R196. Why Can’t We Be Friends?: Book Arts in the Digital Age

Room 3A, Washington State Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Alongside the rise of online publishing is a renaissance in the traditional art of the book. Handmade chapbooks, broadsides, artist books, and other literary objects are often viewed in opposition to computers and the Internet; but in fact, the digital world and the book arts cooperate in unexpected ways. Our discussion will address practical strategies to open book arts to a wider audience online and examine what the fine arts gallery has to add to conversations in contemporary publishing.



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.

Anna Lena Phillips is editor of Ecotone and author of A Pocket Book of Forms, a letterpress-printed, travel-sized guide to poetic forms. Her other letterpress projects include Forces of Attention, a series of printed interventions. She teaches in the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington.

MC Hyland is the author of Neveragainland and the chapbooks Every Night In Magic City, Residential, As In, and, with Kate Lorenz and Friedrich Kerksieck, the hesitancies. She runs DoubleCross Press with Jeff Peterson, and she recently started work toward a PhD in English Literature at NYU.

Drew Burk is an editor and bookbinder for Spork Press. He continues to work on his next novel.

Guy Pettit is the executive director of Flying Object, an arts and publishing nonprofit in Western Massachusetts. He is an editor at Factory Hollow Press.


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Henry B. González Convention Center