My latest book project is a publication of original haiku and drawings—all created by hand—in a handmade journal I purchased at a local store. The book’s title (The Ink SnackTM) refers to small portions that provide sustenance when the mind is starved for creativity. And of course, it’s all crafted with ink.

The content contains a variety of artwork alongside the haiku—art that reflects the meaning behind their respective poems—and includes the blackout technique and collage, with a multitude of drawings. The book is one of a kind; however, once it’s sold, it’s gone forever.


IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE that none of the content was created using a computer. The page numbers and introduction page were created using an antique typewriter. Furthermore, all the writing and drawings were created by hand using a black pen (i.e. no erasing my mistakes!). In addition, the book itself is handmade (but not by me). Handcrafted in Nepal, the book uses local raw materials, basic book-binding technology, and a skill set that can only be described as ancient. I can’t think of a better vehicle for poetry and fine art. And at 5″ x 7″, it’s comfortable to hold and can easily fit into a bag or sit atop a coffee table.

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