About the Press

Three Arts Press is an expression of creative independence and interdependence – independence from the world of commercial publishing and interdependence among creative colleagues who have worked together for many years. It aspires to the standards of fine bookmaking and design once practiced by artisan presses. The press is named for the three arts with which its founder Lillian Moats has had extensive involvement: writing, visual art and filmmaking.

Moats was afforded a great deal of artistic control as co-producer/co-director of her films and as author/illustrator of her first book, The Gate of Dreams, a collection of original fairy tales for all ages (Cranbrook Press: 1993, 1996). Cranbrook Press had been established during the Arts and Crafts Movement and, in 1993, was in the process of reinventing itself after a long dormancy. Moats was asked to oversee every aspect of her book’s design and production, which gave her the hands-on experience she would eventually need to establish her own press. While learning this new craft, she relied on long-standing creative relationships with colleagues who contributed their editorial, design and technical assistance.

These creative partnerships have continued under Three Arts Press.  Legacy of Shadows, a fictionalized memoir exploring the impact of unresolved emotion passed down within a family, was published by Three Arts in 1999. Speak, Hands: a Meditation on Memory and the Unconscious, followed in 2006. Three Arts Press became an ideal vehicle to give voice to these experimental, deeply psychological books.

The Letter from Death is a poignant, polemical essay to the whole of humanity.  This work of philosophical and political fiction includes a foreword by Howard Zinn and is illustrated by David Moats.  It will be released in August, 2009.

“Whatever happened to the Seven Hundred Twenty Reais?” And Other Stories by I.M. Cambalhota, will be the next experimental work to be published by Three Arts Press.