Lucia Press Handbound individually
designed artist's books
Lucia Press is excited to announce the forthcoming publication of a new chapbook titled
Three Sea Stones by
the poet Vasiliki Katsarou!
THREE SEA STONES is a beautiful book. The lines are tense with immediacy and the suggestion of vast distances: behind the urgencies of a fully-realized individual life, the depths of history.
–D. Nurkse, author of A Night in Brooklyn and Love In The Last Days
Mother Monument is part of the exhibition
Power in My Hand: Women Poets, Women Artists, and Social Change on view now until October 30, 2019
at the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the
National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington, D.C.
Mother Monument has recently been placed at the Beineke Library, Yale University, New Haven CT
An ARTIST BOOK BY
PAINTER AND DESIGNER
HOLLY TROSTLE BRIGHAM
AND BOOK ARTIST AND
MARYANN L. MILLER
with poems by:
Marilyn Nelson, J. C. Todd,
Sarah Sousa, Kim Bridgford,
Vasiliki Katsarou, April Lindner, Christine Salvatore,
and Angela O'Donnell
Book launch and signing at Arthur Ross Gallery, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania
September 12, 2018 at 5:30-7:30
220 S 34th St. Philadelphia, PA
Photos courtesy Ken Ek
Here's a link to the April 25, 2019 panel at Rutgers University featuring Marilyn Nelson, Holly Trostle Brigham and MaryAnn L. Miller discussing the collaborative artist book "Sacred Sisters." Michael Joseph, Curator of Rare Books, introduced and hosted us.
New Artist Book! A collaboration between MaryAnn L. Miller and poet J. C. Todd on the subject of refugees.
now on exhibit in The Humanity of Another at Skillman Library, Lafayette College until July 31, 2018 and at the Puffin Forum in Teaneck, NJ until January 18, 2019.
On Foot/By Hand is an artist book produced by Lucia Press in an edition of ten on the subject of people forced from home: refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, deportees. J. C. Todd’s poem "I Carry This" integrates the narrative of a journey into the visual images. Although the poem is set in the Middle East, the book has implications worldwide and throughout history. Timeless, it shines a cold light on the tragedy of humanity at its most inhumane.
MaryAnn L. Miller created the original images in late 2016 as a resident at the RagdaleFoundation. Miller created fourteen India ink poured prints depicting figures of refugees, then produced five large fabric monotypes using ink and watercolor (5’ x 8’) that are akin to Japanese Shogun maps. Miller and Todd then stitched vector lines across the map-like pieces to suggest political borders. Digitized iterations of the poured and fabric prints are the basis for the pages in the artist book.
As a container for On Foot/By Hand, Miller and Todd created a cloth wrap based on the Japanese and Korean traditions of bundles. They dyed the cloth indigo and were joined by three other artist/poets to hand stitch the 36” squares in the tradition of Japanese zokins or dust cloths.
When closed and bundled, On Foot/By Hand is approximately 13" square by one and a half inches thick. When opened, it is 12" H by 62" W.
As the pages are turned, the book slowly closes. On Foot/By Hand has been placed in Special Collections at McCabe Library, Swarthmore College, Alexander Library, Rutgers University, and David Bishop Skillman Library, Lafayette College.
The Lucia Studio Stitchers:
J. C. Todd
MaryAnn L. Miller
MaryAnn L. Miller has
been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poems
"Trans-specied" through the Stillwater Review for 2017, in 2018 for her poem "As It Comes Apart" by Ovunque Siamo and again by Ovunque Siamo for the poem "Art in the Time of Savages."
Her collection of poems titled Cures for Hysteria ( Finishing Line Press, March 2018)
Order it from FLP or Amazon.
"MaryAnn L. Miller's Cures for Hysteria brings together personal testimony and cultural history in a powerful examination of long-term misdiagnosis, medical arrogance, and anti-female bias...Her poems create a moving portrait of a child who bears the condescension and incomprehension of professionals and a woman who faces a harrowing record of history that denies her experience. A vivid and original chronicle, Miller's collection moves, in her beautiful words, "between the island of silence and the bridge of speech."
––Lee Upton, author of The Tao of Humiliation
"It's about time I write this experience and find a path for it out into the world.
Cures for Hysteria has been reviewed by Jennifer Martelli in Ovanque Siamo October 2018
and Kaleidoscope Summer/Fall by Sandra J. Lindow, and in Presence Journal by Judith Dowd.
Lucia Press announces the publication of two chapbooks by Dagmar Holl: The Gazing Eye and Skizzenbuch.
Kathryn Hargett is the 2018 winner of the Brittany Noakes Poetry Contest. Judge was Yolanda Wisher, former Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. MaryAnn L. Miller designed the broadside and created the art especially for the poem.
Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the winner of the Brittany Noakes Poetry Contest for 2017! Their winning poem is featured in the broadside edition backed by the print titled "Allele" by MaryAnn L. Miller.
The broadside edition was launched Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Brandywine Print Center, on Broad Street in Philadelphia. The launch included readings by Kayleb,Lisa Grunberger, last year's winner, and the judge of the contest Sandra Beasley of Washington, DC.
The reading was sponsored by Moonstone Arts led by the incomparable Larry Robin.
The broadside is available through Shevaun Brannigan, President of the Rittenhouse Square Soroptomist Club and the poet. Shevaun is the organizer and shining light behind this wonderful fund raiser that helps a young mother further her education.
On March 28, 2016 the artist book FUBAR was launched at Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library.
MaryAnn L. Miller is the printmaker, designer and binder.
J. C. Todd, Pew Fellow and award winning poet, wrote the poem that inspired the collaboration.
Poet J.C.Todd and artist MaryAnn L. Miller collaborated on their artist book FUBAR during residencies at the Experimental Printmaking Institute, Lafayette College, Easton, PA and at Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA and the Ragdale Foundation.
The poem is one of a suite of sonnets written from the point of view of a female Air Force physician deployed to Iraq. FUBAR is printed on Rives BFK paper in a modified orihon (accordion) format that allows the poem to be read as the viewer moves around the piece, creating a physical interaction. The prints in the body of the book are digitized from original monotypes created by Miller and laid over with serigraphy. The colophons are wrapped with original, unique monotypes, are wired, and are meant to echo the shape of roadside munitions. The covers of the books are wrapped with Combat Paper made from the shredded uniforms of veterans, commissioned from Shotwell Paper of California.
FUBAR has been placed in Special Collections Canaday Library at Bryn Mawr College; Skillman Library, Lafayette College; University of Iowa; Herron Art Library; Wesleyan University and Stanford University Green Library.
Reading and launch of prizewinning poem broadside on October 8, 2016 at the Little Theater of Christ Church at 2 American St. Old City, Philadelphia, PA.
The poet Lisa Grunberger won the Brittany Noakes Prize in a poetry contest sponsored by the Rittenhouse Square Soroptimists and organized by Shevaun Brannigan. J. C. Todd was the judge of finalists from a field of hundreds of poems. MaryAnn L. Miller designed and printed the broadside as a prize for the winning poet in an edition of 25. (11" x 14") They are available from Lisa Grunberger through Lucia Press. Proceeds from submissions to the Brittany Noakes contest go to a young mother seeking to further her education.
Sacred Sisters has recently been placed at Beineke Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Published by Lucia Press at Lucia Studio
Sacred Sisters has been placed at Skillman Library Special Collections, Lafayette College; Penn State University; Smith College; and the Smithsonian/Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, and in a Private collection.
Sacred Sisters: a book about 8 women in history who lived their lives in convents in the service of others as artists, musicians, providers and leaders.
Launched in November 2016 at St. John the Divine in NYC, the spectacular pairing of the paintings of Holly Trostle Brigham and the poet Marilyn Nelson (poet in residence at St. John the Divine.) This luminous radial spine book has images printed on transparencies with text printed via serigraphy by master printer Jase Clark.
The boxes are wrapped in Iris book cloth and an opulent damask embellished with crocheted wire adornment by the jewelry maker Pookie Weatherburn.
Boxes ajar and stacked
Pages radiating from the spine
The radial spine
The Battle of and For the Black Face Boy
by poet Nikky Finney
placed at the White House in the collection of President and Mrs. Obama.
Here is the artist book with poet Nikky Finney's monumental poem: The Battle of and for the Black Face Boy. We launched it at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park on Oct. 30, 2015. Nikky read the poem to an audience riveted by the scope and impact of her words. An excerpt from the poem is published in the Fall 2015 issue of the Oxford American.
The poem was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Art Center at UMDto mark the Sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War.
The edition of 30 artist books is published by the David C. Driskell Center.
Works in Progress at my residency at Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Foreground: a collaboration in progress with the poet J.C. Todd.
A World Made of Memories, History, and Art an edition of thirty artist books featuring the paintings and original linocuts of David C. Driskell. Commissioned by Raven Fine Print Editions of Easton, PA. This book was launched at the Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park on October 29, 2015.
Close to Home: The edition of 15 books contains the poems of Dave Worrell and paintings of Catherine Kuzma.
The poet Hila Ratzabi has
collaborated with Lucia Press
to publish a broadside of her
poem "Sedna the Arctic Sea
Goddess" available through
Red Sofa Salon.
The broadside is printed digitally from an original wood cut by MaryAnn L. Miller. The poem is based on an Inuit legend.
The New White Cat is available from: http://www.vampandtramp.com/newarrivals.html
This book has been placed in Swarthmore College Library's Special collection and Skillman Library, Lafayette College.
From the Author’s Note by Michael Joseph:
“La Chatte Blanche (The White Cat) appeared originally in 1698 from the pen of the celebrated Marie-Catherine le Jumel de Barneville, Baroness d’Aulnoy (1650/1651-1750), known in her day as…the queen of the fairy. The Countess d’Aulnoy belonged to a coterie of French aristocratic writers who gathered in private salons to tell often-amourous stories combining folktales with critiques of court life and male privilege. Their verbal inventions in written form became the seed of the literary fairy tale… The Whte Cat is immortal, a shape-shifting diety who chooses to assume cat form for her own pleasure.”
About the edition: The limited first print edition of twenty copies of The New White Cat contains four serigraphs created by MaryAnn L. Miller from illustrations by Henry Charles. There are ten more digitally reproduced illustrations by Henry Charles in the book. The cover insert is printed on satin and padded to honor the opulence of the settings, courtlife, and language in the story.
Published in May 2013
A Memory Book for Rich and Fran Bank
This memory book was commissioned by Richard Bank for his wife, Fran, on the occasion of their 45th Wedding Anniversary. Rich provided the photos, favorite sonnet, and other memorable text that made the designing of this book a joy to create and give as a surprise gift.
Lucia Press released its inaugural publication Elegy:Tying and Untying, an artist book with poem by Lee Upton and images by Jim Toia. This stunning book will be available from Lucia Press and can be purchased by contacting us. The proceeds in part will go to the Foundation Fighting Blindness.
Elegy: Tying and Untying with the poetry of Lee Upton and images of Jim Toia has been placed at Stanford University,
Skillman Library, Lafayette College and is in several private collections.
It is available from Vamp & Tramp Booksellers as well as Lucia Press.
The signing and reception took place on September 16, 2012 in the Lucia Press studio. Jim's gorgeous images and Lee's deeply moving poem were received with joy by everyone.
Elegy was completed over a period of five months,
from the initial planning in early May until the signing in mid-September.
January 1, 2013
Othello: Re-imagined in Sepia
by Curlee Raven Holton and Ian Smith
is the first publication in 2013 from Lucia Press. The book contains text by Ian Smith PhD, a Shakespearian scholar, with images digitized from ten original intaglios by Curlee Raven Holton, Master Printer and Founder of the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, Easton, PA
There is a portfolio of the ten intaglios (22"x 30") available as well.
Lucia Press has printed Lessons Not Worth Repeating: a Collection of Flash Fiction by MM
Louie helps bind the