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Rena Rosenwasser


    1992, 56 pages, 6 color drawings

    ISBN 0-932716-28-8


    Special edition of 50 numbered and signed by the artists with an original hand colored print, $45. Please inquire by email to



    In Isle, Rena Rosenwasser continues her explorations of prehistory, the body, and the aesthetics that arise from sensations. Written from notes taken during a tour of the Greek islands, the poems incorporate fragments from journal entries, guide books, archeological texts. That she travels alone suggests a spiritual journey, but it is not an ascetic one. Feelings of pleasure and curiosity are cultivated as links to the ancient world.


    Kate Delos's six drawings, preproduced in graphite and wash, are talismans for the text. Scratches, marks, white space, washes of color become an imagined place, another record of abstraction.


    Rena Rosenwasser co-founded Kelsey Street Press in 1974. Between 1987 and 2006 she initiated and produced a series of collaborations between poets and artists that further established Kelsey Street Press as the premiere and longest lived independent publisher of literature for women. She continues to work for the Press as press member and mentor. Rosenwasser’s poetry publications include Elevators (Kelsey Street Press, 2011); Taking Flight (Mayacamas Press, 1993); Unplace.Place (Leave Books, 1992); and three collaborations with artist Kate Delos: Isle (Kelsey Street Press, 1992); Aviary (Limestone Press, 1988); and Simulacra (Kelsey Street Press, 1986). Her first volume of poetry, Desert Flats, was published by Kelsey Street Press in 1979. Rosenwasser was born in New York City where she cultivated her passion for literature and the visual arts. After graduating Sarah Lawrence College in 1971, she moved to California to pursue graduate studies at Mills College where she earned her MA in literature in 1976. Currently she serves on the board of Small Press Distribution. Together with her spouse, Penny Cooper, they support and collect the work of women artists.


    Kate Delos has exhibited widely on the West Coast, as well as in the Foyer, d'Acueill in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. She lives in the Bay Area where she has taught bookmaking and painting in Bay Area schools for many years.

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