Before ASCII art there was typewriter art. Taking advantage of a widely available office tool, artists and poets used the typewriter to forge a new genre of art and poetry. Breaking the grid and exploding words, these artists and poets used the limitations and practicalities of the typewriter to create beautiful and thought provoking pieces.
Amelia Grounds is the Acquisitions and Curatorial Support Coordinator at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley and was the first Librarian of Letterform Archive in San Francisco. She has worked at numerous libraries and special collection in the Bay Area and the UK and is especially interested in the materiality and history of book making from early manuscripts through to contemporary artists’ books and concrete poetry.