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Kim Hodges  

poet, bookmaker, U.S.A.

The program Pagemaker does everything, as far as I know, needed to set up book pages, allowing text to flow from page to page. The editors at A Small Garlic Press use it and produce saddle-stitched (center-stapled) small poetry books...

However I use Word for my broadside (a single sheet presentation of poetry, often tri-folded, and used as a handout) although, the graphic presentation is more inconsistent and a struggle...

A book of 100 pages is probably too much for the stapled approach... For a hundred pages you probably need perfect binding (that's the glue binding on commercial books), or even tape binding...

You can also print books on your home computer printer, if the book is not too large and you don't need a lot of copies at one time. If it is a laser printer, the quality might be better than some kinds of photocopy. This way, you can do a book at a time as you need it, and avoid a large investment in printing costs and materials.

A Small Garlic Press:
Kim's broadside is available for downloading as a pdf file under 'broadsides' (click on the battleship). If you have any questions or information on this topic please email Kim Hodges at

Excerpts from Arts Dialogue, December 1999, pages 13 - 15.

  • Article: Making Your Own Books, Arts Dialogue, December 1999
  • Poem: silver thaw, Arts Dialogue, December 1997

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