The first installment of our summer reading series here in the Springs, Say Hello to Your Last Poem! happened this past Friday (5/16/14). And the first chapbook of the year happened as well, featuring work by Divya Victor & Mathias Svalina.

Like the Anna/Anselm book, this is an accordion-style, dos-a-dos chapbook. Digital interiors (with more experiments in modular title lettering) and letterpress (sort of) covers. “Sort of” letterpress because one of the layers was printed with an experimental, woven matrix—more on that in a later post.

From the colophon(s):

This book was designed & printed by the NewLights Press. The text pages were printed with lasers and the covers were letterpress printed from lead type, gel medium collagraphs and a flexible lettering matrix woven from painted chipboard and vinyl. All of the paper is from the French Paper Company, 100 percent recycled and made with 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 Divya Victor and Mathias Svalina on Friday, May 16, 2014, as part of the Say Hello to Your Last Poem! reading series. It was amazing. Where were you anyway? Folded, collated and stapled by our extended mountain-town family: Marina Eckler, Noel Black, Corie Cole and Aaron Cohick. Thank you for reading.

About the authors:

Mathias Svalina is the author of three books, most recently The Explosions from Subito Press. Big Lucks Press will release his book Wastoid in 2014. He is an editor for Octopus Books. 

Divya Victor is the author of Things To Do With Your Mouth (Les Figues, 2014), Partial Derivative of the Unnameable (Troll Thread, 2005) Goodbye John! On John Baldessari (2012) and PUNCH (2011) from Gauss PDF; and the chapbooks UNSUB (2014), Hellocasts by Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place (2011), and SUTURES (2009). Her book Natural Subjects is the 2014 winner of the Bob Kaufman Award, selected by Anselm Berrigan and is forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press. Her poetry, poetics, and criticism have appeared in Dusie, Journal of Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies, Crux, and P-QUEUE, among others. She earned a PhD from the University at Buffalo, and she currently lives in Buffalo where she is a teaching artist for Just Buffalo Literary Center and a writer for Jacket2.

Divya’s Half / Mathias’s Half

Say Hello to Your Last Chapbook! 2014, No. 1

Poems by Divya Victor & Mathias Svalina

40 pages, saddle stapled dos-a-dos binding

7” x 5.25” (closed)

Laser printed interior, cover letterpress printed from lead type, gel medium collagraph and woven, vinyl lettering matrix

Edition of 100 





Just keeps on coming, going. Yesterday, May 5, 2014, was the "observed birthday" of the NewLights Press. 14 years old now. Always unbelievable, always a kick in the gut as I think about all of the work that still needs to be done. Writing-reading of which, here are some announcements about things upcoming:

A title for the little magazine of one-word poetry, fiction and non-fiction has been chosen. The name will be: REAEDR

That was not one of the entries submitted, so no big winner of the contest was chosen. But to show our appreciation each entrant will receive a free subscription for the first year or four issues, whichever is more. Thanks to everyone who sent in ideas. More details on REAEDR and very importantly how to submit will be coming soon.

 Summer is looming in the CO, which means that we will be starting up our summer reading series SAY HELLO TO YOUR LAST POEM! very, very soon. Which means more chapbooks too. The first will be another dos-a-dos book, shared by Divya Victor and Mathias Svalina. The book will be available at the reading on May 16, and then released to the weird world on Monday, May 19.

The images in this post, of more modular letterforms, both printed and woven, have a lot to do with current investigations. The woven letters were made in a paper weaving/encoding workshop taught by the wonderful Emily Larned (of ILSSA fame) at Colorado College last month. Emily's visit was part of a series of programs connected to a letterpress/book arts/socially engaged art class taught by Bridget Elmer (also of ILSSA fame).

Flexible, woven, articulate printing matrices is the next step. Reports on that coming soon.