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Creative Writing Subject Guide

This guide is designed to aid writers and artists embarking on creative writing projects.

Artists' Books Collection

The library's growing collection of artists' books is representative of the myriad forms an artist's book can take, including fine press or letter press books, accordion books, embroidered books, flip books, and more. This collection addresses many issues and themes, but is particularly strong in art activism and social justice.

You can digitally browse many of the books in the collection, and all of them are discoverable in Catalyst

And take a look at this student-curated virtual exhibit about artists' books! 


Selection of artists' books from Special Collections.


Zines are (generally) self-published, art-focused booklets targeted for niche audiences. Circumventing the constraints of commercial publishing, zines have historically been an inexpensive way for artists, writers, and activists to connect like-minded people.

The library's growing zine collection includes many poetry and creative writing chapbooks. Of particular note are the Tenacious Zine Box Set: Art & Writings by Women in Prison, 2002 to 2020 and the Booklyn Zine Club collection. 

Browse the zine collection in Catalyst.


Selections from the Booklyn Zine Club collection.

Hours and Access

To view items from Special Collections, researchers need to make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance by completing this form. To prepare for your appointment, see our guidelines for visitors.

To learn more about literary treasures in Special Collections, check out this guide