I’m an artist who has been primarily concerned with text and text productions over the course as my career. As a publisher, poet, and editor, I’ve operated Sage Hill Press, a small poetry publisher since 2004, and edited the literary magazine Rock & Sling since 2010. I served as Spokane’s poet laureate from 2013-2015. My books include A Visitor’s Guide to North Dakota, No Secrets to Sell, and Railtown Almanac: a Spokane poetry anthology. My interest in letterpress began with Copper Canyon broadsides, issued from work they’d published in book form. The broadside is a lovely confluence of the artistry of both print and text, a collaboration between writer and printer. From broadsides, I became interested in printmaking and screen-printing, and finally to letterpress book-making and book-binding. I’ve taught myself a little bit in each of these, but because of the dearth of available presses and opportunities to train on them, I’ve never been able to fully realize my interests.
The broadside is a lovely confluence of the artistry of both print and text, a collaboration between writer and printer.
Having a letterpress shop in Spokane where interested artists can come learn and work serves not only the reading and viewing public interested in artistic and literary artwork, but the artistic community as well. I envision a collaborative and aesthetic hub where artists, writers, and public work side-by-side to create beautiful text productions in the form of chapbooks, broadsides, and serves to strengthen the entire community. In the Millwood organization, I serve as the organizational director.
I fell in love with letterpress printing in 2005. I served as a loyal show poster printer and designer at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee for a half dozen years after discovering this beautiful art. I have designed and printed posters for musicians worldwide. During my tenure there, I developed and implemented an immersion internship program and trained people from all over the world. Inspired by my work with that organization, also a non-profit, I moved on to Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While studying there in serigraphy, digital print, and letterpress, I lectured at the Madison Area Technical College. Following that, I served as a puppeteering intern and press mechanic at the Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont. I went on to become the puppeteer in residence at the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee. Continuing my work, I have recently opened Interpunct Press as my personal letterpress studio in the West Central Neighborhood in Spokane. I am currently working on several children’s books and am a fellow with the Clark Hulings Fund in the business accelerator program.
I fell in love with letterpress printing in 2005.
It is my goal to share production printmaking with a wide audience through collaboration with my colleagues, Derek and Thom, who share their love of poetry and digital design. Together, we offer a broad spectrum of skill and a passion for sharing those skills with the greater Spokane community.
Screen Print Instructor
Back in 1995, I wanted to make t-shirts with my own art. I had what I thought was a great idea (looking back it was pretty lame) and no skills to do it. I enrolled in Spokane Falls Community College’s Graphic Design program thinking I could get enough training out of it to make my shirts. I very quickly discovered that I really enjoyed graphic design, and that I could do it for a living. After a few years in the trenches doing design work, I started printing t-shirts in my garage with my friend Trevor. My garage with no heat, no insulation, and no room, but it was worth it, working days in the design world and making shirts at nights and on the weekend. In 2003 we volunteered to work on a gig poster for Pearl Jam that was going to be printed and sold by a fan club organization raising money for charity. Once I got a taste for gig posters I started reaching out to other national bands and trying to get more work. Ultimately we were able to also work with My Morning Jacket, Wilco, and Soundgarden. But all of the posters were printed in Seattle, as there are no facilities in Spokane to handle this type of work, so I’ve always wanted to make that a possibility here.
The Spokane art scene is ready for something like this, hungry for it.
Over 20 years, I’ve worked for and with most design agencies in Spokane, and have taught design at North Idaho College for several years. I’ve made a lot of like-minded friends and colleagues. The number of people that approach me about Millwood Print Works, some that I don’t even know, asking when we’ll be open is so exciting! The Spokane art scene is ready for something like this, hungry for it. My dream is to make a place available for people to come learn and experience this amazing art form, and also to illuminate the public about the beauty, artistry, and skill that goes into creating this type of art. It’s so much more than hitting “command-p” on a keyboard.