About GEFN Press

The Gefn Press imprint was established in 1977 by Susan Johanknecht, in Vermont USA. It has been located in London since 1981 and has published over thirty books to date. The press had a retrospective exhibition at the University of Vermont in 2007 and is documented in an illustrated catalogue ISBN 978-0-940155-01-5 published by The University of Vermont Libraries.


The subject matter of Gefn Press books vary – works considering vulnerability of the environment include: Hermetic Waste (1986), Crevice / Map (1994), Subsequent Drainage on Folding Rocks (2004), Subtext Localities (2007), Waste Incant (2007) and Interim Corrode (2011). Relationships between finance, politics and the arts are considered in Baring Antebellum (2010) and Bishopsgate Within. CITY A.M. (2011). Books from 1984, 1989 and 1998 respond to the work of Emily Dickinson.


Projects exploring the artists' book as a site for collaborative practice include: Here are my Instructions (2004) curated with Redell Olsen, Volumes (of vulnerability) (2000) and Cunning Chapters (2007) curated with Katharine Meynell, with whom Johanknecht is currently developing the Poetry of Unknown Words project.


Susan Johanknecht is currently subject leader of MA Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She studied English Literature at the University of Vermont and Fine Art (Printmaking) at the Central School of Art. Through National Endowment for the Arts funding she was apprenticed to Claire Van Vliet and the Janus Press, Vermont.


Gefn Press books are represented in many collections including; the New York Public Library, Saison Poetry Collection, Tate Library, National Art Library (V&A), Museum of Modern Art, NY, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.


Gefn Press books are available from the Bookartbookshop




or contact Susan Johanknecht at: gefnpress@btinternet.com