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The Lemon Grove

This is an e-book cover for the Dzanc Books rEprint publishing arm. (2013, Dzanc Books)  

Nostalgia for the Criminal Past

The editor and author selected the image for this cover. My job was to incorporate it, along with the type, into a workable design. I also did the back cover and book’s interior. (2012, [...]

MARGINALIA FOR A NATURAL HISTORY

  The author requested a butterfly on this cover, and I came up with the concept of having it seem like a display, like it would be at the Museum of Natural History. The poems in this [...]

DOLL STUDIES: FORENSICS

  This book is a collection of poems inspired by miniature dioramas of murder scenes. I used an image of one of them for the cover and then created the yellow stripe to replicate crime scene [...]

MEN UNDRESSED

  The cover art was provided for this title, so my job was to provide an appropriate type treatment. Because it’s all women writers, and because the art is black and white, I went with [...]

AN ISLAND OF FIFTY

  This experimental and highly stylized novel is about a group of people on an island that are confronted by industrial civilization through sailors who arrive on their shores. They bring [...]

THE ART OF COUGHING

  This author’s previous works have a design style to them that makes them look like a series, despite having different publishers. I incorporated those elements here to create a [...]

UNENDING ROOMS

  This book is surreal and somewhat dark, so the cover introduces those elements and is also a play on the title. (2008, Black Lawrence Press)      

LOSING CAMILLE

  I tried to convey growing with this cover. The characters in the book–who are located in the mid-west–are changing into adults and I felt like this image captured that well. [...]

KAMBY BOLONGO MEAN RIVER

  This book contains a very simplistic writing style, and one of the primary elements of it is an endlessly ringing telephone that the protagonist must hear because he’s locked away in [...]

BASIL

  The author supplied the cover image for this poetry collection. I cropped it, added the type, and created the spine and back cover. (2011, Black Lawrence Press)      

THE TASTE OF PENNY

  This cover was inspired by the title story in the collection. In it, rival moving companies post over each other’s flyers around town. I printed some super basic flyers, weathered [...]

NOTHING IN THE WORLD

  One important symbol that keeps showing up throughout this novella is an abalone shell. I used the underside of one of these shells as the cover image. (2007, Dzanc Books)      

WEDNESDAYS AT 3:00

  This book is an anthology of writing from high school students that met every Wednesday after school. I tried to make a fun cover that alluded to these workshop sessions by incorporating a [...]

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

  I really love movies. Especially those by Paul Thomas Anderson. I also love the movement of minimal posters that seems to be kind of trendy for the past few years. That’s why I [...]

AMERICAN MASTODON

  This is another poetry collection where the publisher provided the artwork. I was tasked with the typography. (2011, Black Lawrence Press)      

BOB, OR MAN ON BOAT

  This book is incredibly simplistic and lyrical. The cover is somewhat literal in relation to the title, but it is very subtle, just like the writing. (2008, Dzanc Books)      

VISITING HOURS

  This book is a collection of stories about the time and space in between places. I wanted to convey a sense of that through a feeling of waiting on the cover. (2008, Press 53)   [...]

MISFITS AND OTHER HEROES

  This is a dark and and funny book. I took the cover image from one of the stories in it, where two women lie down in traffic for excitement. (2009, Dzanc Books)      

THINGS THAT PASS FOR LOVE

  The artwork was selected before I was given this assignment, but I was asked to crop the image and add the appropriate typography. (2007, Other Voices Books)      

BLIP!

  This book is an anthology of writing by high school students, and copies of the book are distributed them as well as local libraries. I wanted to make a cover that was fun and that [...]

SAINT MONICA

  There was an idea in place with this cover when it was put on my desk. My job was to find the right artwork and create typography that would suit the idea. (2010, Black Lawrence Press) [...]

MONKEYBICYCLE

  Monkeybicycle is a literary journal that I started in 2002 when I lived in Seattle. I co-edit the print issues and design everything from books (covers, interiors, and ebooks) to the [...]

MY DEAR GIRL

  This is the story of how Marie Hosmer, a feisty New England woman, painted her way into the 20th century and created over 500 works of art. (2011, Black Lawrence Press)      

EVERY BITTER THING

  I wanted to convey the humor in this book through a cheeky cover design. The story centers around a boy and a karate dojo. (2010, Black Lawrence Press)      

THE COLLAGIST

  This logo is for the online literary journal, The Collagist. They publish a wide variety of content and I wanted to create something that went along with that idea. (2009)      

OPERATION OHIO

  This logo was created for an initiative started by author Stephen Elliott as part of the 2004 presidential election. Operation Ohio’s mission was to encourage people to register to [...]

BOOKS IN BLACK

  This poster was made for an art exhibit in New York City in 2007. The image on it is from one of the artists. (2007)      

HOBART

  This is a giclée print created for a literary event in Toronto, held by the literary journal, Hobart. There were no guidelines given to me for the design, so I came up with this fun [...]

HEART OF HAITI

  This screen printed poster was created with the help of my friend, Christine Diaz, for The Haiti Poster Project, which raised money for the Doctors Without Borders effort in [...]

OPPRESSIVE LIGHT

  The author provided the cover art for this book. It originally had a knife and fork alongside the nest for some reason. I cropped those out to make a more fitting image for the content, [...]

IN THE CARNIVAL OF BREATHING

  This book is a surreal collection of poems that have a recurring theme of breathing underwater. The pink circles are representative of bubbles floating to the surface. (2010, Black [...]

FURTHER ADVENTURES IN THE RESTLESS UNIVERSE

  The cover art for this short story collection was provided by the author’s eight-year-old son. I cropped and adjusted it to fit the cover format and added the typography. The [...]

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