An in-depth interview and feature article by on Three Rooms Press is the “Editor’s Pick” in today’s issue of Forbes Magazine. Forbes Senior Contributor Rachel Kramer Bussel interviewed 3RP co-directors Kat Georges and Peter Carlaftes to discover how they expanded from publishing a few poetry chapbooks a year in 1994, to publishing fiction, nonfiction, memoir, young adult, and more in 2020, as well as dealing with publishing in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
Peter Carlaftes: Our definition of Three Rooms Press grew organically—as the press itself did—through many years of working on it. We have always been inspired by the concept of DIY which both the dada and punk movements embraced. To do anything yourself takes passion—and if you’re going to be truly independent, especially in publishing, it takes lots of passion.
Forbes: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your titles?
Kat Georges: We face a lot of challenges but our size as an independent publishers allows us to be quite flexible, thankfully. We’ve so far held five virtual book launches for our two spring books, The Faking of the President edited by Peter Carlaftes and Ray by Ray. Three of them have been in support of the independent bookstore where we were scheduled to do a live event.
One particularly cool event was a virtual book launch hosted by Peter Carlaftes for the biography/memoir Ray by Ray, which featured Nicca Ray, the author and daughter of acclaimed film director Nicholas Ray, meeting introduction’s author, Samantha Fuller, daughter of acclaimed film director Samuel Fuller. They were in conversation with Chris D., a punk rock legend and respected film historian We live-streamed to Facebook and YouTube, where it’s been recorded.
As a positive outcome of the pandemic, once things open up, we plan to now livestream all events from every location. This will broaden the access to artistic events, while keeping the special significance of actually being part of the on-site audience.