In high school in Birmingham, I read about Anais Nin and Henry Miller who ran a small press, and I was intrigued. I was and am a writer although I was slow in my coming out. I pursued an MFA in Book Arts in the late 80's, specializing in French One Design Binding, pouring hours and hours into paring leather and designing onlays and inlays, sewing silk headbands, finishing the edges of text blocks with graphite and gold. Such detailed work, such delicate work, gorgeous and fulfilling work.
My emotional tightrope drew taut and I was flung into the air, rising higher and higher until the gravity of the situation took hold. With my little boy in the safe arms of others, I began the descent that quickly turned to free fall. A practical ledge broke my plunge, and I became a salesperson at a printing company owned by my father. The title of this phase rose in my mind as: Memoirs of An Unlikely Salesperson.
My own printing company is five years old, Markham Bailey. And the small press is newly launched. www.greenbucketpress.com.