New York: [Gaspara Stampa Inc., Russell Maret,], 2022. One of seventy-seven numbered copies. Twenty-five hors commerce copies were also produced. Designed and edited by Russel Maret and printed by Maret and Sarah Moody. Signed on the colophon by all the contributors to the project. Dispatches from the Lizard Brain chronicles the work of Carolee Campbell since she inaugurated Ninja Press in Sherman Oaks, California in 1984. With dozens of tipped-in samples of work by Carolee Campbell, plus photographs. The primary text face is Carolee, designed by Russell Maret and printed from photopolymer plates. Titles are set in Felix Titling. Fine, as new. This book was out of print before publication. Bound in blue patterned paper boards by Amy Borezo at Shelter Bookworks. The pattern was adapted from ornament designed and punch-cut by Carolee Campbell. Blue-green leather spine titled in gilt. Pale yellow and green endpapers. In the copper cloth chemise. With a copy of Carolee Campbell’s An Argument for Lying Fallow & the Habit of Risk (2022, 10 pp.) laid in. Folio. 129 pp. Item #17239
Campbell, the sole proprietor of Ninja Press, publishes limited editions of contemporary poetry that she designs, handsets in metal type, prints letterpress, binds, and often illustrates. She has printed the work of numerous important poets like former United States Poets Laureate W.S. Merwin, Billy Collins, Philip Levine, and Natasha Trethewey. Campbell’s work is heavily influenced by her extensive experience as a photographer as well as her career as an Emmy-winning actress.
Ninja Press books can be found in the collections of libraries including the Getty, the Library of Congress, UCLA, and the British Library. The Ninja Press archive is held in the Special Research Collections of the University of Santa Barbara Library.