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How I Put My Words into My Books

with Jim Koss

Thursday April 8, 2021 7:00pm

Over forty-seven years I’ve made letterpress-printed books. I’ve often heard the question “What comes first? The image or the text?”

There is no formula. What you’d like to see, you make.

I’d like to present some sources that have aided me. Mainly I’ll talk about poetry, why I like it & how it can be helpful in practical ways.

Jim Koss decided to be an artist at age ten. He learned painting, printmaking, drawing, printmaking and poetry at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; woodblock printing at Osaka University of the Arts, Japan; and letterpress printing at Mills College, Oakland, CA. Jim’s work is held in collections nationally, including the UW Libraries Book Arts Collection. His poetry compilation The Wind, The Bells was published in 2017. A documentary film about some of Jim's work, Insistent Clarity, mav be viewed at:

This free presentation is open to Book Arts Guild members and the public.

Please register in advance for the meeting: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

A video recording of this presentation may be seen here.


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