Book Art

In 1930 Professor Rosalind Keep's vision of a private press imprint for Mills became a reality, and The Eucalyptus Press opened its doors. At that time those doors were located in the parlor of Miss Keep's campus home. Today the press and its sister facility, the Florence Walter Bindery, are home to the Mills College Book Art Program, an internationally recognized program that is one of only a handful of such programs offered in the United States. In the studios, which relocated to larger facilities in summer 2008, students produce unique and editioned artists' books that have been exhibited in galleries from Wellesley College to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The facilities, which include metal type, etching and relief presses, French handmade bookbinding equipment, and Macintosh workstations, provide students with a broad range of options for their creative work. Book history and contemporary artists' bookmaking can be studied using the superb collection of fine and rare books housed in the F.W. Olin Library.

The Eucalyptus Press has an active publishing program that features poetry broadsides from the ongoing Contemporary Writers Series sponsored by the English Department. These broadsides are designed and printed in limited editions by the graduate teaching assistants in the Book Art Program. Writers who have contributed work to the series include Barbara Guest, Edwin Torres, Michael Palmer, Daniel Handler, Grace Paley, Jennifer Moxley, and Bhanu Kapil. Those broadsides still in print, all of them signed and numbered by the poets, are available for purchase from the Book Art Program. Contact the book art studio manager at or by phoning 510.430.3391 for information.