Nawakum Press publishes handcrafted fine press and artists’ books in highly limited editions, combining compelling literature with original artwork. While incorporating the very best from the fine press tradition, Nawakum also stretches the boundaries of the modern day book. The Press collaborates with authors, artists and a host of talented crafts-people in the production of its titles. All books are letterpress printed and artisan bound with distinctive, archival materials. David Pascoe, proprietor and frequency holder, is the co-recipient of the 2016 Carl Hertzog Award of Excellence in Book Design for the Nawakum title Loom.
The bookmaking community is blessed with an outstanding array of talented letterpress printers, hand bookbinders, papermakers, typog-raphers, and gifted artists. 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.
The Press wishes to thank those collectors and institutions whose acquisitions of its work have helped support its publishing goals. Following is a partial list of institutions »