Phoenix Creatives Form Self-Publishing Group Hermitag/e
The members of Hermitag/e know a thing or two about getting shit done. What began as two people sitting in a bar writing haikus on the back of drink menus has morphed over the past year into a group of poets, visual artists, and musicians committed to creating and producing their own work.
"It all started with the realization that we could make our own stuff," says poet Anthony Cinquepalmi, who founded Hermitag/e Press along with friend and fellow poet Chris Sanchez. The two were discouraged by the cyclical nature of trying to get published and the lack of creative control once work is selected.
Hermitag/e Logo by Carole Hanks
Sanchez was working at a print shop at the time and turned the aforementioned series of bar haikus into what would become Hermitag/e's first poetry book "Let's Kiss and Take a Picture." Cinquepalmi enrolled in a print-making class with ASU professor John Risseeuw and started involving more poets like Elyse Mele. Soon this group of writers was creating books under the name Hermitage/e.
This hands-on approach was central to Hermitag/e from the onset. "We're sort of at an intersection between content creator and content provider," says poet and musician Spencer Hanvik. "The presentation and the poetry are equally important parts of what we're trying to do."