Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Deborah Poe is the founder and curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit that is featured on the campus of Pace University in New York. During her sabbatical this year, Dr. Poe brings a special event to the Seattle University campus as part of her work as a 2016 Distiniguished Visiting Writer through SU’s Creative Writing Program.

Deborah Poe hosts a special afternoon at Seattle University. Guest writer/artist Amaranth Borsuk will talk about handmade aesthetics and their connection to new media. Guest writer/artist Kaia Sand will talk about working across genres and media, dislodging poetry from the book into more unconventional contexts. Deborah will read from new work. We will show multimedia work by the speakers as well as the students of Poetry off the Page: Creating Multimedia Poetry.

1 March 2016, Seattle University Student Center (STCN), Room 160, 3-4PM.

Amaranth Borsuk is a poet, scholar, and book artist interested in textual materiality across media. Her books include As We Know, with Andy Fitch (Subito, 2014); Handiwork (Slope Editions, 2012); and Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press, 2012), created with Brad Bouse. Her intermedia project Abra: A Living Text, a collaboration with Kate Durbin and Ian Hatcher, has just been published as an artists’ book and iOS app, thanks to an NEA-funded Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. A trade edition is forthcoming from 1913 Press. Other collaborative digital projects include an erasure bookmarklet,The Deletionist, with Nick Montfort and Jesper Juul, and Whispering Galleries, a site-specific LeapMotion interactive work for the city of New Haven. Borsuk currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell.



Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections “Keep,” the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her work has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Court GreenLoose ChangeColorado Review, and Jacket2. Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Elective AffinitiesPeep/ShowTrickhouse, and The Volta. Associate professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, Deborah directs the creative writing program and founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit.

Deborah Poe

Photo: Elizabeth Bryant


Kaia Sand writes investigative poetry that is often experiential and material. She is the author of three poetry collections—Interval (Edge Books), Remember to Wave” (Tinfish Press), and A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Money that Lost Its Puff  (forthcoming, Tinfish Press), which includes a magic show she created about the global financial crisis. Sand co-authored Landsapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space; and created poetry sign projects as well as a series of poetry walks.  She served in a residency with artist Garrick Imatani at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, commissioned by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, where they explored surveillance police filed on political activists. Sand built a poetic series, “She Had Her Own Reason for Participating,” sledgehammering copper cards. This past autumn, she served in a Despina Artist residency at Largo das Artes, Rio de Janeiro. This winter, she had a solo exhibition at the Cascade Gallery, Portland Community College. More info:



Further Information

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Sharon Alexander, language poet and artist

Visual art down to paper—it’s possible to paint with it—collaboration, book works, typography, collections, layering… and posing the question—“who is behind this?”

Remaining resourceful in coordination—reoccurring frontiers; book art—convenient and beautiful medium—small spheres in decision and direction.


Maureen Cummins is a native New Yorker who has cranked presses from California to the Eastern Arctic and produced over 30 limited edition book projects. Her “re-created” books are based on subject matter as diverse as slave narratives, the Salem witch trials, turn of the century gay love letters, and records from McLean Hospital, the oldest mental hospital in the United States. She is represented in over one hundred permanent public collections and has received over a dozen grants and funded residencies, including the prestigious Pollock-Krasner award.


Photo: Salem Lessons

Jody Gladding’s newest poetry collection is Translations from Bark Beetle (Milkweed Editions, 2014). Her other books include Rooms and Their Airs (Milkweed Editions) and Stone Crop (Yale University Press). Recent poems have appeared in ecopoetics, Orion,, and other journals. She lives in East Calais, Vermont, teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and translates French. Her work includes object poems and site-specific installations that explore the places where landscape and language converge.


Michael Kalish studied sculpture at Brown University (with Richard Fishman) and blacksmithing at Rhode Island School of Design in the mid 80s, winning ‘best of show’ at his senior student exhibit at Brown. Armed with this honor and his degree in Cognitive Science, he embarked on an academic career with too little attention to art. He moved to Australia in 1995, where he hand-built an adobe fireplace in his rammed-earth block house on a hectare of bush outside Perth. He has been in Syracuse since 2013, where he may be found working in the studio or the laboratory.


Deborah Poe is the founder and curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit whose work for this year’s exhibit is in collaboration with Lee Gough, Claire Hero, Brenda Iijima, Julie Joosten, Layli LongSoldier, Melanie Noel, Hassen Saker, Kate Schapira, and Meredith Stricker.


Marthe Reed is the author of five books: Nights Reading (Lavender Ink), Pleth, a collaboration with j hastain (Unlikely Books), (em)bodied bliss (Moria Books), Gaze (Black Radish Books) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer (Lavender Ink). She has published chapbooks as part of the Dusie Kollektiv, as well as with above/ground press and Shirt Pocket Press. Her collaborative chapbook thrown, text by j hastain with Reed’s collages, won the 2013 Smoking Glue Gun contest and will appear in Spring 2015. She is Co-Publisher of Black Radish and Publisher of Nous-zōt chapbooks.


More than 400 of Bertha Rogers’s poems have been published in literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, and in several collections, most recently Heart Turned Back (Salmon Poetry, Ireland); and the forthcoming Wild (Salmon Poetry, Ireland). Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf, was published in 2000 (Birch Brook Press); her translation of the Anglo-Saxon riddle poems from the Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, Singing Things, is forthcoming. Her visual art, including artist’s books, has been shown in more than 200 juried and invitational exhibits throughout the USA and abroad; and is included in the Ransom Center at the University of Texas, and many private collections. A teaching artist for many years, in 2007, she received the NYS Association of Teaching Artists Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award; she has also received fellowships and awards from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; and the AE Ventures Foundation, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat in Scotland, Caldera, and others. She is the founding director, since 1992, of Bright Hill Press and Literary Center in New York’s Catskill Mountain Region.


Photo: Bears Book

Kaia Sand is the author of three poetry collections—interval, a Small Press Traffic book of the year and published by Edge Books; and–published by Tinfish Press–Remember to Wave and the forthcoming A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff. Her poetry is investigative and documentary, frequently incorporating research. She also moves poetry outside the book and into other contexts such as art spaces, walks, and a magic show, and co-authored a book on that subject, Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space. She has had her poetry most recently exhibited at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston as part of the Antena Exhibition and North Portland Branch of the Multnomah Public Library. She is the resident poet at the Portland State University Honors Program and also teaches a summer writing workshop in County Cork, Ireland. In collaboration with Garrick Imatani, she is artist in residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.


Aseel Sawalha was born and raised in Palestine, where she learned traditional handicrafts and developed an interest in fine arts. She attended Yarmouk University, Jordan, for her BA (English) and Masters (Anthropology). Moving to the US, she earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology (2002). As a college professor, first at Pace University and now at Fordham University, she resumed her pursuit of visual arts.


For Bonnie Thompson Norman books are a passion and a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio, for nearly thirty years and works part-time as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery. Evenings and weekends, she teaches classes in printing and bookmaking. Her studio has many things found in a traditional print shop and bindery as well as a wonderful library. The works produced at The Windowpane Press reflect concerns about timeless and/or contemporary issues, offering challenging questions, provoking puns and inspiration in the form of broadsides and artist’s books. These pieces are included in institutions and collections throughout the United States and in New Zealand, France and England.

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Photo: Vital Signs

Elsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in a well-equipped studio outside Bellingham on 20 acres of what was once part of the Buckholtz Homestead. Born in Fallon, Nevada, she spent her formative years in Iowa City, Iowa, before settling down in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced over 95 editions and 120 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where she holds the rank of full professor, is chair of the Department of Design, and teaches courses in design production and (occasionally) book arts.

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Danielle Vogel is a book artist and cross-genre writer who grew up along the south shore of Long Island. Her visual work—which investigates the archives of memory stored within language—has been exhibited most recently at RISD Museum, The University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and Abecedarian Gallery in Denver, Colorado. As a writer, Danielle explores the bonds between language and presence, between a reader and a writer, and how a book, as an extended architecture of a body, might serve as a site of radical transformation. She is the author of Between Grammars (Noemi 2015), the artist book Narrative & Nest (Abecedarian Gallery 2012), and lit (Dancing Girl Press 2008). She is currently a visiting writer teaching at Brown and Wesleyan Universities.


Student Exhibitors: Sania Azhar, Jenna Bassi, Aymer Chaux, Heidi Clorofilla, Alec Gutierrez, Jamie Leotta, Shawn Murrell, Cassie Pacenka, Rob Rizzitelli, and Aisha Shillingford.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Pace University, Pleasantville—with a satellite exhibit at Pace University, New York City—welcomes the following artists and writers for the seventh annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit, Northeast by Northwest:

Sharon Alexander
Maureen Cummins
Jody Gladding
Deborah Poe (with Lee Gough, Claire Hero, Brenda Iijima, Julie Joosten, Layli LongSoldier, Melanie Noel, Hassen Saker, Kate Schapira, Meredith Stricker)
Aseel Sawalha
Marthe Reed & Michael Kalish
Bertha Rogers
Kaia Sand
Bonnie Thompson Norman
Elsi Vassdal Ellis
Danielle Vogel

This mini-exhibition includes handmade, homemade and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, and broadsides by artists from the northeast and northwest regions of the United States. The Pleasantville exhibit takes place February 27-March 26 in the Mortola Library. The New York City exhibit takes place April 1-May 5 in Birnbaum Library. The Birnbaum library hours can be found here: The exhibits are curated by Deborah Poe.

The following events accompany the seventh annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit and Satellite Exhibit:

Pace University Bookmaking Workshop/Demonstration
Poet and artist Jody Gladding provides a bookmaking workshop Monday, May 4th. The bookmaking workshop will take place from 6-7:30PM. The workshop takes place in the Birnbaum Library “Fishbowl” on Pace University’s New York City campus.

Pace University Reading
A reading takes place Monday, May 4th, 8-9PM. Readers include Jody Gladding, Marthe Reed, and Bertha Rogers. The event takes place in the Bianca Room on Pace University’s New York City campus.

Please visit this page for further information. Visit the Pace University Web site for directions to the New York City campus. For additional questions on the events, please email

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

In order of appearance:

Various pieces (from left to right, top to bottom): Lee Gough Manmade/Machine-made, Close Drawings; Robbin Ami Silverberg Staff 6; Janice Lee Red Trees; Kate Van Houten (Estepa Editions) a tea cup; Caren Hegna Passage.

Lee Gough Manmade/Machine-made, Close Drawings, Robbin Ami Silverberg Staff 6, and Janice Lee Red Trees

Lee Gough Manmade/Machine-made, Close Drawings

Lee Gough (Little Red Leaves) Future Occupations

Caren Hegna Passage

Kate Van Houten (Estepa Editions) On Foot

Megan Burns Unica

Kate Van Houten (Estepa Editions) On Foot

Megan Burns Unica

Jody Gladding stitch

Janice Lee Red Trees

Caren Hegna Passage

Linda L. Ryan Breathing Freely From the Heart

Kate Van Houten (Estepa Editions) a tea cup

Jody Gladding crossroad

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.


Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press ( and edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter ( She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has two books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008) and Sound and Basin (2013) published by Lavender Ink. She has two recent chapbooks: irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop press, 2012) and a city/ bottle boned  (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her chapbook Dollbaby was just released from Horseless Press.

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Poet Jody Gladding lives in Vermont, translates French, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Her newest book of poems, Translations from Bark Beetle, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.  She has been a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Stegner Fellow, a Yale Younger Poet, and the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the French-American Foundation Translation Prize.  Her work also includes site-specific installations that explore the interface of language and the environment. Photo credit:  Emma Norman.

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Lee Gough was born in Pennsylvania and is a poet and multi-disciplinary visual artist working in printmaking, drawing, animation and most recently, letterpress.    She is the author of Mary and Shelley’s Fair Copy Book (Potes and Poets, 2000), and a chapbook Future Occupations, (Little Red Leaves Textile Series, 2012) as well as many informal artist’s books.  Her work has been published in many places, most recently in Antennae 11, while her prints and drawings are in many individual and public collections, including at the University of Hawaii, Hilo and Koninklijke Musea voor Schone Kunsten van België.  Other visual work has also been shown in Peru, India and Australia as well as many places in the United States.  In 2004, she was a Puffin Foundation grantee for her linocut portfolio series, The War Went Well.

Lee makes artists books as a way to link her visual and written work.  She is interested in alternative publishing and education economies and forms of critical exchange, new forms of reading and finally, new ways to recycle things that aren’t normally thought of as book media. She is also almost a zero-waste zealot and thinks more people should makes books from trash.  She is a recent transplant from Brooklyn to upstate New York. In addition to sometimes teaching drawing and printmaking, she also works in farmers’ markets.


Growing up as a Wyoming native has influenced Caren Hegna’s attitudes and approach to living and creating: She is an explorer, a dabbler and has come to see herself as a jack-of-all-trades in the realms of art, work and thought. Drawn to the obscure, she finds herself collecting odd and disparate elements, skills and ideas that tend to sift themselves into whatever she does through a sort of accidental alchemy.

Hegna has attended a variety of courses from survival in the out-of-doors, anthropology and cabinet making, to women studies and studio classes at Casper College, the University of Wyoming and the National Outdoor Leadership School. She continues to learn wherever she is.

For the last twelve years Hegna has occupied herself as an artist and an independent contractor in construction, woodworking and landscape design. She lives along the Oregon Trail near Casper, Wyoming with her husband, Jim Doherty and dog, Clyde. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Wyoming, the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, and can be seen in private collections.


Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), andDamnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), a book-length meditation on the films of Béla Tarr, as well as several chapbooks: Red Trees, Fried Chicken Dinner, The Other Worlds, and The Transparent As Witness (a collaboration with Will Alexander). She currently lives in Los Angeles where she is Co-Editor of [out of nothing], Reviews Editor at HTMLGIANT, Editor of the new #RECURRENT Novel Series for Jaded Ibis Press, and Founder/CEO of POTG Design. She currently teaches at CalArts and can be found online at


Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections the last will be stone, too (2013), Elements (2010), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (2008), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (2012). Her visual work—including video and handmade book objects—has appeared with Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center’s Poetry Off the Page Symposium (Tucson), the Handmade/Homemade Sister Exhibit at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle). Online exhibits of her visual and text work include LexICONYew JournalElective AffinitiesThe Volta’s Medium, and Trickhouse. Deborah Poe is assistant professor of English at Pace University and founder and curator of the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit.

Exhibiting at Casper College only.


Linda Ryan has studied art at the Internationale Sommerakademie für bildende Kunst in Salzburg, Austria, and participated in the Institute for Public Art and Design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

A recipient of a Wyoming Arts Council Individual Artist grant for travel to Greece and Turkey, Ryan has twice been a recipient of the Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship.

Ryan has been active in arts advocacy, co-chairing the Arts 500 Advocacy group in Wyoming for 3 years and serving two terms on the Board of Trustees for the Nicolaysen Art Museum. She recently received the Tom West Award from the Nicolaysen Art Museum, and has been named to a number of “Who’s Who” listings, including In America, In the World, American Women, and American Educators, as well as Strathmore’s Who’s Who and America’s Registry.

Ryan lives in Casper, Wyoming where she enjoys life with her husband, Louie Kistler and dog, Breve.


Robbin Ami Silverberg is founding director of Dobbin Mill, a hand-papermaking studio, and Dobbin Books, a collaborative artist book studio.  Her artwork is divided between artist books and installations.  The work conceptually focuses on word cognition and interlinearity, with an emphasis on process and paper as activated substrate.

Silverberg has exhibited and taught extensively in the US, Canada, South Africa, South Korea, Mexico, and Europe. Her artwork is found in numerous collections, such as the Museum Meermanno,The Hague, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and Yale University’s Art of the Book.  She is an Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and on the boards of the Center for Book Arts, Ampersand Foundation, Booklyn Artist Alliance & Alma on Dobbin. Photo credit: Staffs, 2007, Robbin Ami Silverberg

Unique book objects
Medium: 19th century vintage bobbins, archival inkjet text of misogynist proverbs printed onto Dobbin Mill paper & spun into thread.


Kate van Houten is an American artist living in Paris. After studying sculpture in Italy she came through Paris intending to return to New York. She was broke and Paris was thrilling – who cared about the difficulties. Her maid’s room was small. The work got smaller. It reminded her of Giacometti’s crisis and major decision to move out and on when he saw his work go into small matchboxes. She sought out S.W. Hayter, painter and printmaker at the Atelier 17. Here was a serious workplace and a new approach where she was introduced to printmaking (and to her future husband). Through the years, and not having returned to NYC, other than a stint at Pratt Graphics and an NEA grant at the Women’s Studio Workshop, the artist continued printmaking and began painting. Two residencies at DANAE in France stimulated an approach to installation pieces using her new sculpture as focal points. Other Horizons was recently exhibited in American University of Paris gallery and at the LADS Gallery in Osaka, Japan. She works carving stone more than on canvas, but, has not done with the press for monotypes.

The first One-of-a-kind books documented her paintings in small cloth reproductions under a canvas cover. Working with the multiple, as she had done for many years as a printmaker, expanded to producing editions of books. This is an ideal space for collaborations between artists, writers/poets, translators and artisans. ESTEPA EDITIONS, her independent press was created in 1996. Each edition, whatever its size, is designed with a certain simplicity and much of the work is done from her studio in the Paris 11th arrondissement.

Prints and artists’ books are in several private and public collections including; Musée Municipale de la Ville de Paris, Ministère des Affaires Culturelles, France. Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, Bibliothèque Royale de la Belgique. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Free Libraries of Boston and Philadelphia, The New York Public Library. Graphisme Sammlung de ETH, Zurich. Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, Germany. Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée, La Louvière, Belgique. Collection Doucet, Paris, France. Ville de La Roche sur Yon, France. Victoria & Albert, London. Stanford University, California. Scripps, New York. Bibliothèques Municipaux in France: Issy-les Moulineaux, Dijon, St. Quentin, Courbevoie, Quimper et Rennes.

Photo credit: On Foot.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Pace University, Westchester—with a sister exhibit at Casper College of Casper, Wyoming—welcomes the following artists and writers for the sixth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit:

Megan Burns
Jody Gladding
Lee Gough
Caren Hegna
Janice Lee
Deborah Poe (Casper College only)
Linda Ryan
Robbin Ami Silverberg
Kate Van Houten

This mini-exhibition includes handmade, homemade and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, and broadsides. The exhibit takes place the entire month of March (this year from March 4th) in the Mortola Library at Pace University, Westchester.

The Handmade/Homemade Sister Exhibit, an exhibition in conjunction with the Equality State Book Festival, takes place at Casper College’s Mildred Zahradnicek Gallery, August 25 – October 23, 2014. The exhibit is curated by Valerie Innella Maiers.

The following events accompany the sixth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit and Sister Exhibit:

Pace University Bookmaking Workshop/Demonstration and Opening/Reading
Poet and multi-disciplinary visual artist Lee Gough provides a bookmaking workshop Tuesday, March 11th. The bookmaking workshop will take place from 1:50-3:15. Gough will read from new work after the workshop, at 3:30. Both events take place in Butcher Suite of Kessel Student Center.

Casper College Sister Exhibit Reception and Artist’s Talk
Casper College’s reception, with an artist talk by Deborah Poe, takes place Thursday, September 11th, at 12:30 in the Visual Arts Building, Room 102. Lunch will be served.

Please visit this page for further information. Visit the Pace University Web site for directions to the Westchester campus. Visit the Casper College Web site for their address. For additional questions on the events, please email

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Opening Reading: Carlos Soto Román and Brian Teare
May 17, 2013 7-8:30 pm

Musehouse: A Center for Literary Arts welcomes the following artists and writers for the Handmade/Homemade Sister Exhibit, curated by JenMarie Macdonald:

Thomas Allen
Evelyn Eller
Krista Franklin
Monica Hand
Samantha Huang
Christopher Janke
Owen W. Lee
Miriam Londoño
Carlos Soto Román
Nico Vassilakis
Suzanne Vilmain
Brian Teare

This mini-exhibition includes handmade, homemade and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, and broadsides.

Carlos Soto-Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He is the author of “La Marcha de los Quiltros” (1999), “Haiku Minero” (2007), “Cambio y Fuera” (2009), “Philadelphia’s Notebooks” (2011) and the forthcoming chapbook “Con/Science” (2012). He is a translator and the curator of Elective Affinities, a cooperative anthology of contemporary U.S. poetry. He is also a pharmacist and holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is the recipient of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts and the American Antiquarian Society. He’s the author of four full-length books, The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda-Award-winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses. He’s also published seven chapbooks: Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, ↑, Paradise Was Typeset, Helplessness, [ black sun crown ], and SORE EROS. After over a decade of teaching and writing in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s now an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

In order of appearance:

Various pieces (from left to right, top to bottom): Evelyn Eller Talking Heads, Krista Franklin and Ruth Ellen Kocher Sl*tbook, Miriam Londoño Book, Owen Lee Ophelia’s Skull, Owen Lee Ambivalent Notebook, Nico Vassilakis Mendax #2, Carlos Soto Román’s Map Indifference/Maps Solitude

Owen Lee, Ophelia’s Skull

Miriam Londoño, Book

Evelyn Eller, Talking Heads

Owen Lee, Ambivalent Notebook

Carlos Soto Román, Map Indifference/Maps Solitude

Nico Vassilakis, Mendax #2, and Carlos Soto Román, The Air I Breathe

Christopher Janke, handmade acrylic case artist’s book, #’s 1-9

Carlos Soto Román, The Air I Breathe

Christopher Janke, handmade acrylic case artist’s book, #’s 1-9

Carlos Soto Román, Philadelphia Notebooks: Chapter 1 Japanese Tea Bag Version

Samantha Huang, book dedicated to those who can’t read it

Krista Franklin and Ruth Ellen Kocher, Sl*tbook

Krista Franklin, étoile noire & the beauty machine

Monica Hand, Cold  

Photographs of 2013 exhibit by Fatuma Hydara.

Additional photographs available here.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.


Inspired by a View-Master and pop-up books as a child, Thomas Allen became interested in recreating these three-dimensional experiences by using mid century books and pulp fiction paperbacks as still life subjects. Allen gently cuts around the shape of his figures, physically releasing them from their two dimensional surface, and then places them in a new display of meaningful interactions. His characters are brought to life from their pages and covers by detailed lighting and selective focus, ultimately telling a distinct narrative with their newly defined settings. He explores the human experience by exploring sexuality, desire, childhood and scientific norms. In his earlier work from Uncovered and New Releases, Allen portrayed unrequited love, dramatic sexuality, violence and dynamic scenes of movement. In Beautiful Evidence, Allen plays with the findings of science, the complexity of the universe, identifying with the wonder and innocence of childhood. With an offbeat and cinematic way of storytelling, Allen continues to create photography that is animated, contemplative and intriguing.


Talking Heads – 2006 – 8″ x 9,” Evelyn Eller

Evelyn Eller is a native New Yorker, who attended a high school with a focus on art. One of her teachers was a student of Hans Hoffman. She then went to the Art Students League in New York for three years on a scholarship, taking classes with Morris Kantor and Will Barnet.  She later studied in Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship and was a resident at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY.

She has worked in various mediums, oil and acrylic paintings, and printmaking, but her primary medium now is paper collage and artists books. She has traveled extensively. Her interest in travel and other cultures is reflected in the use of different languages in her artists’ books and language fragment collages as well as her landscape images.

She has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, at the Whitney, Queens and Brooklyn Museums in New York City, The Smithsonian, National Jewish Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and in Mexico, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, India and Germany, and other exhibition spaces. She is represented in numerous public and corporate collections in the United States and abroad, including: Citicorp, Exxon, the Museum of the City of New York, Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art, Ind., the Library of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Brooklyn Museum, NY, the Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Wash. D.C., Tyler Museum of Art, Texas, King Stephens Museum, Hungary, El Archivero, Mexico, Health and Hospital Corp, NY, Sackner Archive, FL., University of California, LA, University of Alberta, Canada, University of Western Michigan, MI, University of Vermont, Vermont, Yale University in Conn., Florida Atlantic University, and George Mason University.


Etoile Noire & The Beauty Machine, detail, artist book, Krista Franklin

Krista Franklin is a poet, visual artist and performer from Dayton, OH who lives and works in Chicago. Her poetry and mixed medium collages have been published in lifestyle and literary journals such as Globetrotter Magazine, Vinyl 5, The New Sound, Copper Nickel, RATTLE, Indiana Review, Ecotone, Clam and Callaloo, and in the anthologies Encyclopedia Vol. II, F-K and Gathering Ground. Her visual art has been featured on the covers of award-winning books, and exhibited nationally in solo and group exhibitions, and her chapbook Study of Love & Black Body was published in 2012 by Willow Books. Franklin is a Cave Canem Fellow, and a co-founder of 2nd Sun Salon, a community meeting space for writers, visual and performance artists, musicians and scholars.


Monica A. Hand is a mother, grandmother, writer, book artist and poet currently residing in Bronx, NY. She is formerly from the DC area where she founded and directed the Poetry Slam Academy, an in-school, after school and Saturday program for middle-school and high school youth interested in writing and performing poetry. She is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and several Montgomery County, MD Humanities Grants.

Monica designs unique artist’s books, chapbooks and blank books. She holds a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, is a Cave Canem fellow and founding member of Poets for Ayiti a diverse collective of poets committed to the power of poetry to transform and educate. She is also a member of Alice James Book’s Cooperative Board.


Samantha Y. Huang was born in 1985, in Changhua, Taiwan. She began studying business upon graduation from high school, but decided working in an office was not for her and quit after one semester. She subsequently moved to Vancouver, Canada where she studied English and began to take an interest in the Arts.

Samantha was on the move again, this time relocating to London in 2008 to study Foundation and Design 2008/2009 at London College of Communication where she discovered an ability to transfer books into something new.

Samantha takes inspiration from her experience of growing up surrounded by blueprints and drawings from her father’s construction and engineering business. Samantha is fascinated by lines, forms, shapes and texture. She likes to encourage her audience to experience her art via different senses rather than visual.


Christopher Janke’s poems have been published in Harper’s, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, A Public Space, Field, Forklift Ohio, Conduit, and dozens of other journals. His book, Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain won the Fence Modern Poets Series prize and was called a “must read” by the Bloomsbury Review. He fixes laundry machines, tends bar, and hosts a yearly lost-and-found fashion show on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Mass. Across the river in Greenfield, he stacks wood, grades papers, writes poems, and edits manuscripts for Slope Editions, where he is Senior Editor. His recent series of hybrid poem/sculptures called “of the of of the of” involve lots of plexiglas and vellum and explore the ways that words attach to non-words and have been exhibited in juried shows nationally.

Owen W. Lee studied Visual Communication Design in BFA, Seoul and worked as a freelance Motion Graphic design for a year. In 2006, he founded graphic design studio, Sugarcandymountain, and worked as a creative director by 2011. During the time, he was mainly focused on graphic design and print based works. He is now studying MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London broadening his work into multidisciplinary areas such as sculpting, Interaction Design and Product Design. He has been trying integration between tactility, analogue and digital technology in design, literary and psychological approaches.


Miriam Londoño studied art at the Antioquia University in Medellin, Colombia, and at the Arts Academy in Florence, Italy. While she lived in Medellin, Londoño combined her work as an artist with being a Lecturer of Arts in the Faculty of Architecture at the National University. Ever since she graduated, she dedicated herself to painting and drawing. In recent years she has experimented a great deal with paper fibbers, developing a personal technique to write and draw with paper as if it were ink.

Textile and writing have been Miriam’s sources of inspiration: textile as the underlying structure of things, and writing as a textile created by the continuous interlacing of words. Her work has been exhibited in many countries around the world. One of her calligraphic pieces was awarded two prizes while on show at the 2008 Paper Triennial in Switzerland.

Currently Miriam Londoño lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.


Carlos Soto-Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He is the author of “La Marcha de los Quiltros” (1999), “Haiku Minero” (2007), “Cambio y Fuera” (2009), “Philadelphia’s Notebooks” (2011) and the forthcoming chapbook “Con/Science” (2012). He is a translator and the curator of Elective Affinities, a cooperative anthology of  contemporary U.S. poetry. He is also a pharmacist and holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.


photo credit: aLDON nIELSON

Nico Vassilakis works with both textual and visual alphabet. Recent books include  Staring @ Poetics (Xexoxial Editions, 2011), West of Dodge (redfoxpress, 2010), Protracted Type (Blue Lion Books, 2009), staReduction (Book Thug, 2008), and Text Loses Time (Many Penny Press, 2007). His Vispo videos have been shown at festivals and exhibits of innovative language art. He was a founding member of the Subtext Collective. Nico, along with Crag Hill, edited THE LAST VISPO: A Visual Poetry Anthology 1998 – 2008 from Fantagraphics Books (Fall 2012). Samples of Nico’s work can seen at

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.

Pace University, Westchester—with a sister exhibit at Musehouse: A Center for Literary Arts in Philadelphia—welcomes the following artists and writers for the fifth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit:

Thomas Allen
Evelyn Eller
Krista Franklin
Monica Hand
Samantha Huang
Christopher Janke
Owen W. Lee
Miriam Lodoño
Carlos Soto Román
Nico Vassilakis

This mini-exhibition includes handmade, homemade and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, and broadsides. The exhibit takes place the entire month of March in the Mortola Library at Pace University, Westchester. The sister exhibit takes place the month of May at Musehouse in Philadelphia.

Several events accompany the fifth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit:

Pace University Opening/Reading, Thursday March 7th from 12:00-1:30
A reading and opening takes place Thursday, March 7th, at 12:20PM. Monica Hand will read from her poetry collection Me and Nina (Alice James Books 2012) as well as new work. The location is the Birnbaum Room of Mortola Library.

Pace University Bookmaking Workshop/Demonstration, Thursday March 7th, from 2:30PM-4:30PM
Artist, writer, and educator Monica Hand provides a bookmaking workshop Thursday, March 7th at 2:30PM. This will be the first time Japanese and Coptic binding are taught as part of the Handmade/Homemade annual exhibit and events. The location will be the Art Gallery in Choate House.

Musehouse Literary Center Sister Exhibit and Opening/Reading, curated by JenMarie Macdonald
The sister exhibit will take place in Philadelphia, at Musehouse during the month of May. The opening/reading information will be announced.

Please visit this page for further information. Visit the Pace University Web site for directions to the Westchester campus. Vist the Musehouse Web site for directions to their Philadelphia location. For additional questions on the events, please email