The beginnings of Blaumond Press are rooted in the early 1990s. Eva Roberts was teaching design at East Carolina University when Alex Albright, a professor in the school's English Department was preparing to launching a new publication. Eva volunteered to art direct and Alex recognized a good deal when he saw one. The newly launched publication was called North Carolina Literary Review. Initially conceived as a small volume of less than 100 pages, the NCLR grew in both format and content. The inaugural edition was 188 pages long to accommodate a powerful and experimental approach to page design.

The project grew in scope and Eva needed help. She turned to her students because she knew a good deal when she saw one. She invited a few students to help out. One of those poor suckers was Stanton Blakeslee, an illustration major and one of her better design students. Stanton became an important part of the NCLR's expanding design and editorial team. A common bond formed around the team's love of words and photographs and design and illustration and printing presses and ink and paper and finishing techniques and binding methods and late-night edits and something called 'editorial content' and the reader and the people who worked on it all. The people were the glue. They made it special. And the results were obvious. Within three years, NCLR won countless national and international awards. And despite the long, long hours, the recognition made it all worth while.

After graduation Stanton continued to work on NCLR. Eventually Eva moved on to actual paying projects and Alex did too. For a short time, Stanton was NCLR's next Art Director. But Stanton was a storyteller at heart and there was that pesky mortgage to think about so in 1997 he moved on as well. But this early collaboration created lasting friendships and years later Stanton approached his former mentor and his former boss about a new idea.

Stanton hadn't been sitting on his laurels all that time. He had been writing and dreaming and sketching and scheming along the way. Stanton was a lover of children's literature. He had a considerable collection but he loved his oldest picture books the most. They were unique. They were special. But he was getting a little worried. Even though the picture book had been an art form, there were too many formulas. Too many colors. Everything was beginning to look the same. He wanted to form a publishing company. He wanted to shake things up (if possible). He wanted to remind kids that books are still fun. He wanted to bring books to life. He wanted to see stories that live on beyond the page. So he gathered up the usual suspects and tapped into some financial contacts and with the help of his friends Tony Khoury and Jason Crain, he created Blaumond Press. He turned to Alex for editorial input and to Eva, his early mentor, to run the show. "She'd understand my vision" he thought. And she did. And the rest? Well the rest is now being written.

Publishers New Releases Upcomng Titles EBooks Contact Blaumond Press