Words of Courage
This longstanding annual partnership with Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program has generated hundreds of letterpress-printed poetry broadsides written by patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Printed in many languages — including Lushootseed, Arabic, and Braille — Words of Courage is a vibrant example of how Partners in Print uses the power of the press to help amplify the voices of our most vulnerable community members.
POETRY FOR EVERYONE
Letterpress printed in both English and the young poet’s native language, these pocket poems are distributed freely to independent bookstores and National Poetry Month events in Washington State — a tangible reminder of what program founder Claudia Castro Luna calls, “the power and beauty of language.”
Partners in Print pools our collective expertise to facilitate impactful publishing projects. From Claudia Castro Luna’s epic poem, One River a Thousand Voices; to Glenn Fleishman’s timely ruminations on type and technology, Not To Put Too Fine a Point on It; to countless special broadside projects for nonprofit organizations, Partners in Print letterpress programs create beautiful—and meaningful—work.
The printing press has always been a powerful tool for democracy. You may have encountered PiP’s letterpress posters in the hands of demonstrators or hanging in storefront windows. They’ve celebrated democracy, hope, and resiliency; they’ve defended our basic human rights. Most of all, they echo the nationwide efforts of letterpress printers promoting inclusion and advocating for change.
Whether we’re hosting youth groups in the letterpress shop, or taking our presses to the people at festivals and events through Press Power, PiP’s letterpress programs are all about lifting voices — and sharing the joy and empowerment that comes from printing your own words by hand.
Print Futures is a quarterly series that supports new voices in letterpress by building bridges between emerging printers doing great work in educational institutions, community centers, and professional shops. This letterpress program is co-produced by Partners in Print (PiP) and Letterpress Educators of Art & Design (LEAD).