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Project Team

The Institute will be directed by three Salt Lake Community College English faculty. To support the Institute’s scholarly work, we have invited five notable scholars in book history and culture to serve as visiting faculty: Anna Arnar (Minnesota State University Moorhead), Johanna Drucker (UCLA), Nicole Howard (Eastern Oregon University), Mara Mills (NYU), and Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard).

lisa bickmore

Lisa Bickmore


Lisa Bickmore is Professor of English at SLCC. Lisa founded SLCC’s Publication Center, and she teaches composition, creative writing, and writing studies courses. She is the winner of the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. She was awarded the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award for the Literary Arts in 2008. Her book flicker is the winner of the 2014 Antivenom Prize.

melissa helquist

Melissa Helquist


Melissa Helquist is Associate Professor of English and Director of the SLCC Community Writing Center. She is a disability studies scholar and accessibility advocate. She received a CCC Research Initiative Grant in 2013 for her innovative research on disability and multimodal approaches to reading and writing.

charlotte howe

Charlotte Howe

Publication Center Director

Charlotte Howe is Assistant Professor of English. She has taught multiple workshops on coil-bound journals, Japanese stab binding, handmade artist’s books, printmaking, and broadsides. She has extensive training from the University of Utah Book Arts Studio in hand-built book forms, letterpress printing, etching press printmaking, and photopolymer intaglio printmaking.

anna arnar

Anna Arnar

Visiting Faculty

Anna Arnar is Professor of Art History, and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Her book, The Book as Instrument: Stéphane Mallarmé, The Artist’s Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture, was supported by a 2004 NEH Fellowship and was the Daedalus Foundation’s 2012 Robert Motherwell Award winner. She is currently completing Social Spaces of the Book: “Reading” Books at Documenta and the Venice Biennale.

johanna drucker

Johanna Drucker

Visiting Faculty

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. Her work addresses the digital and material intersections of the humanities and the book. She is a book artist whose works are in special collections and libraries worldwide.

nicole howard

Nicole Howard

Visiting Faculty

Nicole Howard is Associate Professor of History at Eastern Oregon University where she teaches courses in European and world history. She is author of The Book: The Life History of a Technology.

mara mills

Mara Mills

Visiting Faculty

Mara Mills is Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. She researches the intersections of reading and disability. She has co-organized multiple conferences on reading technologies, including Blindness, Technology and Multimodal Reading (2014, Wellcome Collection, London) and Surface Reading/ Machine Reading: New Approaches to Text and Text Data (2013, NYU).

Jonathan Senchyne

Jonathan Senchyne

Visiting Faculty

Jonathan Senchyne is an assistant professor of book history and print culture in the Information School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also the director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture. This year Senchyne is the Pine Tree Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Future of the Book in a Digital Age at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is completing a book on the meaning making dimensions of paper in early and nineteenth-century American literature entitled Intimate Paper and the Materiality of American Literature, under contract with the University of Massachusetts Press’s series on Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book.