Cassandra Smith
smith.cmarie [@]


MFA, English/Poetics, Mills College, CA
BA with Honors, English/Creative Writing, Mills College, CA

Workshops taught

2012- Basic Bookbinding, Colorado State University, Pueblo
2008- Basic Bookbinding, Mills College
2007- Linotype Mounting and Preparation, Book Art Dept., Mills College
          Making Polymer Plates for the Printing Press, Book Art Dept., Mills College
          Alternative Printmaking Techniques, Book Art Dept., Mills College
2006- Kinetic Structures for Moveable Parts, Book Art Dept., Mills College
          Four Needle Stitch Binding, Book Art Dept., Mills College
2005- Basic Bookbinding, Book Art Dept., Mills College
          Cyanotype Printing, Book Art Dept., Mills College
2003- Creative Writing for Young Adults, SUN Program, Portland, OR

Professional Experience
Omnidawn Publishing, Poetry Editor/Book Designer – manuscript review and selection, book design and layout, management/administrative duties, author and submission correspondence, advisory support, experience in Mac OS X, Filemaker Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Office
B.A.R.G.E/Tripwire, Program Assistant/Assistant Editor– studio space and grounds maintenance, documenting performances, meal preparation, creating and updating artist contact lists, editorial assistance.
Small Press Traffic, Volunteer Coordinator – organization of fundraising events, member and prospective donor correspondence, advisory and programming support for the executive director

Mills College, Book Art Teaching Assistant- head of gallery installations, organizing shipments of fine art books and broadsides, cataloging inventory and organizing studio space, instructing craft demos, creating letterpress broadsides for the Visiting Writer’s series

Small Press Distribution, Intern- cataloguing incoming publications, updating website and mailing lists, preparing customer invoices

Mills College, Student Assistant for the Book Art Department- cataloguing broadsides and other student work, gallery installations, organizing mailing lists, cataloguing conference proposals, organizing studio space

Professional Activities

Consulting Installation Artist, Jessica Tully Fine Arts, Denver Convention Center, 2012
Director/Playwright, “Interview,” performed at Small Press Traffic, 2010
Layout Editor, The Walrus, 2005
Studio Assistant, James Kaneko Gallery, 2000
Creative Non-Fiction Editor, American River Review, 2000


the new (un)adventures of flanby & niners, 2005
landscapes, violet editions, 2005
geurneville, early autumn editions, 2004

*Creative Work in Collections and Journals
“there is a home in this tree,” Small Press Traffic, 2012
interview with Samantha Giles, Studio One Blog, 2011
“vintage,” with+stand, 2011
interview with Nik De Dominic, Studio One Blog, 2011
“this is a story about a unicorn named uni, spelled u&i,” The Offending Adam, 2011
“neverbeginnings,” GlitterPony, issue 9, 2010
reading review and excerpt from “being when wendy,” OmniVerse, 2009
from “wendy,” The Press Gang, 2008
“ALIBI,” Cricket Online Review, May 2007
“spontaneously combust” & “eulogy,” The Walrus, 2005
“grandmothering,” American River Review, 2004
selected works, American River Review, 2000

*Single Edition Artist Books/Short Films
u&i, short film, 2012
albert &the windmills, short film, 2012
tiger tiger, short film, 2010
wendy box no.1, kinetic book, 2008
wendy box no. 2, kinetic book, 2008
&thepickaxe, short film, 2008
chapter three short, short film, 2008
short wendy marriage, short film, 2008
zoe.or.graph, short film, 2007
zoe.or.graph, kinetic book- photographs, transparencies, music box, battery-operated lights, 2007
if time is distance of a face in landscape, kinetic book, 2007
birdcage no.2, kinetic book, 2006
birdcage no.1, kinetic book, 2006
anatomy of fireflies, digitally printed book, 2006
ALIBI, short film, 2006

Internet Ephemera
reading, Canessa Gallery, August 29, 2008

recording, Exercises in Seeing, December 5, 2009


Reading and Performance Series (Film Screening), Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA, 2010
Salon in a Storefront, Oakland, CA 2010
Private installation, Verdi Club, San Francisco, 2009
Poets on Paper, Canessa Park Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2008
PLASTIQUE: a Gallery of Poetics (3 Installments), Oakland, CA, 2006-2007
Exhibition of Book Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2007
Book Art Fair, Memphis, TN, 2007
San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair (Book Arts Sector), San Francisco, CA, 2007
Visiting Writer Series: Daniel Handler, broadside, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2006
San Francisco Antiquarian Book Fair (Book Arts Sector), San Francisco, CA, 2006
American Printers History Association Conference, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2006
Collegiate Book Arts National Student Exhibition, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2006
Reinventing Identity and the Book, Mills College, Oakland, CA, 2005
“lines like curves,” solo photography exhibit, Capital Garage, Sacramento, CA, 2002
“repeated landscapes,” solo photography exhibit, Kissaten, Sacramento, CA, 2002
“violet edison,” solo photography exhibit, New Helvetia, Sacramento, CA, 2001

Honors and Awards

Semi-finalist, Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press, 2009 
Alumnae Scholarship, Mills College 2006-2008
Dean’s Scholarship, Mills College 2004-2008
Frances Burt Memorial Scholarship, American River College 2004

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