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Egress Studio Press Books

I have enjoyed working with each of the poets who published with Egress Studio Press. These relationships have taught me many things about poetry, poets, and bookmaking during the process. This link between creative people is an important conduit to the joy and success of our craft as poets, and as publishers, too. Each of the poets produced an excellent poetry manuscript that inspired the layout and cover designs.

Once published, the best way to promote a book is to offer readings by the author in public venues. In this way, a publisher supports an entire community of poetry-lovers!

Making Books

bone folders Creating a layout for each book is about the poems, and finding the art, colors, typeface, texture, and design that would complement the poet's work. When putting the books together, a designer must use whatever talents are available to present each book as the verbal artwork a collection of poetry is. It is a special pleasure to use the tools of a bookmaker, like bone folders, bee's wax and linen thread, the awl and the needles, book cradle and press. For more about making these books, please visit my blog. The link is in the navbar above.

Here are the books published by Egress Studio Press…

To purchase or learn more about each book, click on a cover image.

NOTE: Almost all of the links below work, but this website is a work in progress.

— A Little More About Egress Studio Press Books —

As a poet and an artist, I tend to do too much at the same time. But by combining what I enjoy, I've published poets, made art, and handbound books all at once.
linoleum block print on handmade paper
"Morning Coffee," an illustration for David Ossman's book.
For David Ossman's book, I created a series of six linoleum block prints on paper I made from cotton rug yarn. Each of the artworks has a connection in some way to the poems. This one, "Morning Coffee," refers to the poet's habit of writing with a cup of coffee at the ready every morning.

The Poets and Their Poetry

Three formats of the Moon's Answer
The Moon's Answer by Lana Ayers

For Lana Ayers' book, I wanted to honor the poem she wrote with a visual response. This book is filled with one poem, and has double-page nib pen illustrations that fit together like a story from front to back. There's also handmade paper dyed yellow with Creeping Jenny and Dandelion flowers.