20141103

BOOK TV (?) WITH THE PRESS AT COLORADO COLLEGE!


The sister press of NewLights, The Press at Colorado College, was featured in a piece on C-SPAN2 Book TV's Cities Tour. It shows some students from a History class printing on the Vandercook for the first time, and NewLights/Press at CC proprietor Aaron Cohick talking about letterpress printing & making books by hand, and why, why, why. The image above is a screenshot, but you can watch the whole video here: http://www.c-span.org/video/?321938-1/press-colorado-college

(And the broadsides on press in the video are a short poem by CJ Martin.)


20140901

LABOR DAY HOLIDAY (NO SYSTEM IS CLOSED)


There has been a lot of growth in our (still) little print-book-publishing community here in COS in the past year: new independent artists, new publishers, new community studios, new recording studios, new zines, new letterpress studios. It’s been wonderful, amazing, and I can’t wait to see how far we can take this.

The first part of a lively scene is the people doing the work. We’re getting us some people, making us some work. The second part is a place where those people can gather, to share their work with other people also gathered. To bring those “other people” (the public, let’s say) in, to let the artists already there out, to make those “other people” not “other,” but people, each belonging in their individual way.



A secret group with a static membership does not grow as a community, plays no role as a group in the larger community. A place of sharing & gathering & growing/changing is crucial. One such place is on the verge of opening in south downtown Colorado Springs: Mountain Fold Books. (Full disclosure: I am a board member of Mountain Fold, and I believe fiercely in the project.) The description from the MFB website:
Mountain Fold Books is a new kind of bookstore. We're a non-profit, membership-based bookstore and reading room/gallery that will make small-press books and magazines accessible to the community of Colorado Springs and the greater Pikes Peak Region. While we have an amazing library district and two university libraries, small-press books of poetry and art books remain difficult to access. Our aim is to help connect Colorado Springs to the growing art and literary communities along the Front Range of Colorado by providing a welcoming place for the community to gather, read, exchange ideas, give readings and see books and art that currently can only be found in larger metropolitan areas. 
We are entering the last week of Mountain Fold’s first Membership Drive & Fundraiser. Success in this endeavor means that MFB will be funded until July of 2015, which means that the folks in charge can focus on making it the crucial thing that it needs to be, that this community needs, and that the small press-artists’ book-zine-print-etc. community at large needs. All of the information that you need to make your (tax deductible) donation is here:

http://www.mountainfoldbooks.org/shop/


20140813

SAY HELLO TO YOUR LAST CHAPBOOK! j/j hastain & NOEL BLACK!


& the second of two for today, this day, August 13, our last day of summer, not really: Transister / Identity Colleges by j/j hastain and Noel Black. Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! 2014, No. 5. The fifth of five books produced in the last three months.



Transister / Identity Colleges is another single-spine dos-a-dos book, featuring brand new work from both authors—some individual pieces written to common themes, and one directly collaborative poem called “Pinky Swear.”



From the colophon(s):

This book was made for a reading by Noel Black and j/j hastain, the fifth in the 2014 Say Hello to Your Last Poem! series, on August 9, 2014 in Manitou Springs, CO. Many hands and hearts participated, with the reading series and this book: Marina Eckler, Noel Black, Corie Cole and Aaron Cohick. […]

The covers were printed using a combination of letterpress printed lead type, chipboard and vinyl collagraphs, and digitally printed photographic images. The text pages were laser printed. All of the photographs forming the title lettering are by j/j hastain. The paper is from the French Paper Company, made with recycled content and hydroelectric power. Title lettering design by NewLights. 100 copies were made […]



About the authors:

j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j, simply, hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon.



Noel Black is the author of La Goon, Furniture Press Books, 2014; Uselysses, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011 and the publisher of The New Heave-Ho, a new .pdf press at thenewheaveho.blogspot.com. With Corie Cole, Marina Eckler and Aaron Cohick, he's the co-host of the Say Hello to Your Last Poem! Reading Series in Colorado Springs.


Transister / Identity Colleges
Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! 2014, No. 5
Poems by j/j hastain & Noel Black
32 pages, saddle stapled dos-a-dos
7” x 5.25” (closed)
Laser printed interior, laser and letterpress (collagraph & lead type) cover
Edition of 100
2014
$8 (plus shipping)

SAY HELLO TO YOUR LAST CHAPBOOK! JEN HOFER AND TC TOLBERT!


Two more, the sweet last two, chapbooks from the 2014 Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! series are out today. First up for August 13: Conditions / Conditioning by Jen Hofer & TC Tolbert.



This book is a single-spine dos-a-dos, written in direct collaboration by the two authors specifically for the format, specifically for this publication. It’s an honor to have had the opportunity to provide an opportunity (as TC said, “a space”) for these two poets to work together. And it was fun to collaborate with them on the design as well—it pushed NewLights into new (for us) territory—making a type ornament using actual font design software….



There is no colophon in the book, because there is no space for “end matter,” but if there was it might go something like this:

This book was made for a reading by Jen Hofer & TC Tolbert, the fourth in the Say Hello to Your Last Poem! series, on July 29, 2014 In Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs, CO. Corie Cole helped with proofreading, and CJ Martin & Julia Drescher helped with binding.

The covers were printed using a combination of letterpress and digital processes: the pattern on the interior was laser printed, and the rest of the colors/elements were letterpress printed from chipboard collagraphs or lead type. The text pages were laser printed. All of the paper is from the French Paper Company, made using hydroelectric power and recycled content. The typefaces are Adobe and ATF Garamonds. Title lettering and ornament design by NewLights. 100 copies were made.



About the authors:

Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her books are available from numerous small presses, including Action Books, Atelos, Counterpath Press, Dusie Books, Kenning Editions, Insert Press, Les Figues Press, Litmus Press, LRL Textile Editions, Palm Press, Subpress, Ugly Duckling Presse, and in various DIY/DIT incarnations.



TC Tolbert is a feminist queer, a poet, and a teacher. S/he’s the author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press) and the chapbooks i:not he:not i (pitymilk press), spirare (Belladonna), and territories of folding (Kore Press). S/he co-edited Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), and is Assistant Director of Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson, where s/he lives.


Conditions / Conditioning
Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! 2014, No. 4
Poems by Jen Hofer and TC Tolbert
32 pages, saddle stapled dos-a-dos
7” x 5.25” (closed)
Laser printed interior, laser and letterpress (collagraph & lead type) cover
Edition of 100
2014
$8 (plus shipping)

20140710

SAY HELLO TO YOUR LAST CHAPBOOK! ALEXIS ALMEIDA, OREN SILVERMAN & SARA RENEE MARSHALL


And the second book of this July 10, number 3 in this year’s Say Hello to Your Last Chapbooks series: Alexis, Oren & Sara’s Halves, with poems by Alexis Almeida, Oren Silverman and Sara Renee Marshall.

Because this one has three halves and thus a lack of symmetry, it had to become a traditional single signature, sewn codex. But there is still a retina-searing surprise inside.






From the colophon:

This book was made for a reading by Alexis Almeida, Oren Silverman & Sara Renee Marshall on July 5, 2014, part of the Say Hello to Your Last Poem! series. If only we were allowed to talk about that.

Many hands & eyes go into each of these rapid chapbooks. Noel Black assisted with proofreading, Corie Cole helped with binding and other intangible aspects.

This book was designed, printed & bound by the NewLights Press. The text pages were laser printed. The covers were letterpress printed from lead type and MDF/chipboard collagraphs. All of the paper is from the French Paper Company, made with recycled content and hydroelectric power. The text typefaces are Adobe and ATF Garamonds. The modular titling lettering is another variation of a design by NewLights. 100 copies were made.

About the authors:



Alexis Almeida teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado, where she is at work on an MFA in poetry. Her translations and poems have appeared, or are forthcoming in Likestarlings, La Vague, The Ampersand Review, Aufgabe, and elsewhere. She lives in Denver.


Oren Silverman lives in Denver. His most recent work can be found in the critically-acclaimed chapbook Alexis, Oren & Sara's Halves from the NewLights Press.


Sara Renee Marshall hails from the southwest. She is the author of a chapbook, Affectionately We Call This The House, and her poems appear places like Colorado Review, Omniverse and Octopus. Sara is headed to Athens, Georgia to pursue a PhD at the University of Georgia.


Alexis, Oren & Sara’s Halves

Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! 2014, No. 3



Poems by Alexis Almedia, Oren Silverman & Sara Renee Marshall


36 pages, saddle stapled pamphlet



7” x 5.25” (closed)

Laser printed interior, cover letterpress printed from lead type and chipboard collagraphs

Edition of 100 


2014



$8 (plus shipping)



SAY HELLO TO YOUR LAST CHAPBOOK! CJ MARTIN & JULIA DRESCHER


Today, on this day, July 10, 2014, the NewLights Press is releasing two new chapbooks from the Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! Series. The first is CJ’s Half / Julia’s Half, poems by CJ Martin and an essay (excerpt) by Julia Drescher.

This accordion dos-a-dos edition features variable covers printed from a flexible matrix of unfixed vinyl strips stretched across a plexiglass block. Here are some of the covers:







From the colophon(s):

This book was designed & printed by the NewLights Press. The text pages were laser printed and the covers were letterpress printed from lead type, flexible vinyl collagraphs and chipboard collagraphs. All of the paper is from the French Paper Company, made with recycled content and hydroelectric power. The text was set in Adobe and ATF Garamonds. The modular title lettering was designed by NewLights. 100 copies of the book were made.

This book was made for a reading by CJ Martin and Julia Drescher on Saturday, June 21, 2014, as part of the Say Hello to Your Last Poem! reading series in Colorado Springs, Chris and Julia’s new home. It seems that with each book our star-cross’d crew grows, and we are so grateful: folded, collated and stapled by Marina Eckler, Noel Black, Corie Cole, Aaron Cohick, CJ Martin, Julia Drescher and Natalia Jaeger. Thank you for reading.






About the authors:

C.J. Martin is the author of Two Books (Compline, 2011), as well as four chapbooks: 2012 (Supersuperette, 2013), Unused Cover (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2013), 1978 (Self-published, 2010); WIW?3: Hold me tight. Make me happy (Delete Press, 2009); Lo, Bittern (Atticus/Finch, 2008) and CITY (Vigilance Society, 2007). For the past two years, he has been working on broadside collaborations with poets who do visual art. His essays and reviews have appeared in ON: Contemporary Practice, Jacket2, American Book Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO, and works as a bookbinder. With Julia Drescher, he publishes Further Other Book Works.



Julia Drescher is the author of the chapbooks Plural Bell (LRL Textile series) and Birds Of Paradise (Ypolita Press) and her most recent poems may be found, or are forthcoming, in Aufgabe, Dusie, Likestarlings, the *belladonna chaplets series and Omniverse. She lives in Colorado Springs.



CJ’s Half / Julia’s Half

Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! 2014, No. 2



Poems by CJ Martin & and essay Julia Drescher
40 pages, saddle stapled dos-a-dos binding

7” x 5.25” (closed)

Laser printed interior, cover letterpress printed from lead type, chipboard collagraphs and unfixed vinyl strip collagraphs

Variable edition of 100 

2014

$8 (plus shipping)