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Shanna Compton is the author of Brink (Bloof, 2013), For Girls Other Poems (Bloof, 2008), Down Spooky (Open Book Award Winner, Winnow, 2005), and several chapbooks. Creature Sounds Fade is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2020, and she is currently at work on The Hazard Cycle, a book-length speculative poem. Her poetry and essays are widely published, appearing in Best American Poetry, the Nation, American Poetry ReviewMcSweeney’s, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere.

A book artist and small-press advocate, her activities as a publisher and editor include everything from the lit zine she put out in Austin, Texas, to working for an imprint of a major commercial publisher (and a few fashion catalogs) after moving to New York City. She co-curated and co-hosted the Frequency Series at Brooklyn’s Shockwave Bookstore from 2003 to 2005. In 2007, she founded the independent micropress Bloof Books, drawing on her experiences as an editor and book designer at LIT, the magazine of the MFA program at the New School, and Soft Skull Press in Brooklyn. In addition to her work with the poets of Bloof, she designs books for independent authors and various small presses. She lives on the Delaware River in Lambertville, New Jersey.

To view some of Shanna’s book design work, visit her portfolio site.