Aralia Press Founder Michael Peich to Speak at Wells College

Peich will discuss poetry publishing and hand-crafting books

letterpress book arts type




5:00 pm


Hostetter Lecture Hall, Stratton Hall

General Info

The Wells College Book Arts Center is pleased to announce that Michael Peich, Emeritus Professor of English at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, will present the Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Memorial Book Arts Lecture on October 20. Peich is perhaps best known in academia as the co-founder and former director of the West Chester University Poetry Conference, held each year in June. His Wells talk, entitled “Aralia Press: Serving the Muse, 1983-2011,” will explore the continuing importance of publishing poetry in our hectic world.

Located in the F. H. Green Library on the West Chester University campus, Aralia Press was founded by Peich in 1983 and uses undergraduate and graduate students to help hand set type, letterpress print and hand bind books of poetry by contemporary authors. As Peich has explained, “My students read contemporary poetry, and they learn about the history of the printed book by actually making one. The experience of working at Aralia creates an appreciation for poetry and good design. Isn't that what education is supposed to do—broaden and deepen our students’ awareness?”

Peich will give his talk in the Hostetter Lecture Hall Stratton Hall on Thursday, October 20 at 5:00 pm; the talk is free and open to the public. For more information, check the Wells College Book Arts Center website at, or call 315-364-3420.