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NewsHour Spends Time with Andrew Hoyem at Arion Press, with Robert Hass, and with Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass

By Harriet Staff


Walt Whitman‘s Leaves of Grass is one of the most significant books of American poetry.. ever. Ever read it? Well, whether you have or haven’t, this feature posted by PBS NewsHour introduces readers and viewers to Arion Press, one of the country’s last printers (based in San Francisco) dedicated to hand-making books with “centuries-old letterpress equipment.” To celebrate Arion Press’s 40th birthday and to celebrate the printing of its 100th title, Arion is printing a very cool edition of Leaves of Grass. NewsHour takes a peek at Arion Press studios and meets the dream team behind this awesome 40-years-old printing establishment AND spends time with former United States Poet Laureate Robert Hass to learn more about the significance of Leaves of Grass. Take a look at NewsHour!

The Arion Press in San Francisco is one of the country’s last printers dedicated to creating limited edition, handmade books with centuries-old letterpress printing equipment.

To celebrate Arion’s 40th anniversary and the printing of their 100th book, publisher Andrew Hoyem took on a special project: Walt Whitman’s landmark book of poetry, “Leaves of Grass.” Whitman was 36 years old when he published the first edition in 1855. It contained one of his most famous poems, which he later titled “Song of Myself.” Whitman revised and republished “Leaves of Grass” throughout his life, but the first edition marked a new era in American literature. […]

More after the leap—at NewsHour!

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by Harriet Staff.