Wolverine Press

Aerial view of the shop

Wolverine Press is the publishing exploratory for the Helen Zell Writers' Program. Stocked with historic letterpress equipment from around the state of Michigan, the Press provides MFA students, and the university community, a space to encounter publishing history. The mission of the press is to create opportunities for people to encounter the traditional craft practices of printing, and discover that the labor of publishing is physical as well as intellectual.

Wolverine Press produces hand-made letterpress keepsakes that are gifts to attendees of Zell Visiting Writers Series readings at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, as well as other pieces based on program need and student interest.

Each year the press takes on up to five MFA students as shop assistants, called Devils. These Printer’s Devils assist in all aspects of shop work, learning how to set metal and wood type, how to prepare jobs for the press, and how to run the press.

The Press is located at 839 Greene Street, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Housed in the south end of the Buhr Building, next to the historic University of Michigan Press, and in the shadow of the Michigan Wolverine Stadium, the Press has operated since January of 2014.

For further information, email press director Fritz Swanson, or read an interview with him in Michigan Publishing News.

Winter 2014 projects