"I'm drawn to things that are broken—and sometimes I like to fix them." For almost two decades, Teena has been writing and editing for print and digital media. The subject matter she has tackled over the years is widely diverse: prison life, urban archaeology, international adoption, sustainable fashion, video-game culture, and much more. At the heart of her favorite stories are trailblazers and unsung heroes: she enjoys learning about what inspires individuals to affect change and how communities are transformed by them.
"If it's not written on a yellow legal pad, it doesn't exist." Andrea writes about cultural trends, film history, and forgotten philosophical systems for such publications as The Believer, BUST, make/shift, and Los Angeles magazine. She is also the author of Girl Director and two forthcoming L.A. guidebooks, and has worked as an editor for Girl Press, Angel City Press, and TASCHEN. Fond of the esoteric, Andrea is an enthusiast for her adopted city, outdated technologies, and the creative pursuits of others.
"I like prose that's clean, clear, and packed with meaning." Jessica is a coeditor/copublisher of make/shift magazine; editor/copy editor of almost 200 books for publishers including TASCHEN and the Perseus Books Group; communications consultant for USC's Visions and Voices Initiative, The Wende Museum, and Foundation for a Just Society, among others; and writer on arts and social justice for publications including The Art Newspaper, SFAQ, GOOD, and ColorLines.
"I don't know what I want to be when I grow up." At just nine years old, Tai has written and illustrated numerous stories on any surface available to her. Her artwork inspired our forthcoming From the Deli Case product line, which will feature her imaginative stories about food. Currently a second grader, she also enjoys writing songs, choreographing dance routines, and especially holding garage sales.
Storyteller + Illustrator
"Pas trop trop, et pas trop trop." If you ask Miriam, almost everything in design and life is about striking a perfect (or perfectly imperfect) balance. Having launched her graphic design career in Montreal’s vibrant fashion scene, she subsequently spent years honing her typography skills with publishers, corporate clients, and letterpress projects. She believes that at its most compelling, visual communication is good storytelling.
Originally from Zurich, Switzerland, Alexandra graduated from the American Film Institute with a degree in cinematography. For the past two decades, she has been working in film and video production in Los Angeles. Her photography captures her appreciation for architecture and interior design, and will be featured prominently in our Dear Seller book to be released this fall.
"Now more than ever, people want to feel like people—not like robots, mere extensions of their phones and their email." Nina is an editor with more than two decades of experience transforming lightbulb moments and napkin sketches into books. She is currently the managing editor of TASCHEN, where she oversees the publisher’s literary letterpress series and books big and small of photography and fine art. She studied literature and art history at Vassar College before returning to her native Los Angeles to work with various independent presses. She now lives in NYC.
A Southern California heavy-metal kid turned long-hair punk, Steven was educated by Doonesbury comics, Steve Martin LPs, and Woody Allen movies. He is a short-story writer, publisher of tiny books, manager at Skylight Books, and member of the band Ukefink.
"Books aren’t going anywhere." Ryan Mungia began his career in publishing writing music reviews for an alternative weekly newspaper called The Synthesis. Since 2012, he has been producing books under his own imprint, BOYO.