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About the broadside, and new/returning reward levels!

Posted by Copper Canyon Press (Creator)

Dear Backers of Ursula K. Le Guin: A Poet’s Legacy,

We have a glimpse of something beautiful for you today. Below is a photo of a backer reward in progress: the limited edition, letterpress broadside of Ursula K. Le Guin’s poem, “July,” available to backers at the $50 level and $125+ levels.* 

What exactly, you ask, is a broadside? And what will this one look like? Scroll on. 

Design in progress at The North Press
Design in progress at The North Press

Ellie Mathews and Carl Youngmann own and operate The North Press in Port Townsend, Washington—the small peninsula town that Copper Canyon also calls home—where they set type the old-fashioned way, letter-by-letter, and manually print by letterpress.  “It may seem like a painstaking process,” says Ellie, “but it’s not that hard to learn. There’s a rhythm to it.” 

Historically, the word “broadside” is used to mean a single sheet of paper, printed on one side and intended to be posted or displayed. As for poetry broadsides, “I think of them as one-page books,” says Ellie. “As much art as literature.” Framed and on a wall, they offer continuing involvement with the message of a favorite poem.

A draft of the letterpress broadside by The North Press
A draft of the letterpress broadside by The North Press

 As publishers we love that our broadsides help readers connect more deeply with one poem at a time—Ellie’s treatment of the warm, meditative poem “July” offers an intimate introduction to Le Guin’s poetry.

Since it takes time and precious resources to make these broadsides, we offer them in limited editions—and the backer reward offered at the $50 level already sold out! By popular demand, Ellie agreed to print more copies just for our Kickstarter backers, now available again at the $50 level for those who want the book and a broadside, and additionally at the $125+ levels for those who want their name in the book plus a broadside. 

We hope this poetry broadside will add some joy to your home! 

With gratitude, “content / with the warm light,"

The Team at Copper Canyon Press

PS: Want to increase your pledge to include a broadside? See instructions on how to increase your pledge in our previous backer update! 

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