SWAMP PRESS conceptualizes, designs and prints fine letterpress books, both as a publisher of poetry and as a printer for other publishers. Supporting these pursuits, the Swamp Press Letter foundry casts Monotype and creates new faces and ornaments in hot metal using a legacy ATF Benton Pantograph. Founded in the 1970s by Jo Mish, Ed Rayher, Sylver Pondolfino and Robert Rayher, the press continues in Northfield, Massachusetts under Ed’s direction. Our books live in many private collections and rare book rooms of libraries and institutions. Monotype fonts and ornaments are manufactured and shipped all over the globe. Major foci of the press include the production of unique faces such as Cherokee, as well as original type faces and ornaments which are engraved and cast into Monotype.

My passion is making beautiful and affordable poetry and artists’ books, especially chapbooks, haiku, and miniature books that feature non-traditional formats and bindings. I am also very excited about developing original new designs in hot metal.