The Iota rotating book show has featured the work of Don Emblen the last couple of weeks. It’s quite an inspiring cornucopia. I actually attended Santa Rosa Junior College, but was on a different trajectory at the time and never met Professor Emblen. From Eric’s note accompanying the show and a memorial website it seems as if I really missed out, although his spirit has passed to many people, and through Eric’s connection and the printing it feels we are keeping his legacy alive.
Don Emblen was 85 when I first worked with him in his print shop in Santa Rosa.
Don was a true “Man of Letters” – Professor of English, Editor of a literary magazine, Publisher of Poets, Translator from Swedish and Japanese – and his writings extended to several volumes of poetry, an acclaimed biography, a children’s novel, various essays and reviews.
He was till setting type and printing when he died at 90. – ej