Ke Francis and Larry Cooper. Celestial Hitchhikers. No 15 of an edition of 50.
(Orlando. FL: Hoopsnake Press. 2005). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Ke Francis is a narrative multimedia artist with an extensive national and international exhibition record and is a professor of art at the University of Central Florida. Together with his wife, editor Mary Francis, he runs Hoopsnake Press in Orlando, Florida. Since 1985, Francis has devoted a portion of his energy to short stories and poetry. Francis frequently draws on experiences from his travels to create a story that is both personal and collective. Celestial Hitchhikers was crafted from a dream of hitchhiking, inspired by Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Roads that spell Kerouac's name are interspersed with stories that tell the reality of hitchhiking. All of the images were printed by direct methods: lithography from bi-metal plates, woodcuts from wooden blocks, and photopolymer plates from Adobe Photoshop drawings. The binding was done by Larry Cooper of Gardyloo Handmade Books in Orlando, Florida.