VOX PRESS Presents: Noises from the Nerve Center CollectiveVOX PRESS presents Noises from the Nerve Center Collective, an evening of experimental music and literature, on November 29 at the Power House Arts Center in downtown Oxford, Mississippi. The event is part of a documetary film project and is open free of admission to the public. Food and drink will be available for a small donation. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:00 p.m.Participants in the event include David Shirley, Louis Bourgeois, Betsy Chapman, Mark Adamac, Jeff Allen, Jennifer Mathus, Max Hipp, Vera Pa, Elise Fyke, Gabriel Scala, Alice Walker, Beau Bourgeois,Silas Reed, Laura Cole, Tyler Keith, Frank Coutch, Dave Woolworth, Ron Shapiro, Bill Perry, and others.VOX PRESS is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit arts organization and is funded in part by the Yoknaptawpha Arts Council and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
At VOX Press, we believe that all artists deserve support, encouragement and, most importantly, a platform from which their voices can be heard. But we don’t just believe; we act.
Publishing: Since 2004, VOX Press has worked tirelessly to publish avant-garde writers from around the corner, around the world. What began as an effort to publish a journal featuring the most innovative artists among us has grown into a full publishing house that produces complete books of poetry and essays, like our upcoming collection of essays about the work and life of Barry Hannah. Your tax-deductible donation of $1,000, less than the cost of one family dinner outing a month, will help us publish one new title, giving voice to an underserved or marginalized writer.
Performing: In 2009, we added event programming to our mission – bringing artists together to read, perform, enlighten and enthrall the Oxford community. The VOX Artist Series has held events featuring the likes of Ravi Shankar, Scott Barretta, John Brandon, and Neil White. With your tax-deductible donation of $250, just $21 a month, you can sponsor a VOX Artist Series Event and bring an artist to Oxford for a reading or performance that is, like all VOX events, made available free to the community.
Preparing: This year, we are proud to announce that VOX Press is taking the next step in community outreach by adding an educational outreach program that offers after-school programming and writing workshops at the North Mississippi Regional Center. For as little as $20, you can help purchase notebooks and supplies for VOX after-school programming; programming that prepares children for creative and critical thinking and helps give a voice to those with special needs.
We need your help to raise the $10,000 required to fully fund our programs this year. Become a proud sponsor of VOX Press now. Your generosity today will help the avant-garde arts thrive tomorrow.
The VOX Press General Board Meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, 2011 in the Common Area of the University of Mississippi Student Union.
We at VOX Press were saddened, disheartened and disappointed at learning that the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors recently voted to revoke the $15,000 allocated to support the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. This news was upsetting primarily because of all that we know YAC does to support the arts in the Oxford community. YAC supports hundreds of artists and art events every year; organizations such as Theatre Oxford, the Oxford Ballet School, Maker’s Market, Hinge Dance Company, the Oxford Artist Guild, Laff Co., and the Oxford Folk Festival benefit from YAC’s support. The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council provides free summer art camps for children and supports literary arts publications like Kitty Snacks. And let’s not forget: YAC supports VOX Press.
Since VOX Press, Inc.’s inception in 2004, we have been able to rely on the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council for funding, for access to the PowerHouse for VOX events, for technical support, help with marketing and promotion, and guidance through the complicated and time-consuming process of applying for nonprofit status. I believe it would be fair to say that were it not for YAC, VOX Press might very well not exist today. And I suspect that the same is true for many of the events put on by local artists and organizations that bring art to this community virtually 365 days a year.
As a nonprofit arts organization, we at VOX Press have a unique understanding of how vital financial support is to our mission of bringing the arts to the community – a mission that we fulfill free of charge largely due to the donors, volunteers, and organizations that support us: organizations like the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. Because of YAC, we are able to offer art events free to the public; we are able to promote our educational outreach goals of bringing the avant-garde to school children; we are able to publish underrepresented artists from around the world and local artists alike.
Oxford is many things: a quintessential Southern town; an Ole Miss Rebels town; it’s a City Grocery and Square Books town; and Oxford is an arts town. Since 1975, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council has helped to make it so. We owe it to the two member staff, the board, and the volunteers of YAC to continue to support the work they have tirelessly, thanklessly, and generously given to our community.
VOX Press is taking the Twitter plunge. And we’re taking it seriously. You won’t want to miss our educational, promotional, enlightening, angst-ridden tweets.
It all begins Monday at VOX’s home on the Twittersphere: #VOXPressInc
Follow along. Join the Revolution.
Oxford, Mississippi, September 12, 2011 – On Saturday, September 17, VOX Press, Inc. will host its first annual Information Meeting at the Powerhouse in Oxford. The meeting will last from 2 to 4 p.m. and is open to the general public; all community members with an interest in learning about VOX and its role in promoting avant-garde literature and the arts are encouraged to attend.
The VOX Information Meeting will feature presentations by VOX Founder and Executive Director Louis Bourgeois and VOX President Gabriel Scala on VOX’s mission and history, including its celebrated and often controversial publications, its popular local “Artist Series,” and its goals and objectives in the Oxford community and beyond. The executive officers of VOX will describe the work done by members of the Board of Directors and VOX committees (Publishing, Events, Education and Outreach, Finance, Technology, Fundraising, and Marketing and Research). Attendees with special skills or areas of interest will be invited to serve on the 2011-2012 Board of Directors.
Ample time will be provided at the conclusion of the meeting for attendees to meet and interact informally with VOX’s Executive Officers. As with all VOX meetings and events, refreshments will be served.
According to VOX President Gabriel Scala, “This a great opportunity for the people of Oxford to learn about VOX and the work that we’ve been doing. It’s also an opportunity for those of us at VOX to learn about what people in the community are interested in seeing or how they might be interested in being involved. Public service and building local connections are crucial parts of our mission as an organization, and this will be an important step in that direction.”
About VOX Press, Inc.:
VOX Press, Inc. was founded as a literary journal by poet Louis E. Bourgeois and Oxford American editor Jimmy Pitts in 2004. Since its inception, VOX has been hard at work on multiple literary journal and book projects, and created the highly successful VOX Artist Series featuring the likes of Neil White, John Brandon, Glennray Tutor, and Barry Hannah. With the generous support of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the VOX Artist Series has become a welcome addition to Oxford’s unique literary culture.