In 2018, Haley E. D. Houseman and I partnered to publish a print anthology of new nature writing. The work would range from mythology to taxonomy to theology to post-colonialism; the tone would be meditative at times, urgent at others. Haley would edit and illustrate the contributors, and I would design and illustrate their essays. We opted against color printing to make the book more accessible. Creamy paper, neo-traditional fonts, and uncanny glyphs give the text a vintage touch, while ragged columns and oversized treatments keep it in company with contemporary literary zines. Light, gestural author portraits quietly capture their human counterparts, while vibrant line illustrations vibrate off the page throughout—bringing nature to the forefront of the exchange.
Elegant typography punctuated with boldness. Art doesn't overwhelm the design but supports it. Strong graphic artwork balances beautifully with the refined typography." — Judges' Comments, 2019 New England Book Show
Missy J. Kennedy
Designer & Illustrator, Essays
Haley E. D. Houseman
Editor & Illustrator, Portraits