Bad news at Mills College

Yesterday I heard terrible, terrible news about the Mills College Book Arts program. Students and alumni were just notified that due to budget cuts, the program is at risk of being eliminated within 30 days. This is heartbreaking.

The book arts program has been in existence for over 35 years, educating undergraduate and graduate students in the disciplines of book arts, letterpress, and printmaking. Interestingly, there has been no difficulty in getting students to enroll in these classes – in fact, they often attract students from outside the department.

The MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing was the first such program in the country. It offers deep creative exploration and encourages artistic development in both written and visual formats.

And if the curriculum isn’t enough for you, the faculty includes Julie Chen and Kathleen Walkup – can you say rock stars? If I had the opportunity, I’d enroll in this program in a heartbeat – it’s fantastic.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m not one to push causes – I’m making an exception in this case. If the book arts mean anything to you, please show your support for the Mills College Book Arts program by signing the petition on

Want to do more? Write to Mills College administrators and let them know what you think!

While you’re at it, check out this Tumblr account that was created for people to share stories and express support for the program.

Let’s rally and help prevent the closure of the Mills College Book Arts program!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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