Image of mushroom spore by Jim Toia from book.

Image of mushroom spore by Jim Toia.

The work of three artists—Writer-in-Residence and Professor of English, Lee Upton; Director of Community-Based Teaching for the Art Department, Jim Toia; and book artist and writer MaryAnn Miller—the artists’ book Elegy is featured this fall in the Special Collections Reading Room. On display are the pages of the book with Upton’s moving poetic tribute to her mother, coupled with the original artwork for the volume’s illustrations, Toia’s images created from mushroom spore, jelly fish, and spider web.  The book and the first handwritten draft of Upton’s manuscript are also on display.