What's in a Name Cowgirl Blues by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

Kids bullying kids, athletes bullying athletes. We are living in an age of verbal and physical, as well cyber bullies. The torments of bullies become tattooed on the heart. What's in a Name Cowgirl Blues recounts my 6th grade victimization at the hands of new classmates when a 12-year-old "introduced" to Elsie, the Cow, spokes-cow for Borden's dairy products. Without intervention by my teacher, I became more withdrawn or, as she told my parents, "I didn't communicate." I ended the taunting by taking on the largest kid in the class.

Artist Bio

Elsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in Paradise: a well equipped studio in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced 117 editions (offset, letterpress, digital, stenciled, punched and cloth) as EVE Press as well 114 one-of-a-kinds. She exhibits nationally and internationally. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where she holds the rank of full professor. She teaches digital pre-press, offset and letterpress printing, graphic design history, and book arts. She has also taught Honors seminar courses combining book history topics with the making of historical models.