Professor and Coordinator
MFA in the Book Arts Program, The University of Alabama
“I have felt the swaying of elephant’s shoulders;
and now you want me to climb
on a jackass? Try to be serious.”
Steve Miller is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Alabama, and Coordinator of the MFA in the Book Arts Program. He came to The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1988, where he teaches letterpress printing and hand papermaking. Miller was awarded the Distinguished Career Award from the College Book Art Association in 2012, and honored at the New York Center for Book Arts in 2013 for his contributions to the field.
Miller founded his Red Ozier Press in 1976 in Madison, Wisconsin— a fine press devoted to publishing literary first editions in handmade, artful limited editions. In 1979, Miller moved the Press to New York City, where he was joined by Ken Botnick and refined bookmaking to an art. The books have been widely exhibited, and are in the collections of many libraries and private collections. In 1988, The New York Public Library purchased the archive of the Red Ozier Press for its permanent collection.
Founded in Alabama, Steve Miller’s Red Hydra Press books and broadsides are built on the spine of the text. From choice of text and accompanying art, typographic design, and materials and structure, these books are created and to be read, and read often. Collaboration between letterpress printer, author, artist, and bookbinder are essential to his passion for words and art. Current work often revolves around collaborative book projects with Cuban artists and poets.
Professor & Coordinator, MFA in the Book Arts Program
The University of Alabama
School of Library & Information Studies
527 Gorgas Library, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252