We at Bateau Press have been thinking things over, confronting the hard truth that there is no way we can publish a Bateau Lit Mag this year and hope to survive. We are (as the British say) skint. So: BATEAU PRESS IS NOT GOING TO PUBLISH A LIT MAG IN 202O OR IN 2021.
We might die a couple of years after that, but we are not gonna die this year or the next. We will run the chapbook contest in the fall. Instead of relying on outside designers and printers, we will bring the letterpress printing and design of our chaps and lit mags onto the COA campus. We will be more ruthless in our exploitation of student labor. ((the kids love it!!!))
We will also reenvision what it means to publish a lit mag in the post COVID-19 landscape. We might become a record label. We might become a dreamscape or a seagull. Whatever we become it will be a physical object, it will have to do with creating art that affirms life, and it will be beautiful. Most likely a lit mag but a seagull would be fucking awesome!