Chax: poetry, books, art, events, . . .

We believe innovations in poetry, poetics, and books help to build a more humane and vibrant world.
Founded 1984, more than 250 books published. Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award in Literary Publishing.
Chax is an idea, a process, a continually evolving story of literary practice.

chax mission

Our ongoing mission is 1) to create unique book arts editions which are generative conjunctions of literature and the book arts, 2) to publish literary editions of challenging and innovative contemporary writing and distribute them to the public, and 3) to present events that further public knowledge about explorations in contemporary writing and the book arts.

Over almost forty years, CHAX has published more than 250 books by innovative poets. Our letterpress books emerge from intense collaboration between poet and book artist. They show new ways in the art of the book.

CHAX also curates readings and other events. Our special publishing projects include one-off and limited-edition broadsides.

CHAX was founded in 1984. We’ve always worked to enlarge and enliven the global community of readers and writers. If you believe in this mission, you may wish to consider giving us your support

CHAX is a poet’s press and a poets’ press, i.e. the vision of a poet, and forming a community of poets; and among the various practices and changes over the years, there are some constants.

    • CHAX focuses on a book at a time, each one individual and different, each one a marriage of form/design and literary content. 
    • CHAX maintains a commitment to innovation and experimentation in literature, but the modes of such innovation are not seen narrowly, and within that commitment is also a commitment to diversity of peoples and to acts of collaboration.

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chax people

Executive Director

Charles Alexander, Poet, Book Artist, Designer, CHAX Founder

Board of Directors

Cynthia Miller,  Secretary, Visual Artist
Steven Salmoni, President, Poet, Literature Professor
Tenney Nathanson, Vice-President/Treasurer, Poet, Buddhist Teacher, Literature Professor
Charles Alexander
Cole Swensen, Poet, Professor at Brown University
Lauri Scheyer, Poet, Professor at Hunan Normal University & Cal State-Los Angelos

Senior Advisors

Maryrose Larkin, Poet, Prospect Research Consultant
Mridul Nanda, Writer, Editor
Michael Gottlieb, Planning, Strategy, Technology Advisor
Jeanne Heuving, Poet & Literature Professor
Cynthia Hogue, Poet & Literature Professor

Staff, Interns, & Volunteers

Cynthia Miller, Visual Arts Director
Ben Leitner, Editorial Assistant
Nora Alexander, Dramatist, Arts Consultant
Erika Cruz, Assistant to the Executive Director

    Our partners now and in the past include the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the University of Arizona Special Collections Library, and POG: Poetry in Action, and many more..


    Below: Charles Alexander,  Cynthia Miller, Steven Salmoni, Tenney Nathanson, Cole Swensen, Lauri Scheyer

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    phone: (520) 275-4330

    6181 E 4th St
    Tucson AZ 85711-1613