The FPBA wants YOU to contribute to the deluxe copies of Parenthesis 21

Dear letterpress printers & FPBA colleagues,

I am writing on behalf of the North American chapter of the Fine Press Book Association to invite you to contribute an ephemeral piece to the special copies of Parenthesis 21, which will go to press this summer. The special copies are hard bound, and slipcased with a portfolio which includes pieces of ephemera from various presses and printers. We are asking this as a donation of time and materials, with the object of having your work shown to an audience who might otherwise not encounter it.

The ephemera can take almost any form you wish, but there are restrictions as to size. The finished piece should measure no more than 8 1/2 by 11 inches [215 by 275 mm], although of course it may be a larger sheet folded down to that size. We will need 115 copies of whatever piece you print for the deluxe membership editions and for a bundle exchange amongst contributors. Please note this is a portfolio exchange for contributors — you will not receive the bound edition.

For this issue we would especially like to receive submissions from Massachusetts printers and presses—but that does not preclude anyone else from participating.

So go ahead, throw some ink around, stretch your typographic legs! Color is not essential but is always welcome, as are illustrated pieces. This is your opportunity to print that little broadsheet, pamphlet, poem card, or whatever else you have had in the typographic corner of your mind for months or years. We only ask that you do not simply send a prospectus for a book you are printing, or which you have printed. This is not a forum for direct advertising, but an opportunity to show your style and to have some fun. In the process, you will greatly help Parenthesis and the Fine Press Book Association.

Some past contributors of printed ephemera to the North American deluxe edition include:

Arion Press, Aliquando Press, Cotton Socks Press, Barbarian Press, Gehenna Press, Full Moon Press, Incline Press, Leopard Studio Editions, Lock’s Press, Loveletter Press, Midnight Paper Sales, (m)Other Tongue Press, Passim Editions, Red Howler Press, Robin Price, Sherwin Beach Press, Walking Bird Press, Warwick Press, Whittington Press, and Yellow Barn Press, to name but a few.

If you are not a member of the FPBA already, that need not preclude your taking part, but please consider joining. The association is the only organization that is furthering the work of fine press printing and the book arts in both North America and the UK, andParenthesis, which appears twice a year, is the only forum in which books from presses such as yours are reviewed and advertised. To join the FPBA, go to:


1. If you wish to contribute something, please contact me (Mark McMurray) by e-mail to confirm. My address is

2. Your contribution must be received by July 15, 2011. Please send your work to:

Mark McMurray

Caliban Press

14 Jay Street

Canton, NY 13617 USA

3. Remember that the overall size of the finished piece must be 8 1/2 by 11 inches or less.

4. Please email me a short blurb about yourself and your submission, as we will include a cover sheet in the portfolio that will give some details about you.

We thank you very much for your consideration, and we hope you will be joining us in this project.

With all best bibliographic wishes,

Mark McMurray

Deluxe Ephemera Coordinator


2 Responses to “The FPBA wants YOU to contribute to the deluxe copies of Parenthesis 21”

  1. Roxanne Columbus Says:

    I think I would like to contribute, but there are a couple of questions I have in regards to contributing prints.

    1. Is it ok that I am based in Italy (native Texan).
    2. I have woodcarvings–do all the prints have to be one style? Can there be a three different prints that add up to 115 prints?
    3. Is there a restriction on paper and size? Again can the kind of paper I printed on vary? Yes, I understand the format can’t be bigger than letter size, but can the sizes vary?

    Thanks and hope I can contribute,


  2. admin Says:

    You’ve somehow stumbled into a 2-year-old post. P21, 23, and 25 are all finished. If you’re interested in contributing ephemera to P27, that’s the North American issue we’ve started working on. In fact, I’m not even sure yet who will be handling the deluxe edition of P27, which is where the ephemera go. In the meantime, email me and I’ll make sure it reaches the right person.

    –Bob McCamant, NA editor of Parenthesis

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