~Overcome injustice and warring minds~
~Develop work parity & social equality~
~Foster respectful equity for all, and freedom for women & children everywhere~
~Support, nurture & protect this world's fragile ecology for all beings.
Award-winning letterpress printer, book designer, editor and poet Kate Hitt established Many Names Press in 1993 for literary writers and fine artists to broadcast their exemplary works through creative collaboration with a like-minded small press publishing house.
Among the esteemed poets, writers and artists Many Names Press has produced over the years are: fine artists Lauren Crux, Douglas McClellan, William S. Stipe and Andrea Rich; poets Jerry Martien, Louise and Eli Grassi Whitney, Hermie Medley, Maude Meehan, Clair Killen, Margarite Tuchardt, Amber Coverdale Sumrall and Patrice Vecchione; writers and poets Becky Taylor & Dena Taylor; and novelist Leba Wine.
Kate is co-founder of the Rimé
Kunsang Gar Center with Geshe Dangsong Namgyal, a Tibetan Bön Dzogchen meditation
master and historian of ancient Tibetan culture. She is also a member of the Santa Cruz
Printers Chappel, a past board member of the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz, and the
president of the Friends of the Arcata Library. She holds an English degree in
Comparative Literature from the University of Virginia, has studied digital design at
Cabrillo College, fine hand bookbinding with Constance Hunter. She is a graduate of
Leadership Santa Cruz. Kate has read her poetry several times at the "In Celebration of
the Muse", has written over fifty poems after driving the big yellow school bus for
Pajaro Valley Unified School District on the Monterey Bay.
After thirty-years plus in Corralitos and Santa Cruz, California, Kate has returned to Humboldt County.
Book layout with advanced digital imaging for trade edition publishing, fine
press publishing, artists book publishing, poetry & literary publishing, publishing
project and distribution management, book promotion, print consulting, typography,
Apple computer & iphone tutoring for seniors, and much more.
Many Names Press Printing History & Other Stuff
Kate began as a printer in 1981, working and developing her offset printing skills in many printshops while learning the letterpress on her own. In 1993, she formed her own business, Many Names Press, as a commercial printery and letterpress print studio. After being asked to make books, she printed and bound her first fine press editions, including "Sam Hergo, Circus Strongman" by her uncle, Bill Stipe, and "The Woodcuts of Andrea Rich" in 1996, as well as other fine press editions on the offset press and letterpress. The press evolved with the times, and after working for West Marine creating their catalog pages, she became a graphic designer using Adobe Photoshop and QuarkXpress to send digital files to book printers. She last printed an offset press book and the large format letterpresses in 1999. Kate still prints letterpress using lead type (from a case found in an abandoned gold rush town in Oregon) on a nineteeth century Chandler & Price Craftsman platen pilot press for fun. Digital page layout, book design, editing trade editions, production management, self-publishing consulting and marketing are the main focus of the press at this time.
C & P Craftsman Pilot Press
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Many Names Press does not solicit manuscripts, we are too small a press to read all of them. So please email or snail mail a synopsis of your book with 2 pages/poems of your work, and a bio/resume, if you enjoy creatively collaborating and developing a solid marketing plan.
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