Meet the Staff – Torie!

Have you ever been curious about who makes the handbound books BatCat Press produces?  This spring, we’ll be introducing you to our new staff members that work year-round on creating our beautiful journals and publications! We hope you enjoy!

NAME: Torie Wolfe

AGE: 17

FAVORITE BOOK: Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

FAVORITE GENRE TO READ: Historical Fiction

FAVORITE GENRE TO WRITE: Flash Fiction

OTHER INTERESTS: Knitting, sewing, drawing, piano, general craftiness

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Torie at Beaver Bookfest 2018

Torie is another senior who’s joined BatCat this year, and we’ve been lucky to have her. Not only has she been an important part of the publication process, but her cheery demeanor lights up the whole Press room.

“I joined BatCat because I really like crafts, and just creating things,” she says. Specifically, Torie likes to create small paperback notepads, something the Press has never seen before. “My favorite part of making a book is design – pairing up paper colors and things like that.”

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Torie posing with her softbound journals

Still, bookmaking is a difficult skill to grasp, and it hasn’t always been easy. “Well, I’m not very good at gluing,” she said, laughing. Torie has made several full-sized books so far, but she’s found that she likes coptics the best. “I’m looking forward to making more of them, and making them well enough we can sell them at the table.”

BatCat has surprised her in other ways, too. “I thought I would really like the submissions part – editing and discussing, things like that. But it turns out I really like bookmaking.”

Far from just being an awesome Press member, Torie is also pretty musical – she can play a few instruments, and she enjoys singing. She’s also interested in writing poetry; her opinion is always appreciated when we’re considering poetry submissions.

Torie has been to two events so far, and she particularly enjoyed the Beaver Bookfest. “I like the smaller crowds, and making pins for the kids is fun.”

No matter where she is, Torie contributes plenty to BatCat. In her words: “I’m a neutral eye in things. I try to see everyone’s point of view, and go from there. Even in submissions, I can be objective and hang back.”

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Torie makes a haiku with our haiku pins

Tori is a senior, and so this is her last year in high school – and on BatCat. How has her attitude changed because of this? “I appreciate it a lot, and spend my time on things I really enjoy. Just knowing that I’m not going to have much time left, it’s sad, but I appreciate it a lot, since I’ll never have this again. And I think it’s an awesome thing.”

Post by Henry Wahlenmayer
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