Dale_WebUse4356Dale Going is a poet and printer of poetry. Her first full-length collection of poetry, As/Of the Whole, won the San Francisco State University Poetry Chapbook Award; her second, The View They Arrange, was nominated for the Poets’ Prize. Chapbooks include Or Less, She Pushes With Her Hands, and Leaves from a Gradual. She has received a California Arts Council Grant, fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, a Seattle Bumbershoot Festival Letterpress Award, and the New York State Latin Teacher’s Award at age 16 for her first published work, a translation from Virgil’s Aenid.

As the founder of Em Press (Mill Valley, CA) Dale publishes fine letterpress editions of poetry chapbooks, broadsides and pamphlets by contemporary women poets. Dale designs, hand letterpress prints on a Vandercook proof press, and sews the books in collaboration with the poets. Em Press books are in private collections, the special collections of university and public libraries, and in the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Her public collaborations have included readings, writing & performing for poets’ theater, teaching book arts workshops, curating an exhibition of artists’ books by poets, co-founding the innovative literary zine Rooms, writing essays and interviews of book artists and poets, hosting a radio program of poets reading and discussing their work, and contributing text to the work of visual artists.

Work in progress includes Aerial Perception, a letterpress edition of poems with the artist Marie Carbone, and the manuscript for a full-length book of poems, My Life as a Lark.

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