Vermont Arts Council

Vermont Made Episode 2: The Art of the (Outside) Broadside with Kelly McMahon

“I’m excited about getting words out of books. Words in books are cool, but somebody can close the book, and they can walk away from it. But when poetry is on the wall, you’re going to stop and look at it and I love that about it. I love that we can bring really cerebral esoteric things into public spaces, and have everyone have an experience with it.” —Kelly McMahon


In this episode of Vermont Made, Kelly McMahon of May Day Studio shares how she interprets poems into letterpress broadsides and discusses her recent collaboration with the Kent Museum to display a broadside outdoors in the summer of 2020.

Find details about the fall 2021 exhibit at the Kent Museum featuring some of Kelly’s work, on view Sept. 10 – Oct. 10, 2021.

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Download a transcript of this episode (PDF).

“Go out and make art. It helps us find each other in this crazy crazy world.”

From the May Day Studio website:

May Day Studio is Kelly McMahon, a one-time poet and type junkie who learned the tools of the trade and never looked back. Kelly has a BA in English Literature from Smith College and an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts, where she spent (a little) time writing and (much more) learning the craft of letterpress. While in San Francisco, Kelly interned at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and her book arts were shown at several group exhibitions. She now makes her home in sleepy Montpelier, Vermont, where she can indulge my penchant for snow and sun—often in the same month.

Explore more of Kelly’s work at