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Creative Writing and Poetry: Artists' Books

A research guide for creative writing and poetry publications and texts for students at UW Bothell and Cascadia College.

About Artists' Books

What is an artists' book?

"An artist’s book is a medium of artistic expression that uses the form or function of “book” as inspiration. It is the artistic initiative seen in the illustration, choice of materials, creation process, layout and design that makes it an art object." - Anne Evenhaugen, Smithsonian Unbound Blog. Read more here

Where can I learn more about artists' books?

  • The Smithsonian Libraries webpage about artists' books is located here and includes an introduction to artists' books and information on its own artists' books collection.
  • Book Arts Web - Online book arts community with links to online exhibitions and many related websites. 
  • Off Book: Book Art - from the PBS webseries - watch online
  • See "Recommended Readings" on the Additional Artists' Books Resources page. 

Artists' Books in the Campus Library

The Campus Library collection of artists' books are located on the 1st floor, to the left of the main staircase. Our chapbooks are also located here. Below is a selection of the newest titles in the collection. Most items are available for in-library use only. The call number links below take you to the book's entry in the UW Libraries catalog.

If you are a UWB/T or Cascadia faculty member and would like to inquire about borrowing a selection of artists' books for use in your classroom, please contact our Humanities Librarians, Leslie Hurst and Laura Dimmit, and our Head of Collections, Suzan Parker at least 7 business days in advance of the date you need them for class.

Title Author/Creators Call Number
Abra Amaranth Claire Borsuk, Kate Durbin, Zach Kleyn PS3602.O78 A27 2015
Sabine's notebook: in which the extraordinary correspondence of Griffin & Sabine continues Nick Bantock PR6052.A54 S24 1992
Free as in free... Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas, Irena Borić PN6014 .F74 2016
Forms of education: couldn't get a sense of it Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas, Irena Borić N345 .F67 2016
Seas / Horse Daniel Citro PS3603.I897 S43 2013
5 meters of poems = 5 metros de poemas Carlos Oquendo de Amat PQ8497.O5 C513 2010
Prosthesis Ian Hatcher PS3608.A8633 A6 2016


Examples from the collection

Search UW Libraries for Book Making/Books Arts Resources

Search the UW Libraries catalog for "how to" books on book making techniques using the following keywords:

  • artists' books
  • book design
  • bookbinding
  • binding techniques
  • printing techniques
  • papermaking
  • letterpress printing
  • decorative design
  • paper crafts

More UW Book Arts Resources

To learn more about all of the artists' books available through the UW Libraries, visit the UW Libraries Rare Books & Rare Books Collections guide. 

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