Robert Bringhurst is known to most designers and typographers as the author of The Elements of Typographic Style, a book that is now in its fourth English edition and has been translated into 10 other languages. In addition, Bringhurst is one of Canada’s best-loved poets and essayists and a linguist admired for his work in translating and interpreting Native American oral literature.
He has been a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, Phillips Fund Fellow at the American Philosophical Society, and Witter Bynner Fellow at the Library of Congress. He has also received the Frederic W. Goudy Award, the American Printing History Association’s Award for Distinguished Individual Achievement, and the coveted Edward Sapir Prize, awarded by the Society for Linguistic Anthropology. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary doctorates from two Canadian universities. Among his recent works are Palatino: The Natural History of a Typeface (David Godine, 2016), The Typographic Legacy of Ludovico degli Arrighi (Editions Koch, 2016), and a long poem, Going Down Singing (Two Ponds Press, 2017).