creating opportunities rather than begging for them.
Brian R. Strauss first began to contemplate the concept of a local publishing press as a means of engaging the local San Diego artistic community. What he saw in many writers was a desperation for opportunity in a largely hostile or inert literary landscape. More than ever, it is evident that the philosophies behind publishing have to coincide with the evolving nature of writers whose work is often dismissed in a time where literature and its seemingly illusory definition is persistently changing.
Returning home to San Diego in the winter of 2014, Strauss began to plot the course for a publishing press that would build upon the ever-shifting literary landscape of a modern world. His first collection of poetry Call of the Void was released on Foxx Press to moderate local fanfare. The following year he released his second collection of poetry Strung Like Puppets and was featured in San Diego CityBeat as part of their cover feature on six emerging San Diego poets.
"THE SPOILS AND SADNESS OF YOUTH ARE ALL OVER PUPPETS...THE STREETS, THE SOUNDS AND EVEN THE SMELLS OF THE CITY POP UP THROUGHOUT THE BOOK, PROVING THAT STRAUSS’ NATURAL ABILITY FOR TRUE EVOCATIVENESS."
What Foxx Press aims to do is highlight the expressivists, the artists that collectively create the whole by which the few stand upon. We want to give those who have been rejected by traditional creative outlets a chance to be seen, heard, and read. As artists we have a responsibility to express what everyone feels in ways only we can.
Art runs parallel to life; rather than interjecting, it should accentuate the emotional facets of living and highlight the moral complexities that accompany it. Art's duty is to illuminate the inherent oxymoron of living, the ethically ambiguous dilemmas that present themselves daily, to form a composite of all that is greyed; and everything is greyed.
Foxx Press is an independent publishing house established in 2016 by Brian R. Strauss as a means of strengthening the local artistic community, and that is what it will continue to do. As our perception of writers and their role in the community continues to shift, Foxx Press will be there to perpetuate the enduring need for writers that speak to the inherent curiosity present within each of us.
- SETH COMBS, SDCITYBEAT