Who We Are

Staff Biographies

Bill Kelly:
Kelly is the founder of Brighton Press and a painter, printmaker, and sculptor. His personal work is housed in numerous public and private collections in the United States, including the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts in San Francisco, the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, and the Toledo Art Museum in Ohio. Kelly was awarded a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant in 2002 and continues making art and books in Vermont and California. He teaches in the art department at the University of San Diego.

Michele Burgess:
Burgess works in printmaking, painting, sculpture, and book art. She is the director of Brighton Press and collaborates with other artists and poets on projects that involve the book as an art medium. Burgess's artist's books are in public collections across the country and have been exhibited at the Museé d'Art Americain in Giverny, France, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Fresno Art Museum, and Oceanside Museum of Art. She teaches in the art department at San Diego State University.

Nelle Martin:
Martin is a master printer and production designer at Brighton Press, where she began as an apprentice in 1987. She has a BFA in painting, printmaking, and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a certificate in architectural drafting from the Phoenix Institute of Technology. Her published artwork is housed in numerous public and private collections in the United States. Her paintings and book arts have been exhibited both locally and nationally.

Helen Faye:
Faye came to work at Brighton Press as a volunteer after she retired from Harcourt Brace Jovanovich where she was director of art editing in New York and San Diego. She is a picture researcher and editor. She edited the first directory of picture sources for the Special Libraries Association. Her background in book publishing was helpful in the early days of Brighton Press when there was much to learn.

Sonja Jones:
Jones started volunteering at Brighton Press in 1998. Being a librarian, she attempted to create order out of chaos with/in the archives. After several years and several bookbinding classes with Burgess and Kelly, she gradually progressed to production--and wondered how her life might have been different if she had discovered books arts when in her twenties. She was born in Florida, grew up in Alabama, graduated from Mt. Holyoke College, and received her MLS from UC Berkeley. Jones came to San Diego in 1960 as children’s librarian with San Diego Public Library, raised her family, and later worked at the Museum of Man, Balboa Arts Conservation Center, and Donovan State Prison.

Kathi George:
George has been the copy editor for Brighton Press since 2003. Under her own imprint, DougRegelRome Editions, she has published three limited-edition chapbooks and three framed broadsides, one with former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. George was the founding editor and publisher of FRONTIERS: A Journal of Women Studies (1974-87) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a freelancer, she has edited textbooks, nonfiction trade books, fiction, and poetry. She taught copy editing and proofreading at UCSD Extension for ten years.

Jinane Abbadi:
Abbadi is a Moroccan-born multidisciplinary artist residing in San Diego. Her interests include colonial and postcolonial studies, Orientalism, and the issues of colonial power dominance and their influence on identity and creativity. Abbadi received her bachelor's and master's degrees in fine arts and interdisciplinary studies from San Diego State University. She has been working in the areas of painting, printmaking, and bookmaking and has been assisting at Brighton Press since 2004.

Miya Hannan:
Hannan works in sculpture, installations, and two-dimensional mixed-media. Her artwork addresses layers and linkages of human histories that are etched in nature. She worked as a professional in the medical field in Japan where she grew up. Asian rituals, Buddhist philosophy, and archaeology, as well as her scientific background, have had a strong influence on her art practice. She actively shows her artwork in California. Hannan was a student of Michele Burgess, and this brought her to Brighton Press. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. She now lives and teaches in San Diego.

Jenny Yoshida Park:
Yoshida Park is an MFA graduate of SDSU in graphic design and book arts. She publishes her own editions of artist's books under the imprint Evidence of the Hand Press, which can be found at www.evidenceofthehand.com. She also does custom bookbinding, design, and letterpress printing for clients, with a specialty in collaborating with other artists.