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Alphabetap is a collaboration between Thomas M. Cassidy (Minnesota USA) and Marilyn R. Rosenberg (New York USA), just out this month (February 2014) from publisher Luna Bisonte Prods (Ohio USA). Bio info from the book reads:

“Tom Cassidy’s written and drawn works have appeared in hundreds of smallpress and mainstream publications, and in galleries and museums around the world. With John Bennett and Scott Helmes, he co-edited Vispoeology, an international anthology of visual literature for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where he most recently exhibited 50 Years / 50 Objects from his vast collection of oddities and what-would-without-benefit-of-exhibition-be-called ephemera. Tom (aka Musicmaster) co-founded the Portland performance poetry troupe The Impossibilists, who were reunited in 2008 for a series of shows by the Oregon Heritage Commission. He is a board member and occasional performer with Cheap Theatre and Patrick’s Cabaret, often confusing shows with board meetings. All of which sounds far more sane and sober than he’ll ever be. His two recent chapbooks (juiced up walnut and give up art) are commonly avoided.”

“Marilyn R. Rosenberg’s most recent visual poetry in artists’ books editions are NOISE (2012, Redfoxpress, Ireland); The Book of Soles (Souls), collaboration with C. Mehrl Bennett, (2011, 2013 Luna Bisonte Prods, Columbus OH, USA.); and RED (2008, 2013 Otoliths) and also many poems published in various Otoliths, Australia. One of a kind bookworks are available at Vamp and Tramp Birmingham AL and Central Booking NYC. MRR’s newest visual poem/drawings are at; an old one recently appeared on See MRR’s older and newer works, with images- and Images of works are in print publications: LAST VISPO ANTHOLOGY: Visual Poetry 1998 – 2008; 1000 ARTISTS’ BOOKS; EXPLORING THE BOOK AS ART; and WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT. Also, MRR is expecting a group of surprises.”

Per Luna Bisonte Prods (LBP) editor, John M. Bennett, “ALPHABETAP is a lively visual collaboration using intense graphics, colors, text, book design, and collage to create a unique and compelling artists’ book that is playfully based on the alphabet. The authors are masters in the fields of visual poetry and the book arts, and this collaboration is a treat for the eye and mind.”

This full color, 80 pp. book will eventually be available via Small Press Distribution – but do watch NOW for the often posted discount codes that arrive via your email if you have signed up for a account; Lulu does an excellent job on color printing, better than their competitors, but it’s pricey. LBP makes only a miniscule profit via SPD compared to Lulu sales, but SPD does manage to get more sales than what happens at the Lulu site at

For a direct link to ALPHABETAP (and to preview pages selected from front, mid-section, and end of book) please click HERE.


Additional LBP notice from C. Mehrl Bennett:

I am technical facilitator and associate editor for the Lulu site LBP publications, and this is probably one of LBP’s last color books due to the high cost of color vs. black & white printing. We’ve published two other full color collaborative books involving both of these authors: THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS) by Marilyn R. Rosenberg and myself, and ONDA by Thomas M. Cassidy and John M. Bennett. AND We have one more collaborative color book currently in the pipeline. Even after three rounds of editing down selections from a huge volume of collaborations that have resulted over years of snail mail exchanges between Sheila E. Murphy (AZ, USA) and John M. Bennett (OH, USA), there remains a high number of excellent images/pages that are planned for our next publication***; so LBP’s final color book will be among the even higher priced books at its Lulu P.O.D. site. We’ve also published a full color collaborative book involving Sheila E. Murphy and K.S. Ernst in gorgeous color square format; that is PERMUTORIA

So please stay tuned for the NEXT collaborative color LBP book, as it will be one of our last truely beautiful and astounding full color productions. But who knows, perhaps the ethereal PDF or E-book will appear in LBP’s future in regards more color publications. But that’s up to LBP editor, John M. Bennett, who really loves to turn the physical pages of a book. Don’t you?

***UPDATE: JMB and SEM’s collaborative full color book, YES IT IS, is now available via this LINK


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THANKS to Darlene Altshul for printing and perforating this limited edition of four stampsheets – 25 of each design – which developed from our recent bookwork:

THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS), published by Luna Bisonte Prods. CLICK HERE FOR PREVIEW .. See my previous entry on this blog for Sheila E. Murphy’s kind review.  Both Marilyn R Rosenberg and I have added our Jane Hancock to the numbered stampsheets, and I’ve posted the stampsheet sets (4 designs) for sale along with a signed copy of our book at  Just click on the “NEW LUNA BISONTE PRODS” link & page back a few pages. The first five sets [4 stampsheet designs,signed and numbered limited edition AND the signed BOOK OF SOLES (Souls)] are offered at only $24, then the price will increase due to limited availability. We’ve kept back a couple sets to include in our shoebox book project, which is still ongoing.

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INFO from MRR about ROLL BOOKS (See two slides, one with three roll books and one with black background):

Bookworks are part of the Roll Call Series shown together in their own box or outside of it, one work of visual poetry in three parts. Each works well on its own. Each book standing opens to a circle of 7” in diameter or opens as do trade  books. Each is one of a kind. Spiral bound, approximate 60 pages, each is 3 1/2”w x 3″h closed, made with color graphite, archival paper pages and covers, and some found objects.
Roll Book 1, 1993. Words split and are fragmented, images surprise, repel, and delight: Duality and comments are about our times.
Roll Book 2, 1993. Words are dissected, images merge with words. More comments on our lives.
Roll Book 3, 1994. Words split, images and words interact. An addendum to the other two parts.
Shown in Solo Exhibitions:
1999,  MRR, John Jay College Gallery, City University, New York, NY. Curators, Orlanda Brignola and Frank Gimpaya
1997, MRR, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL. Curator, Sandra Lang.


TWO FALL, FALL TO, FALL TOO, FALL,  2002, one of a kind, closed 51/2”w x 8 “h, unfolds long thin  folded pages and then many torn ones, collage, gouache. Opens into many choices of configurations top to bottom and all open pages need to lean on a wall or on a stand or they fall. Destruction and fire are powerfully indicated. Painful progressive difficulties are clear. Two things happened on the same day at the same exact time. Documentation of global, national and personal loss; all those people in the twin towers in the city and the aged len in an eye in an operation in the country. Speechless, no words are included in this piece, although they usually are in my books. And if there were words which language could be used? This book has a peaceful beginning and a slowly raging progression that not only abstractly shows what happened, but also includes the emotional responses of living the experiences. The eye now  functions, as do the people in the city, changed.
Shown in 2002, Solo exhibition, Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY. Curator: Melissa Hall.
2007, Solo exhibitions,MRR VISUAL POETRY/ARTISTS’ BOOKS, Chappaqua Library Gallery, Chappaqua NY. Curator: Larry D’Amico.
Shown in Group Exhibition:
2003, PRINTED AND BOUND, Peck Arts Center Gallery, Central Wyoming College, Riverton, WY. Curator, Nita Kehoe.
2003, WOMEN OF THE BOOK Purdue University Galleries, Lafayette IN. Curator, Judith Hoffberg.
2003 WORDS ON FIRE: WOMEN OF THE BOOK, Starr Gallery, Newton Center MA.
2005, WOMEN OF THE BOOK, Futernic Gallery, Alper Jewish Community Center, Miami,  FL. Curator: Judith Hoffberg.
2005, WOMEN OF THE BOOK, Rutgers University, Camden NJ. Curator: Judith Hoffberg.

Yes! It’s finally finished! See (preview, purchase, or download) our collaborative artist’s book at LUNA BISONTE PRODS P.O.D. website at Lulu… Full color, 24 pages, saddle stapled.  John M. Bennett says:

“Dancing ants reading” – one of the delightful phrases swarming in this vivid artist’s book, which has as its central theme the soles of our feet and all that such a topic implies about self, time, motion through life, and one’s place(s) in the universe. Extremely colorful and full of fascinating detail, it is a work which can be repeatedly enjoyed and reveals new secrets each time. Appealing as visual poetry, as graphic design, and as an artist’s book, this collaboration achieves the most fulfilling of any collaboration between 2 artists: it becomes as if it were the work of a third person, a new artist never before discovered.