Programs

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.

Artist Sarah Kulfan hangs her print with others for a celebration of Words of Courage, an annual poetry broadside collaboration between young poets from Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools, and letterpress artists from Partners in Print (formerly the letterpress program at the School of Visual Concepts).
Photo: Radford Creative

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.”

A display of Poetry for Everyone cards, letterpress printed in 2022 (left), 2021 (center), and 2019 (right).

PUBLICATIONS

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.

WA State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna uses a type-high gauge to make sure a printing block is level for letterpress printing.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

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 advocating for change.

Over the shoulder view of a letterpress printer carrying a galley of wood type that spells out the word "RESIST." PiP's civic engagement letterpress programs are a powerful tool for democracy.

Community OUTREACH

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.

Writers in the Schools Seattle

Print Futures

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).

Print Futures letterpress program, co-produced by Partners in Print and Letterpress Educators of Art & Design
Yoonjung Cho, MICA ’21 at Globe Collection and Press at MICA