S116. Handling Words: Books Arts and the Creative Process

Room 604, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


From Milton to Woolf, literary history abounds with writers who divided their time between desk and print shop. Four contemporary writers, who are also book artists and fine press publishers, reflect upon how their creative process is influenced by the alteration between these roles. Can tactile experiences with printing and binding affect writers’ relationship to language? When the act of writing is made physical through the book arts, how is a writer’s perception of his/her work also changed?



Meryl DePasquale is the author of a chapbook, Dream of a Perfect Interface, and her poems have appeared recently in DIAGRAM, Handsome, and Interim. A member of the artist co-op at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, she collaborates with Shawn Hebrank on Four-Letter Press.

Kyle Schlelsinger is a poet who lectures on artists' books and typography. He is the proprietor of Cuneiform Press and Assistant Professor of Publishing at University of Houston-Victoria.

Matvei Yankelevich is a writer and translator living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he curates the Eastern European Poets Series and co-edits 6x6. He is a member of the Writing Faculty of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Aaron Cohick is the founder and proprietor of the NewLights Press and the printer of The Press at Colorado College. His creative and critical writing has appeared in the journals Mimeo Mimeo and The Journal of Artists’ Books, and his artists’ books have been shown in exhibitions around the world.

Amelia Bird is a book artist, writer, letterpress instructor at Women's Studio Workshop, and member of SIFT, an arts organization in New Orleans. Her artist's books can be found in over thirty libraries. They have received awards from the College Book Art Association and San Diego Book Arts.


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