BWWC 2020 (TCU), co-presenting with Danna D’Esopo (’20)

From College Notes, March 27, 2020: “On March 6, Kirstyn Leuner (English) and Danna D’Esopo ’20 (English) co-presented their paper, “By A Woman, in Red: Anne B. Poyntz and the Blush of the Page,” at the 28th annual British Women Writers Conference, held at Texas Christian University. Their paper argued that Poyntz begins her book of letters and poems, Je ne sçai quoi (1769), with a dedication printed in red ink in order to make her book appear to blush. The blush is, on the surface, the customary apology that all 18th-century women writers were expected to make for their published writing. But Leuner and D’Esopo…

Flat-Back Case Binding Workshop SFCB (Core 2)

On Sunday, I spent the day at the San Francisco Center for the Book learning how to make a flat-back case binding with our instructor Nina Eve Zeininger. I bought myself this workshop as a birthday present, so I was eager to cash it in even at the loss of a Sunday outside on my mountain bike. This class is the sequel to Core 1, coptic binding, that I took last May and blogged about here. I must say that I did not succeed in taking as detailed notes during this class because it moved faster (presuming we remember Core…

Printing Sassy Valentines with Letterpress Puns

Tuesday, February 11, the Digital Humanities Working Group hosted a Sassy Valentines Card making party, open to all SCU students and the public, in Dowd 306, from 3-5pm. We were proud to offer 2 designs to print because our core group of trained printers is growing! We had a steady stream of visitors at the event from start to finish, including staff, faculty, and their family members; undergraduates and graduate students; and community members. There was also some press buzz at the event, with Katrina Rudd posting updates in an Instagram story (expires after 24 hrs) on @santaclarauniversity. For this…

Slow Tech @ #MLA20, “The Letterpress Studio as Campus Maker Space” #s683

This MLA 2020 roundtable “The Letterpress Studio as Campus Maker Space” features the following speakers Ryan Cordell Northeastern U Emilie Hardman Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Kirstyn Leuner Santa Clara U Andrew Rippeon Davidson C Kurt M. Koenigsberger Case Western Reserve U Andrew Griffin U of California, Santa Barbara Britt Starr U of Maryland, College Park Jonathan Senchyne – Respondant, U of Wisconsin, Madison The title of my talk is “Slow Tech in Silicon Valley” At Santa Clara University, our press does not have an official mission statement or slogan. But the philosophy that I argue best serves SCU’s letterpress program…

The Stainforth Library, Project Development Recap 2018-19

[Reader, a warning: this is a very long document, but it must be long in order to quantify and narrativize the different kinds of digital scholarship added to The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing this year and why it matters to the project. My hope is that by continuing to take the time to blog DH scholarship processes, I can help draw attention to the work involved and the disciplinary expertise that is the difference between DH scholarship and non-scholarly data editing or website management.] What did we accomplish this year in The Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing https://stainforth.scu.edu? Academic…

Bringing Letterpress to SCU

Bringing letterpress to SCU required the collaboration of faculty across institutions, between departments and administrators in the College of Arts and Sciences, and most important, between Humanists within and outside the Academy. Since 2016, faculty at Santa Clara have been dreaming of bringing book arts and letterpress to the campus as part of a greater “maker space.” A happy opportunity arose in 2017, when Professor Katherine D. Harris (SJSU) connected me with Tom Davis, a local printer who wished to donate the press and studio in his home to an educational institution. New to SCU but sensing an opportunity, I…

DH Student Showcase, Spring 2019, with work by Danna D’Esopo and Leah Senatro

On Thursday June 6th, two of my students presented work in our end-of-year DH student showcase. The showcase took place in Archives and Special Collections, and it was organized by Amy Lueck (English), Michelle Burnham (English), and Nadia Nasr (SCU Library). It was the 3rd annual showcase of its kind, and Michelle reports that each year it has grown considerably with an increasingly diverse array of digital work and participating classes. It is especially gratifying for me to showcase these students’ scholarship as valuable and significant recovery scholarship produced by undergraduates on women writers in the Stainforth Library of Women’s…

SCU Letterpress Debut Open House, 22 May 2019

On Wednesday, May 22, SCU Letterpress made its public debut with an open house that was part of the larger event “Analog/Digital: Premodern Technology Meets Silicon Valley,” organized by the Renaissance and Medieval Studies Program, Jaqueline Hendricks, and Andrew Keener (both in the English Department). It was a delight and an honor to be asked to participate in this event and to have the opportunity to share the press with students, faculty, staff, and community members. We hope it will be the first of many letterpress events that are both campus and community oriented. Kathy Aoki (Art and Art History)…

Coptic Binding Core 1 Class, San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB)

Yesterday, I attended a day-long class on coptic binding at SFCB, taught by Nina Zeininger. I registered for the class to help me gain confidence with and knowledge about working with paper: folding paper, finding the grain, and binding. These all serve letterpress and book arts work in the letterpress studio and course I developed this year with Kathy Aoki. I won’t be able to describe the full process we did yesterday, but here are some of the steps, in brief. Alternatively, skip down to the photos below! we painted our paste papers, at least 3 each, and let them…

Guest lecturing @ SJSU, #bigger6 graduate seminar, with activities

Last evening, I had the pleasure of guest lecturing in Prof. Katherine D. Harris’s graduate seminar, “#Bigger6: Decolonizing British Romantic Literature (1775-1835) through Print Culture” (ENGL 232), from 7-8:30pm. My presentation had two parts. First, I gave a 45-minute lecture on the Stainforth library and its potential as #bigger6 activism, or the broadening of the scope of Romanticism beyond the study of the same 6-ish white male writers (John Keats, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon Byron, Percy Shelley, William Blake, plus Sir Walter Scott, etc.). After this, I led a 30-minute exploration of DH project planning and management….