I am a book designer and writer living in South Carolina. My essays have appeared most recently in Chautauqua and Matter Journal, and online for the DIAGRAM, Oxford American, Fringe, and the Rumpus. My MFA in Nonfiction is from University of North Carolina Wilmington, where I also served as Assistant Editor of the literary magazine, Ecotone, and worked for the literary imprint Lookout Books. I currently live in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where I am the Deputy Director of Hub City Press. I design all of Hub City Press's national literary titles.
In addition to my work at Hub City, I also do a lot of freelance work, both covers and interiors. I can do most any genre, but find I'm particularly drawn to biography/memoir and literary fiction. I also facilitate production and printing for individuals looking to self-publish or print books for a particular purpose. If you have a print project that you need help with, please get in touch.
Currently run production for Hub City Press, a boutique literary imprint in South Carolina.
Set in contemporary Louisville, Leesa Cross-Smith’s mesmerizing first novel surrounding the death of a police officer is a requiem for marriage, friendship and family, from an author Roxane Gay has called “a consummate storyteller.” Evi—a classically-trained ballerina—was nine months pregnant when her husband Eamon was killed in the line of duty on a steamy morning in July. Now, it is winter, ... read more
"A spellbinding story of witchcraft and disobedience." - NPRAn NPR Best Book of 2016 An NPR Book of the Year | Winner of the 2017 Southern Book PrizeIndie Next Pick, May 2016 | Gold IPPY Award, Literary FictionIt’s 1939, and the federal government has sent USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families on modernizing their homes and farms. There she meets far... read more
"Ultimately, this is a passionate and gorgeously written reminder of why urban planning matters." - Booklist, starred reviewIn the months leading up to the birth of her first child, Hannah Palmer discovers that all three of her childhood houses have been wiped out by the expansion of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Having uprooted herself from a promising career in publishi... read more
Czechoslovakia, 1939: Snow is falling over the city when the Nazis invade. Before the ice on the roads has a chance to melt, everything has changed for the country—and for Viktor Trn.It isn’t obvious at first. The day-to-day realities of occupation take time to sink in. After losing his job as a history professor, Trn remains optimistic, preserving what little he can of his family’s dwindling ... read more
When the deacons at Mark Beaver’s Bible Belt church cue up an evangelical horror flick aimed at dramatizing Hell, he figures he'd better get right with God, and soon. Convinced he could die at age seven and spend eternity roasting on a spit in the fiery furnace of Hades, he promptly gets Saved. But once adolescence hits, the Straight and Narrow becomes a tight squeeze. But Suburban Gospel offe... read more
In this brave, elegiac debut, How to Prove a Theory, Nicole Tong relies on empirical evidence to construct meaning in the wake of a series of losses that include a childhood lost to trauma, a best friend lost following childbirth, a brother-in-law, a father, and a generation of children in the poet's hometown after a water contamination event. In the face of loss, the poet describes grief as e... read more
In the increasingly competitive culture of modern motherhood, parenting advice can often be judgmental, unrealistic, or smug. Or sometimes, there isn’t anyone there to offer advice or support. Mothers may feel isolated and lack a support network to provide honest advice, and others may face a barrage of unwarranted, unhelpful tips or warnings. This collection of essays from 60 mothers will emp... read more
The title of J.K. Daniels’s first book, Wedding Pulls, comes from a Victorian custom that persists in the American South: charms pulled from a wedding cake by the unmarried attendants are said to predict who will marry next and who never, who will be richer and who poorer. Sensual and sonically-charged, these poems interrogate what it means to be wedded, lawfully or not, and to have and hold, ... read more
Three years ago, the sun began to die. In a desperate attempt to reignite the failing star, the United States had joined the rest of the planet in unloading its nuclear arsenal at the flickering ember. The missiles burst from silos in Wyoming and Bangladesh, cocooning the earth in tendrils of smoke as they began their two-and-a-half year journey into space. When they finally reach their target... read more
Magic City Gospel is a love song to Birmingham, the Magic City of the South. In traditional forms and free verse poems, 2015 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award-winner Ashley M. Jones takes readers on an historical, geographical, cultural, and personal journey through her life and the life of her home state. From De Soto’s “discovery” of Alabama to George Wallace’s infamous stance in the schoolhouse doo... read more
From Beaufort to Boone and a dozen places in between, Carolina Writers at Home is a rich collection of true stories showcasing the houses where some of the most notable Southern authors―including Jill McCorkle, Nikky Finney, Alan Gurganus, Clyde Edgerton, and Michael Parker―have forged their writing lives. The homes in these twenty-five essays range from the classic bungalow and mid-century mo... read more
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A cover designer from a family of librarians, I've spent my life around books. There's nothing I love more than giving a face to your words!
Book designer & illustrator. Clients include Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, GQ, The Atlantic, NBC, and more.