September 17 - December 14, 2001

This exhibit features 67 letterpress broadsides which illuminate poetry and prose selections by some of America’s most distinguished writers.

Stanley Kuntiz- The Long Boat

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.

poetry and prose display

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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