Kathy Walkup is a writer, lecturer, and letterpress printer. Her research interests focus on the history of women and printing and conceptual practice in artists’ books. In 2011 she curated Hand, Voice & Vision: Artists’ Books at Women’s Studio Workshop at the Grolier Club. Her essay on the women of the Distaff Side appeared in Making Impressions: Women in Printing and Publishing (The Legacy Press, 2020).
She is Professor Emerita at Mills College, where she held the inaugural Lovelace Family Chair in Book Art. Her talk, The Book is a Public Place, is published in the anthology Threads (Granary Books/Cuneiform Press, 2016). She is a co-founder of College Book Art Association. In the 1970s she was a partner in Five Trees Press in San Francisco, where she founded the first women’s letterpress job shop in that city since the nineteenth century. She writes a seasonal blog, New Irish Journal.