Established in 1932 by Professor Rosalind Keep, the Eucalyptus Press is the imprint of the Book Art Program at Mills College. The press published a wide range of books by Mills faculty, students, and administration. Today the Eucalyptus Press publishes broadsides—which are individual printed sheets showcasing literary text in original layouts—by well-known contemporary writers, as well as books and publications generated by visiting artists.
Produced by the Eucalyptus Press, the Contemporary Writers Series broadsides showcased here are part of an ongoing project that provides students in the MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing Program the extraordinary opportunity to design and produce broadsides of texts by the renowned writers who participate in the Contemporary Writers Series at Mills. Writers who have contributed work to the series include Kenneth Goldsmith, Barbara Guest, Daniel Handler, Bhanu Kapil, Eileen Myles, Shahrnush Parsipur, and Edwin Torres, among many others.
Broadsides are available for purchase on the evening of the author's Contemporary Writers Series reading. All broadsides are numbered and signed by the writers. Proceeds support the production of future Contemporary Writers Series broadsides.
At the book art facilities on the Mills campus, which include the graduate letterpress studio, the Eucalyptus Press studio, and the Florence Walter Bindery, MFA students enjoy access to a wide range of etching and relief presses, hundreds of cases of metal and wood type, and traditional and contemporary binding equipment.