The first floor of Moreland Hall is home to Florence (our platen press), Little Moe (our table top platen press), and Philip (our proofing press). MFA students have access to each machine during their two years at Oregon State through which they will learn how to compose and print texts using processes that date back to Gutenberg’s time. By giving its students the opportunity to hand set type and to reflect on how that changes their relationship to the text/language, reading, and meaning, the MFA Program encourages its students to explore texts as visual images as well as communication tools.
The letterpress project is spearheaded by Professor of Poetry Karen Holmberg, who acquired the presses and now manages the studio. The following article in the Corvallis Gazette-Times tells the story of this important new (old) addition to our program: The traditional type: Old-style press gives new life to students' poetry.
Check back on this page soon to see some student letterpress projects!