Steve Miller’s passion is for making books by hand, letterpress printing, and teaching letterpress printing and hand papermaking. His current Red Hydra Press work revolves largely around ongoing collaborative book projects with Cuban print- and papermakers.
“Words are the motivating factor in my desire to create a book. Red Hydra Press books and broadsides*, letterpress printed** and made by hand, feature poets writing in English and Spanish, in both traditional and experimental formats. The words are accompanied by art work that is sympathetic but often contrary to the words.”
* = text/art printed on one side of a piece of paper, suitable for framing.
** = employing metal type or photopolymer printing plates and a Vandercook Proof Press, motivated by hand.
Steve founded Red Ozier Press in 1976 — a fine press devoted to publishing literary first editions in handmade limited editions that moved from Madison, Wisconsin to New York City in 1979. The New York Public Library Special Collections purchased the archive of Red Ozier Press in 1988. Miller joined the faculty of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1988, where he taught letterpress printing and hand papermaking until 2019. That same year he founded Red Hydra Press.
He was, for over twenty years, a Co-director of Paper and Book Intensive, a nationally recognized annual series of summer workshops in the book arts. He was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2011 the MFA Program received the Institutional Award for Distinguished Achievement, The American Printing Association in New York City. He served as a founding member of the College Book Art Association, where he was awarded the Distinguished Career Award in 2012. He was honored in 2013 for significant contributions to the field of book arts at the New York Center for Book Arts during its annual benefit celebration.
Steve is Professor Emeritus at The University of Alabama, where he was Coordinator of the MFA in the Book Arts Program in the School of Library & Information Studies.
Steve is Chair of the Penland School of Craft Board of Trustees.