Book Release & Live Narration: Performance and Party!


Join us at the former Cafe Chien 4749 North Spaulding, Chicago, IL on December 17, 2-5 pm, 
for coffee, tea and holiday goodies to celebrate the 2017 publication of a text-only version of
The View from a House in Kansas by Teresa Pankratz.

At 2:30, Teresa will be performing a live narration of this coming of age tale (from a copy of
her five-part, ten-piece, hand-made artists’ book of the same name) that incorporates musical interludes on toy piano, old-time radio sound effects and performed “acts”. The reading is
one hour and 15 minutes long.


Copies of the signed and numbered 2017 volume (complete with paper doll) are $20 each and will
be available for purchase before and after the performance. (And, if you still haven’t found that
perfect gift, an amazing selection of handmade artists’ books, zines, prints, holiday cards, etc. 
are on offer as part of North Branch Projects’ December "Coffee Run" Pop-Up events…) 

RSVPs are recommended, as space at Cafe Chien is somewhat limited. If you haven’t already,
please email Teresa at or Regin Igloria of North Branch Projects
at and let us know you’re coming.

It’d be lovely to celebrate with you!


For more information about North Branch Projects’ December "Coffee Run" Pop-Up events
at the former Cafe Chien, go to:

Hot off the press...

and hitting the road...

This week this book, (these dolls), my loyal partner Bryan and I will wend our way to a women’s conference at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia — unveiling this newly formatted version of The View From a House in Kansas, Acts One to Five.

If you happen to be in the area please join us at the opening reception of the Crossing the Line conference exhibition on Thursday evening, June 22 (where you can see the 2010 multi-part handmade version of The View From a House in Kansas on view.)

OR join us Friday evening, June 23 for my performed reading of the entire narrative of The View From a House in Kansas, Acts 1 to 5complete with toy piano interludes and old-time radio sound effects.

Times and locations are listed below. You don’t need to be registered for the conference to attend these events.  Admission is free, with a donation basket by the door — so feel free to forward this invitation to your Harrisonburg area friends...

Times and Locations: Crossing the Line Exhibition Opening Reception; Thursday, June 22, 9-10 pm (with gallery hours 1 - 11 pm Thursday, 8 am - 11 pm, Friday and Saturday.) Margaret Martin Gehman Art Gallery, University Commons, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Original Performed Reading: “I Will Cross Lines: A live narration of The View From a House in Kansas, Acts 1 to 5.” Friday, June 23, 8:30 to 10 pm, Studio Theater, University Commons, Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

The View From a House in Kansas, Acts 1 to 5 is the story of a young woman coming of age in a small Midwestern town in the middle of the 20th century, originally the narrative found in the multi-part handmade artists’ book of the same name. This newly formatted version is a 6” x 9” 72-page soft cover custom printed affordable artists’ book, perfect bound with French flaps and paper dolls to cut out and dress. Copies of the signed and numbered limited edition of 250 will be available at the conference for $20 each. More information on the Chicago area book release will be coming soon…




I’ve been thinking about how we measure distance: we’re leaving this morning on a family road trip — back to the state where I was born — in the heart of the Midwest. It’s a distance far enough to require 12 hours on the road. 12 hours back to the state of childhood.

So, I’ve been wondering: how do we measure the distances between talk, love and transformation?

Pictured above is Stories for (ab)Normal Times: 2.2017, a collage journal drawing account of February 2017, the second in a new (4 year?) series-in-progress. Graphite, colored pencil, found image on museum board, 5.625” x 5.625”.

And, a dream recalled two year ago today (as recorded in 59 Dreams: A Nocturnal Year):

Dream #15 (3.25.2015): Broccoli Brooches
& The Fitness Rally
Looking at graduate student work, 
I’m drawn to a series of brooches —
they appear to be delicately crafted
heads of broccoli and purple cabbage, mounted
on white cards.
The artist hands them to me for a closer look —
they are exquisite.
Later, at a fitness rally
we’re packed into bleachers with an unruly crowd.
People elbow their way to their feet and yell out
to what’s being said at the podium.
We line up on the field
and hold our fitness numbers in front of our chests.
We’re working hard to get everyone up to their number.

Copies of 59 Dreams: A Nocturnal Year, an affordable, limited edition artists’ book are available for purchase here.

View Artists’ Books
View Installations


I’ve set my hands to the task of witnessing. Pictured above is Stories for (ab)Normal Times: 1.2017, a collage journal drawing account of this past January, beginning a new (4 year?) series-in-progress. (Graphite, colored pencil, found image on museum board, 5.625” x 5.625”.) In my head and heart, I’m slowly constructing a bridge of context from the work in which I was immersed pre-2017 (of recalling, recording and drawing one’s dreams) to the place where we find ourselves right now…

and to invoke the wisdom of dreaming, an offering from 59 Dreams: A Nocturnal Year:

Dream #11 (2.28.2015): Red Earth Flower Birds
I step into the red earth
of a newly landscaped section of our yard—
and sink almost to my knees.
The dirt is soft and dry and powdery.
I’ve noticed a volunteer plant coming up
and want to take a closer look.
I push aside the lower branches of a bush and discover
a sunflower-like blossom:
low to the ground, magenta at its center.
Tiny birds are hopping in and around it
gathering seeds.
Now that I’ve seen one,
more and more blossoms
come out of hiding (from beneath the bushes.)

Copies of 59 Dreams: A Nocturnal Year, an affordable, limited edition artists’ book are available for purchase here.

View Artists’ Books
View Installations


59 Dreams Installation2.jpg

In the face of precarious transitions and new unknowns, I’m choosing, right now, to celebrate completions. At the end of November I finished editioning Into the Night, a hand-printed, hand-cut and hand-assembled lithography tunnel book – a month ahead of schedule. (I hope you’ll take a look and, if you’re a collector, give it serious consideration. #1/15 has already found a home in the John M. Wing Collection of Chicago’s Newberry Library.) I’ve reached my first distribution goal for 59 Dreams: A Nocturnal Year. (You can help me reach the next one  – copies are still available for your personal library – and make perfect holiday gifts for your favorite dreamers!)

I began drawing my dreams in January of 2015, and followed this year of exploration, in 2016, by months of intense productivity —and a period of profound “connectivity” as the work went out into the world. I spent the autumn back in the studio, editioning, and I’m convinced that these works and their processes have been transformative in a way that extends far beyond my original ideas about the expansion of time. In essence, knowing my dreams has revealed another dimension of myself — another way of “knowing”. And, I believe, that the more we know, the more agency we possess. With this agency, the better equipped we are to set our stories to work — connecting with and transforming lives...