Shanna Compton


Book Design Portfolio

This site is primarily about my writing. My design portfolio is hosted here.

I'm a graphic designer specializing in books and book-related ephemera. I got into book design by way of writing and editing (which I also do professionally). Clients include Barrelhouse Books, Black Square Editions, Bloof Books, the Center for Women Writers at Salem College, LIT Magazine at the New School, Penny Candy Books, Roundstone Publishing, Soft Skull Press, and others. In addition to the digital book design work I'm showing here, I'm also a book artist who makes handmade chapbooks, limited-edition digital prints, linocut prints, hand-painted posters, and hand-lettered posters and cards. My photographs also appear in some of these designs, and have been featured on/in books from Soft Skull Press, IG Publishing, No Tell Books, and others.
If you've got a design project you think I might be good for, or if you'd like to see more work samples, please use the contact form to get in touch. 
I live in Central NJ, and I also regularly work in both NYC and Philadelphia metro areas.


The Quotidian Bee: New weekdaily zine at Medium

Last week, Bloof Books officially launched our new weekdaily poetry zine, the Quotidian Bee, featuring selections from small press books, chapbooks & magazines. Submissions will open in January. One poem at a time, with links to the publishers for more information & ordering. Please come & browse.

First week archives


MON 11/16/15  
"Self-Portrait as Shop Window" by Patricia Spears Jones

TUE 11/17/15    
"Dear Other:" by Megan Burns

WED 11/18/15      
"That Outfit Is Smart Because It References Pamela Des Barres" by Gina Abelkop

THU 11/19/15      
"Layla" by Lauren Clark

FRI 11/20/15      
"Untitled" by Marisa Crawford

The Quotidian Bee


This weekend in Philadelphia

I'll be at the Bloof Books bookfair table Thursday through Saturday, for Philalalia.

And this event Friday night.


Interview at Tiny Press Practices

Carmelo Valone interviewed me for the CalArts Tiny Press Practices blog (for a book arts–focused class taught by Jen Hofer). We talked about the Bloof Books series of ‪handmade‬ ‪poetry‬ ‪chapbooks‬, including recent ones by Jackie Clark and Daniel Borzutzky, as well as humor, politics, how small presses create space for new voices, and the first chapbook I bought for my personal stash in Austin, TX in the mid 90s.

Here's the link.