WCP Bibliography

The Wells College Press was founded in 1939 by Victor Hammer and was active until 1948. Upon the founding of the Wells Book Arts Center 1993, the Wells College Press was re-established in order to continue Hammer’s tradition of fine printing in the humanities. The Wells College Press acknowledges and honors its founder by producing books of contemporary and historical importance.

WCP Books Produced 1993-present

–Most recent listed first — 
  1. Persian Bue Carnival by Luna, Marshman, Zellers, Noha, Pierce, Sprague, Smolsky, Fillion (poetry) featuring 8 early 19th Century Wood Engravings.
    2017. 8.5 x 5.75″ 24 pp. 75 copies. Letterpress printed – 3 colors. (available)
  2. Independent City by JR Tappenden (poetry)
    {Chapbook series #3} Wood Engraving by Wesley Bates
    2016. 36 pp. 150 copies. Letterpress printed. (available)
  3. In Search of The Legend of The Curious Case of The Cayuga Lake Monster by Kyle Admire, et al. 2016 8.5 x 5.75″ 28 pages with fold out map & hidden extra book
    100 copies Letterpress printed. (available)
  4. Alphabet of Sorts by Jennifer Farrell (Printing Arts)
    Collaboration with Starshaped Press Chicago.
    2015. 64pp. 100 copies.  Letterpress printed. (out of print)
  5. River Time by Michael Jennings (poetry)
    {Chapbook series #2} 2014. 36 pp. 100 copies. Letterpress printed.  (out of print)
    Deluxe binding available in 2017
  6. What Longing Is by Janice Esch (poetry)
    {Chapbook series #1} 2013. 36 pp. 100 copies. Letterpress printed.  (available)
  7. Bestial Floor, A Selection of Rhymed Fables by Bruce Bennett  (poetry)
    2011. 4.4 x 6.75″ clamshell box containing 19 leaves.75 copies (available)
  8. A Blade of Grass By Leslie Norris
    2007.  4 pp. 8 x 10.5″. 100 copies Set in Monotype Fournier cast at the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler. Bound in green bookcloth over boards
  9. ICE by John Hoppenthaler   (poetry)
    2004. 4pp. 6″ x 10.5″. 50 copies (out of print)
  10. Los Fusilamientos / The Firing Squad by Ildefonso Manuel Gil (poetry/art)
    translated by Miguel & Nancy Gil drawings by William Roberts
    2003. (Completed 2015) 10 pages 15 x 20″ portfolio housed in a cloth covered clamshell case. Letterpress printed poems plus Lithographs. 30 copies  (available)
  11. A History of the Book Arts at Wells College by Sarah Roberts  (Book Arts)
    2003. 16 pp. 5.25 x 7″ paper wraps. 200 copies. Letterpress printed.   (available)
  12.  A Mouse’s Tale by Gillett Good Griffin (Children’s)
    2003. 40 pages 5.5 x 6.25 inches Smythe-sewn, full cloth over boards
    limited to 250 copies. Letterpress printed. (available)
  13. Learning from Renoir by B.A. St. Andrews (poetry)
    2003. 48 pages. 6.75 x 11 inches full Japanese cloth over boards
    200 copies. Letterpress printed.  (available)
  14. In those days, love . . . by Gilles Ségal translated by Suzanne Hecht
    2002. 75 pages. 6 x 9 inches paper wrapper. letterpress cover, offset inside
    500 copies ISBN 1-887196-09-9 (available)
  15. Gardening at Dusk by Christina Pugh (poetry)
    2002. 23 pages. 6 x 9 inches, paper wrapper. 200 copies  (out of print)
  16. Kamandalu Selected Poems by Amadou Lamine Sall
    translated by James W. & Lydie J. Haenlin artwork by Germaine Anta Gaye
    2002. 75 pages. 7.5 x 11.5 inches paper wrapper. letterpress printed.
    200 copies  (available)
  17. A Collector’s ChoiceAn Exhibition of Books Designed and Printed at the Riverside Press by Bruce Rogers compiled, with commentary, by the collector  Herbert H. Johnson
    2002. 50 pp. 8.75 x 12.5″ quarter bound cloth over Fabriano Roma covered boards
    150 copies  (available)
  18. The Woodcut Art of J.J. Lankes by Welford Dunaway Taylor (Book Arts)
    special Wells College Press edition of a David Godine Publication with a suite of Lankes prints. 2001. 120 pp. 10 x 9″ cloth-covered boards
    100 copies  (available)
  19. L’Allegro/Il Penseroso by Ed Skoog  (poetry)
    2001. 13 pp. 6 x 9.5″ dos-à-dos paper binding. drawings by William Roberts
    100 copies (2016 wrap binding available)
  20. Were I To Tell You  by Bruce Bennett  (poetry)
    2001. 12 pp. 6.5 x 9.5″ paper wraps. drawings by William Roberts
    150 copies (out of print)
  21. Millennial Afterlives,
 A Retrospective by Stratis Haviaris (poetry)
    2000. 29 pp. 5.5 x 8.5″  paperback. offset printed
    500 copies ISBN 1-887196-06-4 (available)
  22. Sincerely Yours, Victor Hammer,-Letters to Janet Lewis, 1945-1948 (Book Arts)
    2000. 50 pp.. 6 x 9.5 inches paperback. offset printed
    300 copies ISBN 1-887196-07-2  (available)
  23. Norris’s Ark by Leslie Norris. illustrations by John Elwyn (Children’s)
    2000. 59 pp.. 6 x 9.25 inches paperback. offset printed
    500 copies ISBN 0-930954-29-7   (available)
  24. Three Wells Poets Christina Kubasta, Deidre Pope & Am Whitney  (poetry)
    Introduction by Bruce Bennett. 1999. 16 pp. 6 x 8″ paper wraps 150 copies. Letterpress printed with two “sandragraph” prints by Jocelyn Webb. (available)
  25. The Magic Key: A Story for Mothers and Children by Robert F. Fleissner, Jennifer Zalewski, Else Fleissner. 1999 64 pp.  perfect bound paperback (out-of-print)
  26. Nothin’ Strange, Mum by Velma Van Buskirk
    1995. 47 pages. 5.25 x 8 inches perfect bound paperback (out-of-print)
  27. Fred Linden in Shanghai
    1995. 18 pp. 5.5 x 8.25 inches laser printed perfect bound paperback (out-of-print)
  28. Two Poems by Dionisio Martinez
    1994. 4 pages. 8 x 10.5 inches paper wrapper  (out-of-print)
  29. “Her poetry manuscript… is currently circulating.” by Bruce Bennett
    1994. 18 pp. 8.5 x 5.25″ paper wraps. 150 copies. ISBN 1-887196-00-5 (out-of-print)
  30. Victor Hammer and the Wells College Press by Carolyn Reading Hammer
    1993. 37 pp. 6.25 x 9.25″. Letterpress printed. Foil Stamped paper wraps.
    500 copies. ISBN 1-887196-01-3  (available)
  31. Five-and-Dime, Late Thirties by X.J. Kennedy
    1993. 4pp. 8.5 x 11″ Letterpress printed with Spiral Type paper wrapper
    100 copies  (out-of-print)
  32. Six Selections the 1993 Brockport Writers Forum Steve Heller, Susan Hubbard
    Judith Kitchen, Nancy Kress, Scott Russell Sanders, Robley Wilson
    1993. 8 pp. 5.25 x 8.5″ paper wrapper. 100 copies (out-of-print)

WCP Books Produced 1940-48 under Victor Hammer

–Work in Progress –

  1. Young voices; a book of Wells college verse. Richard Armour
    1941. 125pp. 25 cm printed by Victor and Jacob Hammer
  2. An Opium Eater in American and The Fratricide’s Death. William Bair
    1941. 60pp. 24.5 x 17 cms. 182 copies. Designed by Victor and Jacob Hammer in Emerson type, presswork by Jacob Hammer. Printed on Zurich Zerkall paper.
  3. A Satire Against Mankind and Other Poems Wilmot, John
    1942. 30 pp. Designed by Victor Hammer & set by hand and printed by Jacob Hammer at the Wells College Press for New Directions
  4. Le mystere de la charite de Jeanne D’Arc. Péguy, Charles
    1943.  236 pp. : 24 cm. 500 copies of this book were printed by Victor Hammer with the assistance of Jacob Hammer. The engraving of Jeanne D’Arc was cut on metal by Victor Hammer and is “based on a drawing scribbled by a clerk of the Parliament of Paris in the margin of a record of 1429 which mentions the lifting of the seige of Orleans–Colophon.
  5. The Three-Cornered Hat , Antonio De Alarcon, Pedro; Kredel, Fritz (Woodcuts); Levin, Lawrence M. (Trans.) printed by Victor and Jacob Hammer
    1944. 151 pp. 6.5 x 10″. 500 copies
  6. Charles Doughty 1843–1926 M Davis Herbert John Printed by Victor & Jacob Hammer
    1945. 32pp.  8vo. 120 copies on Ragston paper.  8vo.  Grey wraps printed in red
  7. The Earth-Bound, Lewis, Janet
    1946. 47pp.  7.75″-9.75″ 300 copies
  8. MESA magazine
    1945  9.75″ – 12″ Quarto.  300 copies. Printed wrappers. Edited by Herbert Steiner.
  9. MESA magazine
    1946  9.75″ – 12″ Quarto. 300 copies. Printed wrappers. Edited by Herbert Steiner.
  10. MESA magazine
    1947  9.75″ – 12″ Quarto. 250 copies. Printed wrappers. Edited by Herbert Steiner.
  11. The Clouds, Aigeltinger, Russia, &c. William Carlos Williams; Harry Duncan; Wightman Williams; Victor Hammer; Peter Franck; All authors published jointly by the Wells College Press and the Cummington Press,
    1948. 64 pages 24 cm. 310 copies

The Lost Years. WCP Books Produced 1949-1992

Taurolog by Cal Kinnear (poetry)
1971. 6 1/2 x 10″16 pp. 85 copies printed on Victor Hammer Hand Iron Press

Poetry Broadsides Checklist

–Most recent listed first —
Most are available for sale. Some at the Wells College Press online shop.
* Available
  1. Writing to Heal Portfolio – Four broadsides featuring work culled from the literary periodical The Healing Muse. Writing by: Susan M. Behuniak, Bruce Bennett, Sarah Gilbert, and Tori Russell.
    Date: Spring 2017. Dimensions: 19″ x 12.5″. Edition size: 30
  2. Joshua Corey – A Tree Dismantled in a Sphere of Fog*
    Date: 7-Apr-17. Dimensions: 14.25″ x 20″. Edition size: 50
  3. Stephen Burt – Advice From The Lights*
    Date: 27-Mar-17. Dimensions: 19″ x 12.5″. Edition size: 45
  4. Martha Collins – from Leaving Behind*
    Date: 8-Mar-17. Dimensions: 12″ x 18″. Edition size: 50
  5. Martin Rock – from Residuum*
    Date: 8-Mar-17. Dimensions: 12″ x 18″. Edition size: 50
  6. Bruce Bennett – The Thing’s Impossible*
    Date: 13-Feb-17. Dimensions: 15.5″ x 25.5″. Edition size: 50
  7. Jerry MirskinDaylight Illuminated*
    Date: 30-Nov-16. Dimensions: 22″ x 15″. Edition size: 50
  8. Jessica Cuello – Jeanne D’Arc thinks about her Virginity*
    Date: 10-Nov-16. Dimensions: 9″ x 14″. Edition size: 50
  9. Adam Clay – What I Remember*
    Date: 20-Oct-16. Dimensions:  6″ x 14″. Edition size: 75
  10. Zach Savich Two Weeks and One Day*
    Date: 28-Sep-16. Dimensions: 11.5″ x 17″. Edition size: 75
  11. John Hoppenthaler The Whale Gospel*
    Date: 16-Apr-16. Dimensions: 12.5″ x 19″. Edition size: 60
  12. Dan Rosenberg & Rebecca Myers – Miles Poems*
    Date: 24-Mar-16. Dimensions: 24″ x 12″. Edition size: 50
  13. C. Kubasta – The Uses of Salt*
    Date: 19-Mar-16. Dimensions: 9.75″ x 15″. Edition size: 50
  14. MRB Chelko  Life Gets Exciting*
    Date: 4-Mar-16. Dimensions: 14″ x 10″. Edition size: 70
  15. Patrick Kavanagh – Canal Bank Walk*
    Date: 9-Feb-16 (Private Commission) Edition size: 25
  16. DeVillio Sloan IIIDogs Corners  (Private Commission)
  17. Kaethe Schwehn – Tanka in a State of Grace*
    Date: 3-Feb-16. Dimensions: 9″ x 19″. Edition size: 50
  18. James Hawkins Howard Fra Diavolo 
    Date: 14-Dec-15. Dimensions: (Private Commission)
  19. Marilyn Chin Sonnetnese*
    Date: 13-Nov-15. Dimensions: 24″ x 12″. Edition size: 50
  20. Kiki Petrosino – Personal Style Monologue*
    Date: 24-Sep-15. Dimensions: 6.3″x20″. Edition size: 100
  21. Caroline Manring – Ptarmigan*
    Date: 3-Mar-15. Dimensions: 9.75″ x 14″. Edition size: 50
  22. Kevin González – On Marriage*
    Date: 6-Nov-14. Dimensions: 12″x 18″. Edition size: 90
  23. Michael Jennings – Bad Men of the Old West
    Date: 4-Jun-14. Dimensions: 8.5″x10″. Edition size:
  24. Sonali Samarasinghe – Unbowed and Unafraid
    Date: 28-Mar-14. Dimensions: 12.5″x18.5″. Edition size:
  25. Melissa Balmain – Love Poem*
    Date: 1-Oct-13. Dimensions:  9″x19″. Edition size: 60
  26. Judith Harris Mockingbird*
    Date: 23-Apr-13. Dimensions:  14″x 9.6″. Edition size: 50
  27. Juliana Gray – Winter comes to rule the varied year*
    Date: 27-Feb-13. Dimensions: 14″x 11″. Edition size: 20
  28. Austin MacRae –  Mowing*
    Date: 14-Nov-12. Dimensions: 11″ x 15″. Edition size: 30
  29. Philip Memmer Parable*
    Date: 20-Sep-12. Dimensions: 10″x 20″. Edition size: 40
  30. Susan Deer Cloud –Why I Love Being an Indian*
    5-Apr-12. Dimensions: 10″x 22″. Edition size: 35
  31. Sarah Jefferis – At fourteen*
    Date: 15-Mar-12. Dimensions: 23″x12.5″. Edition size: 35
  32. George Drew –Rambling in Times Square*
    Date: 10-Nov-11. Dimensions: 10″x20″. Edition size: 50
  33. Jerry Mirskin – Mother*
    Date: 28-Apr-11. Dimensions: 6.5″x15″. Edition size: 50
  34. William Trowbridge – Obedience*
    Date: 2-Mar-11. Dimensions: 12″x12″. Edition size: 50
  35. Martha Collins – White Paper No. 14*
    Date: 1-Nov-10. Dimensions: 10″x 21″. Edition size: 30
  36. Katha Pollitt – Lilacs in September*
    Date: 22-Sep-10. Dimensions: 9″x14″. Edition size: 65
  37. Steven Huff – All Those Houses I Built*
    Date: 17-Mar-10. Dimensions: 6″x15″. Edition size: 50
  38. Phillip Memmer – Today, the Houses
    Date: 8-Oct-09. Dimensions: 11.5″x8.5″
  39. Meg Kearney – Rescued
    Date: 4-Mar-09. Dimensions: 15″x8.5″. Edition size: 50
  40. Hilda Raz He/She: The Bike*
    Date: 6-Oct-08. Dimensions: 15.5″x13″. Edition size: 60
  41. Sue Ellen Thompson the blue blanket*
    Date: 2-Nov-06. Dimensions: 13″ x 22″. Edition size: 60
  42. Stephen Zabriskie – She Gushes Beauty
    Date: 16-Oct-06. Dimensions:
  43. Meg Kearney – Virgin
    Date: 1-Oct-06. Dimensions: 9.5″ x 15.5″. Edition size: 50
  44. Judith Kitchen – Red*
    Date: 19-Apr-06. Dimensions: 25″ x 12″. Edition size: 50
  45. Peter Makuck – Lac d’Aiguebelotte*
    Date: 27-Oct-05 . Dimensions:10.5″ x 14.5″. Edition size: 150
  46. Mary Crow – Marfa, Texas
    Date: 21-Sep-05. Dimensions:
  47. Bruce Bennett – To a Doomed Moth*
    Date: 6-Apr-05. Dimensions: 9″ x 20″. Edition size: 100
  48. Jen Bervin – 68*
    Date: 31-Mar-05. Dimensions: 14″ x 14″. Edition size: 100
  49. Ralph Black The Assassin
    Date: 28-Oct-04. Dimensions:  11″ x 22″. Edition size: 50
  50. Bruce Bennett Vigil*
    Date: 30-Sep-04 . Dimensions:  7″ x 14″. Edition size: 100
  51. Christina Pugh First in Flight
    Date: 15-Apr-04. Dimensions:  21″ x 10″
  52. Nancy Willard The Snow Arrives After Long Silence*
    Date: 31-Mar-04. Dimensions:   12″ x 18″. Edition size: 75
  53. Cole SwensenThe horses round the bend of water*
    Date: 12-Nov-03. Dimensions:  15″ x 14″
  54. William Trowbridge The Madness of Kong
    Date: 5-Nov-03. Dimensions:  13″ x 15″
  55. Ruth StoneAlways Your Shadow
    Date: 25-Feb-03. Dimensions:   12″ x 18″
  56. XJ Kennedy For Alan Ginsberg*
    13-Nov-02. Dimensions: 15″x20″. Edition size: 100
  57. Stan Rubin – The Leap*
    Date: 2-Oct-02. Dimensions: 14″x20″. Edition size: 100
  58. Charles Martin Design*
    Date: 25-Sep-02. Dimensions: 12″x16″. Edition size: 100
  59. Yi Ping – words
    Date: 18-Sep-02. Dimensions:
  60. Rhina Espaillat Workshop
    Date: 9-Apr-02. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  61. Meg Kearney Ticket
    Date: 20-Feb-02. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  62. Sue Ellen Thompson – The Empty Room*
    Date: 25-Oct-01. Dimensions:  Edition size: 50
  63. Michelle Courtney Berry In Weedsport
    Date: 22-Oct-01. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  64. Bonnie St. Andrews – Heal Thyself
    Date: 11-Oct-01. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  65. Bonnie St. Andrews – Heal Thyself*
    Memorial Reprint Date: 2005 Edition size: 100
  66. Bruce Bennett Calligraphy · Ad maiorem gloriam 
    Date: 19-Sep-01. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  67. Elizabeth Holmes – The Child’s Anger is Immense 
    Date: 4-Apr-01. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  68. George Saunders A memo, to Distribution 
    Date: 7-Feb-01. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  69. Joan Murray – What Would You Say
    Date: 25-Oct-00. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  70. Rhina Espaillat Marine Salvage Museum, Florida*
    Date: 4-Oct-00. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  71. Bertha Rogers Crowd 
    Date: 27-Sep-00. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  72. Linda Allardt – Ask Her 
    Date: 29-Feb-00. Dimensions: Edition size: 40
  73. Thom Ward – Dark Underfoot 
    Date: 17-Feb-00. Dimensions: Edition size: 50
  74. Peggy Shumaker The Run of Silvers 
    Date: 31-Mar-99. Dimensions:
  75. Lucille Clifton at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989 
    Date: 12-Nov-98. Dimensions:
  76. Janet Holmes – Against the Literal 
    Date: 5-Nov-98. Dimensions:
  77. Laure-Anne BosselaarAugust 
    Date: 24-Sep-98. Dimensions:
  78. Thom Ward – Such Family, Such Yule 
    Dimensions: 14″ x 11″. 
  79. Katherine “KD” Zabriskie 1960-1995 (Memorial Broadside)
    Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  80. Bruce Bennett – Education (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  81. Stan Rubin – One Man’s Spice (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  82. Deborah Tall – Children’s Beach Museum (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  83. Anthony Piccione – The Night Skylab Was Falling  (One of Five Poems, Five Poems)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  84. Li-Young Lee – Eating Together (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″

Recent Posts

Persian Blue Carnival

PBIpagesThe latest publication from Wells College Press is a chapbook produced collaboratively by The Wells Book Arts Center and the Advanced Poetry Workshop of Professor Daniel Rosenberg.  The official press release tells much of the story, but the introduction written collaboratively by Book Arts Center director Richard Kegler and Professor Rosenberg gives a two-voice narrative on how the book came to be:

This began as a class. We distilled it into a book. I wanted my Advanced Poetry Workshop to get their hands dirty with language, and print their own work. I was interested in how the act of typesetting affects composition. I was interested in that too! How writing a poem changes when you don’t have the endless convenience of digital media. How the process of typesetting is a time of reflection and editing. So we hatched a plot. An apple basket full of 19th century wood engravings had been donated to the Book Arts Center. The artists were unknown. The purpose was unknown. They seemed ripe for ekphrasis: creating new art, in language, in response to these image/objects. Each poet selected a block. Some reacted to the figures depicted, others to the blocks themselves. In either case, they had to respond with materiality, handling and assembling individual words. The book is completely collaborative. We conceived of it together, and the poets revised each other’s initial, digital drafts. Together, they decided on typefaces and a unified layout. They accepted the limitations of space and learned the fundamentals of letterpress composition. When it came time to pick a title for the collection, the group’s choice for the best cover stock delivered the answer: Mohawk 80lb Carnival Persian Blue Vellum. Each poet worked into several nights setting, revising, and printing their poems to meet the deadlines. One evening’s mantra: “Kill us, Dan.” But they didn’t have to print their work in two colors. This book is chaos contained in a unified form. Ultimately, what we present here is a single vision in multiple voices.

Richard Kegler and Dan Rosenberg


The origin of the wood engravings is still unknown, but the poems give them a new life.

This chapbook was created in the spring of 2017 using the
resources of the Wells Book Arts Center. The typefaces
used are Perpetua, designed by Eric Gill and cast at the
Bixler Letterfoundry in 2017, and Obelisk, designed
by Herman Ihlenberg and cast at the Johnson
Type Foundry circa 1881. The illustrations
were printed from wood engravings
from the Father Thomas
Collar collection.

Of the 75 copies, this is No.__

Copies of the book can be ordered at the Wells College Press online shop



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