Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Poet-to-Poet Series by Faber & Faber

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I love woodcut and scratchboard art—here are some beautiful covers designed by Miriam Rosenbloom for Faber & Faber‘s celebration of their 80th year.

From the designer: “I was asked to design a new series for six of Faber’s best-loved poets as part of its 80th birthday celebrations. These particular editions are from Faber’s ‘poet to poet’ series: poems selected by another poet. The brief was to create a set of beautiful hardback books reflecting both Faber’s design history and the richness of its celebrated poetry list. With this wonderful beginning I turned to one of my all-time favourite art forms—printmaking. Faber has a long history of working with some of the best printmakers of the day for its covers, such as Edward Bawden and Edward McKnight Kauffer – this felt like a fantastic opportunity to revisit and revitalise that connection by working with some of the UK’s best contemporary printmakers.”

The artist for the Ted Hughes volume pictured above is Mark Hearld. See all the covers for the series at FaceOut Books’ blog.

Miller Williams Poetry Prize

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Here’s a congratulations to the three poets recognized by the first annual Miller Williams Poetry Prize, given by the University of Arkansas Press. The winner for 2010 was The Dirt Riddles by Michael Walsh and the two finalists were Harm’s Way by Eric Leigh and Another Creature by Pamela Gemin. I was lucky enough to get to design the covers for these three books, as well as the interiors for The Dirt Riddles and Harm’s Way. I particularly like designing for poetry—I get a chance to really read the book before I design it, not usually possible with long scholarly works. I like poetry and appreciate the presses that are still publishing it—kudos to the University of Arkansas Press for continuing that long tradition started by our celebrated Miller Williams 30 years ago.

Also, note the illustration on the cover of The Dirt Riddles—art by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. Very cool—I wish I could take credit for choosing it.