Drawings by Wade Tullier & poems by Rita Mookerjee.
Cover design, layout, printing & binding by Erik Pedersen.
PROTECTION RITUALS is a collection of drawings and ekphrastic poems by Wade Tullier (Detroit, Michigan) and Rita Mookerjee (Ames, Iowa).
Tullier’s spare, archetypal assemblages are in constant motion, casting long shadows over Mookerjee’s defiant narrator. Velvet couches, salt lines, late-70s Bowie, and egg-topped ramen provide an indulgent backdrop for the twelve examinations of adolescence, ennui, and loneliness contained in this genre-bending collection.
—Drum Machine Editions
PUBLICATION DATE: 22 May 2020
INK COLORS: black
PAPER: FPC Pop-Tone Lemon Drop, 65# cover; Pop-Tone Whip Cream, 70# text; hand-marbled cotton rag endpapers
EDITION SIZE: 100
Typeset in Sophia Pro Soft and Satyr.
WADE TULLIER is a Detroit-based visual artist working primarily in ceramics. Raised in southern Louisiana, he holds a BFA from Louisiana State University and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2017. Tullier has exhibited in numerous solo shows nationally including Underfoot (ROYGBIV Gallery, Columbus, OH), High Water Marks (Devening Projects, Chicago, IL), and New Familiars (Projects Gallery, Akron, OH). He has also shown internationally, most recently presenting work in Reykjavik, Iceland and Munich, Germany.
RITA MOOKERJEE is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University. Her poetry is featured in Aaduna, New Orleans Review, Sinister Wisdom, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Cosmonauts Avenue. She is the author of the chapbook Becoming the Bronze Idol (Bone & Ink Press, 2019). She is the Assistant Poetry Editor of Split Lip Magazine and a poetry staff reader for [PANK].
“PROTECTION RITUALS: virtual book launch & poetry reading” | digital video collage from reader-submitted footage, 12:23, 2020. Editing, titles, and sound design by Erik Pedersen. Produced in conjunction with Vancouver Art Book Fair’s Art Book Month.
Above: digital mockup of the cover design and a process photo taken during collation of the books.