The Kyoudai Press publication series is part of the explosive growth of independent publishing. With the mainstream publishing world in chaos as it incorporates new digital forms and transitions to new business models, visual and literary artists are creating new venues for their work. This is particularly true if, like us, they still value the word and image on the printed page.
Blind Cat Valentine publishes The Kyoudai Press series to make works that touch and transform the human spirit and address the deepest levels of experience. We aim for beauty, not to etherize the mind, but rather as the strongest weapon in our battle against apathy, conformity, ignorance, and shallow thinking.
Here are a few places where you can learn more about us:
Who we are:
is a photographer, book artist, publisher and co-founder of the Kyoudai Press. Alexandra spent her childhood in Washington DC, Bamako, Mali and Freetown, Sierra Leone, an international upbringing that significantly influences her photographic work. Each of her projects begins with a journey of exploration: among the schools of Timbuktu’s Islamic scholars, along the Shikoku pilgrimage trail, or into the heart of a poem. The resulting work weaves a narrative about passage and transcendence, touching, transforming, and re-kindling the human spirit with a straightforward style that does not shy away from the dirt, humor, or marvelous enchantment of an imperfect reality.
Alexandra holds a BA in studio art and East Asian studies from Stanford University and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. Her work has been widely published and exhibited. Notably, photographs from 333 Saints were part of the landmark exhibition “West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song” at the British Library (2015). Among other honors, she has received a Fulbright Research Grant, and her prints have been acquired by the US Library of Congress, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, and the British Library.
View more of Alexandra’s photography on her PORTFOLIO WEBSITE.
is a poet, translator, and essayist. He grew up in the Washington, DC area and in West Africa, studying at Dartmouth College, the University of London, and the University of Chicago where he earned a PhD in comparative literature in 2006. His work has appeared in various journals including Colorado Review, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Mantis, and Like Starlings. He is author, with Alexandra Huddleston, of the collaborative artists’ book Lost Things. Robert currently lives in New York City and teaches at NYU.