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Would you believe out of over 450 members in my Raleigh writing group only two signed up to tour a local letterpress printing studio…and none were able to attend?

horse and buggy press

Horse & Buggy Press in Durham

Friday night I toured Horse & Buggy Press in Durham. The owner, Dave, is very accommodating if you have a particular project in mind. To fit different budgets and goals, he sometimes works with local digital presses for interior work and handles the handmade letterpress exterior.

Imagine picking out fonts this way!


Letterpress fonts.


Photos don’t do his work justice—so none are included here. These are real books—very special if something you have written is near and dear to you. Maybe a first edition print run or a special edition one? Hey, you need to make yourself stand out among the competition—quality printing may be one of the ways.

Saturday was Living Poetry‘s 5-Year Anniversary in Durham. We had a fun celebration with long-time and new members, catered food, great desserts, and an open mic.

Living Poetry Party

Living Poetry Party

Thanks to co-organizer Pam Taylor for bringing back this fantastic tile from her recent writing residency in Puerto Rico for each of the Living Poetry organizers!

poet gifts

“A poet lives here.”

On Sunday my boyfriend and I visited Durham’s Museum of Life and Science. Although no literary event drew us there…it was an inspiring afternoon! Several hands-on exhibits focus on the intersection of science and art. Honestly, I enjoyed the cow Max more.

durham museum