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Paul Herron, Sky Blue Press
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Sky Blue Press is dedicated to modernist writing and specializes in its pioneers, such as diarist/novelist Anaïs Nin and French symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé. Anaïs Nin became famous in the 1960s and 70s with the publication of her diaries written in the 1930s in Paris, which bent the rules of what is conventionally known as “diary.” Hers was a “psychological truth” rather than a literal one, and possibly the reason why so many readers were able to come to grips with themselves, Nin’s work serving as a mirror. Mallarmé’s poetry is widely regarded as the beginning of modernist writing, and its interpretation has given scholars fits on the level of James Joyce and beyond, and its translation a tremendous, if not impossible, task. When poet/translator Daisy Aldan published Mallarmé’s chef d’oeuvre “Un Coup De Des” in 1956, it was hailed as a breakthrough. She took her genius for understanding Mallarmé a step farther by translating all of his major verse poems and placing them between the covers of one book. We have preserved and promoted the work of Nin and Mallarmé by publishing A Café in Space: The Anaïs Nin Literary Journal ( and a facsimile of Nin’s banned version of The Winter of Artifice (, out of print since 1939; we have also published Aldan’s translations in the bilingual To Purify The Words of the Tribe (, which includes illuminating expositions of each poem. Our aim is to use Nin and Mallarmé to inspire readers and writers to create their own works…we expand this philosophy with our blog ( and we can be found on Twitter (