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2022 Annual Meeting

Harold Kyle

The American Printing History Association Board of Trustees invites you to join the 2022 Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 29 at 2pm Eastern. As last year, the meeting will be conducted via Zoom and registration (below) is required beforehand. The Annual Meeting will have guest talks by the recipients of our 2022 APHA Awards: [Read more]

President’s Annual Letter, 2021

Elizabeth Haven Hawley

Dear Member of the American Printing History Association, 

You are cordially invited to the Annual Meeting at 2 pm (EST) on Saturday,  January 29, 2022, to celebrate excellence in printing history and conduct the Association’s business. Annual meeting information will be e-mailed to members and posted on this site. [Read more]

2022 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History

The American Printing History Association (APHA) is accepting applications for the 2022 Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History. An award of up to $2,000 is available for research in any area of the history of printing, including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, the book arts, and letter forms.  [Read more]

Book Review: A Poetics of the Press: Interviews with Poets, Printers, & Publishers

Steve Miller

Edited by Kyle Schlesinger Interviews with Rosmarie Waldrop, Keith Waldrop, Tom Raworth, Lyn Hejinian, Alan Loney, Mary Laird, Jonathan Greene, Alastair Johnston, Johanna Drucker, Phil Gallo, Steven Clay, Charles Alexander, Annabel Lee, Inge Bruggeman, Matvei Yankelevich, Anna Moschovakis, Aaron Cohick, and Scott Pierce Ugly Duckling Presse co-published with Cuneiform Press. Trade Paperback Nonfiction. $30 5.75″ ×  8.75″. 384 pp. ISBN 978-1-937027-74-2. Order


I have never marked a book up. No marginalia for me. My books tend to stay pristine. But almost immediately there were moments in each of the 16 interviews with book makers that spoke to my head, my heart, my experiences, to a passion for books, and to poetry. I guess that’s why editor Kyle Schlesinger titled this collection A Poetics of the Press. I filled my fountain pen with violet ink and began marking up passages.  [Read more]

2021 Lieberman Lecture: Derrick R. Spires

Derrick R. Spires, Cornell University
“Nineteenth-Century Black Printing and the Matter of Black Life”
December 2, 2021 at 7 p.m EST via Zoom

Printing with printing presses at Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C. South Carolina Orangeburg, 1899. (Library of Congress  )

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Letter Your City! An Impresos Online Workshop

Register now for a Nubia Navarro’s workshop through Center for Book Arts New York, October 21, 2021, from 6 to 9 p.m. Her expert skills guide you to accentuate your hand-lettering with digital tools. Beginners welcome! [Read more]

2021 Conference

Detail of a poster designed and printed by Juan Carlos Romero, Imprenta Enlace. (Belinda Ugalde Mellado)

The American Printing History Associationʼs 46th annual fall conference will be hosted online through the Grolier Club of New York, from October 22–23, 2021.  “Impresos: Printing Across Latin American and Caribbean Cultures” will explore common themes promoted by our organizations, with a focus on the study of printing history and practices of peoples and cultures related to Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference will be available with bilingual captioning in English and Spanish.  [Read more]

ISO: Database of Printing Plate Metals

From the Contact page:

I am wondering if there exists a database of the metallurgical compositions of worldwide printing plates from the 15th century to the 20th? Basically, if anyone has pooled together metallurgical data from known plates from museum collections. [Read more]

APHA Launches YouTube Channel

The American Printing History Association is pleased to announce its own YouTube channel featuring videos that support its mission and programs. Take a look. We’re just getting started.

2021 APHA Virtual Conference Call for Proposals

The American Printing History Association welcomes proposals for Impresos: Printing Across Latin American and Caribbean Cultures An APHA virtual conference, hosted by the Grolier Club, New York, NY. Online (EDT) October 22–23, 2021.

The 2021 APHA Call for Proposals is offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Call for Proposals are due by May 1, 2021 PDF.