This event will highlight the oeuvre of two private press owners who combined a passion for crafting beautiful printed materials with a career in academia. The last thirty minutes of the event will be an interactive demonstration of Dr. Rippeon’s Letterpress Lab housed in the E. Craig Wall, Jr. Academic Center. For those interested in participating, the broadsides produced will have a holiday theme.

Dr. Robert Denham, Class of ’61, taught English for nearly four decades and during his time at Emory and Henry, founded the Iron Mountain Press. The Press was born in 1975, and Dr. Denham spent the next ten years acquiring drawers of type and perfecting his craft. He will regale the audience with stories of printing as a source of pleasure in conjunction with “teaching students how to print their own work and their literary magazine.”


Dr. Andrew Rippeon currently teaches in the Davidson College Writing Program and is the founding coordinator of the Davidson College Letterpress Lab. Prior to his arrival at Davidson, Rippeon founded and developed The Alexander Hamilton Press and book-arts lab while teaching literature at Hamilton College.  He, too, is intrigued with the letterpress lab as a teaching tool, especially given the contemporary focus on digital lifestyles and scholarship.


Free and open to the public. Refreshments served afterwards.