Writing it his way — Todd Simmons's company publishes a literary journal, among other works.
Todd Simmons is the director of Wolverine Farm Publishing/Matter Bookstore, which is located in the Bean Cycle galleries in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins. The company is best known for Matter Journal, an annual literary/art journal, Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, and Matterhorn, a quarterly newspaper that can be picked up around town and read online. Todd was drawn to find work with greater meaning when he began as a sole proprietor in 2002, to build a publishing company. He converted his sole proprietorship to a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2005, with the help of a grant from New Belgium Brewing. Today, approaching its 10th year in business, Wolvervine Farm Publishing is thriving thanks to a growing fan base and the generosity of individuals and organizations who donate to the Matter Bookstore. In addition to Todd, Wolverine has four part-time employees, two contractors, and dozens of volunteers.
Q: Tell me about the idea that started Wolverine Farm Publishing.
A: Amidst a debilitating quarter-life crisis in 2002, I found myself fleeing from my environmental science career in Idaho with a homemade yurt strapped to my car. I really didn't have a good idea of what I was going to do, other than