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Main Editors

The Letterpress Commons Brain Trust

Jenny Wilkson

Jenny is a founding editor of Letterpress Commons, responsible for the organization and presentation of the site’s content. She also founded and manages the letterpress studio at the School of Visual Concepts, Seattle, along with its accompanying annual Wayzgoose.

Kseniya Thomas

Kseniya is the owner of Thomas-Printers, a commercial letterpress print shop in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and the co-director of Ladies of Letterpress.


Cranking out the code that helps crank the presses.

Harold Kyle

Harold Kyle is founder and President of Boxcar Press in Syracuse, New York. Harold is the publisher of Letterpress Commons and one of its founders. He would like to write more articles some day, but for now the IT needs of Letterpress Commons keep him busy.

Section Editors

Every time an an article on Letterpress Commons is edited, a volunteer Section Editor reviews it and approves it.

Jeff Shay

Jeff Shay, principal of Buzzworm Studios, Board Chair, C.C. Stern Type Foundry, has been making art for over 25 years. Jeff earned a BFA with Distinction (magna cum laude) from Art Center College of Design. He has taught a full range of printmaking techniques as a lab instructor at Art… Continue reading

Mark Barbour

Mark Barbour is the Founding Curator and Executive Director of the Int’l Printing Museum, Carson, CA, established in 1988 to house one of the largest collections of working antique printing presses in the world. Mark is actively involved in researching printing history, writing hundreds of articles on the subject, giving… Continue reading

Sara Parr

Sara Parr is the Artist and Adult Programs Director at Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, MN. She received her B.F.A. from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in Print, Paper, Book in 2006. Sara Parr’s artistic practice ranges from books and prints to job printing and broadside and… Continue reading

Core Contributors

Core Contributors are our founding article writers as well as printers who sustain Letterpress Commons with frequent and significant contributions.

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel is assistant curator at the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is an art historian and editor who has contributed to numerous publications about Cary Collection holdings, including those about graphic design, calligraphy, wood type, and typefounding. Amelia is also a letterpress printer and… Continue reading

Beth Dekker Dekker

Allison Chapman has been printing since she was young, and was taught how to print on in her Grandad’s hobby print shop. She went to school for history and completed an internship at the Smithsonian in 1994. After that, she moved back to Minneapolis and spent a decade teaching at… Continue reading

Brad Vetter

After 8 years of designing and printing letterpress posters at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee, Brad Vetter is moving on to new adventures in the great Midwest. After designing countless posters for bands like Arcade Fire and Wilco, Brad is not showing any signs of slowing down,… Continue reading

Barbara Tetenbaum

Barb Tetenbaum (Professor and Dept. Head, Book Arts) is an artist working in printed books and installation. She founded her imprint, Triangular Press, in 1979 and this work can be found in many private and public collections in the US and abroad. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Lecture… Continue reading

John Henry

A letterpress printer since purchasing a Kelsey Union Rotary Job Press when 12 years old. B.A. from University of Iowa in Journalism and English, M.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology in Printing Technology. Studied with Kim Merker, Harry Duncan & Alexander Lawson. Currently operate Cedar Creek Press, producing small books… Continue reading

Paul Ritscher

Paul Ritscher is a printer and wood-engraver who, after ten years of offset printing experience continued to hone his skills in the trade as manager, designer, typesetter, block-cutter and pressman at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN over thirty years ago. He pursued his love of poster-making at his own… Continue reading

David Black

Lucky for the School of Visual Concepts and for mechanically impaired letterpress printers everywhere, David Black artfully applies his skills from his former career as a trained motorcycle mechanic to his latest obsession: letterpress equipment. He is the proprietor of 13 Black Press and cares for his own one hundred… Continue reading

Eric Combs

Eric D. Combs is a partner at Combs & Taylor LLP in Washington, D.C., a boutique law firm that specializes in advising companies and their owners how to minimize liability risks, as well as representing and defending business clients in all types of adversarial proceedings. The attorneys at Combs &… Continue reading

Briar Press

Dedicated to the preservation of letterpress-era equipment and the art of fine printing, Briar Press is an outstanding online resource for letterpress enthusiasts. In 2012, Briar Press transferred its extensive online archive of letterpress equipment to Letterpress Commons, so that it may continue to flourish in the hands of the letterpress community.

Bonnie Thompson Norman

For Bonnie Thompson Norman books are a passion as well as a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio, for more than thirty years. She works full-time as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery. Evenings and weekends, she teaches classes… Continue reading

John Falstrom

John is the owner of Lyme Letterpress Studio, a division of the family business Perennial Designs. He specializes in the restoration and sale of Golding presses, sells Golding press parts, provides introductory letterpress classes, and prints for fun on his personal Golding collection. John volunteers when possible at the Museum… Continue reading

Kyle Van Horn

Kyle Van Horn is the co-owner of Baltimore Print Studios, a public-access letterpress and screenprinting studio in Baltimore, MD. You can find the print shop on twitter as @baltimoreprints.

Paul Moxon

Paul Moxon is the author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources, moderates, is website editor for the American Printing History Association and prints limited edition books and broadsides under the imprint Fameorshame Press.

Stephen Saxe

A.B. Harvard 1951, M.F.A Yale 1954. Stage and television scenic designer (CBS “Edge of Night” and “As the World Turns”; “Porgy and Bess” for the New York City Opera, “Death of Lord Nelson” for Mme Tussaud’s, London.) Book designer, Harcourt Brace, NY. Founding Board, American Printing History Association. Editor, APHA… Continue reading

Jessica Spring

Jessica Spring started typesetting on the Compugraphic Editwriter 7300, then moved backwards to setting lead type on her way to an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Jessica is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma, Washington and teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University’s… Continue reading