Literary publication ‘Fine Print’ a passion project for the Baton Rouge publisher

The local team behind Fine Print: poet and editor Dylan Krieger and graphic designer and editor Christopher Payne. (Collin Richie)

Some say they first saw the owl spread out on a table in a Mid City antique store next to a pile of vintage nonfiction. Others say they have seen it peeking out of a magazine rack in a cafe in Perkins Road, catching scone crumbs in its beak. And still others say it wasn’t an owl they saw at all, but a jackalope, and all the way to Los Angeles.

Of course, it depends on what time of year they spotted the cover of fine print, the literary and visual arts publication is set to release its second release of the year this month. Each semiannual issue features an illustration by a different artist on the cover, an image chosen to help reflect the literature within.

And those problems seem to be starting at a rapid pace for the passion project created by graphic designer and editor Christopher Payne, who originally fostered the idea while living in Los Angeles in 2011. After a few early editions on photocopied pages , Payne relaunched the publication in 2015, this time in its current newsprint format.

When Payne moved to Baton Rouge in 2021, he brought his role as editor with him, working from home and communicating with his team of volunteer editors to compile each issue and print them at Baton Rouge Press.

“I was inspired by a similar now-defunct publication, Mother’s News, which I discovered in Rhode Island,” Payne explains. “I liked the idea of ​​creating something at the intersection of scholarly literary journals and do-it-yourself zines, especially something with a ‘found object’ vibe that people could stumble upon in the wild and s ‘inspire it.’

The mission has so far been successful, with copies available wherever Fine Print masthead members can go, networking with independent bookstores and other cultural hubs in places like North Carolina. North, New Mexico and California. Baton Rouge, however, remains the hub of submission-based publishing.

Read the full article from 225 magazine here.

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