Container selects 3-4 works per year from our Open Container calls for submission to develop into limited edition text object series. 

Authors provide the text and pitch us a concept for how they see their written work being presented as a physical object. We provide editorial review, prototyping and production to bring the works to life, as well as marketing and outreach support post-launch.

Questions about our main series can be addressed to Container Production Director Doug Luman at production@acontainer.co.

Objects from Container’s main series have found homes in the collections of the following institutions: 

Arab American National Museum, Brown University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Duke University, Maine College of Art (MECA), Ohio University, the Poetry Foundation, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Ringling College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), SUNY Buffalo, Swarthmore College and the University of Arizona


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Holdings features pieces written during the author’s six-months working as a part-time reference librarian at a public library in Roswell, New Mexico.

Produced in a limited edition of 30 copies as a case-bound accordion book with an accompanying slipcase.

in the crossed world of animals


Cross-stitch kits were the inexpensive gifts / time-users grandmothers once thrust into children’s hands as a way to keep them still. The act of cross-stitching is easy, then,  but also profound–x marks each spot.

Saw Palmettos


Saw Palmettos is a series of short poems about hormones, community, and the brain-time continuum.



When the envelopes started arriving, she was quite sure they were love letters. The envelopes: always a tasteful beige with just enough bronze to suggest jewelry or affection. They never bore her name, at least, not her full name. Each envelope appeared by methods baffling and clandestine, mysterious or metaphysical, marked with a single E, handwritten in black ink that looked wet, but was dry to touch.



Tem is part history, part make-believe. Every culture has creation myths that explains how the world emerged. This story is one of the forgotten deities of the pre-Islamic Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsula.