In 1993 Kate Hitt began Many Names Press for letterpress & offset
print production specializing in graphic design for fine press books.
The press addresses artistic, social, economic and environmental issues
through award-winning, limited edition books of lasting quality. Now print
broker (buyer), imaging specialist, editor, consultant, creative
director and school bus driver, Kate Hitt lives and works in
Santa Cruz County, California.
Artists, poets & writers produced by Many Names Press:
Becky Taylor & Dena Taylor, 2016, a unique memoir from two perspectives: grown daughter & mother.
TELL ME THE NUMBER BEFORE INFINITY, the story of a girl with a quirky mind, an eccentric family, and oh yes, a disability
Two perspectives of Becky Taylor arranged chronologically from birth to
age forty: narrated by Becky Taylor herself, who has cerebral palsy,
and by her mother, Dena Taylor, who raised her. The Taylors’ pivotal
action hugely contributed to California's historical mainstreaming and
transporting disabled children into the public schools.
“Tell Me the Number before Infinity” was co-written by Becky and Dena
Taylor. Becky is a Computer Science graduate from the University of
California, Santa Cruz. She currently lives in Santa Cruz where she is
the vice chair of the Commission on Disabilities and is involved in
other civic organizations. Dena, M.S.W., Rutgers University, is the
mother of two grown daughters. She lives in California and is retired
from careers in social work and education.
ALSO IN PRINT: (UNDER CONSTRUCTION/SHOPPING CART IN PROGRESS - EMAIL FOR INFO)
• Susan Allison poetry, OUR SPIRITS DANCE
• Barbara Leon, poetry, THE SONGBIRD CATCHER
• Louise Grassi Whitney, poetry, WET WELDED TOGETHER
• Hermie Medley, 2007 Poetry. BEING HUMAN
• Leba Wine, 2006 Fiction. STITCHES IN TIME,
part memoir, biography and fiction portraying a family history through
• Margarite Tuchardt, 2006 Poetry, Memoir, Illustrated. WINDOW
TO WESTFIR, growing up in an Oregon logging town.
• Maude Meehan, 2003 Poetry. AS IF THE WORLD MADE
• Bill Stipe, fine artist, 1996 (written and illustrated in 1941)
Illustrated children's fiction SAM HERGO, about a circus
• Andrea Rich, fine artist, 1997 Art, letterpressed with tipped
in color plates, fine hand binding. THE WOODCUTS OF
OUT OF PRINT -OR- WRITE FOR INFO
• Douglas McClellan, fine artist, poet, Art & Poetry. 1996 THE
WHITE GALLERY; 1996 THE TACK ARTIST; 1999 LONGHAND; 2000 ARS DOMESTICA;
2001 I FORGOT CAROLE LOMBARD'S NAME; 2003 BRICOLAGE; 2006 ZIGGURAT, illustrated.
• Clair Killen, 1999 Poetry. LOOK, NO HANDS! Design & printing
by Many Names Press.
• Amber Coverdale Sumrall, 1998 Poetry. LITANY
• Patrice Vecchione, 1998 Poetry. TERRITORY
• Herme Medley, 1998 Poetry. TOO YOUNG TO BE WISE. Cover printing
and spiral bound by Many Names Press
• Susan Samuels Drake, 1999 Poetry, photography. FIELDS
OF COURAGE, REMEMBERING CESAR CHAVEZ AND THE PEOPLE WHOSE LABOR FEEDS
ISBN 978-0-9773070-3-6 Poetry, memoir, family history.
Cover art by Samantha Green; book design by Kate Hitt.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2007923141
92 pp 8.5" x 5,5", paperback.
Many Names Press, March 2007
Hermie was a delightful poet; I published her first book of
poems, “Too Young to Be Wise” in 1998, when she was
only 80 years old. Her joy in life, her cheery but not sappy
style of writing, is crisp and wise. I saw she met with grief
and family loss, both a long and a short time ago. But mostly
I can see her at her typewriter, a wicked-sweet little grin
upon her face. When she reads in public, she reminds me of a
young spelling bee contestant — I hold my breath for her
simple response to a purplexing and complex word.
Last night I had the strangest dream
I’d never dreamt before. I dreamed
I took my parents
to an open mike poetry reading
at the Santa Cruz Public Library.
I was eighty-three, which made my father
113, my mother 112. They were visiting,
and I thought they might enjoy
the poetry of the twenty-first century.
After half an hour of poems
with no punctuation and no form,
some of which sounded like a grocery list,
my father raised a palsied hand.
“You call this poetry?” he demanded.
“Where’s the rhythm? Where’s
the rhyme? Where’s the story?”
He pulled himself up unsteadily
and worked his way to the podium,
his hair unkempt as a haystack.
“’T'was the 18th of April
in ’75,” he intoned. “Hardly a man
is now alive who remembers
that famous day and year.”
He proceeded to recite the whole story
of how Paul Revere alerted his countrymen
that the British were coming. One
if by land and two if by sea
and all that malarkey. It had rhythm;
it had rhyme; it told a story. Everyone
was happy, I guess, though I’ll never
know. Just as my father finished, I fell
out of bed and woke up in a heap on the floor.
STITCHES IN TIME
ISBN 978-09773070-2-9 Fiction, biography, memoir, Jewish
Quilt by Katie Friedman Reiter & Liebe Friedman-Gross; book
design by Kate Hitt
Library of Congress CIP data 2006029833
312 pp 9" x 6", paperback
Many Names Press December, 2006
A memoir, biography and fiction based on stories around Leba
Wine's great grandmother in Bohemia around 1870; her grandmother
who was forced to America at twelve years old; life and education
in McKeesport and Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The quilt in the
novel and on the cover now resides in the American Folk Art
Museum, in New York City.
“I was of the last generation to hear first-hand Jewish
Eastern European immigrant history from the lips of those who
had made the trip to America. My head was full of tales told
to me by my grandmother. I had my mother’s diaries full
of stories. Best of all, I had the quilt made by my grandmother
and great-grandmother. The imagery sewn on it would come to
represent the history of hope and hardships that accompanied
my ancestors to this land. I wanted my children to know the
hearty stock they came from, and I began by writing the stories
on three-by-five cards for them to read. After ten cards, I
knew that my children would never curl up with them to while-away
a rainy afternoon, so I decided to write a novel, a biography,
of the quilt itself.”
WINDOW TO WESTFIR
AN OREGON SAWMILL TOWN
ISBN 0-9773070-0-X Poetry, memoir, fine art, family history.
Illustrated with art & photos throughout by Margarite Tuchardt;
book design by Kate Hitt.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2005937883
112 pp 8.5" x 5,5", paperback.
Many Names Press, March 2006
Margarite Tuchardt, a native of Westfir, Oregon, lived with
her pioneering family on the forested west slope of the Cascades,
along the wild North Fork of the Willamette River during woolly
times in a logging company town once booming with prosperity,
now no more.
“One starlit night Joyce and I skate down the curved road
into Westfir, past the sawmill dam, past the red hot sparking
burner. I wonder now if she will remember skating on frozen
snow, past the slough, past the covered bridge and into downtown.
We arrive at the company office near the market and saloon giggling
and wobbling. Everything is covered in magic and moonlight.
I want the night to go on forever.”
Friend of my youth, you are wild forest, rushing river
Autumn leaves big enough to cover my head
Where did you go, strong legs and eagle eyes
That carried me to the roar of ice water, into my future
Friend of my youth, I see you in a child’s face
Now when I need you most-—you elude me
I think I lost you on a cul-de-sac in South San Jose
AS IF THE WORLD MADE SENSE
0-9652575-9-2 Poetry, Memoir.
Cover art “A Question of Balance” by James Aschbacher;
book design by Kate Hitt.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2003109946
198 pp 9" x 6", paperback with dust jacket
Many Names Press, October 2003
Reflective poems on grandchildren, aging, relatives and news
by the octogenarian “geriatric diva” and much loved
poet laureate of Santa Cruz, California. Maude died in her sleep
August, 18, 2007.
“By turns tender and tough, the poems in Maude Meehan’s
new collection are deeply etched by the acids of experience.
Her poems celebrate the triumph of gratitude over sorrow, and
vivifying memory over solitude. Meehan writes eloquently about
the vicissitudes of age, but age has not slowed this poet, it
has only made her more impatient with anyone who would waste
a single second of our time on earth, where 'everything is an
emergency.'” - Gary Young.
At a Conference for Women
Many years ago
the guest speaker, prim
in suburban matron drag,
knit suit and Gucci bag,
stepped to the podium.
Typecast, the perfect
corporation wife, who
with her opening sentence
changed my life.
I once had forty tits
and someone dragging
on each one.
I now have two,
they both belong to me,
and life is much more fun.
The rest of her remarks
remain a blur,
but I am down to three.
Blue-haired deceptive lady,
I’m almost running free.
SAM HERGO, CIRCUS STRONGMAN
ISBN 0-9652575-0-9 Illustrated children's fiction, fine
40 pp, 8.5" x 7" cardstock, wire-bound, with title clearly
visible on spine
Printed by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press, 1996 (after the original
Price: (U.S.)$15.00 Numbered Limited Edition of 370.
This is the story of Sam Hergo, the gentle, kind-hearted strongman
of the circus, named after SAMson, HERcules, and GOliath, the
three strongest men in all history. Sam is the invention of
Bill Stipe, American fine artist and professor at Northwestern
in Chicago -- wrote and illustrated the book, but World War
II broke out and Bill was drafted. SAM HERGO re-emerged in 1995;
was completely restored and printed in a limited edition of
370 copies by niece Kate Hitt at Many Names Press.
THE WOODCUTS OF ANDREA RICH
ISBN 0-9652575-2-5 Fine art, artist descriptions of plates.
96 pp., 10" x 13", Fine hand casebinding by Peggy
36 color tipped-in plates, composition monotype from M&H
Original woodcut print by the artist (suitable for framing)
Poem “The Deer” by Mary Oliver
Design, letterpress printing of text & cover, hand typesetting
by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press 1997
Price: (U.S.)$300.00 very limited edition, signed & numbered
by the artist.
The seed for this artistic collaboration between printer and
artist sprouted some years ago when, impressed by the quality
of Santa Cruz artist Andrea Rich's woodcuts, publisher Kate
Hitt printed a colorful offset reproduction of a bird Andrea
had carved. They agreed to produce a book showcasing 36 woodcut
prints, and embarked on what would become the incredibly involved
adventure of making a hand-made book.
THE BONNY DOON BEACH COLORING BOOK, VOLUME I
0-9652575-5-X Illustrated Adult Fine Art.
36 pp, 11" x 8.5" saddle stapled
Printed by Kate Hitt at Many Names Press, 1998
(PLEASE NOTE: Even though this is good fun, and a real coloring
book,, this book contains nudity. It is meant for adults 18
years of age and over.)
I was approached by Mr. A. (nonymous) who wanted me to print
a beautiful coloring book. I have a passion for life drawing
so I took on this project with great glee and gusto - the clothing-optional,
Pacific Coast, Bonny Doon Beach really exists: I know, I've
been there. According to Mr A., however, all the characters
on the beach in the book are made up out of his head....
Amber Coverdale Sumrall
LITANY OF WINGS
Cover art by Elizabeth Williams
96 pp. 8.5" x 5.5", paperback w/dust jacket
Type design by Annie Browning, printed by Kate Hitt at Many
Names Press 1998
A poem was read on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac"
Aug.2, 2005 on NPR.
“Litany of Wings” is an amazing and complex book of
poems. Amber Coverdale Sumrall has created a masterpiece: a
book overflowing with sensual images of birds, plants, animals,
people and life. It is a book devoid of superficiality, cycling
through life and death, full of irony, humorous at times, serious
and binding at others. She seems to test the true mettle of
life's worth, making us feel human and full. Always true to
the memories and testimonies of the living and dead, no one
"These are beautiful poems." —Grace
"Amber Coverdale Sumrall's poems are deeply felt and will
touch many with their evocation of love and possibility and
wings." —Lucille Clifton
- OUT OF PRINT
TERRITORY OF WIND
Cover art by Nanda Currant
96 pp. 8.5"x5.5" paperback w/dust jacket
Type design by Annie Browning, printed by Kate Hitt at Many
Names Press 1998
At the heart of the striking beauty of these poems, with their
mindful surroundings, is writing at its most impeccable.
Patrice Vecchione's poems, like life itself, show and tell
us-in astonishing ways how much we are, indeed, members of one
another. She explores and celebrates the quivering, fragile
web of relationships that thread together the many-sided meaning
of love. . . —- Al Young
- OUT OF PRINT
|| Susan Samuels Drake
FIELDS OF COURAGE
REMEMBERING CÉSAR CHÁVEZ & THE PEOPLE
WHOSE LABOR FEEDS US
ISBN 0-9652575-6-8 Poetry, history, personal memoir of Cesar Chavez
& the UFW.
Cover art by Graciela Hernandez & Harry Federico; photos by
Susan Drake, Matthew Drake, Victor Aleman, Jon Lewis, Bob Fitch,
John A. Kouns; cartoon by Paul Duginski.
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 98-68606
192 pp. 8.5" x 5.5" paperback,
Text design by Annie Browning; Printed by Kate Hitt at Many Names
In 1962, César Chávez initiated
a movement to empower farm workers with a labor union. Hundreds
of middle-class supporters joined him as the workers struggled
for social justice. On his staff was a mother of two, Susan
Samuels Drake. The first memoir published by a woman who worked
closely with César Chávez, it offers a unique
and poetic perspective of the Mexican-American visionary whose
contagious determination bettered the quality of life for millions