The Death Of
This poem by Amelia Gray was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author and Laura Adamczyk. It was produced as part of the Carr Reader Series.
Perhaps the World Ends Here
This poem by Joy Harjo was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author. It was produced as part of the Carr Reader Series.
Lighting the Tulips
This poem by Toi Derricote was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author. It was produced as part of the Carr Reader Series
Above All The Waste
This poem by Rolando Hinojosa-Smith was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author. It is the inaugural broadside of the partnership of the Soybean Press with the Carr Reader Series at the University of Illinois. The poem deals with combat suicide and is printed on paper made from combat-ready uniforms by the Combat Paper Project.
Ocean Beach at Twilight: 14
This poem by Dean Rader from Works & Days was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author. It was produced as part of the Carr Reader Series.
The Book of Of
This poem by Andy Frazee from his book The Body, The Rooms was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author. It was produced as part of the Carr Reader series.
The Funny Man: Inspiration
This excerpt from John Warner's The Funny Man was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author. It was produced as part of the Carr Reader series.
An Excerpt from Extraordinary Renditions
This broadside was printed by Steve Kostell and Marten Stromberg in collaboration with the author. It was produced as part of the Carr Reader series.
William S. Merwin
100 copies (see below)
This broadside of Merwin's poem Chord was printed to celebrate the visit of W.S. Merwin to the University of Illinois and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library on the 27th and 28th of October 2008. Set in Palatino Linotype, thirty-three copies were printed on paper made by Steve Kostell and Charles Wisseman from Miscanthus grass fibers grown on campus. Sixty-seven copies were printed on Arches paper. Thirty-three of the Miscanthus paper copies and seventeen of the Arches paper copies were signed by Merwin.
Multiple Merwins: Poet, Translator, Environmental Activist
William S. Merwin
This exhibition catalog contains three essays written to accompany an exhibition celebrating different aspects of William S. Merwin's career. Drawn from the Merwin Archive in The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the exhibition featured manuscript and printed materials illustrating the remarkable and multivariate career of one of America's finest writers.
The essays, by Rare Book & Manuscript Library personnel Christopher D. Cook, Chatham Ewing, and Dennis Sears, each cover a thematic aspect of Merwin's work and include illustrations from the manuscript material in the Merwin Archive at Illinois. The 40 page booklet also contains Merwin's poem Chord, and a foreword by Rare Book & Manuscript Library Head, Valerie Hotchkiss.
The Baby's Foot Becomes a Doorknob
$50 (postage paid)
75 signed copies
This whimsical creation of noted book artist and novelist Audrey Niffenegger was hand-printed by the author herself in a very limited press run. The halftone and text are mounted in a green portfolio that includes a colophon and a slot and groove clasp accented with a laser-cut outline of a baby's foot.
Milton on Shakespeare
$10 (postage paid)
250 copies on 160gsm Fabriano Ingres paper
The very first publication of the Soybean Press, this broadside reprints the poet John Milton's first published work, a tribute to Shakespeare from the Second Folio. Drawn from The Rare Book & Manuscript Library's collection, this handsome piece celebrates the founding of both the Soybean Press and the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies Program at the University of Illinois
Soybean: Harvesting Traditions
Printed by the inaugural Letterpress class of the Midwest Book & Manuscript Studies program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
What the Tau-Fu is Made of
Christopher D. Cook
$15 (postage paid)
Limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, the booklet is available in both gray and green paper wrappers.
This ten–page booklet revisits the lore surrounding Benjamin Franklin's role in the importation of the soybean into America, affectionately punctures the myth, and serves up a brief and tasteful recounting of the true history of "Chinese Garavances" in this country. Cook also appends the tale of the bean's journey to Illinois, where it has since come to flourish as the State's second most valuable agricultural commodity.
If you are interested in purchasing any of our limited edition fine press imprints, please contact us by email at mstrombe(at)illinois.edu or by mail at:
The Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Illinois Library, Room 346
1408 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, Illinois 61801
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