The Harry Smith Print Shop

The Harry Smith Print Shop features a Chandler & Price platen press and two Vandercook proof presses (S&P15 & #4). Courses are offered for students who wish to learn printing techniques using distributable type on both platen and proof presses and add a fine crafts dimension. Periodic classes in bookbinding and paper making are also offered.

The C&P press and much of the older Perpetua type were originally owned by poet Lyn Hejinian’s Tuumba Press. Poets printed in this press included Alice Notley, Fanny Howe, Clark Coolidge, Michael Palmer, Ron Silliman, Bob Perelman, and Charles Bernstein. After Lyn passed the press on to David Sheidlower, David used the imprint Coincidence Press. He printed chapbooks by Larry Eigner, Pat Reed, Andrew Schelling, Robert Kelly, Rachel DuPlessis, and others. When David decided to stop printing, he offered his print shop, including the historic Chandler & Price platen press, to Naropa. Later, equipment arrived from Rydall Press, which was founded by friends of DH Lawrence, and from Ken Mikolowski’s Alternative Press. The larger platen press was received from Salt Works Press and dates back to 1915. Type and more equipment have been added, thanks to the generous gifts from donors.

The Kavyayantra Press is the imprint for chapbooks and broadsides published through the Department of Writing and Poetics. The press was founded in 1993 in the cottage where filmmaker, scholar and musicologist Harry Smith resided. It was relocated across from the Nalanda campus in 2020. Letter press classes are taught in Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions by printmakers Brad O’Sullivan (Smokeproof Press) and Julia Seko (P.S. Press), as well as guests; Book Arts classes are taught by Amy Bobeda (Wisdom Body Collective).


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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

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