In 2014 Levi Sherman traveled with Carley Gomez, to Colombia’s coffee region to see for themselves how the representations of coffee production seen in US advertising differ from the reality. They arrived amidst labor unrest which had begun as they first planned the trip and has continued on and off throughout the production of this book, culminating in the summer of 2016.

 

Pyrolysis interweaves news reports, advertising copy, and a report of their own time in Colombia to examine the contradictions between reality and representation, as well as the inherent contradictions in the mode of production that dominates the coffee industry. Even as the book raises the possibility of change, the influence exerted by the past on the present manifests in a ceaseless boom-bust cycle and a predictable pattern of violence. It is this inevitable conflict which the smooth facade of advertising and propaganda must cover, and which remains discernible beneath these efforts. Pyrolysis was offset printed and hand-bound in an unnumbered edition of 125. The covers and textblock were printed on 80# French Smart White Cover and Text, respectively. The book has 20 pages and measures 8.5×5.5 in..

Pyrolysis

Carley Gomez and Levi Sherman

2016

 

This second printing of Playing House is produced in an edition of 26. Each deck of cards includes a map-folded table of contents, on which the deck's number is written.

 

Playing House is a non-linear narrative told through prose poetry and collage. The project comprises fifty-two cards, which can be shuffled or read in their original sequence. Each card features a poem on its face and a collage on its back. The text chronicles the life of a man and his relationships as he performs his identity against the domestic backdrop of middle America. Each collage serves as a non-representational meditation on the content of its respective verse, and is created from wallpaper fragments to further reference the facade of domesticity. Playing House is a collection of moments from the life of the protagonist as he struggles to reconcile his past – a failed marriage, a complicated childhood, and the necessity of keeping up appearances – with his new life as an openly gay man in a tumultuous relationship. Through its indeterminate structure, Playing House explores the workings of memory, the influence of the past on the present, and the inadequacy of language as a means of communication. The text, the imagery, the structure, and the reading experience are all connected by a number of motifs. Among these are surface, simulacra, and fragmentation.

Literature Emitting Diodes is a three-platform publishing project. From July 2015 to July 2016, we accepted open submissions for literary work under 500 words to present on a scrolling LED display. Each month, one piece was selected and the display was hosted at a different Chicago business. Once an installation had run its course, the piece was published on our website and the next publication would commence. This printed anthology is the third platform. It is not the culmination, but rather an equal part of this tripartite project. Like an LED display and online publication, the printed book as a medium has its strengths and limitations. Language is a material. It exists in space and time. As editors, we are grateful for the deep engagement with each piece that this translation from platform to platform has provided. This third publication has not exhausted the texts presented in this book, and we are excited to present them in this form to you, the reader.

Playing House

Carley Gomez and Levi Sherman

2015

 

Literature Emitting Diodes

Carley Gomez and Levi Sherman, Editors

2016

 

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Ether won the Second Annual MU Undergraduate LED Writing Competition. This broadside was produced in an edition of 150 as a publication prize. It features the complete poem.

 

Risograph print on French Pop-Tone 65# Cover. 11×17 in.

 

The production was a collaboration with theretherenow. The contest judge was Jeff Wasserboehr.

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Ether (LED Broadside)

Annalee Roustio

2018

 

Sonnet (51) (LED Broadside)

Nikki Wallschlaeger

2018

 

Sonnet (51) originally appeared in Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017). This broadside was produced in an edition of 200 in collaboration with theretherenow and Amy Leners. It features the complete poem.

 

Risograph print on French Pop-Tone 65# Cover. 11×17 in.

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Milk Carton Faces (LED Broadside)

Kirstin Smith

2018

 

Milk Carton Faces won the 2018 MU Undergraduate LED Writing Competition. This broadside was produced in an edition of 200 as a publication prize. It features the complete short story.

 

Risograph print on French Pop-Tone 65# Cover. 11×17 in.

 

The production was a collaboration with theretherenow. The contest jurors were Jordi Alonso and Anna Wehrwein.

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Dystopian Dime (LED Broadside)

Carley Gomez

2018

 

In January 2018, Dystopian Dime inaugurated Literature Emitting Diodes' long-term installation space in Columbia, MO. This broadside was produced in an edition of 200 in collaboration with theretherenow. It features the complete poem.

 

Risograph print on French Pop-Tone 65# Cover. 11×17 in.

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