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Illustrated Cover of The Moon's Answer
The entire book is illustrated by a nib pen and black ink. Yellow and a pinkish lavender color was added during the printing process.

The Moon's Answer
by Lana Ayers

Illustrated by Anita K. Boyle
  • Year: 2016
  • Pages: 32
  • Binding: stapled and square-spine wrap
  • Size: 6" x 9.5"
  • Limited Edition: 100 copies
  • Price: $30.00


painting of moon settingThis is handmade, limited edition book, numbered and signed by the author Lana Ayers, and the illustrator Anita K. Boyle. The books are printed in three colors, and include moon-yellow endpapers, which were hand-dyed with buttercup, dandelion and creeping jenny flowers.

For more information about this book, go to the Egress Studio blog pages here and here.

Audio: To hear Lana read this book-length poem, click here.

Double-Page Illustrations Fill the Book
This book is created around a single poem. The connected illustrations run from to back along the tree-lined landscape's horizon line. Each illustration includes a moon, and relates to the poem on the pages it is on. As you can see, once the illustrations were finished and photographed, I cleaned them up a bit, and placed a text-block over the empty rectangles in the drawings. This was an immensely time-consuming project, and a very satisfying one.

About Lana Ayers

The poet and fiction writer Lana Ayers is an energetic supporter of other poets and other writers. She has promoted poets and poetry through several publishing imprints, including MoonPath Press, Concrete Wolf, World Enough Writers, and competitions. She also teaches writint workshops. She is a leader worthy of emulation in our local and national literary communities. She has encouraged hundreds of emerging poets, and continues to sustain them beyond their many successes. Lana's other poetry publications include The Dead Boy Sings in Heaven (2018, Night Rain Press), Four Quarters: An Homage To T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets (2017, Night Rain Press), What Big Teeth: Red Riding Hood's Real Life (2010, Kissena Park Press), A New Red (2010, Pecan Grove Press), and Dance From Within By Bones (2007, Snake Nation Press), Chicken Farmer I Still Love You (2007, D-N Publishing), and the novel-in-verse Red Riding Hood's Real Life (2017, Night Rain Books).

To learn about Lana Ayer's publishing imprints, and see the large number of poetry books by many Pacific Northwest poets and beyond, please visit the MoonPath Press website here.