Dances with Words Event

On Dec. 14, 2017, at 7:30 pm, author Aaron Parrett will visit the University of Montana Western for a reading as part of the “Dances with Words” series. Each performance in the series takes place at The Cup, Montana Western’s coffeehouse located below the library on campus.

“Dances with Words” is produced by English Professor Alan Weltzien. The series, free and open to the public, provides the community with a unique opportunity to listen to writers reading their own works, including Montana Western student writers.

Aaron Parrett’s presentation for the evening is titled “Maple & Lead: The Making of a Letterpress Book.”

An English professor at the University of Providence (located in Great Falls, Mont.), Parrett runs Territorial Press where he practices the art of letterpress, printing poetry, literature, and cards with handset type.

Born in Butte, Mont., Parrett has published several books about his home state including “Montana: Then and Now,” “Literary Butte,” and “Montana Americana Music.”

His expertise in the region led to him being a guest on “Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown” when the television show made its way to Butte.

Parrett’s talk will focus on the intricate process of creating books by hand.

According to Territorial Press, the obsession started when “Aaron Parrett hit a midlife crisis and bought his hot-rod: A vintage, C&P treadle press. But it didn’t end there. It was merely the gateway.”

His new book “was printed from polymer plates on a Vandercook proof press in a limited edition of 125 copies, hand-sewn, bound, and signed by the author and by artist Seth Roby, who was commissioned to create wood engravings especially for this project.”

Parrett is both a multi-talented writer and musician.

For more information, please contact Alan Weltzien by email at or call 406-683-7431.