The Projector

Amusements & Useful Devices from K. A. Wisniewski

Where the Angels Lived: Coming Soon from Calypso Editions

I am pleased to announce the next title to be released from Calypso Editions:  Margaret McMullan’s Where the Angels Lived.  Margaret also published the novel Aftermath Lounge (2015) with Calypso. … Continue reading

April 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Bob Brown Bubbles

As I begin to consider the next phrase of Roving Eye Press, I have been researching more of Bob Brown‘s poetry, including a lot of poems not included in some … Continue reading

April 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lest We Forget! A Poem

  LEST WE FORGET! The World is Round and Very Wet! By Bob Brown   Pilsener beer from a tall frosted glass at Luchow’s             … Continue reading

April 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

The “Other” Residents of Jamestown

In the last post, I noted two trends in my American History survey classes: (1)  Students arrive to the class unaware of what was once popular narratives in the story … Continue reading

March 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Free Books, Open Libraries: 15 Resources for Everyone

Many of my upper-division courses focus on the same general set of questions:  How does digital media disrupt “conventional” structures?  Structures here range from thought processes and reading and researching … Continue reading

February 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Rivington, American Printer

James Rivington (1724-1802) was an English-born printer/publisher and journalist in New York City during the American Revolution. Prior to the revolution, he was one of the most popular and widely … Continue reading

February 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Call for Publications: Textshop Experiments, Spring/Summer 2019

This January, I posted a new Call for Papers for the next issue of Textshop Experiments.  This will be an open double-issue with a rolling submission deadline.  My goal here … Continue reading

February 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Judge a Book by its Cover

In my June post “Reading by Design,” I shared some early notes on my fall course on the History of Publications Design.  Sadly, I didn’t follow-up with this post throughout … Continue reading

December 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Announcement: Textshop Experiments 5 Flash Reason Released

This week, I am pleased to announce the release of the next issue of Textshop Experiments. This is especially noteworthy because it’s the first issue featuring guest editors, and–in addition … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Reading by Design … The Great Gatsby

Next semester, I’m teaching another class related to book history and publishing.  This course will examine the history and evolution of book design and, specifically, cover art.  The question that … Continue reading

July 10, 2018 · 1 Comment

Field Work, Watercolor

June 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Empire State by Olga Cabral

Empire State I am a prisoner of bones of keyrings habits teeth and hair I am a tenant of torn skies I am a runner in the air of escalators … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Accidental Diarist: A Review

The Accidental Diarist: A History of the Daily Planner in America By Molly A. McCarthy. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. 302 pp., HC $90 Pb $30) http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/A/bo15357320.html     … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Projector Finds a Hobby

Last week I was happy to report the latest issue of Textshop Experiments was released.  The video essays included in this issue include new work by H. R. Buechler, Jimmy … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

LIVE: Textshop 4 … From Digital to Print

I am happy to announce the release of Textshop Experiments’  Volume 4: From Digital to Print. Contents 100 Questions About Writing And The Future by Jimmy Butts Printed Animals by … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

2018 is for TEXTSHOP

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January 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Schoolmaster, Translated

Last week, I noted that I would return to completing my translation of selected poems by Marcel Lecomte.  To slowly return to this project and to offer another preview of … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

365

A few days ago, on New Year’s Eve, I completed my #365DayChallenge of posting one image a day on Instagram.  So, for now, I’m taking a little break from social … Continue reading

January 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Classic Comics Covers

For those who know me and my work, it’s no secret that I am interested the relationships between texts and images.  So much so that I’ve straddled the line between … Continue reading

December 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

16 Weeks with Bob Dylan

Colleges are like old-age homes; except for the fact that more people die in colleges. For me, the environment to write the song is extremely important. The environment has to … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tree for the Enlightened Watercolor

December 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

An Exercise in Creative-Critical Thinking

The Paltry Nude Starts on a Spring Voyage Wallace Stevens (1919) But not on a shell, she starts, Archaic, for the sea. But on the first-found weed She scuds the … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bob Brown’s Houdini

I’m happy to announce the publication of the latest title from Roving Eye Press: Houdini.  The title is number 5 for Bob Brown’s revamped mobile small press. Originally published in … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mulberry Mummies Marshes

  “Mulberry, Mummies, Marshes: This History of Paper” Course Poster, 2017. My latest poster / broadside.  

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Tribute to the John Trumbulls

This semester, I again find myself teaching two surveys on early America (situated in both English and History Departments).  Each semester, I try to mix up the program and reading … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Francis Hopkinson’s Ode to the Fourth of July 1788

This summer, I was awarded a fellowship and small stipend to continue my work on American printing history.  The goal was two engage in a reenactment or historical performance / … Continue reading

November 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Fort Garrison, Maryland

From time to time, I’ve written about local (often hidden) historical gems around Maryland.  For this post, I wanted to add to this growing list with a building just a … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Bookbinding / Bookmaking Workshop Results

Since I’ve posted two prior blog entries on my plans for introducing bookmaking and specifically introducing students to a few binding models, I thought it appropriate to share a few … Continue reading

November 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sleep Habits & Literary Production

Sleep deprivation is a major problem these days, leading to a host of physical and emotional problems.  It has been the focus of many studies in recent decades, and, just … Continue reading

November 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Types of Book-Binding: An Introduction

    Building on what I’ve called the Right PATH method (Performance/Production, Aesthetic, Theory, History), I wanted to add a little supplemental guide to types of binding we will cover … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

TEXTSHOP EXPERIMENTS 4

It’s in the works!  Coming Soon . . .

November 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Camera-Friendly Copenhagen

I can’t believe that it’s been five years since I visited the city of Copenhagen!  This week I was looking through some old photos, in part looking through shots to … Continue reading

November 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Quotes from John Adams

This week in my early America class, we reviewed the presidency of John Adams.  As fate would have it, our session happened to land on Adams’ birthday.  Part of this … Continue reading

October 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ian McKellen, Teacher: A Note on Teaching Gesture

In the last few years, I’ve noticed a major shift in my research and in my methods of teaching: a focus on performance.  Part of my thinking is a turn … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

What a Twit!

twit, n.1 Pronunciation: Brit. /twɪt/ U.S. /twɪt/ Forms:  Also 15 twyte. Frequency (in current use): Etymology: < twit v. 1. a.  An act of twitting; a (light) censure or reproach; … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sounding Out Supplements: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan’s Influences, Inspirations & Impersonations I’ve been so invested in the History of Paper class, it recently occurred to me that there have been no posts here on another … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Reading as Art: A Micro-Review

Reading as Art Simon Morris, editor. York: Information as Material, 2016. http://www.informationasmaterial.org/portfolio/reading-as-art/ In my own ongoing research investigations of reading publishing as arts practice, I came across this title last … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sampling: The Introduction to the History of Paper Course

I’m very excited about the upcoming weeks of my History of Paper course.  I’ve already blogged about setting up the course blog and the first posts will appear soon.  I … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paper Infographics

Walter Ong’s classic Orality and Literacy will be one of the first texts we’ll read in my “History of Paper” course this fall.  Attached to this reading/discussion, I’ll ask each … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Coming Soon . . . Fall Course on the History of Paper

We’re just a week away from the fall semester!  I was a little disappointed last year after my pitch for a “History of the Book” special topics class was deemed … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Student Projects from Spring ’17, Part 2

This is Part 2 of the series on student projects from this past semester.  The last post featured videos of place-based historical studies.  This post shares some images from a … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Student Projects from Spring ’17, Part 1

For the next few posts, I wanted to share something a little different: samples of student work produced this past spring.  I’ve been teaching American History courses for the past … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Shadow of the Moon Turns 20

A few weeks ago, I was asked to contribute an essay on music/history, and, as exciting as the project seemed, I’m afraid I’ll have to turn the offer down.  But … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Wide Image July 2017

July 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

Paper-making History: Some Bookmarks

Last fall, I taught courses in the history of graphic design and the history of printing (both Visual Arts courses).  Before I got things started, I posted an entry here … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Some Flag House Photos

Last week, I spoke at the Start-Spangled Flag House in Baltimore.  The museum is truly one of the hidden gems of Baltimore. Located at the edge of Little Italy and … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

6

Last week marked my sixth month on Instagram.  Not a big deal for most, I suppose, but at the beginning of the year I decided to create a page for … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Summer Work 2017 — The Road Ahead

Well, another semester has finally come to an end, which typically means a new transition–a new type of busy season–is about to begin.  I can’t believe I haven’t formally posted … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Forthcoming Textshop Issues: 2017-2018

Our next issue is only one week away!!! As we make the final edits to the forthcoming issue of TEXTSHOP EXPERIMENTS . . . Here’s what’s scheduled down the production … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Announcing the Release of Tours & Detours: Textshop Experiments

It’s been a busy winter so far.  I’ll resume my monthly posts shortly. In the meantime, in case you missed it, in December, Felix Burgos and I published the second … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Manneqart; or, Marvels at a Mall

September was a month of overload here . . . A few days off following surgery have allowed some time to catch up on the blog and post some of … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Projector Period: New Website

A very short post today to announce that my new website http://www.projectorperiod.com is now live. The Projector site will house my up-to-date C.V. and slowly develop into my professional site.  Why … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Book/Marks: The Digital Humanities Meets the Public Humanities

In one of my last posts, I shared a few videos on the Gutenberg press and letterpress printing for a class that’s now underway.  I like this approach of sharing … Continue reading

October 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Course Design Matters: A New Course Blog & Some Reflections

‘Course Design Matters: ART 335 “Origins & Issues in Design”: Course Blog https://coursedesignmatters.wordpress.com Teaching is an important part of my life.  I’ve spent the last 12 years working in higher … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Electracy is spreading . . .

Electracy is spreading . . . We are mixing and we were going to (re)mix. One month left to submit to Textshop Experiments‘s Tours & Detours issue. Visit our website … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Printing History Videos: Some Bookmarks

This fall I will be teaching a course on printing history.  This post is really just a set of bookmarks for me–especially for the early weeks on Gutenberg and the … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

New Video from Textshop Experiments

Our new promotional video / Call for Papers for Textshop Experiments. For our next issue, TOURS & DETOURS, we are accepting traditional essays, video essays, experimental intermedia projects, book reviews, … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Textshop (T)issue

I am pleased to announce the inaugural issue of Textshop Experiments (ISSN: 2377-9039). This issue collects a variety of experimental essays, tissues, in one way or another, connected to the … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Soon . . . Textshop Experiments Issue 1

Coming Soon . . . Textshop Experiments We are now three weeks away from the release of Issue #1: Textshop (T)issues For our inaugural issue, the editors seek multi-modal projects … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Origins and Issues in Design

I’m offering a new course at UMBC in the fall: ART 335 “Origins & Issues in Design”. Remember when life was simpler, and you didn’t have to advertise your courses? … Continue reading

April 1, 2016 · Leave a comment