Conner McBride, with her winning entry “The Ballad of Mulan”

Edible Book 2015

April 10, 2015, during Art Hop

View all the entries from this year’s Edible Book Festival!

A Grand Prize, chosen by our judge, Belinda Tate, the Director of the KIA was awarded to Keith Jones for his book “Can You Read Me?” The Kid’s Edible Book Prize, judged by Joanna Parzakonis from Bookbug was awarded to Conner McBride for her book “The Ballad of Mulan.” People’s Choice Award, chosen by vote among the public, was given to Maddox, Cho and Jaxson for their book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Scone.” There were many delicious entries this year, continue reading to see them all!



Lo Kwa Mei-en and Brandon Lamson

Poet’s in Print: Lo Kwa Mei-en and Brandon Dean Lamson

Poets in Print: KBAC Gallery, Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Broadside Artists: Jeffery Evergreen & Jennifer Zona

Lo Kwa Mei-en is from Singapore and Ohio. Her first book, Yearling, won the 2013 Kundiman Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Alice James Books. Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, The Kenyon Review, West Branch, and other journals.

Brandon Dean Lamson’s first book, Starship Tahiti, won the Juniper Prize for Poetry.  Many of the poems in the collection are based on his experiences teaching inmates on Rikers Island.  He is also the author of a chapbook entitled Houston Gothic (LaMunde Press, 2007)andhis recent work has appeared in Brilliant Corners, NO INFINITE, and Buddhadharma Quarterly.  He teaches courses in writing and literature at the University of Houston’s Honors College.


The Illustrated Accordion

KBAC Fourth Annual Illustrated Accordion Exhibition

The 7th Annual Illustrated Accordion

KBAC Gallery, May 1 to 29, 2015
Opens May 1 during Art Hop from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center is accepting entries for our 7th annual Illustrated Accordion exhibition. The EXTENDED deadline for entry is Friday April 24 at 5:00pm and the show opens May 1 and continues through the month. Artist from around the world are invited to submit entries exploring the accordion book through form, content and medium. Prepare to be inspired, we have archives of every book that we have shown in past exhibits.


Interview with Mary Brodbeck


Printmaker Mary Brodbeck, photo by Mary Whalen

Mary Brodbeck has worked in the traditional methods of Japanese woodblock printmaking since 1998 and will be teaching a weekend workshop on this process on June 20 and 21.

KBAC – What is Japanese woodblock printmaking?
MB – Japanese woodblock printmaking, like other forms of woodcut, is a relief printing process. One carves away what you don’t want to show and the remaining surface area – left raised – is the image. This raised image then gets inked, paper is laid on top of it and then pressed so that the image transfers onto the paper. The Japanese techniques are unique because of the water based pigments and pressing with a baren. Continue reading


wk_summerheaderSummer 2015 Workshops

We’re excited to present the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center summer 2015 class schedule for adults. There’s nothing like getting your hands in a vat of cool water and pulp for a papermaking class, playing with color creating monotypes, working on a new book structure or creating a poster with cool type on the Vandercook. No matter your interests, we’ve got something for you! Don’t forget to use our easy, online registration.


Adult Class Schedule        Children’s class schedule



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