Well, the NewLights Press has been in existence for 15 years. I’m not quite sure what this means, other than that there is still so much more work to do. But a great deal has been done: 41 titles, 10 or so broadsides (some co-published with the Dolphin Press at MICA and not shown on this blog), numerous posters and ephemerations. Readings, workshops, panels, book fairs. Friends and family. Exhaustion and gratitude.
I am, I believe, optimistic about the future. New spaces and new forms are emerging, and perhaps new work can be done.
This year will be a hiatus: there will be no “official” Say Hello to Your Last Poem! readings—but there will probably be some summer readings at Mountain Fold Books.
This year will be a fullness: a summer class at Naropa, and at Colorado College. Some personal events of note. & books: the third iteration of The New Manifesto of the NewLights Press, potentially a supplement or submanifesto to go along with it, a book of poems by Marina Eckler, some new, larger artists’ books, a coloring book, the REAEDR magazine, and some things certainly unplanned.
There is an urgency, and an inarticulation. A dis-speaking, diswriting. Language continues to fail. The alphabet breaks apart, worn away like all things in the world. Can we write or print or make beyond or outside of it? Is there a book or something else, there, outside? Is there an outside there? Or is this a bringing inside? Here?
Imagine an object, or a life, stripped down to its richness.
Attention is the only thing worth paying.
Incomplete & potential.
To move & to dwell.
To mark the 15 year anniversary this week, some gifts for you:
SALE! All books and broadsides are on sale, 15% off, through next Tuesday, 5/12/15. The listed prices are the same, but when you click the button it should be 15% less.
FREE! We have released three new digital archive books: The New Manifesto of the NewLights Press (second iteration), Anna’s Half / Anselm’s Half, by Anna Moschovakis and Anselm Berrigan, and Divya’s Half / Mathias’s Half, by Divya Victor and Mathias Svalina. Scroll down for those.
SUBMIT! On Thursday we will release, finally, the call for submissions for REAEDR, the magazine of one word poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
GATHER! There will be a reading/party at Mountain Fold Books in Colorado Springs on Saturday, May 30. Events TBD, but most likely some sort of artist’s talk about NewLights, and some poetry.
As always, thank you for reading. Your presence makes the world.