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


Amber Atiya is a multidisciplinary poet whose work incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual art. She has received residencies and fellowships from Poets House and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her poems have appeared in various journals including PEN America, Boston Review, and Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and is forthcoming in the inaugural Bettering American Poetry Anthology. A proud native Brooklynite, she is the author of the chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books, 2014) and is a member of a women’s writing group that will be celebrating 15 years in 2017.


Renée E. D’Aoust’s book Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press) was a Foreword Reviews “Book of the Year” finalist. D’Aoust is the Managing Editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and she teaches online at North Idaho College and Casper College. Please visit and follow her @idahobuzzy where she tweets about her mini dachshund Tootsie.



Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is a Portland-based transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water) and Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá  (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) of the Diné (Navajo). His work is rooted in Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology, landscape representation, memory, HIV/AIDS-related art & activism, gender, identity, & sexuality, Indigenous Survivance, & Decolonization. He received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. He is the founder & director of the artist / activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, which is dedicated to the education, perseverance, & evolution of Indigenous art & culture. He is the recipient of grants from Evergreen State College (2014), PICA – Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014), Art Matters Foundation (2015), & will be an artist-in-residence this November at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. // @heterogenenoushomosexual




Christine Leclerc is the author of 2014 bpNichol Chapbook Award winner Oilywood (Nomados Editions, 2013), Counterfeit (Capilano University Editions, 2008) and an editor of The Enpipe Line (Creekstone Press, 2012) and portfolio milieu (milieu press, 2004).


Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. is the Managing Attorney of the Housing unit at Community Legal Services, a mother, writer, the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, the co-creator of Black Quantum Futurism multimedia arts collective, and a founding member of Metropolarity Queer SciFi collective. In 2014 she independently published her first speculative fiction collection, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales), followed by an anthology of experimental essays from Black visionary writers called Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice Vol. I in 2015.  As part of BQF Collective, Phillips was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange, is a 2016 A Blade of Grass fellow, and has exhibited or performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Black Oak House Gallery, Temple Contemporary, Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, WORM! Rotterdam, and more Phillips has  work appearing in the book “Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle”  and “Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination” exhibition catalogue, and has had work published in the Temple University Political and Civil Rights Journal, Atlanta Black Star, and other publications.


Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections 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 writing has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Colorado Review, Yellow Field, Touch the Donkey, 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 Bellingham Review, Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, 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. Her contribution for the 2017 exhibit features work by D.D. Baldwin, Renée D’Aoust, Marilyn McCabe, and Selah Saterstrom.


a rawlings’ performance practice seeks and interrogates relational empathy between bodies, be they human, more-than-human, other-than, non. Meditating on languages as inescapable lenses of human engagement, her methods over the past fifteen years have included sensual poetries, vocal and contact improvisation, theatre of the rural, and conversations with landscapes. As a writer-activist, rawlings’ literary output includes Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) and o w n (CUE BOOKS, 2015). Wide slumber received an Alcuin Award for Design; the book was adapted for stage production by VaVaVoom, Bedroom Community, and Valgeir Sigurðsson in 2014. She has also penned libretti for Davíð Brynjar Franzson (Longitude) and Gabrielle Herbst (Bodiless). rawlings is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada, 2009) and held the position of Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence (Australia, 2012). During the latter experience, she created Gibber, a digital publication showcasing sound and visual poetry from Australian bioregions. Written while undergoing breast-cancer treatment, rawlings’ work Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the 2013 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights, and is forthcoming from Broken Dimanche Press and BookThug.

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Jared Stanley was born in Arizona, grew up in Northern California, and lives in Reno, Nevada. A poet, writer, and interdisciplinary artist, He is the author of three collections of poetry, Ears,The Weeds, and Book Made of Forest. Stanley has received Fellowships from the Center for Art + Environment and the Nevada Arts Council, and teaches writing and interdisciplinary art at Sierra Nevada College, where he co-directs the SNC Poetry Center. Recent collaborations include It Calls From the Creek,Surrender, and The Plain Sense of

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Kate Schapira is the author of six books of poetry–most recently Handbook For Hands That Alter As We Hold Them Out (Horse Less Press) and a collaboration with Erika Howsare, FILL: A Collection (Trembling Pillow Press). Her 11th chapbook-published-by-someone-else, Someone Is Here, appeared in 2015 with Projective Industries, and she also has a kitchen-table imprint for her own work, In Hand Books. She lives in Providence, RI, where she writes, teaches, runs the Publicly Complex Reading Series, and periodically offers Climate Anxiety Counseling.



Juniper White was born in Oregon and currently resides in Western Washington. She is aletterpress printer, woodblock carver, teaching artist, and writer with a MFA in Creative Writing who cultivates handwork in northwest communities. The heart of her handwork—writing, carving, drawing, hand setting type, letterpress printing—beats by the push-pull progression of contrarieties. By defining space and creating through handwork, she interprets the contrary forces that move one through life, and as an advocate provides a framework to enable understanding for others. Specific elements related to contrarieties can be identified in an ongoing poetry broadside project. She studies the particularized interstices, letter by letter in relationship to a line, stanza or page; scrutinizes the overall whitespace and content tension to find the tipping point and listens to the sonorous or dissonant visual relationship before fully realizing the natural coupling of contrarieties on the page; fosters an advocacy relationship with the writer’s piece in order to summon duende—creating a space for the ordinary and the ecstatic simpatico on the page. Upon receipt of an inimitable gift from the universe and Sam Hamill, she founded Dwell Press in 2010. White is currently constructing a body of work that examines what is possible in the realm of tiny monoprints in a series titled: “Harry Said:”.


Gratitude to Sarah Clark, Renee D’Aoust, Karin Rosman, Sean Singer, Jessica Smith, Linda Russo, JenMarie Macdonald, Amaranth Borsuk, Scott Helmes, and Monica Hand for their suggestions on potential 2017 exhibitors.

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.

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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:



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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.

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

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In order of appearance:

Cannibal Books, Cannibal Winter 2010, Issue 5 and Urgency by Joseph P. Wood

Work by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Scott Helmes, Melanie Bush, Geof Huth, Pamela Paulsrud, and student exhibitors.

Geof Huth Every Poem Ever Written: 3. not It and Pamela Paulsrud’s Touchstones.

Fact-Simile Editions July Oration by Dale Smith and Scott Helmes hot flashes

Geof Huth Every Poem Ever Written: 2. deereyed nightslight

Work by Cynthia Arrieu-King, Scott Helmes, Melanie Bush, Geof Huth, Pamela Paulsrud, and student exhibitors.

Pamela Paulsrud Touchstones

Jill Magi Sometimes My Father Would Wander Off

Sawako Nakayasu Insect Country G: Sign

Cannibal Books Poem in Four Parts by Adam Roberts and The Nightmare Filled You With Scary by Shane Jones

Joan Fiset The Day Before

Geof Huth ATE

Scott Helmes flashcard #3

Pamela Pauslrud Touchstones and Geof Huth Every Poem Ever Written: 1. varied in the face of words

Scott Helmes flashcard #1 and flashcard #2 and Melanie Bush ABECEDARIUM for BIBLIOPOESY

Geof Huth and Pamela Paulsrud

Geof Huth, Fact-Simile Editions, and Scott Helmes

Cynthia Arrieu-King Laboratory Guide in Animal Biology and Scott Helmes

Photographs, Jenel Vales, March 2012

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.

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.