The Humanities Institute

A Book-Making Workshop

October 25, 2019
2:30 pm

Holbein Room
Denison Library
Scripps College

How can we invite others to experience our worlds? How might the content of our written ideas be reflected in their presentation? In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore the constraints and freedoms of traditional and creative book forms. We’ll start by considering various examples—from Scripps’s own Denison Library collections—where literary content and inventive forms create unexpected and immersive reading experiences. We’ll then turn to some hands-on creation as we experiment with presenting written content in interactive, evocative ways. You’ll make your own Pocket Book—based on book artist Alisa Golden’s “X-Book with Pockets” design—, a relatively simple structure that allows for the shifting movement of lines and ideas. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring a paragraph or short poem to use as the basis of your explorations during the workshop.

Genevieve Kaplan is a poet, writer, and book-maker living in southern California. She is the author of In the ice house (Red Hen), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s poetry publication award, and three chapbooks. Her recent poems and textual experiments can be found in Poetry Northwest, Thrush, Spillway, and The Laurel Review. She edits the Toad Press International chapbook series, publishing contemporary translations of poetry and prose.

Please note: Space for this workshop is limited. We ask that you RSVP by emailing to secure your spot. Although Scripps and 5-C students will be given priority for space, workshops, and Humanities Institute field trips are open to faculty, staff, and members of the public.  Please inquire for more information.

Presented in partnership with the Office of Dean of Students, Scripps College Writing Program and Denison Library.

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