Odds & Ends

letterpress printing at the St. Louis Public Library


My tiny portable press is on loan to the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library for a hands-on activity I helped develop for their current exhibit, Print to Pixels: How Words Changed the World (on display through June 2nd).

Library patrons can print their own ex libris bookplates using polymer letterpress plates created by Boxcar Press (based on original metal plates designed by Jacob Elshin). Thanks to the librarians for being more than willing to learn how to use the press and make space/time for this activity – and to my dad for finding the Elshin plates in the first place.

small books

Below are book versions of some of my previously published writing…

Here’s an illustrated, hand-printed/sewn edition of “Anchor”.  A slightly different version of this creative nonfiction piece appeared in Pacifica Literary Review.  Rebecca Elliot of Meekling Press did an amazing job of printing these books on her 100+ year old letterpress.




And here’s a book version (printed on cardstock, with hand sewn bindings) of an illustrated short fiction piece that originally appeared in Bracken:



embroidered illustrations


I’m working on using a combination of drawing, painting and embroidery to make illustrations for stories.  I usually start with my own photos, but this one was just for practice, so I based it on a photo of a flying squirrel that I found online – you can see the original here.