About the Participants

Carolee Campbell is the proprietor of Ninja Press which she inaugurated in 1984. She works alone, designing each edition of books which she illustrates, hand-sets in type and prints letterpress. She binds the editions as well. Her books are exhibited and collected widely by both private collectors and by institutions such as The Getty Center, The British Library, and the N.Y. Public Library. The entire Ninja Press archive is held at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Macy Chadwick is a book artist and the proprietress of In Cahoots Press in Oakland, California. Her artist’s books and prints often involve the themes of memory, personal communication and visual language systems.  Macy received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and currently teaches letterpress printing and book arts at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco and at the San Francisco Center for the Book. Macy’s books are featured in prominent collections and she exhibits her work nationally.

Steve Clay is an editor, curator, archivist, and publisher of Granary Books. He is author and organizer (with Rodney Phillips) of A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing 1960-1980 and editor (with Jerome Rothenberg) of A Book of the Book: Some Works & Projections About the Book & Writing. He lives in New York City with his wife Julie Harrison, an artist and teacher, and their two daughters.

Simon Cutts is a poet and editor, who has developed Coracle Press over the last thirty years in its many publicational forms.  His own concern is with the book and its mechanisms as a manifestation of the poem itself.  He lives in Ireland with Erica Van Horn.

Johanna Drucker is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and Professor in the Department of English. Her recent work focuses on aesthetics and digital media, particularly graphical communication and the expressive character of visual form. She is well known for her publications  on the history of written forms, typography, design, and visual poetics.  Her most recent  critical work, Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art  and Complicity  was published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2005. In addition to her scholarly work, Drucker is internationally known as a book artist and experimental, visual poet. Her work has been exhibited and collected in special collections in libraries and museums including the Getty Center for the Humanities, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Marvin and Ruth Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry, the New York Public Library, Houghton Library at Harvard University, and many others. She has recently developed a networked resource for the study of artists’ books, ABsOnline (www.artistsbooksonline.org).

Ann Lauterbach is a poet, critic and essayist, the author of seven volumes of poetry, a number of collaborations with visual artists, and a collection of prose essays. She is Ruth and David Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College, where she has been co-director of the Writing Program in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts since 1991. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1993.

Anna Moschovakis has been working with Ugly Duckling Presse since 2002; her recent  editorial projects include a selected poems of the Czech poet Ivan Blatny and the first book of New York poet and performer Elizabeth Reddin. She is also a poet and translator and is currently teaching in the Creative Writing program at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

C. Mikal Oness is a homesteader, poet and printer, living in rural  Minnesota.  His books include Water Becomes Bone (New Issues Press  2000),  Oracle Bones (Lewis-Clark Press 2007) as well as several other  fine press publications.  He is the founding editor of Sutton Hoo  Press.  Books can be found at www.suttonhoopress.com

Kyle Schlesinger has written and lectured on topics related to poetics, visual communication and artists’ books. His most recent book of poems is Hello Helicopter (BlazeVox, 2007). He is currently editing the journal Mimeo Mimeo and a collection of interviews with literary fine press publishers.

Buzz Spector is an artist and critical writer whose artwork has been shown in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,  Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, and the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA.  He makes frequent use of the book, both as subject and object, in his art, and  is concerned with relationships between public history, individual memory, and  perception.  He is a professor in the Department of Art at Cornell University.    

C.D. Wright has collaborated with photographer Deborah Luster on a number of books and exhibitions including The Lost Roads Project: A Walk-In Book of Arkansas; Just Whistle an erotic book-length poem; One Big Self, Prisoners of Louisiana; and the “Rosesucker Retablos” a sequence of poems accompanying large metal plates by Luster.  Her forthcoming book is Rising, Falling, Hovering. It will be out this spring from Copper Canyon Press. Wright’s awards include a MacArthur Fellowship and the Robert Creeley Award.She is on the faculty at Brown University.

John Yau is an art critic, essayist, poet, and prose writer. He was born in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1950, shortly after his parents fled Shanghai. He received his B.A. from Bard College in 1972 and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College in 1978. His collections of poetry include Borrowed Love Poems (Penguin, 2002), Forbidden Entries (1996), Berlin Diptychon (1995), Edificio Sayonara (1992), and Corpse and Mirror (1983), a National Poetry Series book selected by John Ashbery. His books of art criticism include The United States of Jasper Johns (1996) and In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (1993). He has also edited Fetish (1998), a fiction anthology.

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