julia Ferrari



Author's Bio



1997 BA, Mount Holyoke College, S. Hadley, MA
2014 Nelly Gable, m.o. Fr. Govt. Imprimerie Nationale, punchcutting

2013 The Type Archive, w Gerry Drayton, London, England
1987-90 Bookbinding Apprenticeship, Northampton, MA
1989 Jim Nutt Workshop, Worcester Art Museum, MA
1985 Monotype School, Surry England
1977–78 RoppeiMatsumotoStudio,Cambridge,MA
1976–78 Alexander Farquharson Studio, Boston, MA
1975–77 Kaji Aso Studio, Boston, MA
1972-74 Northeastern University, Boston, MA


2018 Bennington College, Letterpress Word & Image Lab, Bennington, VT

2016 Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, summer intensive broadside workshop 2015 Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida Atlantic University, binding workshop 2014 Keene State College, journal/bookbinding workshop
2012-14 Typography I, Keene State College
2011, 06, 98 Putney School, Senior Project Critique, (Book arts), VT
1998-07 Great River Arts, Bellows Falls, VT & Walpole NH, letterpress workshop 1998 Visiting Book Artist, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
2000 Visiting Book Artist, workshop, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
1999-07 Illustration course, Keene State College


2014 Mass College of Art and Design, delivered two lectures
2013 Colophon Club of California, City Club, Berkeley, CA
2012 American Typecasting Fellowship Conference, Portland OR
2007 International Conference,Typographic Design, Thessoloniki, Greece

2003 Stonely-Burnham School, Greenfield, MA

        Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, White River Junction, VT

2002 University of Massachusetts, Amherst,

         Vermont Writers Festival, Brattleboro, VT

2000 University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

1999 Society of Printers, Boston, MA
1998 Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA

           Keene State College, NH

1997 Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH


2014 American Typecasting Association, Andover, MA

2004 Smith College, Northampton, MA
1997 Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH


1998 Clowes Fund Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

1996 Plan NH, Alfred T. Granger Fellowship (1995 & 1996)

Dorothy Cogswell Scholar, Mt. Holyoke

Ruth Warfell Prize, Mt. Holyoke College


Swallow Island, 1987, Trois Fontaines

Sleeping with Athena, 2007, Trois Fontaines


inBetween, Vermont Views magazine,



1980-present Co-owner, Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press Production of hand printed literary fine books

2012-14 Typography I, Keene State College

1999-2007 Adjunct Faculty, Keene State College, Illustration

2012- present Owner, Enitharmon Bindery Hand book binding studio

Selected Book Arts Exhibitions

2016           Ink + Metal + Paper, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland OR

2014-15     Mass College of Art and Design, solo exhibition, Boston, MA

2013             David Waters Gallery, Brattleboro, VT

2012, 13, 15  Dianich Gallery, Broadside show, Brattleboro, VT

2007            “Makers and Creators,” Art Around Books Gallery, San Diego, CA

2005              Broadside Show, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Brattleboro, VT

2004            “Ninety for the Nineties,” New York Public Library, NYC

                    “Girl Printers,” Smith College, Neilsen Library, Northampton, MA

2003             “Girl Printers,” Mandeville Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, NY

                      Guild of Letterpress Printers, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

1998             “Private Presses, Collaborative Books,” group exhibit, Yale            University, Sterling Memorial Library

                      The Book Club of California, San Francisco, CA


In 1977, while living in Boston, I met my future partner, poet Dan Carr, and began a 39 year journey into letterpress printing, bookbinding, and design. We started making editions of poetry chapbooks within the small press movement as the Four Zoas Press, and later, Four Zoas Night House Ltd. before starting Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press in 1980. We wanted to make fine letterpress editions of both our own original poetry and art, and in addition make a living producing literary works using both hand composition and hot metal Monotype typesetting as hired designer/craftspeople.

In 1982, my partner and I moved the presses and foundry to an abandoned mill building in rural Ashuelot, New Hampshire, and started work with various fine press publishers. Our first project was to handset John Hersey's Hiroshima, illustrated with original silk screens by Jacob Lawrence. That was the beginning of 30 years producing fine letterpress printed books for limited edition publishers nationwide. We continued to variously design, typeset, print and/or bind books such as Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad with etchings by Sean Scully, Nohow On by Samuel Beckett with etchings by Robert Ryman, Dubliners by James Joyce,

Music Deep Rivers in My Soul by Maya Angelou, Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O'Connor, My Sister-Life by Boris Pasternak, Le Paysan de Paris by Louis Aragon, Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard by Stephan Mallarmé, Cathay: Poems after Li Po by Ezra Pound with woodcuts by Francesco Clemente, Bookmarks in the Pages of Life by Zora Neale Hurston with Seragraphs by Betye Saar, and Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata, among others. I feel that the art of letterpress is a vital one and I enjoy teaching workshops to young people, especially high school and college age students. I intend to continue practicing the "whole art of the book,"* throughout my life and am committed to passing on the love of letterpress hand composition and hand printing.

Julia Ferrari
Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press

*quote from partner Dan Carr, circa 1977.

Publications & Prizes

Sleeping With Athena (Trois Fontaines, 2007)

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Mary Oliver, Rilke, Blake, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron...

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Last update: Jul 03, 2020