Virtual Artists Collective began in 2004 as the idea of a composer (Clarice Assad) passionate about connecting audiences with music of quality. It grew in a collaboration between Clarice and a poet (Steven Schroeder) in which a poem turned into a song.
Our focus for the first ten years was on publishing poetry through the vacpoetry series. This resulted in 55 volumes, including collections that brought together poets from southwestern China with poets from the southwestern United States and Chicago, translation projects that resulted in bilingual collections by poets from Lithuania and China, co-publishing projects with the Association of Stories in Macao that resulted in bilingual collections of classical Chinese poetry, and collections by authors from around the world. All of these volumes were selected by a diverse editorial committee operating by consensus and printed using digital technology that makes the books accessible worldwide. [More on the collective and the process of creating these books here…]
Since January 2011, Timberline Press (founded by Clarence Wolfshohl in 1975) has been our fine press imprint. Timberline publishes hand bound letterpress chapbooks — usually poetry — usually 20-30 pages, in limited editions of 50-100. This imprint is on hiatus now, but we hope to be back soon. Watch here for details.
Our online journal, All Roads Will Lead You Home, launched in September 2015. This journal grows out of a collaboration among three poets (Alan Berecka, Ken Hada, and Steven Schroeder) that started in 2012. We see the journal as a way to broaden our circle and reaffirm the commitment to community and collaboration with which we began as a collective that includes musicians, poets, and visual artists. We see it as a space for poetry, music, and visual art as well as reflection on and conversation about the artistic process in and among all three. Check out the latest issue of the journal here. For submission guidelines, visit our submittable site.
We released the first book in our invitation only purple flag series in September 2014 and now have eleven books in print. More to come.