Lucia Press - Handbound individually designed artist books.



Lucia Press is dedicated to the production and publishing of handbound fine artist books pairing poets with artists.  Read more in About Us. Thanks for visiting!

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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.

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New!! 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.

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New!!! 
Published by Lucia Press at Lucia Studio
Philadelphia, PA

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













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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.
 















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Works in Progress at my residency at Virginia Center for Creative Arts.
Foreground: a collaboration in progress with the poet J.C. Todd.




October 2015



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.












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March 2015
Close to Home: The edition of 15 books contains the poems of Dave Worrell and paintings of Catherine Kuzma.


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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.




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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.

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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.

 


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September 2012
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.


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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.















































June 2014
Lucia Press has printed  Lessons Not Worth Repeating: a Collection of Flash Fiction by MM
Wittle.
Louie helps bind the
collection.




















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