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CBS Sunday Morning”, “Handcrafting Books: Labors of Love, March 10, 2019. Features Deborah setting type, with Gray Zeitz, Larkspur Press.

“Note-Card Sale Benefits Amelia Tree Conservancy”.  Fernandina Beach News Leader, February 25, 2017. 4B

Harriet Hendren, Lexington Herald Leader, 12/17/15.

“ Deborah Kessler of October Press creates exquisite letterpress broadsides featuring quotes from Kentucky authors including George Ella Lyon and Gray Zeitz of Larkspur Press. You’ll find a selection at the Morris Book Shop on High Street and Poor Richard’s Books in Frankfort.”

“UK Libraries King Library Press Celebrates Poetry and Fine Print”, Whitney Hale, 4/22/15.

Ada Limón – “Kentucky Voices: Community Supported Art is Lively, Lit-up and Rousing the Rabble”, Lexington Herald Leader, 11/21/14, A15.

 “A few months ago, they [Community Supported Art Program of Lexington Art League] asked me if they could feature one of my poems in the fall 2014 crop.  The poem is called The Other Wish, and I was paired with October Press to produce the broadside.  The whole process was perfect, but meeting Deborah Kessler of October Press might just have made me a CSA shareholder for life.  When you are a poet with Mexican heritage and an accent in your last name, you get used to it being left off, forgotten, or having to sign it yourself.  It’s even left off in books.  But my accent was right there in the stunning letter press print.  She also told me that she drove many, many miles to borrow an accent mark in the right font.  Poets aren’t used to that.  Artists aren’t used to that. But I guess that’s something I’m learning to get used to here in the Bluegrass:  a generosity, an abundance, a community” 

Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, Kentucky. “Larkspur Press Community: 45 Years” October 21, 2019- January 2020.

Shady Ladies Art Gallery, Fernandina Beach, Florida, Spring 2017.

“Letterpress:  Kentucky’s Fine Printers” – Portland Museum, Louisville, KY, October- December 2015.

“Verse and Type: Poets and Printers – An Artist Affinity  , The University of Kentucky and Clark’s Antiques. April 2015.

Panelist/featured speaker – “The Pleasures of Printing: Carolyn Reading Hammer and Her Circles of Influence”, February 13, 2014

“The Pleasure of Printing:  Carolyn Reading Hammer and Her Circles of Influence”, U of KY – February-March 2014

Lexington Printmakers’ Exhibit, Lexington KY – February 2014-March 2014

“Glories of the Garden Art Exhibit”, The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. February – March  2012

“Fine Presses”, Scott County Art Association, Georgetown, Kentucky, March 2011