Participating Witness: The Poetics of Granary Books

Participating Witness: The Poetics of Granary Books

Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 - Saturday, Aug 29, 2020

Poets House
10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282


The title of this exhibition, taken from Johanna Drucker’s recent essay about Granary in the CODEX Papers (Vol. 1, 2018), foregrounds what she calls a “vital combination of bringing forward and also generating works,” which embodies the spirit of Granary Books and its founder, Steve Clay. Here, it also serves as an organizing principle for the exhibition.

This exhibition features selected publications from 200­0­–2020, including limited-edition artists’ books, trade books, and other materials related to preparation and publication, the material foundations for engaging the “poetics” of Granary Books’ volumes. Forthcoming limited-edition artists’ books, including work by Jane Wodening, Timothy Ely, and Whit Griffin, will be on display for the first time.


  • Read announcement at Poets House
  • Audio file for conversation with Steve Clay and Mary Catherine Kinniburgh
  • Essay by Johanna Drucker, "Participating Witness: The Poetics of Granary Books," available online and as chapbook published on occasion of exhibition by Tibetan Kite Society/Granary Books.