Initiated in 1991, Haystack’s Monograph Series provides a forum for writers, as well as makers from a variety of disciplines, who have been artists in residence or conference or symposium presenters, to offer varied perspectives reflecting on the idea of craft. Now totaling thirty-three 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 Haystack for $5.00 each.*  

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

If you represent a school or library and wish to be placed on our annual monograph mailing list, please send us your information via our Contact Haystack page.


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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
   Year Written | Monograph Title 


2018     The Sacred is the Mundane: Notes on Some Categories,
by Sheila Pepe




2017     Moving Forward, by Faythe Levine




2016     In the Presence of Makers, by Lia Purpura




2015     eight days, by Maira Kalman




2014     Seeking a Needle in the Haystack, by Juhani Pallasmaa




2013      Sixty by Sixty, by Bill Roorbach




2012      Hiophany: The Sound of Humans Making Things, by Elisabeth Tova Bailey




2011      Creativity & Ingenuity, Essays by presenters in an invitational symposium held at Haystack from September 8-11, 2011.




2010      Approaching Haystack, by Bill Carpenter




2009     Stone Songs, or Disagreeing with Dolphy: Two Weeks in Another Town, by Bill Harris




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






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.




2007     A Crack In Everything: How We Know What’s Done Is Done, by David Jauss




2006     Field Notes on Hands, by Alison Hawthorne Deming




2005     I Tinker Therefore I Am, by Mark Thomson





2006     Craft and Community: Sustaining Place, essays and excerpts by participants in an invitational symposium held at Haystack from September 28-October 1, 2006




2004     Making More than Sense, by Ralph Caplan





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




2003     Finding and Making: the Strange Attractor’s Contribution to Form, by Barbara Hurd




2002   The Child, the Painter, and the Forgotten Life of Things, by David Abram





2002     Digital Dialogues: Technology and the Hand, essays by artists and scientists who participated in Haystack’s Symposium




2001      An Intricacy of Simple Means, by Kim Stafford





2000     Whatever We Touch Is Touching Us: Craft Art and a Deeper Sense of Ecology, by Paulus Berensohn



RePrinted 2019


1999       If ‘Great’ Art is Dead, Who Cares? and Two Orphans and a Dog: Art and Transformation, by Ellen Dissanayake






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




1997       Imagine an International Craft, by Kevin Murray




1996      Single and Plural, by Marianne Boruch




1995      Recycle and Reuse, by Margo Mensing





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




1993      The Craftsman as Yeoman: Myth and Cultural Identity in American Craft, by Mary Douglas




1992       Crafting Truth with Consequence, by Gerhardt Knodel, with responses by Sarah Bodine and Michael Dunas




1991        Considering Crafts Criticism, by Janet Koplos; and Craft and The Impulse to Abstract, by Warren Seelig





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





1990        Craft in the ’90s: A Return to Materials, by Nancy Corwin, Jonathan Fairbanks and Wayne Higby



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