Michael Grossman

Michael Grossman got his start with typesetting and graphic design in 1983 during a fresh-out-of-college stint in book and newspaper publication at the console of a Compugraphic EditWriter7300 (very nearly a fossil in its own time). This was a formative experience, but he was the whole time left wondering what printing would be like done the old-fashioned way: with non-virtual leading that actually had some lead in it. Fast-forward two longtime careers over three decades to his greatly delayed chance to “get the lead out” when discovering Harvard’s Bow & Arrow Press in 2011. Having at long last come to letterpress grace upon completion of the instructional program offered at Bow & Arrow, he continues there on a course of self-directed press pursuit, serving as well in an advisory capacity at weekly Open Press nights. Michael holds memberships in the Society of Printers, the Museum of Printing (N. Andover, Mass.), the Letterpress Guild of New England, the British Printing Society (Overseas Branch) and the American Printing History Association (New England Chapter). At Arbalest Press he has his hands on the enterprise’s range of traditional presswork using antique lead type, wood type and vintage printers’ blocks.