It's tough to put in plain language, but Tilt-A-Whirl Press is no more. Our closest conspirators have surely noticed that things have been quiet on this front for a good while. After publishing two books, we just couldn't come up with a viable plan to keep up with production. There wasn't a way to do it without working ourselves into the ground and subsidizing the project with our own modest incomes. After lengthy discussions of possible spin-off projects or retrenchment, we decided that Tilt-A-Whirl wasn't a vehicle that could take us forward.
Other things happened in our lives too -- developments that eclipsed the original mission of the press. I would like to thank all of the many people who offered their involvement and partnership since we started as bops,crack,boom! in 1995: all the contributors to Blue Collar Boom, Ron Whitehead for his creative genius and 24-7 commitment to Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon, and all the fellow travelers who shared the road with us on the Rocking Chair Marathon Tour. I also want to offer my sincere apologies to those we let down with broken promises and unrealized plans.
I want to say that we're still involved and still passionate. The same values that drove Tilt-A-Whirl inform our continuing work. It's still about activism -- being engaged in your community -- and art -- rendering beauty from the struggle. As David Minton urges,'Paint, write, eat, drink, don't die yet.' For my part, if you're interested in keeping up with my media activism, check out La Lutta New Media Collective.
I don't have much more to add, just a small going away present for our friends. You can find a lot of art related to Beaver Dam online. Some of it is from the book, there's also designs for postcards, posters and media kits, and even some alternate cover designs we tried. Most of the artwork is copyright of Sean Mount. I'm putting my own activist and art energies into skatepark.org, The Cope Environmental Center, The Clear Creek Food Coop and Summersault Website Development. Thanks for all the good times.
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