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Initiated in 1991, Haystack’s Monograph Series provides a forum for writers of varied perspectives to reflect on the idea of craft. Now totaling thirty-one in the series, monographs cover a range of topics and are distributed to art schools and libraries throughout the US. They can be purchased through the school for $4.00 each*, including postage and handling.

The Haystack Reader, an anthology of monographs #1-23 published by Haystack and the University of Maine Press is now available to purchase for $24.95 plus shipping and handling*. Discounts available for large orders (10 or more). To order The Haystack Reader or individual monographs, contact the Haystack office at (207) 348-2306 or

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Order two or more of Haystack’s books and we’ll include a free copy of Discovery: Fifty Years of Craft Experience at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts –a collection of images and essays from former Haystack faculty and students– published in 2001 to celebrate the school’s 50th Anniversary.

Monograph Listing

Publication Date

Monograph Title | Year Written

2016 2015     eight days, by Maira Kalman
2015 2014     Seeking a Needle in the Haystack, by Juhani Pallasmaa
2014 2013      Sixty by Sixty, by Bill Roorbach
2013 2012      Hiophany: The Sound of Humans Making Things, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
2012 2011      Creativity & Ingenuity, Essays by presenters in an invitational symposium held at Haystack from September 8-11, 2011.
2011 2010      Approaching Haystack, by Bill Carpenter
2010 2009     Stone Songs, or Disagreeing with Dolphy: Two Weeks in Another Town, by Bill Harris
2009 2009     O Brave New World: Looking at Time, Making, and Creativity, essays and excerpts by presenters in an invitational  symposium held at Haystack from September 24-27, 2009
2009 2008     The Ecology of Uncertainty by Akiko Busch — Please note that this title is published through our website and The Haystack Reader. To view and download Akiko Busch’s monograph, click on the title.
2008 2007     A Crack In Everything: How We Know What’s Done Is Done, by David Jauss
2007 2006     Field Notes on Hands, by Alison Hawthorne Deming
2006 2005     I Tinker Therefore I Am, by Mark Thomson
 2006 2006     Craft and Community: Sustaining Place, essays and excerpts by participants in an invitational symposium held at Haystack from September 28-October 1, 2006
2005 2004     Making More than Sense, by Ralph Caplan
2004 2004     Craft and Design: Hand, Mind and the Creative Process, essays by participants in Haystack’s invitational symposium retreat with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
2004 2003     Finding and Making: the Strange Attractor’s Contribution to Form, by Barbara Hurd
2003 2002   The Child, the Painter, and the Forgotten Life of Things, by David Abram
2002 2002     Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand, essays by artists and scientists who participated in Haystack’s Symposium
2002 2001      An Intricacy of Simple Means, by Kim Stafford
2001 2000     Whatever We Touch Is Touching Us: Craft Art and a Deeper Sense of Ecology, by Paulus Berensohn
2000 1999       If ‘Great’ Art is Dead, Who Cares? and Two Orphans and a Dog: Art and Transformation, by Ellen Dissanayake
1999 1989      Materials and the Embodiment of Meaning, by Judith Burton; Expanding Art Education’s Horizons: The Landscape of Design, by Paul Sproll; The Cultural Dimensions of Craft Education, by Jo-Anna Moore; and, Education as the Discovery of Self: The Role of the Artist as a Creative Person, by Gerry Williams
1998 1997       Imagine an International Craft, by Kevin Murray
1997 1996      Single and Plural, by Marianne Boruch
1996 1995      Recycle and Reuse, by Margo Mensing
1995 1994      Words and Worth: An Anthropologist Interprets Function and Craft, by Margaret Mackenzie; and Paper or Plastic: The Form and Contents, by Nance O-Banion
1994 1993      The Craftsman as Yeoman: Myth and Cultural Identity in American Craft, by Mary Douglas
1993 1992       Crafting Truth with Consequence, by Gerhardt Knodel, with responses by Sarah Bodine and Michael Dunas
1992 1991        Considering Crafts Criticism, by Janet Koplos; and Craft and the Impulse to Abstract, by Warren Seelig
1991 1991        Craft and Learning, by William Daley; Reflections on Twelve Days at Haystack, by Audrey Walker; and Reflections on Learning: Faculty Interviews, by Jo-Anna Moore
1991 1990        Craft in the ’90s: A Return to Materials, by Nancy Corwin, Jonathan Fairbanks and Wayne Higby


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