Cathy DeForest

Cathy DeForest is a Northwest book artist and printmaker who integrates her poetry, printmaking, photography, drawing, and letterpress printing into her artist books. In addition to selling over 3,000 letterpress broadsides of her work, her books are in national collections and have been exhibited widely. Her poem, "Stillness" was originally created as a hand-inked intaglio etching and "The Call of the Village" was created as an artist book in an edition of 10 books and also as a letterpress broadside. From 1998-2008, Cathy founded and directed two galleries, one in San Francisco and Gallery DeForest in Ashland, Oregon that promoted poetry and book arts. Cathy has been teaching and mentoring since 1968 and is a member of Pacific Center for the Book Arts, California Society of Printmakers, Seattle Print Arts, Artist Conference Network, and a supporter of the SF Center For the Book since its inception. Cathy taught artist books at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy in 2009. She started a poetry series called "Poetry in the Neighborhood" in 2006 and continues to co-host it with Illahe Gallery in Ashland. Currently, she can be found letterpress printing poetry of visiting poets such as Robert Pinsky as well as her own work on antique printing presses at Jubilation Press, her farmhouse studio in Ashland, Oregon. Inspired by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, she created Poets On The Loose, a movement to offer random acts of poetry to willing strangers. Her work can viewed at: and


The Call of the Village