Empty Bowl Press, est. 1976

Our magazine was going to be printed on one of those letterpress machines, and Bob and I were going to take a month or so of our own time surviving on unemployment checks to handset each page.
— Michael Daley, co-founder

From "Running on Empty," an essay by Michael Daley for Pleasure Boat Studio.


Tonight Iā€™m more interested in talking about Empty Bowl as the focus of a history of ideas, and a collection of people who just happened to run into one another at a time in their lives when a similar passion for writing and art happened to be guiding them all, enough that they were moved to collaborate in editing, book design, fundraising, and distribution. It was that random, that all of us who worked together off and on for over a decade, found we could make books to capture those ideas and those passions.
— Michael Daley, co-founder

The text from a talk given by Michael Daley to the Jefferson County Historical Society, Port Townsend, WA, on October 7, 2016, for their History of Small Press Publishers in Port Townsend Exhibit.

Banner photo: Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park, WA, 1977, photograph by Steven R. Johnson