Thursday, September 16, 2010

new website Monday!

Sometime in the next few days this blog will disappear and the new, amazing website will blink into being. Holy crap. We are all super excited at the Understanding Campaign. HUGE thanks to Threespot in DC for their design genius, massive thanks to their brilliantly talented staff. Next week is huge. Look for the Kickstarter page and big announcements!

Monday, September 13, 2010


We have one more week until we launch our new website and Kickstarter page. You might have noticed you can't order buttons or stickers at the moment. Come back on the 20th (Monday) to see all the new designs we are offering as part of the Kickstarter pledge drive!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Nathaniel Edmunds Understands

Nathaniel is an artist & seasonal taxi driver on Martha's Vineyard. He lives in a stilted boat in the woods between international adventures. Fresh from a stint teaching in Palestine this past spring, he will move to Ukraine in three weeks with the Peace Corps.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Chris Mason Understands

In the late 70’s Chris Mason was part of the performance group CoAccident and Doug Lang’s Folio Books poetry workshop. Since 1979 he has, with Charles Brohawn, been a member of the Tinklers, whose records and CD’s were released by Shimmy Disc and Serious and who were featured in the 2008 documentary “Everybody Loves The Tinklers” by Brian J. Averill. Since 2002 he has, with Liz Downing and Mark Jickling, been a member of Old Songs, who translate archaic Greek poetry and put it to music. He lives in Baltimore with his wife Ann, his daughter Elizabeth, and his son Will. Poetry Books: Poems of a Doggy (pod books, Baltimore, 1977); Click Poems (Shabby Editions, London, 1982). Tinkler Books: The Elements (Shattered Wig, Baltimore, 2009) and various hand-made, Xeroxed, and mimeo-ed books including The Tinklers History of the World, Tinklers Songs and Charts, and Our Children’s Children’s’ Worlds.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Road Trip 2010 - Understanding Campaign

Two strange men just emailed us photos of Understanding stickers from across the States. Try to spot them in your neck of the woods. 

Monday, July 19, 2010

Chris Nealon Understands

Chris Nealon grew up in Binghamton, NY. He has lived in Boston, Ithaca, NY, and Seattle, before moving to the San Francisco area to teach at UC Berkeley. He currently teaches & curates a poetry reading series at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. His books include – Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Emotion Before Stonewall (Duke University, 2001), The Joyous Age (Black Square Editions, 2004), Plummet (Edge Books, 2009).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Understanding Campaign broadsides by NewLights Press

This is the first process photo Aaron Cohick sent of the Understanding Campaign broadsides that will be available through our initiative. All letter press. All hand-made. You can see they haven't been cut down (cropped) yet.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Do you want to be in an Understanding Campaign video?

We’re making a video that will be part of our Kickstarter campaign and we want you involved. All you have to do is write the word understanding (Fihm) in Arabic while we film you. That’s it! Cool, right? We might want a few shots of your smiling face as well. Don't worry, we'll practice writing with you before we hit record... :).
Contact us at understandingcampaign at gmail dot com.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mike Maggio Understands

Mike Maggio’s newest collection, deMOCKracy (2007) is available from Plain View Press. He is also the author of Oranges From Palestine (1996, Mardi Gras Press) and Sifting Through the Madness (2001, Xlibris) all of which can be purchased via his web site He is an adjunct assistant-professor at Northern Virginia Community College.
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