I was fortunate enough to come into contact with talented artist Gatis when I brought in Fine Art students to make broadsides for a poetry reading Indiana Review held last year. He created a broadside for a Curtis Bauer poem. After the event Gatis and I met up for coffee; I shared some of my poems with him and he sketched out ideas.
Later I visited the printing press, where artist and machines were buzzing away. It was fascinating to see the printing press at work. There is something more permanent about a poem when its words have hand set in metal typeface, and thin sheets of rice paper are lined up and ready to be hand-cranked through the press.
Gatis’ other work can be found at his website: http://rawtype.net/17059/rawtype