Shortly after the Haiku Poets of Northern California began in 1989, I started editing its journal, Woodnotes. One reason for this was because I also provided layout and design, which I did using PageMaker in those early days of desktop publishing. I also did the layout and design for all the early books for HPNC’s Two Autumns Press. This included the annual Two Autumns reading series books plus occasional members’ anthologies. I also proposed the press’s logo, which I had initially selected from a printed clipart book for the cover of the first book, Two Autumns, published in 1990. That book and the press name derived from a classic Japanese haiku, selected by Garry Gay, first thought to be by Buson but actually by Shiki. The following are all the Two Autumns Press books for which I did the layout and design. As a poet, I was featured in the 1990 book, Two Autumns, and in the 2009 book, My Neighbor. In addition, I coedited the 1991 and 2000 membership anthologies, The Gulf Within and Countdown, and edited 2010 Two Autumns collection, Lighting a Candle. You can also see a list of all Two Autumns readings on the HPNC website.
Of all the designs, cover and interior, I feel most proud of The Gulf Within (with my sand dune cover photograph, turned blood red), Summer River, and All Day Long. The cover designs for The Sound of the Bell and Countdown are my least favourite, both done rather quickly. Playing Tag Among Buddhas stumped me for cover images, other than finding a literal interpretation, which I could not find anyway, so I went with a typographic design, making this another favourite. In the following list I include a sample poem of my own if my work was included.
Two Autumns Reading Series Books