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In This Newsletter

Message From The Director
New Copiers/Spring Membership Drive
June At A Glance
Full June Workshop & Event Listings
Featured Event for June: Walidah Imirisha Book Release
Call for New IPRC Volunteers
Registration Policy and Workshop Info


Message from the Director


Dear members and friends of the IPRC:

This spring, the IPRC made a major investment in two amazing new Canon Copiers/Printers. Part of our mission is to make these and many other excellent resources available to the public, at highly affordable rates. As we near the conclusion of our Spring Membership Drive, we ask that you make a reciprocal investment. You can now join the IPRC for just $5 a month--consider it an investment in the Center, and also in your own creative future.

We hope you'll join us for a special Membership Mixer event this coming Friday May 30. Please bring some friends along and introduce them to the DIY wonderland that is the IPRC.

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As always, we have a great lineup of workshops and events for June, including a collaborative reading with Portland's new LitHop event, a book release party with Walidah Imarisha, plus classic workshops like Intro to Letterpress and a two-day Screenprint Package.

Stay Creative and Make Good,

Justin Hocking
IPRC Director



IPRC Membership Mixer Event this Friday!

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We LOVE our members! IPRC members are the smartest, most creative, most artistic, most wonderful people out there. We just want to say thanks for being part of our community, so please come enjoy a Ninkasi beer, pull your own custom print and mingle with other IPRC staff/volunteers/members/aficionados!

This is YOUR chance to showcase the IPRC to your loved ones; everyone can make art and get their hands dirty in our print studios!

Need to renew or sign up? Click the MEMBERSHIP link!

Groups of three or more members (new members can sign up at the event) that come together will be eligible to win a free custom workshop & party for ten people, hosted by the IPRC in our studio and on our rooftop this summer. So bring a friend! (Approx. $300 value!)

IPRC Membership Mixer
Friday May 30th; 6pm
at the IPRC
Click here for more info


Our new Copiers Will Knock Your Boots Off.

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The IPRC just purchased two amazing new Canon Copiers/Printers. Seriously, these copiers do everything short of washing your dirty dishes. One prints rich, lush color and the other has smart, snappy black and white printing which will make long data waits a thing of the past. The color printer can even staple and fold your zines for you!

(Our old copier, Stella, is getting pretty jealous.)

Would you like to have the new copier named after you? Or your favorite pet? Or your favorite zine? This name will go down in IPRC history--and it's just waiting for your touch.

The chance to pick the new copier's name could be yours, simply by renewing your membership during our spring membership campaign.

Help us reach our Spring Membership goal for as little as $5 a month (or $55 a year) and enter to win a chance to name the new color copier!


June At A Glance

MAY 30: IPRC Membership Mixer, 6pm
MAY 31: Intro to Letterpress, 11-5pm
JUN 3: Graphic Design Package Day 3, 7-9pm (SOLD OUT)
JUN 5: Graphic Design Package Day 4, 7-9pm (SOLD OUT)
JUN 5: Walidah Imarisha Presents Scars/Stars, 7-9pm
JUN 8: Exploring the Comedic in Poetry Workshop, 3-5:30pm
JUN 11: The Durable Human reading, 7:30-9pm
JUN 12: LitHop and the IPRC, 7-10pm
JUN 14: Intro To Letterpress, 11-5pm
JUN 15: Screenprinting Pt 1, 6-9pm
JUN 16: Screenprinting Pt 2, 6-9pm
JUN 19: Two Plums Press Book Release, 7:30pm
JUN 24: Bindfast 5, 6-8pm
JUN 26: Mend My Dress Press reading, 7pm
JUN 29: Intro to Letterpress, 11-5pm

Lit Hop

Full Workshop Listings For June

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Intro to Letterpress
Learn to set movable lead type and print on a table-top hand press in the IPRC print shop. You’ll learn the vocabulary of printing and typesetting while getting a feel for this beautiful and historical process. Leave the class with a printed card and the satisfaction that comes with using 100-year-old equipment! Successful completion of this one-day class allows IPRC members access to open studio print hours so you can keep on printing!
$70 members only
June 14, 11am-5pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
June 29, 11am-5pm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Screenprinting Package
Day One: students will learn the basics of screenprinting; tools and materials will be covered, as well as techniques ranging from pre-press, exposing an emulsion-coated screen, all the way through screen reclamation. Students will be able to print a one-color design of their choice, and should come to class with a black and white image (no gray washes) smaller than 8.5″ by 11″. After taking the IPRC screenprint class, students will have access to the IPRC screenprint studio during open studio hours.
Day Two: Looking to take your screenprinting beyond just one color? The advanced screenprinting class will cover the techniques necessary to produced a well-registered, multiple-color screenprint, starting with computer pre-press. Students will also learn advanced printing skills, such as the use of split-fountains, and working with ink transparency to further expand their screenprinting abilities. This class runs from 6-9pm both days.
$100 members only
June 15-16, 6-9pm


Bindfast 5 Machine
The Bind-Fast 5 is the IPRC’s exciting bookbinding machine. Using the Bind-Fast 5, you can bind as many as 30 softcover books or zines per hour. Completion of this workshop authorizes IPRC members to use the Bind-Fast during supervised binding hours, so you can take your publishing projects to the next level.
$50 members only
June 24, 6-8pm


Exploring the Comedic--Poetry Writing with Jeff Alessandrelli
The best poems are those that haunt and pierce, that expose, inter and instruct. But simultaneously they’re often also funny, full of mirth. In this one day-intensive, we’ll focus on writing funny poems, ones aware of their own frivolity and playfulness.
June 8, 3pm


Featured Event for June: Walidah Imarisha Book Release


Author, poet, educator, organizer Walidah Imarisha presents a book reading/signing for her new collection of poetry Scars/Stars. In her book Beloved, Toni Morrison describes the whip scars on a former slave’s back as a tree sprouting from her flesh. Walidah Imarisha’s first poetic collection invokes this same process of alchemy, transforming both individual and collective scars into North Stars, guideposts that center us and keep us moving in the right direction. Scars/Stars reminds us that even in ravaged earth, something beautiful can still grow.
Friday June 6; 6pm
Free and open to the public.



We are really lucky to have such great volunteers at the IPRC--and we are always looking for more to join the team! With so much great programming--classes, workshops and events--spring is a great time to get involved. For more info and a volunteer application click HERE. Completed applications and questions can be directed to


Registration Policy and Workshop Information

You may register for a workshop online at, or in person at the IPRC.
You may cancel your reservation within 7 days of a workshop for a full credit.
If a workshop is canceled because of lack of enrollment, you’ll receive a 100% refund or credit.
Members receive first listed price in course descriptions.
Youth (8-18) receive member-price for any non-youth workshops. Please contact with questions regarding age appropriateness.

IPRC Wins a Willamette Writers Humanitarian Award

We're pleased to announce that the IPRC and Executive Director Justin Hocking have been chosen to receive the Willamette Writer's 2014 Humanitarian Award. This annual award recognizes organizations and individuals who make major creative contributions to the Oregon literary community. The IPRC was chosen specifically for our innovative public resources and workspace. The Award also recognizes the Center's invaluable literary outreach programs, such as the Media Action Project, as well as our yearlong Certificate Program in Creative Writing and Independent Publishing, which was co-founded by Hocking and Program Director A.M. O'Malley.

The award will be given at the Willamette Writer's Conference on August 2; more information is available here.


It's time to renew, buy, or donate a membership!

The trees are blooming, the days are getting longer and Portland's self-publishers have emerged from their winter hibernation. The IPRC has been bursting with spring creativity. It's time to start working on fresh projects - and what better way then by joining or renewing your IPRC membership?


There's three easy ways to help the IPRC reach our spring membership goal:

1. Upgrade to a monthly membership: for the cost of a beans & rice burrito, you can support the IPRC every month and never worry about renewing!
2. Buy or renew a membership for yourself or a friend. 3-month memberships are just $35 or buy a whole year for just $55! The gift of an IPRC membership is the perfect way to say "I like your brain!"
3. Give a one-time gift to the IPRC's Create-a-Member scholarship fund, which provides memberships to worthy organizations that serve disadvantaged populations.


Renew or join the IPRC by midnight on Sunday, April 27th and be entered to win a free full bike tune-up from Go By Bike shop!



Support the Zine Library & quench your thirst!

Beer & Barcodes: Wednesday, April 23rd, 5:30-8:30PM

The IPRC catalogued 1350 zines at Raiders of the Lost Archives & we now need to put barcodes on them! This is a very mundane and easy task that is made fun by the company of good people and some delicious beverages. You loved putting stickers on things as kids, why not recapture your youth? Drink some Captured By Porches beer, Viso Energy, or lemonade. We need lots of hands to make light work, so bring a friend!

Check out how fun the last Beer & Barcodes was!


Pollyanne Birge (left), pictured here with MaryKay West

The IPRC is happy to announce that we've promoted Pollyanne Birge to our first-ever Managing Director position. Pollyanne will continue to coordinate the IPRC studios, volunteers & resources, and will have an increased role in IPRC development, fundraising, and major event coordination. Congratulations, Polly!

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Zine Queen Lillian Karabaic

The Center is equally thrilled to welcome Lillian Karabaic as our official new Library and Database Coordinator. For the next three months, Lillian will continue her regular work as the IPRC Zine Librarian, while also supervising the Center's transition to a brand new donor/membership database. Congrats, Lily!

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May is Printdustrial @IPRC

May is chock full of special PRINT programming!
We kick off the month on First Friday, May 2nd with an exhibit of past and present IPRC print artists. FREE and open to the public, light refreshments served.

Saturday May 10th we are working in collaboration with the NW Animation Fest to show a very special stop motion animation film entitled: "ANIMATED TYPE: A Showcase of Letterpress Animation" created by Marilyn Zoronado and Barb Tetenbaum. A unique film not to be missed!

May 16-18th is the second annual PRINTDUSTRIAL event!

Three full days of print related programming starting with off site studio tours on Friday May 16th culminating into a mixer from 6-9pm at the IPRC.

Saturday May 17th a full day of special workshops and demos all day at the IPRC--with a special $30 deal for all workshops. Be sure to sign up to save yourself a spot!

Sunday, May 18th from 11-4 is the print Swap and Sale featuring some terrific local artists and printers. Bring some $ to get some great deals!


May Screenprinting Package + Link to May Workshop Listings

We still have a few spaces available in an upcoming Spreenprint Package workshop. In this two-day class, students will learn the basics of screenprinting; tools and materials will be covered, as well as techniques ranging from pre-press, exposing an emulsion-coated screen, all the way through screen reclamation. The workshop will also cover the techniques necessary to produce a well-registered, multiple-color screenprint, starting with computer pre-press. Students will learn advanced printing skills, such as the use of split-fountains, and working with ink transparency to further expand their screenprinting abilities. After taking the IPRC screenprint class, students will have access to the IPRC screenprint studio during open studio hours.

Sunday, May 4th, 6-9pm
Monday, May 5th, 6-9pm
$100 members only