Rai Peterson teaches American and Modernist literature, queer theory, history of the book, and bookbinding classes in the Department of English. Her scholarly publications focus on American and British women writers in Paris between the World Wars, but she frequently returns to the topic of her doctoral dissertation, E. E. Cummings. She likes to experiment with contemporary variations on classic designs as a book-binder, and she is an apprentice printer. Rai held the H.D. Fellowship in American literature at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. She is writing a biography of Solita Solano. Her previous immersive seminars have focused on Paris in the 1920s and Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut.
Colleen Steffen wrote features at four daily newspapers in three different states for 13 years before a stint in PR, a master’s in English literature, the appearance of a current 9-year-old, and an obsession with a little girl who disappeared from New Castle in 1913, which resulted in a literary agent and a book manuscript. This is Colleen’s fifth year teaching full-time at Ball State University, where she has led student journalists on five travel-abroad experiences, including to the Olympics in Russia and Brazil, as well as on somewhat tamer (but definitely smellier) adventures manning a student newsroom at the Indiana State Fair. Originally from Kentucky, daughter of a one-time newspaper pressman, she is thrilled to have found a use for all the vintage ephemera she hoards from local flea markets.
As a professional librarian, Amy Trendler spends a lot of her time around books. Well-versed in helping researchers find and access the content in books, she is excited to be exploring the art and craft of the books themselves with the Book Arts Collaborative. Since 2005, Amy has been the Architecture Librarian at Ball State where she supports student and faculty research in the College of Architecture and Planning. Before joining the University Libraries staff she worked with researchers, curators, and interns as a librarian at the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago. Amy holds master’s degrees in art history and library and information science from the University of Illinois.
Kim Miller is the owner/operator of Tribune Showprint Posters, Inc., our community partner who is conveniently located in the same facilities as we are. A former public school art teacher, Kim taught kindergarten and middle school students before striking out on her own as a printer. At Tribune, she prints letter pressed posters for local and national events as well as invitations, drink coasters, and other letter pressed products. Kim is also a silk screen artist who runs a t-shirt printing business "in her spare time." Kim is the shop manager at Book Arts Collaborative, which means she oversees use of presses, type, and other tools as well as teaching screen printing workshops and advising students on their projects.
Rob Miller is the co-owner of Tribune Showprint Posters, Inc. and our unpaid, go-to consultant on all things printing, equipment, tools repair, and heavy lifting. By day he is a transportation engineer, but during most evenings and weekends he helps us acquire presses, solve problems, figure out vintage equipment, welcome guests, and teach printing workshops. A Ball State alumnus, he developed an unhealthy interest in letter press printing about half a dozen years ago, and we are all the richer for it.