Wolverine Farm Publishing is a 501(c)3 non-profit literary/arts organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado. They publish books, newspapers, and online content, run a bookstore inside The Bean Cycle Coffee Shop and host/organize community events and projects related to their mission.
This summer Wolverine Farm Publishing is embarking on an exciting journey–to open a new letterpress print shop and community event/work space in the River District of Fort Collins. In March 2013 they purchased the small commercial building at 316 Willow Street, and since then they’ve been working to renovate and expand the current building. The space will be their new world headquarters and workspace, but one that has a working print shop, bar, and event hall inside. The majority of our programming will focus on their mission of mindful engagement with the world around us, and more specifically on craft and community. Coffee, beer, and food will be available to people participating in workshops and events, but will also be available to the public.
When will you open?
Mid August 2015 or early September.
How will the space benefit local makers?
For other makers in town, we’ll have retail space available to promote their goods, as well as a Maker-A-Month program where we’ll highlight makers of all sorts–bicycle, book, wood workers–with special displays and programming. Our conference room and our event hall will be available for workshops and events both big and small.
What about the event hall and bar?
Our programming will revolve around community engagement and craft, and will likely feature a diverse mix of author readings, documentary films, demonstrations, life skills, music, townhall meetings, and yes, the occasional dance party. We will be working with many of our friends in the non-profit community to offer more outreach and event possibilities. The bar will feature locally-roasted coffee, as well as a fine selection of local beer, wine, and cider. We’ll also have food from local producers on a seasonal basis. The space will be available for rent by community members–we’ll do our best to accommodate a wide variety of users and uses–but it will also function as a traditional coffee house during the day, and a publick house at night.
I heard something about bicycles being part of this. What’s that about?
Local bicycle collector Jeff Nye will feature a revolving exhibit of bicycles from his collection. We hope the presence of his carefully-restored wonders inspires our work to include new bicycle literature, ephemera, and events.
What about the print shop?
The print shop will evolve with our experience. For now we’ll print mostly our own goods–chapbooks, broadsides, postcards, notebooks, though we will take on other work to gain more skills. We anticipate a lot of collaboration amongst the growing letterpress community here in Fort Collins. Eventually we’ll open the shop up to our own volunteers, and as we gain more experience, we’ll start to offer workshops and other services to our community.
Will there be volunteer or paid opportunities?
Yes, we envision both with the new space. Future job postings and volunteer opportunities will be posted on this page.
Will you have books at the new space? Are you closing the bookstore?
We will feature some books relevant to the new space—craft, how-to, letterpress and design—but books will not be the focus. And the answer is no—we are not closing our bookstore inside the Bean Cycle.
This information was taken from: http://www.wolverinefarm.org/brick-mortar/letterpress-publick-house/ with permission from the owners.