EYECORNER PRESS is an independent publishing house started officially in 2007 as a collaboration between the universities of Roskilde and Aalborg in Denmark, Oulu in Finland, and Gainesville, Georgia, USA.
In 2005, following the publication of 2 volumes in the series Cultural Text Studies, EyeCorner Press went independent from Aalborg University’s research papers in the humanities imprint. The decision to go independent was due to cuts in fundings.
At the time, Camelia Elias, the editor-in-chief of the department’s research papers, found herself with a number of manuscripts in the pipeline. What to do about them? Send them back to the writers, or come up with another solution? She came up with another solution. It was called, EyeCorner Press.
The Cultural Text Studies series led directly not only to EyeCorner Press, but also to the opening of the styling stream, as Camelia Elias took it upon herself to perform both tasks, designing the series and choose the typography for it. The books that have been following since are all done under her signature and creative direction, also in the few instances when the typography and design is relegated to another.
EYECORNER PRESS publishes books focusing on poetics: from critical theory and philosophy to practices of divination, from poetry and drama to visual language and bi-lingual translations.
We focus on promoting writing with an edge, highlighting the individual voice that brings integrity to intellectual rigor in an uncommon way.
We give priority overall to works that engage with a creative style and irreverent approaches to literature, culture, philosophy, religion, and visual art.
Since the start, we’ve published works in English, Danish, French, Romanian, and bilingual editions.
For our efforts EyeCorner Press has been indexed in 2014 onto the Danish Bibliometrical Research Indicator Authority list.
We honor Raymond Federman’s precepts for the writing of critifiction, the conflation of criticism with fiction.
“The term critifiction is used because the discourse that follows is critical as well as fictitious; imagination is used in the sense that it is essential in the formulation of a discourse; plagiarism [read play-giarism] because the writing of a discourse always implies bringing together pieces of other discourses; an unfinished endless discourse because what is presented here is open at both ends, and as such more could be added endlessly.”
– RAYMOND FEDERMAN, Critifiction, 1993: 49
Essentially we represent works that are ‘oracular,’ one way or another. Some would argue both art and poetry are that already, which would be a fair observation, if only all of this had not been so happily forgotten. So we’re here to remind folks of a few histories. Art is not just a money machine for the elites, hiding under the label of ‘cultural capital,’ and the poetic and visionary discourse is not just something to be scorned.
We publish the books we love, and the voices we want to hear.
OUR PATRON SAINT is grand bibliophile Jean Grolier (c. 1489/90 – 22 October 1565). He sits in the corner of our eye.
EYECORNER PRESS has two separate imprints:
EYECORNER PRESS DIVINATION publishes books whose focus is on folklore, myth, spiritual and occult practices.
EYECORNER PRESS 100 refers to books of 100 pages. 100 features the idea of encounters; encounters between authors, writers doing art, artists writing, diviners doing mathematics, or mathematicians and logicians creating art.
For this series we even picked a font made by the mathematician Dan Sayers, whose work with Avería is based on having more than 700 fonts encounter one another in a game of ‘generative typography’, of averaging or interpolating nature.
THE GENRES represented are the following:
Academic interdisciplinary writing
Literary criticism and philosophy
Creative writing criticism
Aphorisms, fragments, and other borderline manifestations
Divination and the occult
We currently commission authors who possess the clarity of a Zen master, or can infuse their formulaic academic standards with the beauty of the obvious.
All our manuscripts undergo peer review. Written peer-reviews/reports are carried out by external members of our editorial panel prior to publication. Readers include academics from both sides of the Atlantic.