THE INK FEELS
17 - December 14, 2001
This exhibit features 67 letterpress
broadsides which illuminate poetry and prose selections by some of America’s
most distinguished writers.
The broadsides are the
product of inspired collaborations among the writer, the printer
and the artist –woodcut illustrator, calligrapher and papermaker.
Most pieces were printed using manually operated letterpresses,
a technique that has changed very little since the Middle Ages.
The title "HOW THE INK FEELS"
is taken from a William Stafford poem, "The Trouble with Reading."
William Stafford (1914-1993) was one of America’s most celebrated
poets. Author of over sixty books, Stafford served as Consultant
in Poetry to the Library of Congress, was Oregon’s Poet Laureate
from 1975-1989 and is the only Oregon poet to have won the national
Book Award. Stafford also won the 1992 Western States Book Award
for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry.
Among the other 37
writers represented are winners of the Pulitzer Prize in Literature,
Western Heritage Award, NEA grants, American Academy & Institution
of A~~s and Letters in Literature, L.A. Times Book Prize, P.E.N.
Translation Prize, Shelly Memorial, the Lamont, to name a few. A
panel of experts for The Oregonian (Portland) selected ten Northwest
WRITERS OF THE CENTURY and among those are Denise Levertov, Richard
Hugo, Gary Snyder, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ivan Doig and William Stafford
whose work can be seen here.
This exhibit is toured by the
Friends of William Stafford, Advocates for Poetry. It currently contains
broadsides 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.
Exhibit sponsors are the Division of Extended
Programs and the Wayne and Lynn Hamersly Library at Western Oregon University.
LOCATION: 2nd & 3rd floor galleries
Curator: Jerrie Lee Parpart
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