Cardboard House Press is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2014 and based in Phoenix, Arizona, dedicated to the creation of Spanish-English bilingual spaces through small-press publishing, community workshops, and bilingual events. We publish Latin American and Spanish poetry in translation, with a focus on innovative contemporary poetry, historical avant-garde, and social poetics. Our work acts as a platform for the exchange of ideas, uplifting new meanings that provoke connection and social action.
Book Art Workshops
A series of our publications are made by hand in community-based workshops. These workshops not only expand the audience for the books we publish, but they also provide a hands-on experience in which community members participate in production, develop connections to the poetry, and widen their horizons of poetry and culture. Workshop participants learn techniques to hand sew and bind pages, marble endpapers, linocut print, and create book covers from recycled cardboard. We are proud to be part of the Latin American cartonera movement, using recycled materials for literary creation, and we are one of few cartonera collectives active in the United States. Learn more about Cardboard House Press’ Cartonera Collective.
Why Cardboard House Press? The Cardboard House is the first book by Peruvian writer Martín Adán, published in 1928, and it is considered a precursor to the Latin American literary boom. The work covers part of Adán’s life through a critical and ironic look at his surroundings in Lima at the beginning of the 20th Century. The Cardboard House is a small masterpiece that goes beyond literary genres and renews the narrative aesthetic in the avant-garde era.
Our publishing project takes the name of this book as homage to one of the most important literary figures of the 20th Century, and we employ the title’s meaning of breaking the mold and giving literature a new dimension.
Cristián Gómez Olivares
Ilana Dann Luna José Antonio Villarán
Workshop Coordinator Ryan Greene
Mary Hope Whitehead Lee
Review Coordinators Regina Pieck
︎ Ilana Luna
︎ Claudia Nuñez
︎ Lynn Shirey
Cardboard House Press appreciates the past and present support of the following organizations:
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures ︎ Arizona Commission on the Arts
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
︎ Ford Foundation
︎ City of Bloomington Arts Commission ︎ Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry
︎ Marin Community Foundation
Praise for Cardboard House Press
“Cardboard House Press has a reputation for both finely crafted books and exquisite translations from the Spanish, not to mention a team of editors that spans the globe. For an English-only poetry scholar, their editions are essential to an understanding of the Latin and South American landscape.”—Rosemarie Dombrowski, inaugural Poet Laureate of Phoenix, AZ in Angel City Review.
“In their continual effort to bring some of the most interesting Latin American literature to the English-speaking world, Cardboard House Press releases yet another instance of powerful, important poetry with a political resonance.”—Vicent Moreno in “Cadavers by Néstor Perlongher,” Latin American Literature Today.