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
$8 (plus shipping)


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