Shanna stands in the corner of a room in bright daylight, wearing a dark gray top and green glasses. Her hair is mostly silver with blond tips, and falls in waves below her shoulders. On the wall behind her two paintings are partially visible, a white canvas with blue numbers and an orange and red abstract oil painting in a silver frame. She is looking directly at the viewer and softly smiling.Shanna Compton’s most recent book is Creature Sounds Fade, published by Black Lawrence Press. Midwinter Constellation, cowritten with 31 other poets, is forthcoming in January 2022, also from Black Lawrence. Shanna’s other books include Brink (Bloof, 2013), For Girls Other Poems (Bloof, 2008), Down Spooky (Open Book Award Winner, Winnow, 2005), and several chapbooks. 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 works as a book designer for independent authors and other small presses, and creates visual art as a printmaker and collagist. She lives in Blue Hill, Maine.

To view some of Shanna’s book design work, visit her portfolio site. Some of her prints and collages are available from Hi Water Press.