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. Independent City by JR Tappenden (poetry)
    {Chapbook series #3} Wood Engraving by Wesley Bates
    2016. 36 pp. 150 copies. Letterpress printed. (available)
  2. 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)
  3. Alphabet of Sorts by Jennifer Farrell (Printing Arts)
    Collaboration with Starshaped Press Chicago.
    2015. 64pp. 100 copies.  Letterpress printed. (out of print)
  4. River Time by Michael Jennings (poetry)
    {Chapbook series #2} 2014. 36 pp. 100 copies. Letterpress printed.  (out of print)
    Deluxe binding available in 2017
  5. What Longing Is by Janice Esch (poetry)
    {Chapbook series #1} 2013. 36 pp. 100 copies. Letterpress printed.  (available)
  6. 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)
  7. 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
  8. ICE by John Hoppenthaler   (poetry)
    2004. 4pp. 6″ x 10.5″. 50 copies (out of print)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11.  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)
  12. 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)
  13. 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)
  14. Gardening at Dusk by Christina Pugh (poetry)
    2002. 23 pages. 6 x 9 inches, paper wrapper. 200 copies  (out of print)
  15. 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)
  16. 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)
  17. 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)
  18. 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)
  19. 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)
  20. 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)
  21. 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)
  22. 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)
  23. 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)
  24. Nothin’ Strange, Mum by Velma Van Buskirk
    1995. 47 pages. 5.25 x 8 inches perfect bound paperback (out-of-print)
  25. Fred Linden in Shanghai
    1995. 18 pp. 5.5 x 8.25 inches laser printed perfect bound paperback (out-of-print)
  26. Two Poems by Dionisio Martinez
    1994. 4 pages. 8 x 10.5 inches paper wrapper  (out-of-print)
  27. “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)
  28. 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)
  29. 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)
  30. 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. 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
  5. Charles Doughty 1843–1926 M Davis Herbert John Printed by Victor & Jacob Hammer,
    1945. 32pp.  8vo. 120 copies on Ragston paper.  1 vols. 8vo.  Grey wraps printed in red
  6. The Earth-Bound, Lewis, Janet
    1946. 47pp.  7.75″-9.75″ 300 copies
  7. MESA magazine
    1945  9.75″ – 12″ Quarto.  300 copies. Printed wrappers. Edited by Herbert Steiner.
  8. MESA magazine
    1946  9.75″ – 12″ Quarto. 300 copies. Printed wrappers. Edited by Herbert Steiner.
  9. MESA magazine
    1947  9.75″ – 12″ Quarto. 250 copies. Printed wrappers. Edited by Herbert Steiner.
  10. 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. Stephen Burt – Advice From The Lights*
    Date: 27-Mar-17. Dimensions: 19″ x 12.5″. Edition size: 45
  2. Martha Collins – from Leaving Behind*
    Date: 8-Mar-17. Dimensions: 12″ x 18″. Edition size: 50
  3. Martin Rock – from Residuum*
    Date: 8-Mar-17. Dimensions: 12″ x 18″. Edition size: 50
  4. Bruce Bennett – The Thing’s Impossible*
    Date: 13-Feb-17. Dimensions: 15.5″ x 25.5″. Edition size: 50
  5. Jerry MirskinDaylight Illuminated*
    Date: 30-Nov-16. Dimensions: 22″ x 15″. Edition size: 50
  6. Jessica Cuello – Jeanne D’Arc thinks about her Virginity*
    Date: 10-Nov-16. Dimensions: 9″ x 14″. Edition size: 50
  7. Adam Clay – What I Remember*
    Date: 20-Oct-16. Dimensions:  6″ x 14″. Edition size: 75
  8. Zach Savich Two Weeks and One Day*
    Date: 28-Sep-16. Dimensions: 11.5″ x 17″. Edition size: 75
  9. John Hoppenthaler The Whale Gospel*
    Date: 16-Apr-16. Dimensions: 12.5″ x 19″. Edition size: 60
  10. Dan Rosenberg & Rebecca Myers – Miles Poems*
    Date: 24-Mar-16. Dimensions: 24″ x 12″. Edition size: 50
  11. C. Kubasta – The Uses of Salt*
    Date: 19-Mar-16. Dimensions: 9.75″ x 15″. Edition size: 50
  12. MRB Chelko  Life Gets Exciting*
    Date: 4-Mar-16. Dimensions: 14″ x 10″. Edition size: 70
  13. Patrick Kavanagh – Canal Bank Walk*
    Date: 9-Feb-16 (Private Commission) Edition size: 25
  14. DeVillio Sloan IIIDogs Corners  (Private Commission)
  15. Kaethe Schwehn – Tanka in a State of Grace*
    Date: 3-Feb-16. Dimensions: 9″ x 19″. Edition size: 50
  16. James Hawkins Howard Fra Diavolo 
    Date: 14-Dec-15. Dimensions: (Private Commission)
  17. Marilyn Chin Sonnetnese*
    Date: 13-Nov-15. Dimensions: 24″ x 12″. Edition size: 50
  18. Kiki Petrosino – Personal Style Monologue*
    Date: 24-Sep-15. Dimensions: 6.3″x20″. Edition size: 100
  19. Caroline Manring – Ptarmigan*
    Date: 3-Mar-15. Dimensions: 9.75″ x 14″. Edition size: 50
  20. Kevin González – On Marriage*
    Date: 6-Nov-14. Dimensions: 12″x 18″. Edition size: 90
  21. Michael Jennings – Bad Men of the Old West
    Date: 4-Jun-14. Dimensions: 8.5″x10″. Edition size:
  22. Sonali Samarasinghe – Unbowed and Unafraid
    Date: 28-Mar-14. Dimensions: 12.5″x18.5″. Edition size:
  23. Melissa Balmain – Love Poem*
    Date: 1-Oct-13. Dimensions:  9″x19″. Edition size: 60
  24. Judith Harris Mockingbird*
    Date: 23-Apr-13. Dimensions:  14″x 9.6″. Edition size: 50
  25. Juliana Gray – Winter comes to rule the varied year*
    Date: 27-Feb-13. Dimensions: 14″x 11″
  26. Austin MacRae –  Mowing*
    Date: 14-Nov-12. Dimensions: 11″ x 15″
  27. Philip Memmer Parable*
    Date: 20-Sep-12. Dimensions: 10″x 20″. Edition size: 40
  28. Susan Deer Cloud –Why I Love Being an Indian*
    5-Apr-12. Dimensions: 10″x 22″. Edition size: 35
  29. Sarah Jefferis – At fourteen*
    Date: 15-Mar-12. Dimensions: 23″x12.5″. Edition size: 35
  30. George Drew –Rambling in Times Square*
    Date: 10-Nov-11. Dimensions: 10″x20″. Edition size: 50
  31. Jerry Mirskin – Mother*
    Date: 28-Apr-11. Dimensions: 6.5″x15″
  32. William Trowbridge – Obedience*
    Date: 2-Mar-11. Dimensions: 12″x12″
  33. Martha Collins – White Paper No. 14*
    Date: 1-Nov-10. Dimensions: 10″x 21″
  34. Katha Pollitt – Lilacs in September*
    Date: 22-Sep-10. Dimensions: 9″x14″
  35. Steven Huff – All Those Houses I Built*
    Date: 17-Mar-10. Dimensions: 6″x15″
  36. Phillip Memmer – Today, the Houses
    Date: 8-Oct-09. Dimensions: 11.5″x8.5″
  37. Meg Kearney – Rescued
    Date: 4-Mar-09. Dimensions: 15″x8.5″
  38. Hilda Raz He/She: The Bike*
    Date: 6-Oct-08. Dimensions: 15.5″x13″
  39. Sue Ellen Thompson the blue blanket*
    Date: 2-Nov-06
  40. Stephen Zabriskie – She Gushes Beauty
    Date: 16-Oct-06
  41. Meg Kearney – Virgin
    Date: 1-Oct-06
  42. Judith Kitchen – Red*
    Date: 19-Apr-06. Dimensions: 25″ x 12″. Edition size: 50
  43. Peter Makuck – Lac d’Aiguebelotte*
    Date: 27-Oct-05 . Edition size: 150
  44. Mary Crow – Marfa, Texas
    Date: 21-Sep-05
  45. Bruce Bennett – To a Doomed Moth*
    Date: 6-Apr-05. Dimensions: 9″ x 20″. Edition size: 100
  46. Jen Bervin – 68*
    Date: 31-Mar-05. Dimensions: 14″ x 14″
  47. Ralph Black The Assassin
    Date: 28-Oct-04. Dimensions:  11″ x 22″
  48. Bruce Bennett Vigil*
    Date: 30-Sep-04 . Dimensions:  7″ x 14″. Edition size: 100
  49. Christina Pugh First in Flight
    Date: 15-Apr-04. Dimensions:  21″ x 10″
  50. Nancy Willard The Snow Arrives After Long Silence*
    Date: 31-Mar-04. Dimensions:   12″ x 18″
  51. Cole SwensenThe horses round the bend of water*
    Date: 12-Nov-03. Dimensions:  15″ x 14″
  52. William Trowbridge The Madness of Kong
    Date: 5-Nov-03. Dimensions:  13″ x 15″
  53. Ruth StoneAlways Your Shadow
    Date: 25-Feb-03. Dimensions:   12″ x 18″
  54. XJ Kennedy For Alan Ginsberg*
    13-Nov-02. Dimensions: 15″x20″
  55. Stan Rubin – The Leap*
    Date: 2-Oct-02. Dimensions: 14″x20″
  56. Charles Martin Design*
    Date: 25-Sep-02. Dimensions: 12″x16″
  57. Yi Ping – words
    Date: 18-Sep-02
  58. Rhina Espaillat Workshop
    Date: 9-Apr-02
  59. Meg Kearney Ticket
    Date: 20-Feb-02
  60. Sue Ellen Thompson – The Empty Room*
    Date: 25-Oct-01
  61. Michelle Courtney Berry In Weedsport
    Date: 22-Oct-01
  62. Bonnie St. Andrews – Heal Thyself
    Date: 11-Oct-01
  63. Bonnie St. Andrews – Heal Thyself*
    Memorial Reprint Date: 2005
  64. Bruce Bennett Calligraphy · Ad maiorem gloriam 
    Date: 19-Sep-01
  65. Elizabeth Holmes – The Child’s Anger is Immense 
    Date: 4-Apr-01
  66. George Saunders A memo, to Distribution 
    Date: 7-Feb-01
  67. Joan Murray – What Would You Say
    Date: 25-Oct-00
  68. Rhina Espaillat Marine Salvage Museum, Florida*
    Date: 4-Oct-00
  69. Bertha Rogers Crowd 
    Date: 27-Sep-00
  70. Linda Allardt – Ask Her 
    Date: 29-Feb-00
  71. Thom Ward – Dark Underfoot 
    Date: 17-Feb-00
  72. Peggy Shumaker The Run of Silvers 
    Date: 31-Mar-99
  73. Lucille Clifton at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989 
    Date: 12-Nov-98
  74. Janet Holmes – Against the Literal 
    Date: 5-Nov-98
  75. Laure-Anne BosselaarAugust 
    Date: 24-Sep-98
  76. Thom Ward – Such Family, Such Yule 
    14″ x 11″
  77. Katherine “KD” Zabriskie 1960-1995 (Memorial Broadside)
    Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  78. Bruce Bennett – Education (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  79. Stan Rubin – One Man’s Spice (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  80. Deborah Tall – Children’s Beach Museum (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  81. Anthony Piccione – The Night Skylab Was Falling  (One of Five Poems, Five Poems)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″
  82. Li-Young Lee – Eating Together (One of Five Poems, Five Poems folio)
    Date: July 1993, Dimensions: 11″ x 17″

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2017 Poetry Chapbook Contest Winner Announced

Wells College Press is very pleased to announce that the Winner of its 2017 Chapbook Contest is Annie Lighthart for her manuscript, Lantern. Her prize includes 20 copies of the letterpress-printed chapbook. She will also read at Wells College in Aurora, NY and receive a $500 honorarium plus room and board. In the tradition of the Wells College Press, her chapbook will be crafted obsessively, with hand-set title pages and hand-sewn bindings. It will be published in an edition of 150 signed and numbered copies.

This year’s finalists are:
Lyrebird Keeps the Peace by Kelli Allen
Creating a Chain Reacting by Declan Gould
The Hatchet and the Hammer by Caitlin Scarano

There were approximately 160 entries to this year’s competition, and, according to the judges, “There were a large number of excellent manuscripts, and the general level of the submissions was quite high.” Ultimately, Lantern stood out. One judge noted that these are “among the best poems I have read in a very long time. They’re quietly, consistently, always exactly right, and always moving.” Another judge described the poems as “surprising and vulnerable, but also wise.” We are thrilled to be publishing this outstanding collection of poems.


Annie Lighthart earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught at Boston College, with Mountain Writers and Soapstone, as a poet in the schools, and with community groups of all ages. Iron String, Annie’s first book of poetry, was published by Airlie Press in 2013. Her poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac, chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye for inclusion in the Poems for Patience project at Galway University Hospitals in Ireland, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem “The Hundred Names of Love” was included in the Poems in the Waiting Room series in New Zealand and placed in 7000+ hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, medical offices, and prisons. Annie currently teaches poetry workshops with Portland’s Mountain Writers, Soapstone, and through Road Scholar programs. Her poems have been translated into Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese and have traveled farther than she has.

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