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Below are our editions in chronological order, starting with the most recent:

 

In the company of black

[Second Edition]

by Cecil McDonald, Jr.

In the Company of Black is a book of photographs by multi-disciplinary artist Cecil McDonald Jr. For the past seven years, McDonald has developed a body of work focused on what he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary” people: educators, artists, administrators, business owners, teachers, and students. “I’m bringing together images of Black people who represent everyday folks.” Complemented with an essay by Tempestt Hazel and poems by avery r. young, McDonald’s In the Company of Black addresses and responds to the vast inaccuracies of Black humanity depicted within American society.

“When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country. The photographs that I’ve been making ask the question: where are the people who make up the space in between? Here they are, they are important, they must be seen!” — Cecil McDonald, Jr. on In the Company of Black. 

Photographs by Cecil McDonald, Jr.

Poems by avery r. young

Essay by Tempestt Hazel

Released: February 14, 2018. 

ISBN 978-0-9968161-2-0

9" x 11.75" x .625", 144 pages, photographs and text printed on a HP Indigo press (digital offset oil-based ink prints).*

Fabric covers, silkscreened by Delicious Design League, foil stamped spine. 

Printed and smythe sewn in Rockford, IL. 

Cased and foil stamped at Candor Arts.

Signed print edition of 60 released in collaboration with Sixty Inches from Center.

*a few copies still remain in the first edition

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WHITE Gaze

by Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê

Co-published with Sming Sming Books

Artist and filmmaker Michelle Dizon works with an archive of National Geographic magazines to explore the mechanics of the "white gaze." Through a process of poetic subtraction, Dizon works with only the language on the original page to write a decolonial counterpoint to a way of imaging the world centered on the West. Her images lay the white gaze bare, unearth a genealogy of a racist visuality, and work in the gap between image and text to write against the grain of imperialist narratives. Artist and writer Việt Lê uses Dizon's images from White Gaze as a starting point for his poetic exploration of the legacies of war and imperialism. Lê's text performs a dual work, both contextualizing Dizon's images in the history of empire and unleashing a rhythmic play with language, both visually and aurally, to cut to the core of how meaning is produced. His text speaks to absence as much as presence with a story of war and empire told in fragments, phrases, words hanging on the page—an index of both the trauma and resistance experienced by those subjected to the violence of empire.

Released: February 10, 2018 at Other Books in Los Angeles.

7" x 10" x .375"

160 pages

Foil Stamp on Riso Ink cover. Perfect bound. 

Edition of 200.

Design by Vivian Sming

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Five Fifths

by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective

Growing Concerns Poetry Collective's Five Fifths features new poetry by the group's poets McKenzie Chinn and Mykele Deville, including the collected text from the collective's inaugural album WE HERE: Thank Your For Noticing. In this tandem collection of deeply personal work, Chinn and Deville interrogate the nature of selfhood, blackness, community, love, ritual, and vulnerability while celebrating perseverance and survival in the face of generational and systemic marginalization. 

Released: January 26+27, 2018 at the Steppenwolf Theater.

5.25" x 7.25" x .5"

166 pages

Foil Stamped cover, spine, and back cover. Perfect bound.  

ISBN: 978-0-9968161-3-7

Design by Matt Austin and Jeff Austin

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Ma(s)king Her: Black Feminist Futures

by Honey Pot Performance

Ma(s)king Her: Black Feminist Futures is an artist book inspired by the 2016 Ma(s)king Her performance, a dance theater work addressing the absence of women of color in speculative fiction as empowered future beings and journeywomen. Aligned with AfroSurrealism and black feminist thought, this modern folktale emphasizing the urgency of creating alternative worlds and economies of value and need, particularly for women of color in a world that often subjugates their collective presence to silence and/or invisibility.

The book contains documentation from the original performance, the Ma(s)king Her full script, contributed essays surrounding its themes, and working curriculum from the generative Black Feminist Futures workshops created by Honey Pot Performance. 

Contributors: Meida McNeal, Felicia Holman, Aisha Jean-Baptiste, Abra M. Johnson, Jo De Presser, Tempestt Hazel, Stacey A. Gibson, Aymar Jean Christian, Jiba Molei Anderson, and Tonika Johnson. 

Released: October 28, 2017.

7" x 8.25" x 1"

212 pages

Foil Stamped cover, spine, and back cover on duo-tone fabric.  

Handbound at Candor Arts.

Each copy is signed and numbered in an edition of 50.

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A lick and a promise

by Sara J. Winston

A Lick and a Promise is a visual journal of Sara J. Winston’s interactions with her parents and her partner in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Each manages a chronic physical condition believed to be caused by a mix of genetic and environmental factors. Winston’s photographs explore struggles in wellness and debility as each maneuvers their respective invisible illness—invisible illness meaning conditions that significantly impair normal activities of daily living yet show no obvious outward signs of sickness.  

In her mid-twenties Winston was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a manageable yet unpredictable chronic disease of the central nervous system. Erratic symptoms of her illness include bouts of temporary double vision, body numbness and fatigue. Shortly after learning of her condition, she returned to her native New York to be near family.  

The photographs are bookended by text, including a piece written by Winston’s parents, Steven and Marla, about the experience and impact of their daughter’s diagnosis.

Photographs and writing by Sara J. Winston

Released: September 22, 2017.

7.125" x 9.75" x .75"

104 pages

Fabric cover silkscreened by Delicious Design Co. 

Handbound hardcover, foil stamped spine

Signed and numbered edition of 50.

A signed print edition of 20 was released in conjunction with the book. 

The first 5 books of the edition are offered in a Collector's Set with a clamshell box and signed print by the artist.

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AMERICA: A HYMNAL

by Bethany Collins

Co-published with PATRON

America: A Hymnal is made up of 100 versions of My Country ‘Tis of Thee from the 18th-20th c. While the differing lyrics remain legible, the hymnal’s unifying tune has been burned and etched away. Bound and executed in the likeness of a shape note hymnal, in its many lyrical variations, America: A Hymnal is a chronological retelling of American history, politics and culture through one song.

Written by the Rev. Samuel F. Smith in 1831, My Country ’Tis of Thee (also known as America) debuted on July 4, 1831 by a children’s choir at the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Long before Smith’s lyrics were sung aloud, the tune for America served as the national anthem for at least six other countries, including the United Kingdom’s God Save the Queen. And since Smith’s writing, the lyrics of My Country ’Tis of Thee have been re-titled and re-written at least one hundred times.

Each re-writing in support of a passionately held cause—from temperance and suffrage to abolition and even the Confederacy— articulates a version of what it means to be American. In 1839, the familiar lines of “My country ‘tis of thee / Sweet land of liberty,” morphed into the mournful verse:

My country! ’tis of thee,

Stronghold of Slavery,

Of thee I sing:

Land where my fathers died,

Where men man’s rights deride,

From every mountainside,

Thy deeds shall ring.

Laser cut, signed, and numbered by the artist. 

Design support by Matt Austin.

Released: September 22, 2017

6" x 9" x 1"

200 pages

Handbound hardcover with foil stamped spine and blind-debossed front and back covers.

Edge painting done by hand at Candor Arts. 

Signed and numbered edition of 25.

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I used to believe that i could be the next larry bird

by David Robert Elliott

"We all have the ability to challenge who we are, who we are now, and who we are capable of becoming. How far are we willing to push ourselves to realize our perceived potential? How do our failures define us? How much of our perceived worth is determined by our performance? How many times are we willing to lose before we give up?

I used to believe that I could be the next Larry Bird. This is ridiculous, Larry Bird was a 12-time NBA All-star, MVP three consecutive years, and won three NBA championships. Larry is widely considered one of the best to ever play the game. I wish I could see myself when I realized that I was not going to be the next Larry Bird. I'd like to see the look on my face.

Even as I write this, I have to confess, deep in the back of my mind there is a tiny voice saying "Fuck this, I am the next Larry Bird." I am thirty-three years old, sitting at a desk, in an office, and seriously believing that there is a chance in this universe that I am in fact the next Larry Bird. I'm not crazy. I know I'm not the next Larry Bird, but I could be." — David Robert Elliott

Photographs by David Robert Elliott

Essay by Scott Cowan

Released: July 28, 2017

7.5" x 9.125" x .875"

88 pages

Handbound hardcover with tipped in print and foil stamped spine.

Signed and numbered edition of 50.

Signed print edition of 50 released in conjunction with the book edition.

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In the company of black

by Cecil McDonald, Jr.

In the Company of Black is a book of photographs by multi-disciplinary artist Cecil McDonald Jr. For the past seven years, McDonald has developed a body of work focused on what he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary” people: educators, artists, administrators, business owners, teachers, and students. “I’m bringing together images of Black people who represent everyday folks.” Complemented with an essay by Tempestt Hazel and poems by avery r. young, McDonald’s In the Company of Black addresses and responds to the vast inaccuracies of Black humanity depicted within American society.

“When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country. The photographs that I’ve been making ask the question: where are the people who make up the space in between? Here they are, they are important, they must be seen!” — Cecil McDonald, Jr. on In the Company of Black. 

Photographs by Cecil McDonald, Jr.

Poems by avery r. young

Essay by Tempestt Hazel

Released: April 28, 2017. 

9.25" x 12.125" x 1.125"

144 pages

Fabric cover silkscreened by Ghost Press. 

Handbound hardcover with blind debossed spine.

Signed and numbered edition of 100.

Signed print edition of 60 released in collaboration with Sixty Inches from Center.

Collector's Set clamshell and archival print offered for the first ten books in the edition. 

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How to Make A Hood

Compiled by La Keisha Leek

How to Make A Hood unfolds a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to black bodies and their environments. The artists in this exhibition produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like 'objecthood,' 'personhood,' 'negrohood;' and Trayvon Martin's hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.

Compiled by La Keisha Leek

Contributed texts and works by: Amir George, James T. Green, Caroline Kent, Emily Lansana, Eliza Myrie, Jasmine Murrell, Casey Winkleman, avery r. young, Rashayla Marie Brown, Ashley J. Finigan, Allison Glenn, Eboni Senai Hawkins, Tony Lewis, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, and La Keisha Leek. 

Released February 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9968161-1-3

4.5" x 6" x .375" 

106 pages

Perfect bound with foil stamped cover.

Card Insert by Emily Hooper Lansana. 

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Moonwork

by A-lan Holt

Comprised of Poems from 2011-2014, Moonwork carries us on a journey of personal growth through the spectrum of love and its all-consuming qualities of comfort and concern, vulnerable states of bliss and pain, and the powerful transformation that takes place when love is embraced most deeply. Moonwork is a book about cycles.

A deeply personal collection about the state of being interconnected with another human being; the poems in this book, written in real-time, are portraits of a poet rising and falling in love.

Moonwork (paperback)

Poems by A-lan Holt

Released September 16, 2016.

7.25" x 7" x .25"

104 pages

Perfect bound with foil-stamped cover.

Included insert: risograph white ink handprint of A-lan's daughter Indigo June, whom this book is dedicated to.

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DE

by Victor Yañez-Lazcano

de, which is Spanish for “of” or “from” is an ongoing body of photographic work that explores my family’s identity in the United States as it grows into a second generation of citizens. Predominantly settled in the Midwest, my family has grown to over 100 individuals, many of whom I have yet to meet, spanning a diverse socioeconomic spectrum with varying degrees of assimilation. In 2009, inspired by the myriad of oral histories, I began to document the members of my family and re-imagine narratives of transition as a way to better understand the social implications of our Mexican-American identity. Veiled in new traditions and sometimes accompanied by thick accents, my family’s brief history in the United States has allowed for me to witness a cultural shift that I believe is unique to the rural Midwestern Mexican immigrant experience.  

Photographs and writing by Victor Yañez-Lazcano

Released July 30, 2016.

Handmade Artist Book

9.25" x 9" x .625"

104 pages

Handbound hardcover with foil stamped spine and back.

Representations of the Mexican-American border hand-carved by the artist into each cover of the artist book edition.

Signed and numbered edition of 30.

Paperback

5.5" x 8.5" x .375"

104 pages

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Moonwork 

by A-lan Holt

Comprised of Poems from 2011-2014, Moonwork carries us on a journey of personal growth through the spectrum of love and its all-consuming qualities of comfort and concern, vulnerable states of bliss and pain, and the powerful transformation that takes place when love is embraced most deeply. Moonwork is a book about cycles.

A deeply personal collection about the state of being interconnected with another human being; the poems in this book, written in real-time, are portraits of a poet rising and falling in love.

Poems by A-lan Holt

Released September 16, 2016.

7.25" x 7" x .375" 

104 pages

Hand-sewn hardcover edition of 28.

Silkscreened + foil-stamped cover.

Unique raw pigment Indigo dye handprint inside each book.

This book has been shortlisted for the Cornish Family Prize in Art & Design Publishing at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. 

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Bye Bye Broadway 

by David Bell

Bye Bye Broadway is a book of poetic reflections on David's personal experience of living in and running an exhibition space in downtown Los Angeles and the impact it has had on his perception of and relationship with gentrification.

Writing and photographs by David Bell

Released May 23, 2016.

7" x 8.5" x .25"

74 pages.

Perfect bound

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WIND THROUGH QUIET TENSIONS

by Adam Grossi

Wind Through Quiet Tensions is a book by Adam Grossi consisting of two parts. Part One: Thicket is a memoir focused on the last 12 years of Adam Grossi's life, his journey through mental illness, psychotherapy, and therapeutic applications of yoga and ayurveda. Part Two: Garden is a collection of working theories: musings on what it meant for Adam to be sick and how he has been able to heal.

Writing and illustrations by Adam Grossi

Released September 30, 2015.

6" by 7.5" x .5" 

214 pages.

Soft-touch laminated cover, perfect bound.

ISBN: 9780996816106

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How to Make A Hood 

Compiled by La Keisha Leek

How to Make A Hood unfolds a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to black bodies and their environments. The artists in this exhibition produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like 'objecthood,' 'personhood,' 'negrohood;' and Trayvon Martin's hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.

Compiled by La Keisha Leek

Contributed texts and works by: Amir George, James T. Green, Caroline Kent, Emily Lansana, Eliza Myrie, Jasmine Murrell, Casey Winkleman, avery r. young, Rashayla Marie Brown, Ashley J. Finigan, Allison Glenn, Eboni Senai Hawkins, Tony Lewis, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, and La Keisha Leek. 

Released August 30, 2015. 

4.5" x 6" x .5"

108 pages

Handbound hardcover with blind debossed covers. 

Signed and numbered edition of 50. 

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