Have you ever been curious about who makes the handbound books BatCat Press produces? As we go through the second half of our 2015 – 2016 year at BatCat Press, we’ll introduce you to all twelve of the staff members that work year-round on creating our beautiful journals and publications! We hope you enjoy!
Our next staff member is Kat, a junior who is her second year with BatCat.
FAVORITE BOOK: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
FAVORITE AUTHOR: Andrea Gibson
FAVORITE GENRE TO READ: Long-form fiction
FAVORITE GENRE TO WRITE: Poetry
OTHER INTERESTS: Puns, exploring, adventuring, hiking, bad memes, coffee, making fun of Emmett for being a “fake vegan”
Kat’s main focus with BatCat is making and experimenting with different binding styles. She says that coptic is probably her favorite, but that she’s better at long-stitch. “I like to find new binding styles and experiment with them, and see how the final product turns out. It’s a good break from the capitalistic norm of low-quality books, where the binding doesn’t mean as much as the writing.”
She says that’s why she’s a big fan of reading submissions. “(On BatCat,) I get to read cool submissions and utilize a cool art form in order to make sure the publication reads in a professional, artistic way. I like seeing how many different kinds of things we get – experimental poetry (is my favorite). We can do a lot with experimental things, as far as making the designs.”
Kat has also participated in several of the markets BatCat attends; she’s done one Handmade Arcade, two I Made it! for the Holidays, and the first Beaver County Bookfest from earlier this year. “Markets are a good way to get your name out there for the creative things that you do,” she said.
Next year, as a senior, Kat said she’s going to work on “furthering BatCat and making the new publications.” She said she’s aiming to learn the Belgian bind, and wants to go to the next AWP, as well.
“(AWP) would be a good opportunity to share what BatCat does, but it would also be cool to look at the different colleges and places to submit to that are out there.”
Way out in the future, Kat wants to “work within the publishing community.” She said that while she was interested in doing that before BatCat, being on staff has really helped her figure it out by teaching her how to manage her time, how long it takes to publish something, and how to work with professional writers.
“I feel like BatCat has kind of refined what I want to do. It’s also made me more interested in writing that isn’t so popular; writing that is more specific.”
Check in again for our next Meet the Staff!
Olivia C, Staff Member