WILD IDYLLS PRESS
Dedicated to Our Inner Wilds!
Wild Idylls Press is dedicated to publishing inexperienced writers, unlocking creativity, and amplifying language play as central to development. Wild Idylls is an educational resource advocating for the joy inherent in Langauge Arts. We care about our wild imaginations, with a focus on literary arts, creating cultural change makers, and growing connections through word “play”, project-based learning, and publications. With great concern for the standardization of literature and an over-emphasis on analysis, we believe positive writing opportunities is necessary to stimulate a love of language.
Wild Idylls began as a chapbook press during my time as poet-in-residence at Idyllwild Arts Academy, an international arts boarding school. During my tenure at IAA, we published collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, all of them mentored by a professional writer and editor/publisher. We have published youth from several continents just as diverse in forms, many of them working with visual or book artists. To date, eight books were published in print and are in the process of being re-released online. Writers are working across genres in fiction, poetry, sound, nonfiction, and film.
Wild Idylls was supported via funding from the Arts Enterprise Laboratory, student-driven grants resulted in publication and performance. Mentorship included writers like myself, poets Cathy Wagner, Alba Cruz Hacker, Kazim Ali, Zachary Schomburg, as well as book designer Drew Swenhaugen. Five chapbooks of poetry show the great diversity of style and experiment that poetry offers a young writer, including: Taylor Johnson’s breaking sunsets, Whitney Aviles-Low’s The Child’s Shadow, Kat Dieter’s photographs and poems, Tidal Acceleration, Kalinah White’s Guarded Memories, Peruvian writer Maria Alvarado’s book WRECKED, and Erin Breen’s collab Misconceptions! Additionally two books of prose and a book-length anthology (Cars Crash Here), were written by youth from several continents and diverse in forms, many of them working with visual or book artists.
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Students were also published in Generations Literary Magazine, The Story Shack, the Claremont Review, Four Winds Literary Journal, and Parallax-online. Under my tutelage, they were awarded writing awards from Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the YoungArts Competition, Bennington Young Writers Award, Hollins College and the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition.
Our current project is young Australian poet Tristan Sather’s book Too Many People Talking about Infinity. We also hope to flood free libraries with more student work.