Posters, Poetry, and Protest at The Center for Book Arts

Singing Saw Press leads a two-day workshop at The Center for Book Arts
Saturday, September 16 & Sunday, September 17, 10 am-4 pm

Before internet memes, we had broadsides—printed posters hung in public spaces to announce news, events, or advertisements. Broadsides were so often used for fiery messages that they came to have a second meaning: “a strongly worded critical attack.” Contemporary broadsides continue to have strong visual presence in NYC, and the form has also become popular for literary editions, a means to present a single poem or short work of prose as a standalone print object. In this weekend workshop, we will combine image and text to create original broadsides. We will think about text as part of a visual composition, and how text and image work together on the page. We will begin with a mini writing-workshop, and participants will use the wide variety of metal and wood type at the Center for Book Arts to create a dynamic layout. Students will also have the option to carve their own text or images using linoleum blocks. Students will learn writing techniques, linoleum cutting, and basic typesetting and letterpress printing. Each student will make a small edition of their print, and we will do a print exchange, so that all students leave with a collection of all the broadsides in addition to copies of their own print. The course is open to students of all levels and abilities.



Send us your work!

Singing Saw Press is accepting submissions for Parallax Five. The deadline is February 28.



In a change from previous submission periods, we are asking artists and poets to submit jointly, as a collaborative pair.

  • Previous collaboration not necessary; the submission need not be collaborative but should instead include a work sample from both artist and writer.
  • Send 3-5 image-based works and 3-5 text-based works in a single PDF file to editors [at] singingsawpress [dot] com
  • Title the file with each submitter’s last name, that is, “LastName1-LastName2”
  • Make sure that each submitter is included on the email so that the editors will have contact information.
  • The deadline for submissions is February 28.
  • We will send notification by March 15; Final files should be sent by April 30. Anyone submitting should keep this timeline in mind.

Not yet familiar with Parallax? Check out our most recent issue.

Questions? Write to editors [at] singing saw press [dot] com