Paper Machine

Located in the Lower Ninth Ward, Paper Machine is Antenna’s printshop and book bindery. Paper Machine is committed to making the book arts and publishing accessible to the Gulf South’s cultural contributors and cultural bearers, providing tools for printing and bookbinding, and opportunities for self publishing and community partnerships. Paper Machine is printing and binding hub of Antenna Press.

Three ways to print at Paper Machine::

#1 Through our Self Publishing Book program:

Please here to learn more about self publishing a book at Paper Machine.
Questions? Email:

#2 As a community partner:

A Community Printing Partnership gives Gulf Coast organizations access to use the full range of services at Paper Machine to produce and print books, posters, pamphlets, postcards and/or unique projects of your design. We offer digital printing on paper up to 13 x 19 inches, foil and white toner additions, perfect glue binding, staple saddle stitch binding, and consultation and education about design and layout for production. These services are offered at a wholesale, at-cost rate to our community partners.

Please email for more information about community partnerships.

#3 The Antenna Press Publishing Award

2023 application period: October 2 to December 4

Antenna Press accepts proposals for book projects through the Antenna Press Publishing Award. We are specifically interested in ideas at the intersection of gender and identity, the environment, equity, renewable resources, abolition, restorative justice, and the histories of the Gulf South.

We encourage thoroughly developed proposals for unique and creative interpretations of publications, including but not limited to artists books, chapbooks, graphic novels, photobooks, flipbooks, comics, guidebooks.

Antenna Press accepts three proposals a year, divided between regional and national recipients, and selected by a jury of individuals with a background in publishing and visual art. Jurors score submissions according to a rubric that is publicly available on our website. The jury panel is announced when the application period begins.

Awardees receive:

• $1000 stipend (to be split among any authors/artists/collaborators)

• Up to 20 hours of design and layout assistance from Paper Machine staff.

• 25 copies of the first edition of 100 copies. The remaining 75 copies will be sold through Antenna Press.

Please email with any questions.