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 


$8 (plus shipping)


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