Pied Oxen Printers creates and publishes letterpress limited editions of contemporary poetry. David Sellers, the proprietor, designs, hand-sets in metal type, prints and binds each book, while collaborating with an artist in the production of original graphic art. Each book is signed by the poet, artist and printer/binder. The press was established in 1981 under the precursor imprint Eleutherian Printers, which is reserved for future publications.
Titles published to date include poetry by Reginald Gibbons, Jorge Guillén, Gary Snyder, Susan Hahn, Bei Dao, Paul Muldoon, Clayton Eshleman and Adrienne Rich. The press has collaborated with a number of artists, including Nancy Grossman, Bill Paden, Diarmuid Delargy, Charles Wells, and Mary Azarian.
Pied Oxen’s titles are in the special collections of a number of institutions, including the British Library, National Library of Ireland, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York Public Library, and university libraries at Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Texas, University of California, among others.
Located in Hopewell, New Jersey, the fully-equipped workshop comprises a collection of foundry types, presses and related letterpress and hand-bookbinding equipment. Materials and processes conform to archival standards.
Since fall 2010, David Sellers has conducted the letterpress sections of a course, Graphic Design, as a Visiting Artist in the Visual Arts Program's Typography Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University.