LIBRARTIS: Artists’ Books You Can Touch


KBAC Gallery, Oct 7 – 28
Opens Oct 7, during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

LIBRARTIS is the creation of Fabio Mazzieri from Siena, Italy who invited 100 artists from Italy and a dozen other countries to participate in this exhibition of one-of-a-kind books you can touch. It is against normal expected protocol to be invited to experience tactile qualities in an art gallery or museum. However, this is exactly what Mazzieri intended. This time the visitor is invited to touch.

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Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Open House Party:

Exploring the world of books, paper and print

KBAC Gallery, October 1, 1-4 pm



 Poets in Print: Sarah Messer and Leah Poole Osowski

Poets in Print: KBAC Gallery, Saturday, October 15, 2016, 7:00pm

unknownSarah Messer has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Michigan Council for the Arts and others. She is the author of four books: two poetry collections, Bandit Letters (New Issues, 2001), Dress Made of Mice (Black Lawrence, 2015), a history/memoir Red House (Viking, 2004), and a book of translations, Having Once Paused, Poems of Zen Master Ikkyu (University of Michigan Press, 2015). In 2008-2009, she was a Poetry Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. For many years she taught in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Currently she runs One Pause Poetry (onepausepoetry.org) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and works at White Lotus Farms.

Version 3Leah Poole Osowski is from Massachusetts. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she was a reader for Ecotone magazine. Her first book, hover over her, won the 2015 Wick Poetry Prize, chosen by Adrian Matejka, and will be published by the Kent State University Press in Fall 2016. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Cincinnati Review, Hotel Amerika, The Journal, Mid-American Review, Salamander, and Third Coast, among others.


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Temperatures and leaves will start to fall soon. Along with the change of seasons why not begin a transformation of your own with a class at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. For students that have taken classes here before we have ten new classes to pique your interest giving you many different and exciting ways to make more paper, more books and more prints.  For new students we always offer several introductory workshops and, of course, you’re always encouraged to give the other classes a try as well. So, if you’re going on a trip and want to make your own case bound travel journal or if you have a project that needs just the right paper bead embellishment or if you’ve been wanting to give calligraphy a try, we have the class for you.

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