Literary Citizenship: Tiny Press Practices is a course that is a hands-on exploration of contemporary, autonomous, small, and micro-press practices as they relate to a poetics of community accountability. How might we participate in creating the literary and artistic world we wish to inhabit? What is our responsibility as writers, readers and thinkers, to a larger literary-artistic culture? What kinds of communities are made possible through different kinds of cultural action and cultural work?
Each participant in the class creates a text-based object using various techniques relating to bookmaking; we make at least enough copies to exchange one with every other member of the group, and to give one copy to the library.
A special collection of approximately 1718 books that includes handmade books, books published by small independent presses, books designed by artists, as well as graphic novels and comic books. This collection began in the mid-1960s and includes many books by artists working in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
All Artists' Books are cataloged and may be found searching the online web catalog. Please search the catalog, write down the call number, and present the call number to staff at the Circulation Desk who will then retrieve the materials. Artists' Books must be used in the Library, under supervision of Circulation staff with the use of protective gloves.