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POG InPrint with Amos Paul Kennedy Jr, Kyle Schlesinger, Alice Vinson, Charles Alexander, and Karen Zimmermann

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February 15-16 2013

POG Presents one evening plus one full day and evening of events that feature “the book” in a panel, educational workshops in letterpress printing, hand bookmaking, publishing, and writing for the book arts, and a talk and poetry reading by two book arts & publishing practitioners.

February 15 7pm: Opening Statement, Panel Discussion, and Reception.
At The Drawing Studio, 33 S 6th Ave, Tucson

February 16, 8am– 5pm: Workshops at The Letterpress Lab at The University of Arizona,
1035 Mabel Street, Tucson, just across the street from the UA School of Art Graduate Art Studios.
One 4-hour workshop each led by Kennedy, Schlesinger, Alexander, and Vinson

February 16, 7:30pm 9:30pm, Poetry Reading by Kyle Schlesinger & Charles Alexander,
Presentation by Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., at The Drawing Studio
Cost: $5 for each evening event, $3 students.

Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. is the proprietor of KennedyPrints, and has presented printing workshops throughout the United States. He is currently moving from Alabama to Detroit to begin a new letterpress project, The Detroit Printing Plant. For Kennedy, letterpress is a social and political and artistic practice.

Kyle Schlesinger is the proprietor of Cuneiform Press. He has been involved with small press bookmaking and publishing for some 15 years, and has published some of the most innovative writers in North America and Great Britain. Schlesinger plies his publishing and letterpress art in Austin, Texas, and teaches at the University of Houston at Victoria.

Alice Vinson is a fine artist working in book making and other forms. In her own words, “I am an artist who weaves tales by combining both words and images. Each book I create, whether fact or fiction, poetry or prose, is fashioned in a specific visual and textual manner to evoke the sense of a particular moment in my life. The results are works that stand apart from one another in both form and content, each one as individual and unique as the moment it represents.”

Charles Alexander is the director of Chax Press in Tucson, which has published some 150 books, including fine art letterpress works, one-of-a-kind artist’s books, and small press readers’ editions. Alexander has presented readings and workshops throughout North America and in Great Britain. He is also the author of 5 full-length books of poetry as well as many chapbooks of poetry.

Karen Zimmermann is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Arizona School of Art, where she has helped to develop and sponsor programs at the Book Arts and Letterpress Lab. She teaches courses that explore two-dimensional and time-based materials as well as theoretical, historical, and critical issues in design.

Workshops $75 for one, $125 for two.
Register online at P O G : poetry in action, or call 520-275-4330 for information.
POG is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information please visit, email [email protected], or phone 520-615-7803

Spring 2013 Lab Hours

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Monday 10 am – 2 pm and 5 pm — 8 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm and 5 pm — 8 pm
Thursday 5 pm – 8 pm
Friday 9 am — 2 pm
Saturday 10 am — 4 pm

Be sure to sign up in advance!

Holiday Sale

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Combat Paper Workshop

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Holiday Sale Event & Paper Making Demo Today! 5–7 pm

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The Combat Paper Project | Tuesday through Thursday, November 13–15 from 12 noon — 8PM

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The Combat Paper Project utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in
reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the
traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture. Through
paper making workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create
cathartic works of art. Through this collaboration between civilians and
veterans, a much-needed conversation is generated regarding our
responsibilities to the returned veteran and an understanding of the
dehumanizing effects of warfare.

The workshops, to be held at the UA Book Art and Letterpress Lab, are open to
all, veterans and non-veterans. They will be led by Drew Cameron, a San-
Francisco-based artist, Army veteran and director of the national Combat Paper
Project, which began in 2007 and has since traveled to 24 U.S. states and five

Potluck | Friday, October 12, 2020 @ 6:30

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Join your fellow Book Art Lovers for some food and book talk this week!

If you can, please sign-up for a veggie/meat/cheese/chip/desert/non-alcholic drinks in the letterpress lab so we don’t dine on cheetos. If you can’t sign-up first, just come and surprise us! After dinner we can go on downtown or 4th ave for some “exercise”. Friends, kids, or significant others welcome.

Call for Books & Broadsides

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We’re happy to announce the official opening of our new lab, freshly adorned with four Vandercooks and a C&P: the Jack Sinclair Letterpress Lab. And to commemorate the opening, we’re having an exhibition. We welcome your work, books or broadsides or any other sweet letterpressed thing. If you’d like to participate, email our president John with images of your work. Looking forward to the show!

Book Art Collective in the News!

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Last week, the UANews interviewed me about why book art matters and why our might Collective promotes old printing processes like letterpress. Here is the video the reporter put together from the interview during one of our binding workshops. (Note: ignore the photos of my Talking face. It’s not pretty.)

Julie Chen is Coming to Tucson!

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This Friday, I am ridiculously excited to announce that one of my book art heroes is coming to Tucson, Julie Chen. I think this must be what regular people feel when they find out they’re meeting … the Kardashians? Or someone else.

Julie Chen, True to Life

Julie Chen, True to Life

Since 1987, Julie has published limited edition artist’s books under the imprint, Flying Fish Press. Her work is not only meticulously crafted, but seamlessly combines interesting writing and concepts with lovely, often abstract imagery and a sense of play.

Julie Chen, True to Life

Julie Chen, True to Life (detail)

Anyway, the Book Art Collective is hosting an artist talk this Friday @ 4pm with Julie at the University of Arizona’s Poetry Center. The Poetry Center was gracious in co-sponsoring the event with us, and we thought the space would be fitting for Julie’s lyric work.

To promote the event, our co-president, John, designed some posters and we letterpressed them yesterday on one of our trusty Vandercooks. The style sort of parallel’s Chen’s use of games in her work. We printed the posters on various French Papers, this one their Pop Tone Whip Cream, Cover #140. It’s pretty. For ink we mixed some metallic copper with brown and then violet. It was…experimental, to say the least.

If you’re in Tucson or nearby, come to the talk and reception after. Meet Julie. Meet the rest of us. Eat food. Hera are the details, yo:

Artist Talk with Julie Chen
Friday, November 5th @ 4pm
Poetry Center, University of Arizona
Reception to follow in Book Art Lab

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