The NewLights Press is an independent printer & publisher working at the intersection of experimental writing and artists' books. All of the books are printed & bound “by hand,” using a variety of techniques, ranging from the obsolete (letterpress) to the utilitarian (laser/Risograph) to the meditative (delamination). We try to maintain inclusive (& purposefully problematic) definitions of such mutable terms as “experimental writing,” “artists’ books,” and “printing techniques,” and to be similarly inclusive in the kinds of books that we produce, in an attempt to allow the different kinds of production to merge, separate, and converse with one another. We believe in the actual use value of art objects as soft, temporary spaces in and against which individuals & communities can envision & articulate their relationship to, and shape in, the world. We are not searching for the Ideal Book—we are looking hard at & reading closely from the book-in-the-world. We represent only one of the many geographical/historical meeting points of a vital & diverse community of active, thoughtful people, and our work would mean nothing without that community. The production of books is our own, weird way of saying to the world: we believe in you. & you. & you. & you. & you. & you. & you. & you. & you. & you. & you…
The NewLights Press is publishing-as-artistic practice, and is the imprint under which Aaron Cohick publishes his own work and that of other artists and writers. NewLights Press was founded in May of 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland. Aaron received his BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002, and his MFA in Printmaking from Arizona State University in 2007. NewLights has been located in Baltimore, MD, Tempe, AZ, Oakland, CA, and is currently based in Colorado Springs. Aaron is also the Printer of The Press at Colorado College, a letterpress studio and classroom that seeks to create an interdisciplinary space in the liberal arts curriculum. Aaron's work, under both imprints, is held in public and private collections all over the world, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Library, the National Library of Australia, Yale University, the Letterform Archive, the Newberry Library, and the Tate Britain Library. He has taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Bemis School of Art, the San Francisco Center for the Book, Naropa University, and Penland School of Crafts. Click here for a full CV.
WHAT ABOUT THE ORIGINAL IDE(A/O)(B)LOG(Y/UE)?
It is still accessible at its original url: www.newlightspress.blogspot.com We will keep it up for as long as Google lets us.
We do not accept unsolicited submissions for book or print projects. We do accept submissions for REAEDR, our magazine of one-word poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. More info on the magazine and submission process can be found here.
LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
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job work & commissions
We do not (currently) do design or print work for hire.
Wholesale & Consignment
Yes! We do sell our work through bookstores and galleries. Contact us at the email below for details. (Note: The Work Continues posters are not available for wholesale because we donate all of the proceeds from those sales.)
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