Thursday, January 4, 2018

Current exhibition/s

Curated by Carolee Campbell is Catching the Light: Bookworks from Southern California 2/2—4/30/2018 at San Francisco Center for the Book, as well as the concurrent Broadsides from Southern California at the Book Club of California. A catalog (covering both exhibitions) is available from the San Francisco Center for the Book for $20 plus shipping.

Both exhibitions have Bieler Press entries.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rolling Stone Poem

Very recently I was surprised and delighted to hear from Daniel Rayzel inquiring about my poem Stars. This had been published in Rolling Stone on May 20, 1976. Daniel was kind enough to send a copy of a photo he had taken. I was a bit clueless as both records and copies of my published poetry had long ago been sent to the University of Minnesota Archives and are near impossible to access. Quite grateful for this find as the three or four other of my poems that were published in the magazine have been hard to find.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Forthcoming Monograph

Saturday, July 21, I was part of a discussion on the LA Letterpress Scene that the International Printing Museum presented as part of the APA Letterpress Wayzgoose that occurred July 20 through the 23. I talked about the development and use of photopolymer in Los Angeles as well as announcing the forthcoming 5th edition of my monograph, Printing digital type on the hand-operated flatbed cylinder press, which will be produced soon in a print version by Chatwin Books, Seattle.

Printing digital type on the hand-operated flatbed cylinder press, the “seminal manual on letterpress printing with the photopolymer plate process,” was originally published in 1998 and went through four print editions before being discontinued at the Press in 2014.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

International Printing Museum Annual Fair

I will once again have tables at the International Printing Museum’s Los Angeles Printers Fair. This year, 2017,  the fair features “the book arts and paper.”

Saturday, October 14, 10 am to 4 pm. Carson, California.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Aaron Horkey work printed by The Bieler Press

We are making work by Aaron Horkey and printed by The Bieler Press available for purchase. Please go to Fine Press Broadsides at to find listings.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Bieler Press Book Tables October 2016

I will be attending two fairs/conferences this October and will have tables with material for sale at both of them.

1) The Los Angeles Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum. Saturday, October 1, 10 am – 5 pm. Carson, California. I’ve been there every year since they started the Fair. Always a good time. Stop by and say hello.

2) The American Printing History Association at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California. The Black Art & Printers’ Devils: The Magic, Mysticism, and Wonders of Printing History. Friday, October 7, from 11am to 4pm. I will bring our book Black-letter: an interpretation of events relating to the time and presence of Johann Gutenberg, during whose production was the only time I encountered a demon intent on taking over the print shop! For several months we tried everything. . .

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

For Sale: Bieler Press Equipment

The Bieler Press no longer actively publishes nor is involved in actual letterpress printing. We are, and will be, putting up for sale many tools, equipment, and materials that Bieler Press used for printing in its 42+ years. Check occasionally the Letterpress Presses, Equipment, Tools, Materials, Etc. page ( for up-to-date information.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Art of Typewriting

Marvin A. Sackner of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry has published a reproduction of an early broadside of mine, Loch Ness (which was published by Bieler Press in 1981), that he includes in the recent book The Art of Typewriting, published by Thames & Hudson, 2015.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gruffyground Press Chapbooks available

In 2003, The Bieler Press was commissioned to produce one of the final chapbooks of The Gruffyground Press, The Phoenix and Turtle. Publisher, Anthony Baker, never did shut down though so this was followed by several other projects from Gruffyground, including the recent The Elegie (below). Both titles are available from Gruffyground.

The Phoenix and Turtle. The poem of ‘Truthes and Beauties doome and date’ by William Shakespeare. Based on a setting by Sem Hartz. Hartz, in an attempt to capture the look of the Secretary hand of Shakespeare’s period, chose the Enschedé foundry’s Lettres Françoise Civilité of Robert Granjon for his edition. The typeface used in this edition is a size-optimized and letterpress-configured version of Hoefler & Frere-Jones’ digital rendition.

The cover features a digitally reconstructed engraved ornamental initial originally designed by Richard Pynson (ca 1505). A capital S, with the head and elongated neck of a mythological bird extending out from the letterform. Designed and letterpress printed by Gerald Lange from photopolymer plates on Frankfurt Creme and Curtis Flannel (covers). Hand sewn by the publisher. The edition is limited to 220 copies. 11 pages. 4-1/8 by 6-1/4 inches. 2003.

Recently produced by Lange (November 2014) is An Elegie by Ben Jonson, whose production is patterned after the above The Phoenix and Turtle, but features a different Civilité (based on the original Saint Augustin) from the digital foundry P22. Papers (except for cover color) and sizing are otherwise similar. This is typeset by Baker’s bibliographer Mark Askam of Chestnut Press, who also created a similar cover image to fit this new publication (a composite from 15th century elements of Vérald and Malliet). This is considered the second issue in Gruffygrounds’ Shakespeare and His Contemporaries series.

As previously, designed and letterpress printed by Gerald Lange from photopolymer plates on Frankfurt Creme and Curtis Flannel (covers). Hand sewn by the publisher. The edition is limited to 220 copies. 7 pages. 4-1/8 by 6-1/4 inches. 2014.

New Goudy Broadside Available

The Appearance of the Work. A short quote by Frederic W. Goudy, designed and printed in four passes on mouldmade paper. Issued in a limited edition given to attendees of Gerald Lange’s lecture “The Photopolymer Plate Process and Refined Typography on the Letterpress Printed Page,” sponsored by the American Printing American History Association, May 4, 2013. Set by Lange in Trinité No. 3 from The Enschedé Font Foundry. 70 copies were kept for sale. 8⅞ by 10½ inches. $40.00.