Havana, and China Women’s Film Festival have presented retrospectives of her work. Lynne received a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with filmmaker Mark Street. They have two daughters, Maya Street-Sachs and Noa Street-Sachs. Year By Year is her first book of poetry.

 

Tender Omnibus: The First Twenty-Five Years of Tender Buttons Press Cover Image
By Lee Ann Brown (Editor), Katy Bohinc (Editor)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780927920148
Availability: Special Order
Published: Tender Buttons Press - August 2016

Event date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Welcome visitors and residents.  We love this beautiful map designed by JS Wu, a graduate student in Penn's English Depatment, highlighting great indie bookstores and magazine shops in University City. We hope you'll take the tour and drop in to PBC to say hi!