Carolee Campbell started Ninja Press in Sherman Oaks, California in 1984. There is no specific literary agenda governing the selection of works to be published, the abiding interest is contemporary poetry. The decision to embark on the path of bookmaking came from her years in photography and her desire to turn photographic sequences into bound books. Training in bookbinding turned into letterpress printing and Ninja Press was born.
Carolee designs, prints from hand set type, and binds each of the editions, many of which she illustrates as well. The primary goal is to achieve the highest standards of excellence in craftsmanship while exploring new approaches to the union between word, image, and book structure.
Ninja Press books are collected by many of the world’s great libraries, including The Getty Research Institute, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The British Library, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia Universities. A complete list of institutions can be found on the Ninja Press website along with a detailed biography. The entire Ninja Press archive is held in the Davidson Library Special Collections Department at UC Santa Barbara.