history

Timberline Press was founded in 1975. The first few publications were works by Clarence Wolfshohl, the founder of the press. His choice of letterpress was one of economics; he could not afford to have a professional printer produce the books, but letterpress equipment was fairly inexpensive. Thus, Wolfshohl taught himself the craft of letterpress printing and launched the press. In 1981, Wolfshohl and Timberline Press moved to Fulton, Missouri, where it operated until the end of 2010. In January 2011, Timberline became the fine press imprint of virtual artists collective. During the thirty-five years that Wolfshohl guided the press, Timberline published seventy-five books, most of them handcrafted by letterpress printing and hand-binding. Timberline published the work of forty different writers. Many of those writers were represented by one Timberline book, but fifteen were published more than once. Walter Bargen, the 2008-2009 and first poet laureate of Missouri, had six books published by the press. In fact, Timberline is very proud of helping two poet laureates on their way: it published Bargen’s second book (Yet Other Waters) in 1990 and the first book (The Lighthouse Keeper) by Larry D. Thomas, the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate, in 2001. The press also attracted the attention of a number of poets known in the small press world and even wider realms, among them William Heyen, David and Judy Ray, Emily Borenstein, Rochelle Holt, William Hart, Wally Swist, Howard Nelson, Walt McLaughlin, Charles Fishman, and James Bogan. Also during those thirty-five years, Wolfshohl developed his craft of letterpress printing. Although he was willing to use other processes if justified by the book’s need, his original economic decision to use letterpress became an aesthetic one. The full involvement of our senses with a well-crafted letterpress book became his goal equal to the presentation of well-crafted and sincere poetry. It is this attention to the literary art and book-making craft that Timberline Press continues into the future.
historical catalog
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