The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field.

We offer opportunities to artists and writers through a variety of programs throughout the year. Current opportunities are listed below.
The Center for Book Arts invites applications for our Letterpress Publishing Seminar for Emerging Writers. The next session of this workshop is scheduled for fall 2017, October 25-29 (Wednesday - Sunday). The seminar is tuition free for participants and includes the cost of materials. Those selected must attend the entire five-day workshop.

Participants will hear lectures from various professionals in the field – printers, fine press publishers, book artists, and dealers, to get a practical overview of letterpress printing and small press publishing. They will learn the basics of letterpress printing, both traditional typesetting and options with new technology, by collaboratively printing a small edition of broadsides. This workshop is most suitable for those with little to no previous letterpress experience. Each seminar will be offered to a maximum of eight students. Writers from culturally diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs during the program year (September 2017-May 2018.)

Application Deadline is Sunday October 1, 2017
NOTE: Applicants must be 18 years or older

Ends on December 15, 2017$30.00

The Center for Book Arts invites submissions to its annual Poetry Chapbook Program by December 15, 2017. The selected manuscript will be determined in May 2018 and will be awarded with the publication of a beautifully designed, letterpress-printed, limited-edition chapbook printed and bound by artists at the Center for Book Arts. The edition is limited to 100 signed and numbered copies, 10 of which are reserved for the author and the remainder of which will be offered for sale through the Center. The selected poet will also receive a cash award of $500 and a $500 honorarium for a reading, to be held at the Center in the fall of 2017, as well as an exclusive opportunity for a week long stay at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York as one of their Winter Shakers. This year’s curators will be Natasha Trethewey19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014).


Please submit a collection or sequence of original poems or a single long poem not to exceed 450 lines or 21 pages (no translations are accepted). The author’s name should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. Please provide a table of contents and a separate acknowledgements page containing prior magazine or anthology publication of individual poems at the end of the manuscript. Please note that the 450 lines or 21-page limit does not include acknowledgements pages.


File name should be the title of submitted manuscript. Only .PDF, .DOCX. and .DOC files accepted. 


Ends on October 15, 2017
The Center for Book Arts is pleased to continue the Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists program in 2018. Up to five New York-based emerging artists will be offered space, time and support to explore the production and exhibition of artist's books and related work in year-long residencies. The purpose of this program is to promote experimentation in making book art, thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Center especially encourages applications from artists of culturally diverse backgrounds. Artists are invited to submit applications postmarked by October 15, 2017. 

The award includes a $750-$1,500 cash stipend (depending on funding) plus a materials budget between $750 to $1,000 (depending on funding), and 24-hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities for a full year. Artists also receive approximately $3,000-$5,000 tuition waiver for courses throughout the year, planned in conjunction with the staff. Experienced printers and bookbinders will be available to advise the artists on issues of materials and techniques as they arise. We have learned through past residents that ten hours per week of studio work is common in order to realize their artistic goals.

An exhibition of the artist’s work produced at the Center during their residency will be presented as part of our Featured Artist Series exhibition series in the following year. Other possible opportunities to present work to the public include a lecture/performance at the Center.

The Center for Book Arts was founded in 1974 to develop and promote traditional bookmaking practices and contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. This residency will provide, at no cost to the artists, 24-hour access to a partitioned individual workspace (with a work table, storage space and a locker) and use of the Center’s equipment and facilities. These include a complete letterpress printshop with five Vandercook proof presses, two treadle presses, a 19PthP century Washington hand press and several platen presses, a composing room with many cabinets of foundry type, a Charles Brand etching press, a 36” guillotine paper cutter, and all accessory equipment. The two binderies include nipping presses, standing presses, two board shears, a 3-ton Kensol hot stamping press, three Kwikprint hot stamping presses, lying presses, backing presses, and many hand tools. The Center’s fine art collection, reference library, artist registry and other reference materials are also available.

Applications will not be accepted from students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs during the program year (January– December 2018). Applicants must live/work in New York State and must reside in the greater NYC metropolitan area at the time of application and during the residency. There is no application fee. Online applications must be completed by October 15, 2017 at 11:59pm.

If you have questions or require further information, please email or call 212-481-0295. Applicants are encouraged to go to the Center’s website and to visit to get a sense of our gallery space, studio facilities and educational programs. A panel will select finalists from submissions. Finalists will be interviewed and the selection process will be completed by November 30, 2017. The Center will work with each resident to establish a schedule of their residency. All applicants will be notified by mail. Please do not call the Center for results.