I think of a book as a structure for reading or encountering language. That structure can be an outdoor garden with verse cast or stamped into concrete, lines printed on the structure of a bridge, wayfinding texts on a bicycle path. Of course, books also have pages, but the most interesting books lie in unconventional forms that bring alive the experience of reading through a physical engagement with all of the senses.

—Shin Yu Pai


Shin Yu Pai is the author of several books including AUX ARCS (La Alameda, 2013), Adamantine (White Pine, 2010), Sightings (1913 Press, 2007), and Equivalence (La Alameda, 2003). Her book arts projects include Hybrid Land (Filter Press, 2011) and Works on Paper (Convivio Bookworks, 2007). A mid-career retrospective, ENSO, is forthcoming from Entre Rios Books. From 2015 to 2017, she served as the fourth poet laureate of the City of Redmond. Her visual work has been exhibited at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas Museum of Art, The Paterson Museum, American Jazz Museum, Three Arts Club of Chicago, The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and The International Print Center. She received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pai lives in Seattle, where she works as Deputy Head of the Obscura Society and designs events for Atlas Obscura.

For more information, visit www.shinyupai.com