Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia, active participant in the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the American Library Association, passionate advocate for serious collecting and criticism of artists’ books and book arts writ large, specialist in literary archives, mentor of student assistants and interns, enthusiast of all things related to the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. Curator of Biblioteca Tweetiana, an experimental personal collection of ca. 400 books that would not exist were it not for social media.
A native of Northern California, I was raised in Berkeley by parents who loved art, books, music, architecture, and the outdoors. My intellectual development went from books (childhood) to music theory (teen-hood) to poetry (college) to bookselling (the recession ’90s) to avant-garde literature (grad school) to artists’ books (dissertation) to special collections curatorship (the last decade and counting), a field that I find more interesting, challenging, and satisfying with each passing year.