Saltwater Healing: Official Book Launch and a Look Behind the Scenes

By Sonia Farmer Monday, February 4th, 2013 Categories: Book launch, Updates
 

Yesterday may have been Superbowl Day for some of you, but for us over at Poinciana Paper Press, it was all about the launch of our latest book, “Saltwater Healing” by Angelique V. Nixon.

Angelique V. Nixon presenting Saltwater Healing at Doongalik. Photographs courtesy of Poinciana Printing Press and Margot Bethel.

Angelique V. Nixon presenting Saltwater Healing at Doongalik. Photographs courtesy of Poinciana Printing Press and Margot Bethel.

Angelique and I have known each other since 2009 when she taught a critical thinking/literature class during a summer writing course, The Bahamas Writers Summer institute. In 2010, I asked her to be part of the anthology “A Sudden and Violent Change” where she submitted two poems about Haitian-Bahamian tensions in a globalized world. Then, shortly thereafter, she happened to be in New York City during the NYC Chapbook Festival, where Poinciana Paper Press had a table, so she kindly agreed to read as a Poinciana Paper Press poet. It was at that time she pitched a book to me that would combine language and visual art, and I agreed.

Cover of Saltwater Healing

Cover of Saltwater Healing

But at the time I couldn’t know what awaited me—that I wouldn’t have the chance to make this book until years later, finally at home with enough equipment at my disposal to finally make her beautiful book. In that time though, she had the chance to finish the project, “Saltwater Healing” for the 2012 Transforming Spaces art tour—a myth memoir composed of poetry, straw, fabric, paper, photographs, seed pods, and other physical parts of trees that tackled deeply ingrained personal injustices through the lens of the Bahamian landscape as a way to heal.

Angelique’s poetry has always struck me as a powerful voice for voiceless marginalized communities—this isn’t surprising, considering the work she does not only as a scholar but also as a community worker (check out some of the powerful projects she has been involved in: Theorizing Homophobias and Ayiti Resurrect). This book is no different, making it a perfect part of the Poinciana Paper Press family.

Margot Bethel and I collaborated on the cover design, a lino-cut of forward-moving ocean waves, and printed them together…

Margot Bethel collaborating on cover with Sonia Farmer.

Margot Bethel collaborating on cover with Sonia Farmer.

After I digitally printed the inside of the book, some wonderful and tireless volunteers—John, Storm, Zoe, Kat, Charmaine and Orchid—helped collate, fold, and bind 100 copies. Thanks guys!!

Volunteers working to make it happen.

Volunteers working to make it happen.

Supporters congregate for launch at Doongalik Studios

Supporters congregate for launch at Doongalik Studios

Angelique V. Nixon and Pam Burnside of Doongalik.

Angelique V. Nixon and Pam Burnside of Doongalik.

Major thanks to Margot Bethel for the photos of the launch! “Saltwater Healing” is available locally at Doongalik Studios and also through Poinciana Paper Press. Please me know at if you’d like one of these beautiful books!

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Sonia Farmer
Sonia Farmer

Sonia Farmer is a poet, a bookbinder, letterpress printer, and hand papermaker, and aims to publish books as beautiful as the words they hold. She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small fine press that produces hand-bound limited-edition chapbooks of Caribbean writing, based out of The Bahamas. Her poetry has won the 2011 Small Axe Literary Competition in Poetry and has appeared in various publications. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt institute.