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

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A Discussion / An Action : International Women’s Day + A Day Without Women

Wells College is uniquely situated within the greater scope of early women’s rights history. Regionally, the college is in close proximity to Seneca Falls, NY, site to multiple critical events in the US Suffragette Movement (in particular, the first National Women’s Rights Convention held in 1848 as the Seneca Falls Convention). Culturally, the college is of significance as originally being established as an all-women’s college by Henry Wells. The latter fact of significance because despite going co-ed in 2005, the Wells College population remains predominantly female.

Our students are no strangers to the current political climate. As such, it came as no surprise when one of our work aides at the Center, Alissa Bell (junior, Art History major), announced a few days prior to International Women’s Day that she intended to participate in the Women’s March initiated A Day Without Women, and not work her regularly scheduled hours. She also inquired as to whether or not I would be, and that our other work aide may also not be present.  

The announcement, made in subtle passing, gave me pause.

As both faculty and studio manager to a small and intimate student-body, I make it a primary goal that all of my students think critically about every action within a greater social, political, cultural, and historic context. In response, I drafted an email stating my awareness of ADWW, expressing my concerns with what was at the heart of their decision to participate, as well as articulating my personal history, conflicts, and why I would be working. The email closed with a request :

…if you do decide to not work, to participate, I beg of you to think critically about what your actions mean, beyond just not working (…) to situate your position within a larger body politic. (…) to think about the visibility and inclusivity of this movement compared to other movements overall. I ask that when you do come to work, or see me later, to be prepared to have a discussion with me (…).

Additionally, as a print studio, you have the option to print materials expressing your political statement during work hours—something (the Center) would support and encourage.

The email resonated with Alissa, who decided to participate and generate a printed piece in response.


Alissa says of her decision:

Originally I had intended to participate in A Day Without Women knowing that it was flawed, hoping it would send a message to the college, hoping that it would help highlight how many women really don’t have the same privileges as I do.

However, it ended up meaning more to her, after unexpectedly having to grapple with this amidst the complexities of a rather difficult situation involving a friend and member of her cohort just days preceding. This situation placed a great deal of additional emotional strain and stress on Alissa (who I will say is a very kind, generous, and empathetic person). After a series of discussions with fellow cohort about her decision participate in ADWW, in conjunction with what she was grappling with on a deeply personal level, she arrived at the following conclusion:

Sometimes the most important, radical, and productive thing that we as activists can do is take a break and take care of ourselves so that we can continue to work and not run ourselves down to the point where we are no longer effective. Self care can indeed be a part of warfare and on Wednesday that’s what I needed.

Alissa later wrote, citing articles from the Feminist Killjoys blog and BitchMedia, as sources for her broadside text, which is a summarization of an Audre Lorde quote, who in her Cancer Journals said:

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.

Alissa’s broadside is simple and elegant, but pointed—true to Alissa’s personal print aesthetic.  

Utility also being at the crux of all printed action, Alissa was tasked to print enough to distribute throughout campus. An edition of 40, she distributed many to personal friends, but also has left some with the student mental health trial club, HOPE; the WRC,“which is, in fact, not the Women’s Resource Center but the Wonderful Resource Center because they were told it felt alienating [as being] just for women”; and has tacked them up around campus.

While a small campus, the statement resonates with a large part of the student body, but also resonates with all of us during these times of great unrest.

Thank you, Alissa, for reminding us of that.


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