Sand Paper Press is an independent publishing venture based in Key West, Florida, in operation since 2003. With an abiding interest in poetry, the Press is also focused on short fiction, Latin American literature in translation, and essays.
Given the illustrious roll call of poets who have passed through Key West, it is fitting that Sand Paper has gravitated toward poetry. 2010 saw the publication of Harry Mathews’ The New Tourism, the American avant-garde legend’s first collection of poems in 20 years (named a “Book of the Year” by the Times Literary Supplement). In 2011, the Press released The Last Books of Héctor Viel Temperley, a bilingual edition of the late Argentine poet’s Crawl and Hospital Británico, translated into English (by poet Stuart Krimko) for the first time.
In February 2015, Sand Paper releases Belleza y Felicidad: Selected Writings of Fernanda Laguna and Cecilia Pavón. This authoritative volume transmits the urgency and passionate feeling at the heart of one of the most exciting artistic and literary movements to emerge from South America in recent decades.
Key West has long been a hub of literary endeavor, attracting authors as diverse as Elizabeth Bishop, Judy Blume, Annie Dillard, James Merrill, Shel Silverstein, Charlie Smith, and Wallace Stevens. The city’s unique subtropical environment veers from the disarmingly beautiful to the unforgivably tacky; and engenders a combination of concentrated revery and embodied, even hedonistic, pleasure that sets Key West apart from other literary haunts. This geographical site, distinguished by its distance and difference from the metropolises that dominate the landscape, is treated by the Press as a crucial local asset, a specific point of reference in the physical world, and a philosophical foundation.