One of the most innovative publishing houses in Minnesota today is a small independent press uniquely named Cow Tipping Press. (If you’re a naive city slicker you may have to look up the origin of the branding.)
What’s unique about Cow Tipping Press (cowtippingpress.org) is not just the name, but also the mission: to teach, publish and create awareness of writing by people with developmental disabilities. Much of the focus is actually on “encouraging readers to consider the assets of this rich form of human diversity.” The methods at the Press include training teachers/leaders for advocacy, providing high quality writing classes for adults with developmental disabilities, and publishing the work of the students themselves.
There’s a good introduction to Cow Tipping Press in a recent issue of Twin Cities Daily Planet. In her article citizen journalist Hannah Jones describes the goal of the press to “better educate non-disabled people on how to regard their developmentally disabled not just as people, but as equals, in every sense of the word. It’s not just about ‘helping’ people who have disabilities. It’s about teaching people who don’t.” http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/you-talk-ill-type-cow-tipping-press-offers-new-space-for-writers/)
Two representatives of Cow Tipping Press were interviewed recently for the Voices of Northeast series of video interviews with members of the Northeast Minneapolis “community of the book.” The guests were founder and director Bryan Boyce and writer Vince Fiorilli whose poetry is published by Cow Tipping. That interview will be cablecast on the Metro Cable Channel (date TBA) and eventually archived at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Minnesota. *
To better understand the work and role of Tipping Cow Press click on https://issuu.com/cowtippingpress where you will find Vince’s poetry and the creative work of other Tipping Press writers posted online. The written words are greatly enhanced by the beautiful book covers designed by visual artists working with Interact Center for Visual and Performing Artists. (http://www.interactcenter.com)
Bryan, Vince, Angie Balfanz and others from Tipping Cow Press will share their vision and their creative work in a special book release and author reading coming up next week – Tuesday, August 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Impact Hub MSP, 250 North 3rd Street, Suite 500, in downtown Minneapolis. http://minneapolis.impacthub.net/event/cowtipping-press-book-release-author-reading/
Co-sponsor of the book release and reading is Mount Olive Rolling Acres (https://mtolivetrollingacres.org) The event is free and open to the public.
**(More on the series in earlier posts, including here: https://marytreacy.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/voices-of-northeast-minneapolis-captured-and-shared-on-video/)