Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander's books of poetry include Hopeful Buildings (Chax Press,Tucson, 1990) and arc of light / dark matter (Segue Books, New York, 1992). Four Ninety Eight to Seven is forthcoming from Meow Press (Buffalo, New York)in late 1996. He has also published reviews and critical essays on contemporary literature and culture.

He is the founder and director of Chax Press, which was begun in Tucson, Arizona in 1984; Chax moved to Minneapolis from 1993 through 1996, and returned to Tucson in the summer of 1996. Chax is a publisher ofhandmade letterpress books and trade literary editions, both of which exploreinnovative writing and its conjunction with book forms.

From 1993 through 1995, Alexander was executive director of Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the nation's most comprehensive center for the arts of the book, both in terms of programsand artists' studio facilities. As its director, Alexander completed the production of the visual/literary artists' book Winter Book in 1995 with visual artist Tom Rose. In addition he directededucational programs and a variety of artists' residencies, creative productions, and other works. He was the organizer and director of the 1994 symposium Art and Language: Re-Reading the Boundless Book, one of the foundational symposiums in the recent history of the book arts.