Progress on “Twenty Poems”

As the last week of work on John Dorsey’s Twenty Poems About Girls begins, the hands of Hydeout Press are busy finishing the assembly on both collector and standard editions of the book. We thought we’d share with you some of the fun (and messy!) moments in the process.

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Peeling transfer sheets.
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Glossing the covers.
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Glossing the covers.

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Unbound front cover.

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Inside front cover.

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Cutting standard edition covers.

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Standard edition.

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The press is growing!

We here at Hydeout press would just like to say that getting started in the letterpress scene is incredibly fulfilling. Everybody we’ve dealt with has been incredible, helpful, kind, and very willing to share their knowledge and advice.

Special thanks today go to Keith Berger at Cranky Pressman in Salem, Ohio, to Bill Roberts at Bottle of Smoke press, and to Andrew Churchman in Indianapolis, who spent about 2 hours on the phone with Alex walking him through our entire setup.

We’ve made a lot of progress this week towards getting the press going, and it’s only possible because some really incredible people from around the country have come forward to share their expertise.

If you need any parts, tools, or equipment for your letterpress printing needs, please contact Andrew Churchman at letterpressdude @ gmail.com.  If you want some absolutely gorgeous prints made, you need to check out Cranky Pressman, and if you want some absolutely knockout poetry made with loving attention from the best materials, you can’t do better than Bottle of Smoke.

New developments from Hydeout Press!

Great developments are underway here in Cleveland this week.

First off, join John Dorsey, David Oprava, and the staff of Hydeout Press for a discussion of new press projects, promotions, and book announcements this Friday at 2pm EST on the Joe Milford Poetry Show.  We’ve got a special announcement for people who have preordered “Twenty Poems about Girls” that we’ll be sharing live on the air.  John will be giving a reading from his upcoming work as well as other projects in development.

Also, Hydeout Press just made a new acquisition:

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That’s a Chandler and Price Old Style platen press, 8×12 model 280.  It will be used in several new initiatives over the upcoming months, including one to share this resource with a university poetry center to facilitate projects by creative writing students and MFA programming.  More details to follow soon.

A very special thanks goes out to Ryan at Welden Tackle, the gentleman who sold us this monstrosity at a massive discount over other buyers in order to keep this press running, out of the scrap heap, and accessible to students and the arts community. Ryan is a hell of a nice guy. If you need fishing tackle or supplies, please consider calling Welden at their Brunswick location.

Keep tuned for more upcoming projects and announcements over the following weeks!