Chaco Sojourn

"Artistically, we find a great deal that is surreal and open to interpretation about Chaco Canyon, its controversial past, its emptiness filled with color, its dry echoes. A vibrational feast of impressions."
Volume One
Chaco Sojourn

Volume Two
He Belongs To Nobody
Volume Three
The Girl Who Painted Gourds

Volume Four
Desert Threnody

Chaco Sojourn consists of four short stories by New Mexico author John Macker. His visions of the transcendent lives of people (and wildlife) existing in Chaco Canyon come alive with his evocative prose. With this backdrop, Macker’s stories follow a thread through different periods of time, illuminating the heated canyon’s embrace and effect on the various characters, some of whom are strangers to the canyon. The settings are contemporary, historic and allegorical, engaging the reader’s imaginations and experiences. 

The stories are accompanied by the woodblocks and serigraphs of Leon Loughridge. The subtle tones and colors of the artwork allow the reader to personalize the images accompanying Macker’s words. All the illustrations have been hand-printed by Loughridge at his Denver studio. Once printed, the pages are collated and hand-bound into the volumes with each volume signed by both artists.


Printing began in January of 2021 with the first volume scheduled to be available to subscribers in April of 2021. Subsequent volumes will be printed and released throughout the year of 2021.  
Each volume will be printed in an edition of 30.  Subscribers will receive subscriber-pricing on each release, along with a bonus “over-run” print from the volume.
The volumes will be available as sets only.

The initial offering will be made to past clients and collectors. Subscribers will receive the same edition number throughout the publication and have the option of choosing an available edition number when initiating their subscription.
A refund is available if the project does not meet expectations. Books must be returned in  undamaged condition.


Each volume will be priced at $200 for regular retail.
Volume One                                          $260  
Includes Cost of Slip Case
Volume Two to Four  (each)              $200
Total                                                        $860
With the purchase of Volume One, the subscriber agrees to purchase the remaining volumes as they are released. As each volume is completed, subscribers will receive an invoice in the mail for that volume.

Volumes will be released at 3 month intervals throughout the year of 2021.
Subscribers making a full payment for the project at Volume One will have the slip case cost waived ($60) making the total cost $800.
Shipping within the continental US will be paid for by DCArtPress.
A full refund can be requested if subscriber is not satisfied with the books. Books and slip case must be returned in undamaged condition for a refund.

Funding the Project

Self publishing is time consuming and labor intensive, yet rewarding when the finished product is presented.  
Funding this endeavor can be as challenging as creating it. One means of funding is by selling "page over-runs" from previous publications.

Page Over-Runs are created when you print safe which means printing more pages than needed just in case there is a smudge on one of the pages.
The page over-runs can be viewed at the DCArtPressBookstore.

Print Over-Runs