Nawakum Press publishes short run limited editions of hand crafted books. We originate and manage the production of unique book projects combining compelling literature with original commissioned artwork. Books are letterpress printed and artisan bound in distinctive and archival materials.
The bookmaking community is blessed with an outstanding array of talented letterpress printers, hand bookbinders, papermakers, typographers, and gifted artists. There are also many skilled purveyors of digital output bringing their creativity and expertise to the field. The Press draws from this remarkable collection of talent to help execute its goal of publishing significant, collectable editions of the highest quality. It seeks to support those accomplished book artisans at work in the field today, for in their own special way they are also some of the stories we wish to tell.
Nawakum Press takes its name from the Native American word nawakum, originating in the Pacific Northwest and meaning, "gently flowing water". The Press draws inspiration from literature and art suffused with the fluid, natural rhythms of our inner and outer landscapes. It strives to share these realms in a clear and refreshing manner, and with reverence.