Vita-Linda Lanza

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

*SCRIPTA: The Magazine of the Philadelphia Calligraphy Society, Autumn 2022 – “Peace.” Artist, contributor

*SCRIPTA: The Magazine of the Philadelphia Calligraphy Society, Spring 2022 – “Sweet Willie’s Alphabet” Artist, contributor

*ENVELOPES TO ALICE – Published by the Society of Scribes and The Typophiles, New York, 2021 – Artist, contributor

*SCRIPTA: The Magazine of the Philadelphia Calligraphy Society, Autumn 2020 – “Coping with COVID-19.” Artist, contributor

*SCRIPTA: The Magazine of the Philadelphia Calligraphy Society, Spring 2019 – “The Mystic Art of Writing.” Featured author/calligrapher.

* NOTES FROM NEW YORK: The Newsletter of the Society of Scribes, Ltd., Fall 2013- Bogle cork graphite drawing, contributing artist.

*”The Woman Who Plowed Verses” – Chapter 1 author, WRITING AWAY THE DEMONS: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing anthology – North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc., St. Cloud, MN – published May, 2009

* OFF THE CUFFS: An Anthology of Poetry Written By and About the Police, Soft Skull Press, January 2003 – Mining for Eureka, original poem, author.

* THE MUSELETTER, The National Association for Poetry Therapy, Washington, D.C. – 24-page newsletter for creative arts therapy professional organization, 13 issues beginning November 1997, managing editor, art director.

*RHYME & RITUAL: Reflections on Self, Family and Community, Poetry anthology sponsored by NCC/Family Services Bureau, Newark, NJ, July 2000 – In Praise of Silence, I Saw a Sofa Walking, Mining for Eureka, original poems, author.

* POET’S PROCESS: Favorite Original Poems of NAPT Members, Poetry anthology sponsored by the National Association for Poetry Therapy, April 2000 – Queen of the Funny Bone Follies, original poem, author.

* TASTE THIS: Guilty Food Pleasures of the Poets, Pudding House Press, November 1999 – Instant Mashed Potatoes, original poem, author.

* PARTICLES OF EXCHANGE – limited edition artist book of original poetry, 28 pages, 1999; Fox River Confetti covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread.

* THE UNDERSIDE OF LEAVES – open edition artist book of original poetry, 72 pages, May 1998; Canson MiTientes covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread and beadwork.

* DRY RED – limited edition artist book of original poetry, 80 pages, December 1996; Fabriano Roma covers, recycled paper text block, Japanese stab binding with cotton thread.

* The Anthologist, Spring 1998 – Gathering Medicine, original poem, author.

* Aha! Quarterly, Spring 1998 – A Book of Days, original poem, author.

* PUDDING 34, The International Journal of Applied Poetry, Autumn 1997 – From a Pay Phone Somewhere in L.A. 1991, Three Out of Four; original poems with accompanying narratives for poetry therapy issue, author.

* Mosaic, Volume xii – While Dusting, In Yellow, Inertia, Tool; original poems, author.

* Aha! Quarterly, Spring, 1997 – Inertia, original poems, author.

* Aha! Quarterly, Autumn, 1996 – Footnote, original poems, author.

* Letter Arts Review, Spring, 1996 – Letter Jesters, book review, author.

* Glen Epstein’s 1995 Calendar of Country Knowledge & Extraordinary Americana – Iowa City, IA, contributing artist.

* The Colorized Atkinson Plates, 1995, ST Publications, softcover book, contributing artist.

* CNN Cable Television News, Diplomatic License, January 1994 – guest artist interviewed for Calligraphia opening, United Nations lobby, New York City

* ARTimes, June 1991 – A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures, subject of artist profile by Marion Burdick.

* Time Off, Princeton Packet cover feature, January 1991 – Letter Perfect, subject of artist profile by Richard Shea.

* The Artful Letter – 1989, 1991, 1992 Engagement Calendars, Universe Books, New York City, contributing artist.

* Calligraphy Review, Winter, 1989 – The Housekeeping Story, article author.

* Calligraphy Review, Fall, 1987 – Hands Across the Millennia, article author.

* Metropolis, September 1989 – The Write Stuff, subject of artist profile by Gini Sikes.

* ALPHABET, Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy, August 1989 – Japonisme, article author.

* SOS, Newsletter of the Society of Scribes, Spring 1989 – Painting With Words, article author.

* Signs of the Times, October 1988 – Letterforum, article author.

* Signs of the Times, March 1988 – Colorize Atkinson, article contributing artist.

* Signs of the Times, January 1988 – cover design collaboration with Al Zanetti.

* KNPR, Nevada Public Radio – Henderson, NV. March, 1984 and April, 1985 – Women in Art – subject of artist profile by Theresa Rogers.

FACILITATION/PRESENTATIONS

*Inkwings Writing Adventures – weekly online writing workshops for insight, craft, and soul nourishment. – creator/curator/facilitator – March 2020 to Present.

*Inkwings Writing Adventures – Full-day writing workshop for insight, craft, and soul nourishment. –
creator/curator/facilitator – Bandon, OR. July, 2019.

*Poetic Medicine: Writing Away the Demons – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ – Creative Arts Healthcare Grand Rounds – poetry reading and workshop presentation – April, 2011

*Writing Away the Demons – National Association for Drama Therapy – 30th International Conference – White Plains, NY – poetry reading and workshop presentation – November, 2009

* Breaking Down The Walls: Reaching Youth, Families and Communities Through The Arts – Arts-in-Prevention Conference – Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ – poetry reading – October, 2009

*Cornelia’s Cafe – Greenwich Village, New York City – poetry reading – July 1, 2009

*Calligraphy Art Camp – Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ – Week-long art camp for children ages 11-14 – workshop creator and facilitator – July, 2009

*Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ – 6-week series for HIV-positive women- workshop creator and facilitator – May-June, 2009

*Lifestories: Memoir Writing and Journaling – Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, New Brunswick, NJ – workshop creator and facilitator – February, 2009

*Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress – New Jersey Women and Aids Network, East Orange, NJ – 6-week series for HIV positive women – workshop creator and facilitator – August-October, 2008

*Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress – New Jersey Women and AIDS Network Wellness Conference, Newark, NJ – University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ – workshop creator and facilitator – March, 2008

*Lifelines: Memoir Writing and Journaling – South Brunswick Senior Center, South Brunswick, NJ – workshop creator and facilitator – August – November, 2007

*Calligraphy: Introduction to the Italic Hand – Hunterdon County Recreation – workshop facilitator – October 2007

*Soul Tracks: Creative Journaling to Reduce Stress – Montclair State University – workshop creator and facilitator – January, 2006

*Soul Tracks: Reflective Writing to Reduce Stress – Breast Cancer Resource Center, Princeton, NJ – workshop creator and facilitator – December, 2006

* The Intimate Word: Transforming Lives Through Poetry Therapy – National Association for Poetry Therapy 4-day annual conference of language arts for healing and development, Costa Mesa, CA, May 2004, workshop creator and presenter

* Poetry Therapy Peer Group Retreat – Convent of St. Birgitta, Darien, CT – August 2003, – poetry reading and workshop creator/facilitator

*Voicing Our Visions: Life Story Writing – Year-long, grant-funded expressive writing program, New Brunswick Senior Resource Center, New Brunswick, NJ, October 2001-May 2002, workshop creator and facilitator

* 2nd Annual New Brunswick Arts Festival – Spoken word/performance/visual poetry collaboration with Urban Renaissance hand drummers, High Hat Gallery, Monument Park Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ – April, 2000, poetry reading/performance to open the festival

* Chapter One Cafe – Highland Park, NJ. November, 1999 – The Peach Fishery Poetry Reading Series, featured poet

* National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference – Charleston, SC. May 1999 – poetry reading

* BREATHING THE LINE: Writing Your Way Through Personal Change – East Brunswick Professional Park, East Brunswick, NJ. March, 1999 – workshop creator and facilitator

* Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ – Nick Carbo’s Advanced Poetry class, March, 1999 – guest lecturer

* Chapter One Cafe – Highland Park, NJ. March, 1999 – poetry reading

* Salute to the Visionaries – Prevent Blindness of New Jersey awards banquet, Princeton, NJ. January, 1999 – guest artist, concrete poetry exhibition, calligraphy demonstration

* Cafe 52 – New Brunswick, NJ. October, 1998 – poetry reading

* Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival – Stanhope, NJ. September, 1998 – kinetic poetry performance

* Espresso Roma Coffeehouse – Las Vegas, NV. June, 1998 – poetry reading/performance

* Jersey Shore Calligraphers Guild – Fair Haven, NJ. May, 1998 – LETTERA ANTICA: The Roots and Wings of Carolingian – calligraphy workshop guest instructor

* Chapter One Cafe – Highland Park, NJ. February, 1998 – poetry reading

* Artake Salon – Red Bank, NJ. February, 1996 – kinetic poetry performance

* 123 Coffee House – Matawan, NJ. February, 1996 – kinetic poetry performance

* FACE – Artists’ Co-Operative, Ocala, FL. January, 1996 – kinetic and concrete poetry performance

* WIN – Writers’ Group, Ocala, FL. September, 1995 – poetry reading

* Mindscape – Writers’ Group, Ocala, FL. September, 1995-February, 1996 – founder/facilitator

* The Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL. Poetry Ocala , October, 1995 – poetry reading, kinetic poetry performance

* Suffolk Scribes Calligraphic Retreat – Muttontown, Long Island, NY. November, 1993 -Calligraphy for Insight, Healing & Self-Expression – weekend calligraphy retreat – resident artist/facilitator

* Mercer County Teen Arts Festival – Mercer County Community College, West Windsor, NJ. April, 1991, 1992. Calligraphy for Communication and Self-Expression, visiting artist.

* New Dorp High School – Staten Island, NY. May, 1991 – Calligraphy for Communication and Self-Expression, art department career series, visiting artist

* Kiwanis Club – East Brunswick NJ, 1989 – guest speaker, The Artful Letter slide lecture

* Jersey Shore Calligraphers Guild – Edison, NJ. 1988 – Calendar Design: Space and Time Beyond the Grid, – calligraphy workshop guest instructor

* Rotary Club – Stowe, VT, 1987 – The Artful Letter slide lecture

* Community College of Southern Nevada (formerly Clark County Community College) – Las Vegas, NV. Fall, 1983 – instructor, 8-week calligraphy course

* Charleston Heights Community School – Las Vegas, NV. 1981-1984 – instructor, 8-week calligraphy course, 2 semesters a year

COMMISSIONS

* 10-Year Employee Awards – Impact Unlimited, Dayton, NJ – handmade paper sculptures with gouache, ink, dechirage, shell gold. Annually since 1990.

* Alumnus of the Year Resolution – The Hun School, Princeton, NJ – illuminated manuscript: gouache and 23k gold on paper. Annually 1994-2007.

* Bon Anniversaire resolution – Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ – illuminated manuscript: gouache and 23kl gold on papeJ, 2003.

* Logo Design – National Association for Poetry Therapy Conference, Miami, FL, 2003.

* BirthWrites© conceptual illuminated manuscripts – gouache and 23k gold on paper – private patrons, since 1988.

* Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Resolutions – School of Communication, Information, and Library Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ – illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, shell gold on paper. Annually 1992-1997.

* Resident Calligrapher – Borders Books & Music, East Brunswick, NJ, 1994-1999.

* Floor Design – Impact Unlimited, Dayton, NJ – Designed and handlettered text on exhibit display floor. First place exhibit-design award, New Orleans, 1993.

* Mission Statement – Champion Paper, Cincinnati, OH – illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, and shell gold on paper, 1992.

* Mission Statement – Johnson & Johnson Medical, Inc., Arlington, TX – illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, raised gold leaf on paper, 1992.

* Illuminated Manuscript for Private Office – James Burke, Chairman Emeritus, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ – ink on paper, 1992.

* Oath of Hippocrates – Physician’s Office, Summit, NJ – illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink and shell gold on paper, 1992.

* Alumnus of the Year Resolution – New Jersey State Council for the Humanities, Trenton, NJ – illuminated manuscript: gouache, ink, shell gold on paper, 1991.

* Theater Scenic Design – Playhouse 22, East Brunswick, NJ – handlettered cloth backdrops and stage floor for production of Hair, 1991.

* Inauguration Invitations – Pace University, New York, NY – handlettered 600 envelope addresses for presidential inauguration, 1990.

* Menu Design – Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV – designed and handlettered four-page menu for Steve Wynn’s Orchid restaurant, 1984.

* Wine List – Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV – designed and handlettered 12-page wine list, 1983.

EXHIBITIONS

” Out of the Silence : A Calligraphic Exhibit Celebrating Diversity, Love and Understanding” – Urban Onion in the Hotel Olympian, Olympia, Washington; Department of Transportation Capital Campus, Olympia, Washington – contributing artist – February-June, 2013.

*Wind Words – Exhibition of calligraphed poetry in the trees, Cologna of the Bora celebration, contributing artist, Museum of the Bora, Trieste, Italy, September 2004

*Words of Peace – International exhibition of calligraphy and concrete poetry, contributing artist, San Francisco Public Library, July 2003

* Words of the Spirit, Spirit of the Word – Exhibition of calligraphy and concrete poetry, contributing artist – Donnell Library, New York City, 1998

* The Up Side of Screwing Up – National traveling slide lecture of calligraphy and concrete poetry, contributing artist, 1998

* Ancient Whispers/Modern Markings – two-person exhibition of concrete poetry, calligraphy, and lettering art – Highland Park Public Library, Highland Park, NJ, May 1997

* Calligraphia – Invitational international traveling group exhibition of lettering art, concrete poetry, and calligraphy co-sponsored by International Typeface Corporation, Artists Union of Moscow and UNESCO, toured 1991-1995 and exhibited in the lobby of the United Nations, NYC, January 1991.

* Kalligraphia VII – group exhibition, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, June – August 1994, contributing artist

* Richard E. Beasley National Invitational Tribute Exhibition ’93 – Invitational international group exhibition of original calligraphy, Northern Arizona University Creative Arts Complex, Flagstaff, AZ, September 1993, contributing artist

* Alphabetics: East to West, An Exhibit of Multi-Cultural Lettering Art – invitational group exhibition of original calligraphy and lettering art, Pratt Institute, President’s Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, September, 1993, contributing artist

* Penmarks/Brushmarks – two-person exhibition of original calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Mahoney Library, College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, May 1993

* Spirited Eyes – Invitational group exhibition of multi-media fine art, St. John’s Church, Newark, NJ, November 1992. Awarded honorable mention, original concrete poetry

* Kalligraphia VI – group exhibition, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, CA, June – August 1991, contributing artist

* Lettering As Art – two-person exhibition, Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan, NJ, April 1991

* Lettering As Art – two-person exhibition, Playhouse 22 Lobby, East Brunswick, NJ, October – November 1990

* Quotation Marks – solo exhibition of original calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Monmouth County Library, Howell, NJ, July 1990

* Love & Letters – group exhibition of original calligraphy, Gaithersburg City Hall, Gaithersburg, MD, February 1990, contributing artist

* Beyond The Alphabet – group exhibition of calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Barnsdall Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA, Autumn 1988, contributing artist

* For Art’s Sake – group exhibition of multi-media fine art, Helen Day Arts Center, Stowe, VT, September 1987, contributing artist

* Dreams & Visions – group exhibition of original calligraphy, concrete poetry, and lettering art, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV 1984, curator and contributing artist.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT AND AWARDS

* National Association for Poetry Therapy, elected board member 1999-2002

* National Association for Poetry Therapy – managing editor, The Museletter, a 24-page, tri-annual publication, November 1997-March 2002

* Distinguished Service Award – National Association for Poetry Therapy – May 2000

* Character & Context in Chinese Calligraphy – Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. One-day international symposium tracing calligraphy’s evolution and highlighting how calligraphy, as physical embodiment, is an external manifestation of powerful inner states, March 1999.

* Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival – Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ. 4-day festival of poetry readings, lectures, workshops, panels, and evening poetry performances, September 1998

* Poetry in the Public Sphere – A Conference on Contemporary Poetry, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. 4-day conference of lectures, plenary sessions, poetry readings, panel discussions, and evening poetry performances, April 1997.

* Trenton State College Writers Conference – one-day conference of workshops, panel discussions, and readings, April 1996; faculty

* Trenton State College Writers Conference – one-day conference of workshops, panel discussions, and readings, April 1994

* Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – private tutor to Visiting Fellow from Devon, England, Summer, 1992,

* The Alphabet as a Technology in the West – two-day symposium and series of historic, linguistic, semiotic, anthropologic, sociologic, classic, and archaeologic lectures on writing systems and the roots of Western civilization, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, April 1989