by Eleanor J. Bader

Bookies. (It’s Not What You Think.)

During the late 1990’s, artist/teacher/writer Jennifer Fink was supervising art education majors at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute. “What came up again and again was how alienated K-12 pupils were from books,” says Fink. “Many of the classrooms my students worked in had no texts or not enough texts. They used worksheets. It struck me that literature had been taken out of literacy.” Fink, along with artist Ellen Blum, put together an ad hoc group of “fellow travelers and family” to take action. Their efforts turned into the Gorilla Press, a workshop that promotes literacy through book creation.

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