2023 Jersey Art Book Fair Programs

JAB Fair 2023 Schedule of Programs

Over the course of 2 days, Jersey Art Book Fair will feature a range of programs, from zine-making workshops and riso-printing demos to book signings, kid-friendly activities and an after-hours party on Saturday evening.

Highlights from the schedule include an artists’ panel on typography hosted by Draw Down Books, a letterpress printing demo co-hosted by Center for Book Arts and Calipso Press, a publishing Q&A on self-starting hosted by FAR-NEAR and a workshop on pop-up structures hosted by Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty member Amee Pollack.

PLUS: Don't miss current exhibits at Monira Foundation and Mana Contemporary, on view for free during JAB Fair 2023!

 Saturday, January 28 

12:00–12:50 PM

Imprinting Intention: The Spirit of Creativity

Dr. Kenael Segal


Join Dr. Kenael Segal, a mind, body, spirit educator of Lotus Physical Therapy and Wellness, to learn how to work with her Return To Self deck of affirmation cards to inspire creative projects. After learning about the intentions, design and printing of the cards and how Dr. Segal uses them in her own practice, attendees will pull cards and learn how to utilize creativity as a form of healing, meditation, and self-care.

1:00–1:50 PM

Type (Spaces): Letterforms in Publications

Draw Down Books


The founders of Draw Down Books, Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda, will lead a panel discussion focused on typography used in various publications, including their latest book, “I Got Something to Say: Poster Inventory, 2013-2021.” Type often carries its own story, and panelists Somnath Bhatt, Tanya Brassie (inCahoots press), Luiza Dale (Quickbooks), Elaine Lopez (Lo Press), Andrew McQuiston, Chuck Gonzales and Chen Luo (Body & Forma), John O’Toole (Oranbeg Press), and Nat Pyper will share their typographic insights. Our hope is that by speaking with designers producing publications, tales of type can become better woven into discussions of artist book publishing and art books.

2:00–2:50 PM

Making a Field Notebook



The quiet but critical partner to all revolutionary activities is the humble field notebook. As seemingly mundane as the pen or the alphabet, it is a thing of profound and effective beauty that participants will learn to make with everyday materials in the time it takes to drink a glass of wine. 

3:00–3:50 PM

Drawing with Scissors

Sean Suchara


Join graphic designer and illustrator Sean Suchara in a hands-on workshop where participants will use collage as a framework to tackle creative burnout, explore mental health, and strengthen our overall creativity. Participants will learn about stream of consciousness association skills and DIY crafting methodologies and then practice combining them through a collage exercise. All materials will be provided from Sean’s personal collection of collage/image resources.

4:00–4:50 PM

Making Your Own Risograph

Calipso Press

Demo & Workshop

The Japanese-designed Risograph printer from the ‘80s is no ordinary vintage office copier. Learn how to use this bulky, gray office appliance to make your very own prints. Calipso Press will demonstrate how to make 2-color prints as well as analog color separation. 

5:00–5:20 PM

Capturing Our Community's Histories: Readings from The Black Nonbinary Archive

Diasporan Savant Press

Reading & Q&A

Join Diasporan Savant Press for selected readings from The Black Nonbinary Archive's publications as well as a Q&A about oral history and archival practice as an artist and organizer during the pandemic. The Black Nonbinary Archive gathers the rich insights and perspectives of Black Nonbinary people from all over the world, capturing the fullness of our stories in remembrance of our ancestors, in service of those living, and in dedication to the glorious children of the future.

5:30–5:50 PM

A Multimedia Walk Through The Tomato Vine

Ebony Tomatoes Collective

Reading & Film Screening

Enjoy a reading of poems and essays as well as a short film screening with Ebony Tomatoes Collective, a multimedia publication for uncensored stories of identity and ancestry from black women and nonbinary folks across the African Diaspora. Get to know members of the leadership team and learn about the importance of digital publishing for carrying out their mission.

7:0010:00 PM

* After Hours Party! *

Come celebrate the first day of the fair with beats by Donavon and a live performance by Yaya & Cesar. We'll be turning down the gallery lights and turning up beats for fellow print and art book lovers! Tickets sold separately. Ages 21+. 

 Sunday, January 2

11:30–11:50 AM

Coffee & Poetry with Jersey City’s New Poet Laureate

Ann E. Wallace


Bring a cup of joe to enjoy while listening to a debut reading by Ann E. Wallace, 2023-24 Poet Laureate of Jersey City. Enjoy listening to her poems about life in Jersey City, including her Inaugural Poet Laureate Poem, “The Porches of Strangers.”

12:00–12:50 PM

5 Years In: Tips for Self-Starting A Publication



FAR–NEAR is a self-started, cross-cultural book series printed annually since 2018. This Q&A will begin with a short presentation on how FAR–NEAR began, how it's progressed in the last five years, and some of the benefits and disadvantages of self-funded independent publishing. The space will then be opened up for questions from attendees.

1:00–1:50 PM

500 Years of Impressions: The Letterpress Technique

Center for Book Arts

Demo & Workshop

Letterpress was the go-to printing method from the 15th century (thanks to Johannes Gutenberg) until offset lithography emerged in the 20th century. Learn about this centuries-old technique with a hands-on letterpress printing demo with a tabletop proofing press. Center for Book Arts will pre-set type on the press, and attendees will be able to print their own poster on the press.

2:00–2:50 PM

Bookstore Democracy: Independence & Sustainability Are Not Enough

Bungee Space


What (MORE) can a bookstore do? Join Shisi Huang (owner of Bungee Space and 1/3 of 3standardstoppage studio) and Qianfan Gu (art critic, writer, and publisher of Gong Press) as they discuss why this is a question that must constantly be proposed. Bungee Space is an image study- and image criticism-focused art book store, which also sells coffee, wearable designs, and works as an artist-run space & publisher. Standing as an unconventional bookstore, Bungee Space involves community (trans-)forming and social-political intervening. This panel cannot offer any ultimate answer, only some brief, amusing cases – they are about experiment, process, and becoming.

3:00–3:50 PM

Activating the Page: Pop-Up & Movables

Amee J.Pollack


Spitz & Pollack artists' books are very interactive, employing the use of pop-ups, movable mechanisms, and innovative structures. In this introductory workshop, participants will explore how to make basic pop-ups and movable mechanisms. Limited to 30 participants.

4:00–4:50 PM

Time To Make The Newsletters

Bridge & Tunnel Crowd


Join Bridge & Tunnel Crowd publisher Win Vitkowsky (Connecticut), cartoonists Phil Tea, Sonya Katcher, and Naz Hedepeth (New York), and printer Joe Lotto (New Jersey) to learn what goes into making the 32-page "monthly shmata."

All ages welcome, unless otherwise specified.