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"How the Ink Feels"

A Traveling Exhibit of Letterpress Broadsides
April 20 June 4, 2007

Opening Reception
April 20, 3-4:30 p.m. Library Fishbowl


This exhibit features a selection of letterpress broadsides that illuminate poetry and prose selections by well-known writers. Most pieces were printed using manually operated letterpresses, a technique that has changed very little since the Middle Ages.

The pieces are collaborations among printer, writer, artist, calligrapher, illustrator and papermaker. The broadsides are on loan from The Estate of William Stafford, Karla Elling (Mummy Mountain Press), Sandy Tilcock (lone goose press), Carlos Reyes (Trask House Books), Naomi Shihab Nye, and Ingrid Wendt. The Exhibit's Coordinator is Nancy Winklesky of the Friends of William Stafford, a non-profit organization dedicated to continue the legacy and spirit of William Stafford by providing an ongoing education in literature, particularly in poetry, in ways that will reach a broad community of readers and writers.

An opening reception will be held on April 20, 3-4:30 pm in the Library's Fishbowl, Room 209. This exhibit is a collaboration of efforts between the English and Art Departments, the Library and the Friends of William Stafford Organization.

Exhibit, 1st Floor
  • Photo 1
  • Photo 2
  • Photo 3

  • Exhibit, 2nd Floor
  • Photo 1
  • Photo 2
  • Photo 3
  • Broadside Writers

    Broadside Artists


    William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of American's most celebrated poets. Author of over sixty books, Stafford was a witness for peace and honesty. He was Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress, and received numerous prestigious awards internationally and in this country, including The National Book Award for Poetry.


    Sample broadside


    This exhibit can be found on the First and Second Floors of the HSU Library

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