We Are SPPC
SPPC was founded by a group of individuals who saw a need for a community space to teach and allow people to learn, explore, and practice the print and publishing arts.
Thom Caraway, the designer and publisher for Rock & Sling and Sage Hill Press. He has designed over 50 books and magazines, and teaches courses in editing, book design, and publishing at Whitworth University. He has been working in letterpress printing since 2016, and is a founder of Millwood Print Works. He served as Spokane's first poet laureate, from 2013-2015, and his most recent poetry collection is What the Sky Lacks (Korrektiv Press, 2019).
Book Arts Instructor
Mel Hewitt is a book artist working her way towards becoming proficient in all aspects of the book arts. Her skills currently lie in traditional and contemporary binding structures and finishing techniques, paper marbling, paste papers, and incorporating letter press, screen printing, and relief printing into her pieces. Mel’s work ranges from utilitarian one-of-a-kind journals to sculptural artist books. You can learn more about her and her work at melismaking.com.
Book Binding Instructor, Writing Instructor
Dorian Karahalios, writer, editor, and bookbinder. He is an alumnus of the MFA at EWU, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing and has worked with various small presses and literary magazines since 2010, including Spork Press, Willow Springs Books, Willow Springs Magazine, and Newfound. Dorian teaches bookbinding and digital publication, specializing in book design and production.
Screen Print Instructor
Derek Landers, art director at The Great PNW and his own design agency Landers Design. A designer for over 20 years, he specializes in branding, logos, and gig posters. Having designed posters for My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, Derek has brought his passion for screen printing to SPPC to share his favorite medium with it's members and students.
Bethany Taylor, owner/operator of Interpunct-Press, Spokane's own custom letterpress shop. She has been a letterpress printer, designer, and press mechanic since 2006. She first learned poster printing at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, and is a founder of Millwood Print Works. She also works in a variety of other print media and bookbinding and has been doing so since 2000.
Digital Arts Instructor
Ashley Vaughn is an artist and educator who embraces a vast range of mediums. From drawing and painting to printmaking and the digital arts, her exploration makes her a versatile artist, learner and instructor. Ashley looks forward to bringing her knowledge of digital tools to SPPC and offering classes that seek to assist the community in developing skills that are becoming more prevalent in our day to lives. To learn more about Ashley and to see her work, you can visit her website
Reinaldo Gil Zambrano
Etching and Carving Instructor
Reinaldo Gil Zambrano is a printmaking artist and educator from Caracas Venezuela based in Spokane. RGZ specializes in relief and intaglio printmaking, exploring communal unconventional printing processes and urban space alterations.
Reinaldo’s work have been exhibited nationally and internationally currently works as an adjunct instructor in the art department at Eastern Washington University as well as an artist member at the Saranac Art Projects and Co-founder of the Spokane Print & Publishing Center