Jubilation Press, located in Ashland, Oregon, is an independent letterpress printing company that focuses on poetry broadsides and artist books. Poet Derek Pyle and artist Cathy DeForest select poetry and prose that creates meaning in people's lives by providing inspiration and encouraging reflection. Derek and Cathy print on Jubilation Press' two antique Vandercook cylinder printing presses.
Letterpress printing dates back to 14th century Europe, and is in itself an art form. Every part of the process is intentional, and each piece becomes a work of art– reflecting the care and attention that drives the technique. Jubilation Press has produced broadsides with National Poet Laureates Robert Pinsky and Ted Kooser, Zen master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh, and poets Li-Young Lee, Alberto Rios, Derek Pyle and others. Current collaborations include work with mythologist and author Michael Meade, writer Wayne Muller, philosopher and researcher Jean Houston, as well as others.
Jubilation Press' primary goal is to spread poetic inspiration and artistic beauty, while keeping broadsides affordable with prices ranging from $10-75. Jubilation Press is dedicated to raising money for various causes. The letterpress broadside, “Dumpster Meditation” was chosen as the poem to raise money for the Welcome Home Project, a project that was designed to help re-integrate and welcome Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans home. “The Call of the Village” was written and designed to raise money for micro loans for women in Malawi, Africa. During the spring and summer of 2008, Derek Pyle and Alison Van Olphen held letterpress-printing demonstrations to raise money for Project Enlighten, which provided aid to refugees of the Burmese cyclone. Derek describes Jubilation Press' fundraising efforts in this way, "It's relatively simple. It's important to be of service to others, and we furthermore want to better this world. We have the ability to help others in need, so we do."
Jubilation Press has recently moved from the Railroad District of Ashland to a Tuscan farmhouse outside of Ashland. The two presses have special names, the SP20 Vandercook is named Amazing Grace and the Universal Vandercook is named Universal Grace. Visits to Jubilation Press can be arranged by appointment. Throughout the year, poetry readings take place at the farmhouse hosted by Kathleen Meagher and Gallery DeForest’s partner, Nancy Bardos.