September 27, 2013

Chax Press reading, book party, exhibition

Chax Press Benefit Reading & Book Party:

Friday, September 27
6:30 pm

Blackfish Gallery
420 NW 9th Avenue

Maryrose Larkin, Standard Schaefer, Beverly Dahlen
Charles AlexanderDavid Abel, Joel Bettridge, 
Robert Mittenthal, Allison Cobb, Linda Russo

Come help us to celebrate the publication of two new books by Portland poets:

The Identification of Ghosts by Maryrose Larkin
The Notebook of False Purgatories by Standard Schaefer

with readings by seven Chax authors from the Pacific Northwest,
plus very special guests Beverly Dahlen and Charles Alexander


Chax Press: Publishing Poetics
September 5-29, 2013

with special closing event: 
Saturday, 9/28, 4:00 pm, in the gallery
a conversation with Charles Alexander and David Abel

Gallery 214
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson, Portland, Oregon 97209

Hours: M-F 7:00 am - 10:00 pm; Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm; Sun 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

An exhibition of seventy-five letterpress and offset books and broadsides featuring the work of contemporary poets, designed and executed by Charles Alexander and collaborators at Chax Press in Tucson, Arizona

For thirty-five years, Charles Alexander has written, read, typeset, printed, published, and taught poetry, and countless readers and writers are indebted to his unstinting devotion.

While in college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, Charles teamed up with Alison Circle to form the Black Mesa Press, which issued dozens of limited-edition books and broadsides by exciting and important contemporary poets. Typeset, printed, and bound by hand (often using handmade papers), the productions of the Black Mesa Press exemplified a turn taken by a number of fine presses in the 1980s, away from familiar and safe texts and toward experimental and innovative writers.

With a move to Tucson in 1984, Chax Press was born. Though making books by hand has remained an important touchstone for the press, Chax committed itself from the start to providing challenging work by innovative poets in handsome, affordable trade editions.

For thirty years, Charles and company have pursued a critical and exploratory poetics of publishing, through all the varied means at their disposal. This exhibition of books and broadsides, which merely hints at the scope and richness of their accomplishments, coincides with the publication of two new Chax books by Portland poets: 
The Notebook of False Purgatories by Standard Schaefer, and The Identification of Ghosts by Maryrose Larkin.

Exhibition conceived and organized by David Abel / Passages Bookshop

The organizer extends grateful acknowledgments to Charles Alexander for his participation, and for the loan of materials from the Chax Press archive; to Mack McFarland and Pacific Northwest College of Art for providing gallery space and technical support; to Adam Davis and Kate Schaefer at Division Leap for the loan of display cases, and to James Yeary, Sam Lohmann, and Jim Clinefelter for help with installation.

For more information, contact:

Passages Bookshop / David Abel

Chax Press / Charles Alexander