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

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Stockton College in New Jersey. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Witness, and Jacket. Her book People are Tiny Paintings of China was released from Octopus Books in 2010. She lives near some casinos and the sea.

Melanie Bush is a UK book artist and senior lecturer in Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Northampton, UK. She is the co-founder with Dr. Emma Powell of book arts collaborative we love your books She and Dr. Powell collaboratively curate a yearly themed international and experimental artists’ book exhibition. Exhibitions are ‘not for profit’. Melanie came to book making to communicate therapeutic stories for/about adopted children, she extended this work with social workers in creative workshops. In 2006 Melanie started a Special Collection of Altered and Artists’ Books for The Library, The University of Northampton for which she regularly acquires books at Artists’ Book Fairs. Melanie has Artists’ Books in national and international Collections; such as the Tate Library, London; The State Library of Queensland, Australia; Bower Ashton Library, Bristol School of Creative Arts,UK.

JenMarie Davis is half of Fact-Simile Editions and builds books and poems from recycled and reclaimed material. She is the author of Sometime Soon Ago (Shadow Mountain, 2009) and her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Drunken Boat; Elective Affinities; Starlight, Philadelphia; Interim; Summer Stock and Gargoyle.

Michelle Detorie is a writer, artist, editor, and educator. Her publications include the poetry chapbooks Fur Birds (forthcoming from Insert Press), Feral Scape (Dusie, 2011), Ode to Industry (Dusie/Playful Rectangle, 2009), Bellum Letters (Dusie 2008), A Coincidence of Wants (Dos Press, 2007), Daphnomancy (Small Chapbook Project, 2007), and How Hate Got Hand (eohippus labs, 2009), a collection of prose pieces about interspecies relationships and seabird rescue. Her visual and hypertext poetry have appeared in various publications and have been included in the Infusoria and Zaoem exhibits. She lives in Goleta, California.

Joan Fiset is a writer and therapist in Seattle, WA. Her book of memoir prose poems, Now the Day is Over (Blue Begonia, 1997) won the King County Publication Award. “After” was a finalist in the 2008 Floating Bridge Chapbook competition. She has completed a ms. “Washing Clothes in Moonlight: The War Stories of Xuan Ngoc Nguyen,” introduction by Yusef Koumunyaka, in collaboration with Xuan. Her poems have appeared in Tarpaulin Sky, Wave Books, GenPop Books/No Contest, The Bedazzler, Floating Bridge Review Number Four, and elsewhere.

Scott Helmes is a poet, book artist, writer, artist, and photographer. His work has been collected and exhibited worldwide, along with being published for over 35 years. In the past two years, work has been shown and published in Israel, Russia, England, Cuba, India, Finland, Japan, Hungary, Canada. and the US. Work will be shown in 2012 in upcoming exhibits at the Plains Art Museum, Pace University, Gallery at R&F Paints, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Plain Project in Tel Aviv.

Katy Henriksen convinced her husband Matthew Henriksen to make a handbound journal of poetry instead of doing the whole side-stapled on 8 1/2 by 11 in. photocopies thing and that’s when Cannibal Books was born. That was in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in the winter of 2006 and she’d never done a screen print or handbound anything. In 2012 she is now living in the Arkansas Ozarks and there are five exposed stitch with screen printed cover volumes of Cannibal, the annual of poetry, twenty limited edition chapbooks, and one issue of Narwhal, a collection of seven chapbooks bound as one. Cannibal Books went into hibernation but is not dead. Cannibal Six will be released in 2013. The entire catalog is out-of-print but can be viewed online at (sorry covers only). In addition to her handmade books obsession she is also a book jacket designer for commercial presses, a classical music and arts producer for KUAF 91.3 FM NPR, and the music editor for The Rumpus ( Much of her work can be viewed at her

Charles Hobson uses monotypes and printmaking variations to construct images for books and works on paper. He has been a member of the faculty of the San Francisco Art Insitute since 1990 and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library, the Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery, among others. Usually following literary or historical themes, his work have covered topics as diverse as famous couples who met in Paris (Parisian Encounters) and Mark Twain’s imaginary diaries of Adam and Eve. His archive has been recently acquired by Stanford University.

Geof Huth‘s poetry consists of one-word poems, poems written in unintelligible scripts, poems painted onto canvas or assembled within boxes, poems spoken or sung and audio- or video-recorded during the moments of their creation, poems created within nature and left to disappear back into it, and even syntactic text separated into lines. He writes frequently about poetry, visual and otherwise, at his blog, dbqp: visualizing poetics. Each of his poetry performances attempts to use his entire body fully to examine the limitations of poetry. His latest books are ntst: the collected pwoermds of geof huth published by if p then q of England, a book of 775 one-word poems, and AUTION CAUTION, a set of found and manipulated photopoems published by Redfoxpress of Ireland.

Jill Magi is the author of SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), and the chapbooks Die for love, furlough (In Edit Mode Press), Poetry Barn Barn! (2nd Avenue), Confidence and Autonomy (Ink Press), Cadastral Map (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and numerous handmade books. Her visual works have been exhibited at the Textile Arts Center, the Brooklyn Arts Council, apexart, AC Institute, and Pace University. In 2011, she was an artist-in-residence at the Textile Arts Center, and was a writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006-07. Jill runs Sona Books and teaches at Goddard College.

Sawako Nakayasu was born in Japan and has lived mostly in the US since the age of six. Her most recent books are Texture Notes (Letter Machine, 2010), Hurry Home Honey (Burning Deck, 2009), and a translation of Kawata Ayane’s poetry, Time of Sky//Castles in the Air (Litmus Press, 2010). Her translation of Takashi Hiraide’s For the Fighting Spirit of the Walnut (New Directions, 2008) received the 2009 Best Translated Book Award from Three Percent.

Pamela Paulsrud is a visual artist recognized internationally as a papermaker, calligrapher, book artist, and collaborator creating both intimate pieces and large-scale installations. Her exploration in energy and vibration, letters and lines, her love of the land, the earth and it’s resonance, inspires both her work and her life. She also continues her research and practice in energetic healing modalities—which simultaneously informs her art. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago in Interdisciplinary Arts concentrating in Book and Paper. Pamela’s work has been published in many magazines, books, and journals including 500 Handmade Books; Calligraphy and Handmade Paper; Brush Lettering; Making Memory Books by Hand; Exploratopia; Living Artists; Collage, Assemblage, and Altered Art; and several issues of Letter Arts Review. Her work is in many private collections as well as the Special Collections at the University of California, San Diego, CA; the Allan Chasanoff Bookworks Collection, New York, NY; Topeka & Shawnee County Library Special Collections, Topeka, KS; Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper, Chicago, IL; Oberlin College Art Library, Oberlin, OH; and Special Collections at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL. Pamela teaches workshops in lettering and book arts. She exhibits her work internationally and collaborates with professional artists and the general public on an evolving project entitled Treewhispers. The project encompasses handmade paper, art and stories relating to trees as a symbol and resource. Information and updates are shared at and on her personal website

Bushra Rehman’s mother says Bushra was born in an ambulance flying through the streets of Brooklyn.  Her father is not so sure, but it would explain a few things.  Bushra was a vagabond poet who traveled for years with nothing more than a greyhound ticket and a bookbag full of poems. Her work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, KPFA, New York TimesIndia CurrentsCrab Orchard ReviewSepia Mutiny, Color LinesMizna, and in numerous anthologies. Bushra is co-editor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.  Her novella Bhangra Blowout is forthcoming through Upset Press.

Student exhibitors this year include Melissa Capozzi, Patrick Corr, Maureen Fitzgerald, Tammy Mora, Olivia Ann Richardson, Jenna Solomon, Jenel Vales, and Christine Yaconis.

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 Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia—welcomes the following artists and writers for the fourth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit:

Cynthia Arrieu King
Melanie Bush
Michelle Detorie/Hex Presse
Joan Fiset
Scott Helmes
Katy Henriksen/Cannibal Books
Charles Hobson
Geof Huth
Jill Magi
Sawako Nakayasu
Pamela Paulsrud
Bushra Rehman

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 from mid-March to late April at Kelly Writers House.

Student exhibitors this year include Melissa Capozzi, Patrick Corr, Maureen Fitzgerald, Tammy Mora, Olivia Ann Richardson, Jenna Solomon, Jenel Vales, and Christine Yaconis.

Several events accompany the fourth annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit:

Pace University Opening/Reading, Thursday March 22nd from 12:20PM-1:20PM
A reading and opening take place Tuesday, 22nd at 12:20PM. Readers include JenMarie Davis,  Bushra Rehman, and Jill Magi. We will also be showing video from artist and writer Sawako Nakayasu as well as images from the Drunken Boat Handmade/Homemade Book Arts Folio of Issue 15, curated by Dr. Deborah Poe. The event takes place in Gottesman Room of Kessel Student Center.

Pace University Bookmaking Workshop/Demonstration, Thursday March 22nd, from 4:30PM-6PM
Artist, writer, and educator Jill Magi provides a bookmaking workshop Thursday, March 22nd at 4:30PM in Mortola Library’s Birnbaum Room.

Kelly Writers House Sister Exhibit and Opening/Reading, curated by JenMarie Davis
The sister exhibit will take place in Philadelphia, at Kelly Writers House, from March 12th through late April. The opening/reading will be March 14th. Readers will be announced.

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