By Tom Strange
It’s obvious that the minds behind the Eloisa Cartonera collective are not of the static variety. Born in the wake of Argentina’s economic ruin seven years ago, this collective publishing project leaps over the hurdles faced by many writers while providing a platform for Latin-American literature. This is only one branch of the Eloisa tree. The collective also involves cartoneros (cardboard collectors) who remain perhaps the most visible testimony to the financial hardships faced by many Argentines. The project eludes clear-cut definition though because its vision and focus is constantly evolving- it is well and truly alive and kicking. For now, the final product you may hold in your hands is a book made with a recycled cardboard, colorfully hand-painted cover but the ongoing story behind the books is perhaps as read-worthy as the books themselves. I got together with Juan Gomez, one of the co-operative members, to find out where they are at and where they are going. Check out the new interview here.